r/oddlyterrifying Jul 01 '22 Helpful 2 Silver 2 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 2

David Dowell was dared to eat gecko at a party,living through pain and agony and eventually died 10 days after. Wife said: "he was very bloated,looks like he was 6 months pregnant. His urine was black and he's vomiting green bile." Rule 2

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u/Finito-1994 Jul 01 '22

Fucking hell. They said no one was sure he actually ate the gecko but thought it may have been what caused his disease.

What else could it be?

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u/dwightsrus Jul 01 '22

That's what their lawyers told them to say.

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u/AnotherInnocentFool Jul 01 '22 Helpful

Geckos are a litigious bunch

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u/Asheleyinl2 Jul 01 '22

They do own a large portion of the auto insurance industry after all

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u/tagman375 Jul 01 '22

In 15 minutes, you can swell your testicles to the size of grapefruits

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u/Lolobecks Jul 01 '22

Fuckin’ Big Auto…

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u/TheGisbon Jul 01 '22

So that's what happens when I don't pay Geico they send a suicide Geico to turn me into an oil pissing machine

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u/Finito-1994 Jul 01 '22

Even then, would they ever be liable? It’s a 30 year old man and a dare. I can’t see how any lawyer wouldn’t explain how this was clearly on him

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u/mike_cl1toris Jul 01 '22

Your honor he double dog dare him to do it

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u/Space_Jeep Jul 01 '22

Playground rules are binding in a court of law.

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u/elgigante_paul Jul 01 '22

He had no choice m’lord, else he would have looked like a checks notes punk bitch.

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u/wolfram1982 Jul 01 '22

The only thing more binding would have been the blessed “Pinky Promise”

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u/FaeryLynne Jul 01 '22

In some places you can be held partially responsible if you "encourage" someone to do something that leads to harm or death. Dunno if that's the case here, but it's possible.

It's also possibly to prevent a potential civil suit in the future, since the bar for those is lower than a criminal case. Plausible deniability.

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u/Seer434 Jul 01 '22

It's also possible he had life insurance that draws the distinction between "who knows, it was a tragedy" and "you should have known better".

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u/IBetThisIsTakenToo Jul 01 '22

Unless he just recently took out the policy, it shouldn’t matter? Even an outright suicide (contrary to popular belief) is covered after a year or so.

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u/sajohnson Jul 01 '22

Aren’t there larger payouts for accidental deaths as opposed to “I caused this myself by eating a lizard” deaths?

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u/snusfrost Jul 01 '22

There are larger payouts if you die on a work related trip. That I do know.

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u/LongEZE Jul 01 '22

Last time I heard about this story, it was because the family tried to sue the doctors for not saving him

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u/Slight_Knight Jul 01 '22

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

Yo wtf kinda super salmonella do they have in their stomachs

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u/FutabaTsuyu Jul 01 '22

right? like fucking christ it sounds more like some sort of exaggerated disease in a sci-fi novel

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u/TheWalkingDead91 Jul 01 '22

Right? I wanna know what it was about the gecko that specifically killed him and caused all those crazy symptoms

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

Lol the article says at the end that geckos, frogs, and snakes have salmonella in their stomachs. It's not 100% clear if he ate it or not (different statements from witnesses) but it was salmonella that killed him soo

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u/x10018ro3 Jul 01 '22

how exactly did salmonella cause all these crazy symptoms? It’s extremely rare to die from salmonella, usually only people with compromised immune systems have complications beyond vomiting, diarrhea and fever. So how did this man over 10 days not seek serious medical assistance and just die from salmonella? Seems so unlikely.

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u/FaeryLynne Jul 01 '22

You'd get a lot more into your system by eating a gecko than you would by eating some unwashed spinach or accidentally contaminated peanut butter. You can get fairly high doses of it just by touching geckos, lizards, and frogs, so it's really important to wash your hands if you're a keeper of those. Eating one is just gonna overwhelm your system with massive doses.

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u/betweenskill Jul 01 '22

You actually don’t get that much on your hands from touching them, although its always a great idea to wash your hands afterwards (and never touch frogs/amphibians with your bare hands if possible for their sake). I believe touching chickens is actually more likely to contaminate with more salmonella.

It’s the poop that’s the concern. Which is why if he ate it raw… yeah thats a salmonella pill.

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u/FaeryLynne Jul 01 '22

Yeah he basically took it straight to the gut, literally. Who the hell eats not just raw, but live meat?

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u/HuskerStorm Jul 01 '22

You've never seen naked and afraid have you?

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u/1ofThoseTrolls Jul 01 '22

Bear Grylls, enters the chat

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u/MontazumasRevenge Jul 01 '22

Apparently the reason you're told not to eat raw cookie dough is because of possible salmonella in the FLOUR, not the egg.

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

You're telling me I need to stop eating raw flour straight from the bag??

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u/danitaliano Jul 01 '22

Yup. Bird/rodent/insects poop on the wheat, doesn't get washed it just gets ground up.

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u/Melqart310 Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

Salmonella is theorized to have killed 5 to 15 million people near the end of the Aztec empire. According to first hand accounts of what the people suffered through and their testing of corpses... what they were dealt with was similar to what this poor soul did.

So yes, it can be that bad.

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u/carymb Jul 01 '22

Motherfuckers needed to stop eating geckos, Jesus...

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u/IAm_Trogdor_AMA Jul 01 '22

Or at least cook them to an internal temperature of 170° f

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u/slopeeees Jul 01 '22

Technically 165, but if you're eating gecko, overcooking it probably isn't the biggest of your concerns

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

Idk man I just read the article

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u/khxsm Jul 01 '22

Idk if it means anything but growing up having geckos as pets you can contract salmonella easily so it's important to wash hands after handling them. I would assume consuming them is like a super attack on your immune system or something. Ultimately handling geckos is already a danger and rest in peace to this dude bc that article was next level :(

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

Oh shiit you right. I have a little African drawf frog and I'm supposed to keep my hands clean. Damn, good thing I wash my hands like I have ocd, I forgot about that

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u/SalamiSavior Jul 01 '22

Well yeah, reading the article on reddit means you are practically an expert on the subject compared to everyone else here

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

I'm just living my best life looking up blood urine and salmonella

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u/GameDoesntStop Jul 01 '22

Maybe it's about the quantity, and typically when people get it, they get relatively small amounts.

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

Their bellies must be full of it to get this extreme

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u/mewthulhu Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

People are really underestimating salmonella, but it's probably the best thing we learned about through germ theory. Once it gets into the lower intestines, it then goes into the bloodstream and turns into bacteremia of it just circulating everywhere, and based on the timeline it could even be one of the rarer typhoidal salmonella strains or the really exotic ones, and just honestly that bacteria is far and away enough to kill.

Past a certain point, salmonella's production of endotoxins, cytotoxins and enterotoxins in a fucking cocktail that is literally just causing massive scale necrotic issues. That black urine? At first it's dark from dehydration, but what eventually starts to happen when it turns black is the infection reaches your urinary tract and starts passing dead cell junk in there. You're pissing out your own internal organs.

While you're doing that, a bacteria is spreading noxious throughout your bloodstream, it's not even really about what strain it is, it's more about whether or not they caught it in time for this, because as a fun fact, even if you kill every single last fucking cell of bacteria in your body, by the point this guy got to he's just a corpse with a heartbeat, full of so much poison in his chest cavity that the membranes have started breaking down.

That's where it gets really fucked up, because now you've got what's essentially a perfect inside melting enzyme crockpot and bacteria hungrily devouring the soup your body is melting into, making more of the melting slime that's turning you into jelly.

Thing is? Honestly that's like a 6/10 for how fucking terrifying pathogens get. Ebola has a lovely tendency to actually go for the soft tissue first, so your penis dissolves inside your foreskin, your tongue melts, and the insides of your eyes gets eaten before the outside so they'll end up too swollen to fit inside your skull and literally just blood filled jelly sacs.

My personal favorite is gas gangrene, though. 100% untreated mortality rate, this bacteria, clostridium perfringens gets into your body, turns your skin to leather and actually creates a flesh necrotizing gas that spreads far ahead of the bacteria and turns your whole body into a meatsac from the point of an ittybitty cut on anything, there are spores of it in your kitchen right now- just a question of whether it gets inside your body and you fight it off, or you don't. Some people die of it in 18 hours, just, consumed, devoured by an organism that divides so fast it just doubles, and doubles, and doubles, an infinitely scaling exponential curve with a massively fast cellular division time, so if you start with a large enough bunch of spores, or that cut just quietly festers unnoticed, you get symptoms at dawn, and by dusk you're a melted husk of leathery cracked yellow hide with every bit of melted organic tissue inside dripping out your orifices. (Edit: Not every case, obviously! Most your body fights off, there are a thousand cases per year in the states where it gets to gas gangrene, and with treatment mortality is down to about 25%!)

Fact is, scifi novels tone it the fuck down. Walked into an ebola hospital in the 2013 outbreak, volunteered to go over there to get a chance to travel... hah. Oh... gods, if I could unsee what I saw, I'd trade in every other thing I saw in that amazing country just to go back to a time before I knew what the fangs of mother nature could do to a human body. Kid looked at me with those eyes. Didn't see me, but heard, and...

Trust me. This is mild compared to what happens. And we're not even getting into the shit you legally CANNOT READ ABOUT happening to people in closed drug trials. Fun fact though, my 10/10 for nightmares? Yeah, that's stuff that happens when you participate in those 'GET MONEY FOR TESTING MEDICAL PRODUCTS!' ads. Those things? Yeah, they found some ways to die that make anything God cooked up with evolution look like a day at the beach in comparison, and because of the nondisclosure agreements around these trials, you can never know and those documents are sealed tighter than hell unless you have a pertinent reason, and what you read about can't be published ANYWHERE or big pharma will sue you so hard Walt Disney would cream in his cryopod out of sheer envy at the legal hellstorm you'd have come down on you. Everyone in those trials signed the most airtight agreements that, no matter what happens to you, you signed up for this and it goes to the grave with you.

They'll still publish that people died, mind you, and list some potential complications... but what the fuck actually happens in the fringes, the one in a million cases here? Not published in the same fucking spot, kept quite confidential, it would be RUINOUS to these companies- and fair enough, because some stuff just acts totally fucking unexpectedly in human biology in ways we can't predict, and... ehhhh, the general public probably wouldn't see it in a good light, so science does have to be this way. Thalidomide was only a big deal because they let it out of this testing and approval phase, but hellish discoveries like that stiiiiiiill fucking happen- just, y'know, to a few very fucking unlucky people rather than tens of thousands. All I will say was that the worst one I saw, and I didn't see a lot, made that bone cancer that causes spines to grow out piercing through your skin look like a nice way to go.

Scifi novels need to take a microbiology class and step it up to even match reality, let alone make something exaggerated.

Edit: Due to some salt this comment is causing, let's address a couple of things- this obviously doesn't happen in every case. I didn't feel like it was hyperbole, as people aren't dropping dead from salmonella and gas gangrene left right and center, that modern antibiotics, sanitation and general medicine have made these exceptionally rare cases. I'm... not really sure how you could read this and think I'm saying this occurs with every salmonella poisoning, it certainly CAN go this badly from eating raw chicken. And no, I'm not saying there's a secret drug company illuminati torturing people, the specifics were not to be disclosed and published publically available for stage 1 trials in exact detailing for trials due to the fear this would spark in, say, revised versions of the drug, other drugs from the company, and general unfounded panic. It's also been drastically lessened since I think 1974 when thalidomide became a big deal, oversights and transparency improvements, so most of those sealed trials never even got digital copies made of them when the internet became a thing- the ones I saw were from the 90s/70s, so it may (hopefully) be less horrific now, and less likely to result in cases of extreme harm. But, medical testing is still, rarely, dangerous, not disinfecting cuts is a terrible idea, and eating raw chicken/geckos can melt your insides. These are real things. They're things VERY unlikely to happen to you, but they're a part of the medical world, exist as fringe outliers, and I think it's a good idea to talk about them educationally.

I'll keep doing edits to this to try make sure the information is all accurate 💙

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u/Blizzxx Jul 01 '22

Where do i subscribe to your newsletters

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u/MondoPrime51 Jul 01 '22

I like how his missus is all like "I don't want my husband to be remembered like this" before going on to describe how his testicles blew up to the size of grapefruits.

Poor guy.

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u/SanFranGoldBlooded Jul 01 '22

“Jesus Randy! Your balls!”

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u/qu83rt Jul 01 '22

"just gonna get a little bit of cancer Stan"

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u/TheIcyCrow Jul 01 '22

Microwave beeps ah stannn STANNNN GET ME A BEER STANNNNNN???

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u/SadRobotz Jul 01 '22

Tell your mom it’s ok

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u/aRedddddddditaccount Jul 01 '22

"I know, smoking right in front of a cop"

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u/DetectiveEZ Jul 01 '22

We had a little problem, Colonel!

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u/knockers_who_knock Jul 01 '22

I told you a long time ago you fucking little monkey not to fuck me!!!

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u/mazu74 Jul 01 '22

No, mean you’re actual balls!

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u/brainburger Jul 01 '22

He is actual balls?

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u/FuntCaseKid Jul 01 '22

This made me chuckle out loud on a shitty day. Thank you!

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u/psrpianrckelsss Jul 01 '22

Well, don't eat a live animal and we won't have to talk about your balls

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u/npeggsy Jul 01 '22

I think his partner said that, then his mum said his testicle were like grapefruits? Either way, the grapefruit info could've been kept confidential.

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u/YahooFantasyCareless Jul 01 '22

Idk I'd want everyone to know how massive my balls were

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u/brntGerbil Jul 01 '22

Eat a gecko and then everyone will know.

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u/Twovaultss Jul 01 '22

Scrotal edema. I’ve read about it in books but seeing it at work in the hospital is a surreal experience.

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u/Nic4379 Jul 01 '22

Very(Hospital Corpsman), had a Marine ignore testicular torsion for a couple days. Holy Hell. Dude was just carrying on like normal, Pimp limping.

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u/TheBoctor Jul 01 '22

I had a Marine in training at Camp Johnson get bit on the scrotum by a brown recluse.

He came late to sick call and I gave him shit over it right up until I saw that his scrotum was bright red, weeping, and the size of a large grapefruit.

He got sent to the Naval Hospital at Lejeune via EMS almost immediately. I saw him a year later and he still had his balls, so I guess it all worked out.

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u/Rottendog Jul 01 '22

Why do you guys give everyone shit for showing up to sick call?

I nearly died because some nurse and a guy she was flirting with didn't want to deal with me on a Sunday. She kept trying to send me away.

She accused me of malingering and was going to report me to the Captain until she took my temperature which was 104.1.

I could barely walk, almost couldn't speak, looked like hammered dog shit, and I was "obviously malingering to get out of duty." and "If you don't have a temperature, you're going to be in so much trouble."

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u/cobeast Jul 01 '22

It's laziness hidden behind gung ho bullshit

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u/Box-o-bees Jul 01 '22

gung ho

I'm super embarrassed to admit this, but I always thought it was gun ho.

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u/WankWankNudgeNudge Jul 01 '22

No that's lauren boebert

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u/LordDongler Jul 01 '22

I guess the rumors are true: the Navy does take care of their seamens balls

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u/Convict003606 Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 02 '22

His mom told the reporters that.

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u/cmband254 Jul 01 '22

Good god what a horrific read

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u/iCantSeeShapes Jul 01 '22

Jesus, he was in his 30’s with 3 kids and still doing stupid shit like eating wild reptiles for a dare.

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u/NotAnAlligator Jul 01 '22

Can Confirm: My dad died in his 30's and he left behind 3 kids. I feel like my whole life would have been different, and probably better, had he lived.

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u/Metro42014 Jul 01 '22

But also, holy fuck what was that hospital doing?!

Guy was bloated like he was pregnant, getting fluid on his lungs and leaking fluid from his nuts, and they didn't think to drain the fluid off?!

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u/AgressiveIN Jul 01 '22

I had a dream i swallowed a frog and seeing these stories pop up has me worried about what sort of dream virus i picked up

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u/BkWiz Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

People don’t realize how often animals live with parasites and can’t do anything about it.

The fact we humans ‘mostly’ don’t have issues with parasites today is a testament to science, regulations, and the supply chain.

It’s also why the parasite theory for certain autoimmune/allergic syndromes is still a relevant theory even today.

And why cooking food is important. It tends to kill parasites.

Edit : just wanted to note this apparently was a case of salmonella, still there is good info in this comment thread so will just note edit. 😅

And someone linked an article showing it could be parasitosis as i originally thought. Probably both for all we know.

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u/energetic-dad Jul 01 '22

I just saw a post yesterday about a young kid who ate a slug and ended up going into a coma, becoming paralyzed, and eventually dying.

Also in Australia.

Jesus!

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u/ikdweshm Jul 01 '22

Sam Ballard, he's mentioned in the article. The slug had rat lungworm.

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u/Kitsune_Barista Jul 01 '22

My neighbor ate a snail while stationed at USMC base in japan. He spent a few weeks in the hospital and now is partly paralyzed and in constant pain because I guess it did something to strip the myelin sheath from his nerves

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u/ashpanda24 Jul 01 '22

So...he basically induced an accelerated version of multiple sclerosis from eating a snail? Fuck, that is horrifying.

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u/650REDHAIR Jul 01 '22

Someone in the slug thread yesterday said they dropped a couple of snails in a planter full of water and as soon as they hit the water all kinds of parasites/worms started squirming out of the snails.

Nope.

Fuckkkk that.

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u/floatablepie Jul 01 '22

It’s also why the parasite theory for certain autoimmune/allergic syndromes is still a relevant theory even today.

A doctor alleviated his IBS by giving himself whipworm. Acknowledged the treatment is a hard sell.

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u/BkWiz Jul 01 '22

Really? I know we are currently looking into fecal transplants (which have been successful so far) which is close enough to the parasite theory that there is overlap.

I haven’t heard about the IBS / whip worm case though. Am curious for a link if so. 😁

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u/Knucklebum Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

Also a thing to infect yourself with hookworms to cure asthma/allergies... *shrug

Edit: *cure not cute But y'all are cute!

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u/disjustice Jul 01 '22

I don't think it's a cure, more like alleviating the symptoms. Your immune system is still overactive, it's just suppressed by the parasite. If you were to treat the parasitic infection the allergy would come right back.

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u/kernowgringo Jul 01 '22

Like this, also Aussie, guy who ate a slug on a dare and then died of Rat Lung Worm parasites...

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/05/health/man-dies-after-eating-slug-on-dare/index.html

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u/wtr4444 Jul 01 '22

There's a hypothesis that a lot of peoples living in equatorial regions ARE living with some kinds of nasty chronic parasitic/bacterial/viral infections for most of their lives, leading to a lot of discrepancies we've seen between those peoples (and their developments throughout history) where these diseases are endemic due to the climate, compared to more Northern and Southern peoples.

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u/Antisocialbumblefuck Jul 01 '22

The mites on our skin are ever present, passed on at birth so I hear.

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u/astral_crow Jul 01 '22

And we recently learned they have butt holes.

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u/BhmDhn Jul 01 '22

Oh nice. Tell me more.

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u/fahad_ayaz Jul 01 '22

And they have sex on your face at night.

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u/astral_crow Jul 01 '22

All day really.

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u/stalkedbyfamily Jul 01 '22

So when I make random porn music sounds (bow chika wah wah) it is helping them mate?

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u/FreeRoamingBananas Jul 01 '22

Nope. They are nocturnal and can't take UV rays. However there is a theory that they may promote good skin by eating of cellular waste.

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u/oh-ice-cream-eyes Jul 01 '22

At least one of us is getting some action

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u/derps_with_ducks Jul 01 '22

i wouldn't want to deal with constipated mites, the regular ones are assholes already

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u/Menace2Sobriety Jul 01 '22

And they recently found out Demodex, the mites that live on our eyelashes have little b-holes.

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u/Antisocialbumblefuck Jul 01 '22

I knew there was a cause for that random pinkeye! Damned dirty butthole having eye bugs.

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u/Menace2Sobriety Jul 01 '22

We can go with that if you'd like.

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u/ClaymoreJohnson Jul 01 '22

There’s a bizarre correlation between countries that perform well in international soccer events and higher long term infections of toxoplasmosis. Don’t have the sauce but it’s out there, unless it’s been debunked.

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u/ComplexAromatic7178 Jul 01 '22

Reading up on that it seems like more of a somewhat cherry picked stat than a strong correlation. But it's an interesting stat nonetheless

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u/scientificjdog Jul 01 '22

That sounds like some sort of guns germs and steel type argument which tries to find causality between relatively big environmental factors and European hegemony. Here's a good thread on why historians aren't fond of that book

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u/wtr4444 Jul 01 '22

A lot of complaints against GG&S revolve around how Diamond uncritically interprets historical accounts and overplays the significance of certain technological advancements.

"The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are highly endemic but patchily distributed among the 20 countries and almost 400 million people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and disproportionately affect an estimated 65 million people living on less than US$2 per day."

Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0001475

Many endemic tropical diseases have a heavy burden on their hosts, including the very real impact on the mental/physical capacity of children born to infected mothers. .

Paired currently with a lot of these tropical regions having poorer access to healthcare even today, I can only assume these endemic diseases have had a negative impact on the peoples living there, and is possibly a factor in the discrepancies Diamond talks about in his book.

There are projects like Gavi going on right now that work to develop and distribute vaccines to a lot of these diseases that just don't exist in our "Western" world (which means there isn't a big financial incentive to develop them en masse, even though Google tells me about 40% of the world lives in tropical areas).

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u/TheyreEatingHer Jul 01 '22

Kinda off the subject of that, people who believe reincarnation and are excited to be an animal. I'm like... good luck with that. Almost every animal has an ailment or parasite in them. We're probably one of the few species that can have whole populations be overwhelmingly parasite-free.

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u/gotora Jul 01 '22

Moral of the story; cook your food.

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u/dwightsrus Jul 01 '22

Or not play the game of dares.

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u/Pumpkin_2003 Jul 01 '22

And if you do play the game of dares, don’t do a stupid dare someone dared you to do. Sometimes it’s okay to be a “chicken”

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u/FADEDinJAPAN03 Jul 01 '22

better to be a smart chicken than to do life threatening stunts or dares with no reward

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u/andinshawn Jul 01 '22

Better to be a live chicken then a Kentucky fried dead guy.

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u/ThatGuyInTheCar Jul 01 '22

Unless you’re a Mcfly

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u/pigwalk5150 Jul 01 '22

Speak for yourself Needles.

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u/RuneHammer16 Jul 01 '22

Or just not eat geckos

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u/Principatus Jul 01 '22

Or slugs, like the other guy who went into a coma and then was paralyzed for a few years until his early death.

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

I had to stop reading after that first article. People need to stop eating weird shit. I also read a story about a group of kids out in the desert eating every plant they came across just being dumbass kids and ate a whole datura seed pod.

Iykyk

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u/Principatus Jul 01 '22

Wow. I heard horror stories about Datura, and that was just drinking tea made from boiling the petals.

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

Erowids Vault.com has some amazing reads. That's where I found out about its existence. I became obsessed with the research on the plant. I found some in an az canal and now have a vial of dried seeds, both red and black seeds. For, you know, just in case.

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u/Principatus Jul 01 '22

Just in case you ever want to get so fucked up that you lose touch with reality? I mean I see the appeal but make sure you have someone sober to supervise you so you don’t die.

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u/TropicalLoneWolf Jul 01 '22

And did those kids drink any cactus juice whilst in said desert? I've heard it's really thirst-quenching...

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u/DarkflowNZ Jul 01 '22

The quenchiest

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u/mmikke Jul 01 '22

The slugs in my state carry 'rat lungworm disease'

Pretty sure it ends up causing meningitis

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u/FloptimasPloptimas Jul 01 '22

When I lived in Thailand, we had our usual summer monsoons. Some of the burmese in a village nearby decided to use that chance to eat some frogs that were coming out due to the rain. They all died. Like 12 of them. 😐

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u/RuneHammer16 Jul 01 '22

Yeah I mean, I feel like it’s a good idea to just not eat random wild animals if you don’t know exactly what they are.

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u/FloptimasPloptimas Jul 01 '22

These frogs were MASSIVE too. My dogs would bring them in the house all the time. I used to love frogs, but after finding huge ones in every room for months, now I’m afraid of them.

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u/bleezzzy Jul 01 '22

But the double dog dare...

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u/sparkly_butthole Jul 01 '22

Oh then that's okay.

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u/Last-Discipline-7340 Jul 01 '22

Don’t get me started on the triple dog dare….

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u/Timed-Out_DeLorean Jul 01 '22

Go ahead. I triple dog dare, ya!

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u/hazmatte Jul 01 '22

Or don't eat slugs, geckos, and other random animals on a dare.

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u/rda889 Jul 01 '22

Note to self: don’t eat things based on a dare

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u/boatonthedock Jul 01 '22

My friend ate an entire pencil for 5 bucks in high school. Idk if anything bad happen though

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u/itsH5 Jul 01 '22 Helpful Wholesome Spit-take

I bet he couldn’t No. 2

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u/Darth_Zounds Jul 01 '22

Don't do ANYTHING based on a dare.

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u/Demoire Jul 01 '22

Yea I agree…unless your double dog dared, because then your fucked.

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u/RickyDiezal Jul 01 '22

I dare you to live a long and happy life

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u/Theprofilerer Jul 01 '22

This is like playing truth or dare at David Dowell’s

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u/Ok-Reply7682 Jul 01 '22

My 2 year old came in bathroom while I was getting ready. Had something in her mouth. I told her to spit it out. It was a lizard head. I freaked out and called poison control. They were laughing and telling me she’ll be fine. FYI I never found the body.

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u/Wh00ster Jul 01 '22 Silver Doot 🎵 Doot

Which body??!!

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u/mlnd_quad Jul 01 '22

The poison control employees’. The daughter murdered them for laughing at her and her dad, and kept the heads as trophies

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u/MissChubbyBunni Jul 01 '22

🤣 aaaaye got me weak!

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u/thrashaholic_poolboy Jul 01 '22

Proof that toddlers are just like little drunk adults.

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u/LifeisaCatbox Jul 01 '22

We had a family friend who young son got salmonella 3x bc he wouldn’t leave the frogs, toads, and turtles on the property (and elsewhere) alone.

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u/Longjumping_Piano685 Jul 01 '22

My cousin got salmonella and almost died because she kissed her lizard goodnight every night

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u/HeatActiveMug Jul 01 '22

No offense but are children dogs cause what the fuck 😅

I remember having to call poison control because my friend ate a random fruit he found on a dare and got really sick, I don't remember why but I decided it was the right thing to do to pretend to be his mom. He's fine

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u/alienoverl0rd Jul 01 '22

A full grown dog has the same level of intelligence as a 3 year old human. So yes, yes they are.

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u/brainpokez Jul 01 '22

pushes plate of gecko and fries away

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u/ClearMessagesOfBliss Jul 01 '22

If it’s cooked you’re good.

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u/N1shi Jul 01 '22

But the appetite is all gone (((

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u/One-eyed-bed-snake Jul 01 '22

It's mentioned in the article, but I was gonna mention that this reminds me of the guy that ate a slug after a dare and died after contracting rat lungworm.

We all do stupid things in our lives, especially when drinking and with friends, but I couldn't even imagine eating stuff like this, even when pissed or as a dare.

Horrible way for them both to go☹️

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u/Infinite_prevalence Jul 01 '22

Yeah that was posted on here yesterday I think, never heard about it before but it’s absolutely insane. Maybe just don’t eat random creatures off the ground eh 🤷‍♂️

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u/KJting98 Jul 01 '22

the first guy that cracked a crab open: say what?

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u/ee_CUM_mings Jul 01 '22

Hey, look at this oval shaped thing that came out of that flightless bird’s butt. Imma eat that.

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u/MotaHead Jul 01 '22

Hey, I'm just going to squeeze this thing that's hanging under a cow and drink whatever comes out.

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u/Greenveins Jul 01 '22

Wanna here something super sad?

There’s a show called “1000 ways to die”, a guy I knew from my town made it on that show.

He was dared to eat a live bluegill. Bluegills have this thing that works as a hook 🪝 on their backs, so when he swallowed it he tried to puke it back up but it got latched into his throw at died from suffocating.

This was 20 years ago. Last week the city finally knocked down his old house after being bought at an auction and his ashes were still there. As in, his brother and mother left the ashes there after they picked it up and never came back to claim them. 20 years he’s been sitting in an abandoned house, forgotten.

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u/Yoda2000675 Jul 01 '22

I thought that show was 100% fake, that’s crazy

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u/fuzzeedice Jul 01 '22

it's fictionalized, they had actual doctors and stuff on the show but the scenarios they presented weren't always real occurrences. one of them i remember was based on that palahniuk short story where a teen gets their guts sucked out from a hot tub drain

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u/TheCavesCrack Jul 01 '22

Dude I thought they were writing a bs story to copycat the lung story. This all makes my head hurt lol

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u/BreadandButter789 Jul 01 '22

The lengths people will go to in order to impress their friends for a couple of minutes is stupid.

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u/Thomrose007 Jul 01 '22

Says a lot about their friends too. My friends wouldnt even dare this stupidity.

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u/stimav Jul 01 '22

Cursed gecko

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u/LambSauce666 Jul 01 '22

Did he go to hospital?

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u/ivegotnoclue84 Jul 01 '22

Yeah he did. The hospital didn't know what was wrong with him as I don't think they were aware until it was too late. I went to high school with him.

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u/natgibounet Jul 01 '22

So what actually happened, what was the exact condition he got from eating that gecko ?

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u/_a_random_dude_ Jul 01 '22

Elsewhere in the thread people are saying salmonella, but Googling the symptoms it sounds like something else... Or maybe this dude was particularly susceptible to it? Even the bad type of salmonella, typhoid fever, doesn't do what the article is describing.

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u/Eireconnection Jul 01 '22 Wholesome

Yea that’s not it. I had salmonella and my balls are fucking tiny

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u/cocktimus1prime Jul 01 '22

There are over 2500 serological variants of salmonella. Weak ones are easily survivable. Strongest ones cause typhoid fever

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u/worldspawn00 Jul 01 '22

Symptoms are organ failure. He was being poisoned, salmonella in his blood (sepsis) could cause it, but really, for a healthy adult, that would be not typical progression.

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u/Ohboycats Jul 01 '22

Humans regularly contract salmonella and live through it. This sounds like something far worse and maybe the guy had an allergic reaction to whatever it was as well.

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u/cocktimus1prime Jul 01 '22

There are multiple varieties of salmonella. Weakest ones will give you indigestion and diarrhea. Strongest ones cause typhoid fever

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u/TheSpiffyCarno Jul 01 '22

That’s where I’m confused. The hospital didn’t want to take him because the paras said “it was just gastro” when they first arrived. Meaning all of these symptoms showed after arriving at the hospital. The hospital labelled it as salmonella.

They mention the hospital didn’t even put in a catheter and they had to make a request for pain relief. That hospital sounds sketchy as fuck

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u/Ghostface311 Jul 01 '22

Wtf is wrong with people and these "dares"? There was another post yesterday where it said a guy was dared to eat a slug at a party, and died after going into a 420 day coma and 7 years of paralysis because the slug had a rat worm. No money is worth doing any of this stupid shit, let alone because someone "dared" you to

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u/thunderc8 Jul 01 '22

Plot twist : Gecko never died, it lived in this mans stomach eating him alive until after 10 days it decided to bust out if this poor mans balls and run off.

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u/whynotsquirrel Jul 01 '22

I will not click this link, I will not regret my choices one more time.

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u/disco-paradox Jul 01 '22

not to worry my friend, it’s a clip from Spaceballs

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u/thrashaholic_poolboy Jul 01 '22

Look at us, learning from our experiences

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u/thewaldenpuddle Jul 01 '22

At least he died quickly…. The guy who ate the slug on a dare was in a coma for 400 odd days and then paralyzed for 7 years before he eventually died.

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u/MambyPamby8 Jul 01 '22

Honestly this is such a dumb move. As someone who has had bearded dragons for years (both rescues!), rule no.1 WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING THEM. It's honestly so dangerous to even handle the things without proper sanitation methods, let alone to eat one raw. I mean we were even warned by a reptile expert near ours that letting your cat or dog near them is unsafe, as they can pick up anything off them too (drives me mad seeing 'funny' videos of obv upset beardies 'playing' with cats or dogs - it's not cute, it's upsetting).

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u/darshan4511 Jul 01 '22

Gecko: I’m not stuck in here inside you, you are stuck here with me >:)

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u/joe_i_guess Jul 01 '22

double dog dare david dowell

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u/Holiday-Business-321 Jul 01 '22

Do devour da delicious Diplodactylid

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u/KoMoDoJoE98 Jul 01 '22

this was mentioned a lot in the comments of the slug post yesterday. yeah sure you can say it's natural selection but nobody deserves to die like that jeez

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u/moregohg Jul 01 '22

This isn’t even natural selection anymore. Lad had kids an passed on his genes.

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u/LumpyJones Jul 01 '22

True, but I'd bet money none of his kids eat any gekkos.

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u/P0L4RP4ND4 Jul 01 '22

This story and the guy who ate the slug remind me of a relative that worked with insecticide. For some reason, he would pour leftover poison into Gatorade bottles and leave them in the back of his truck. One day he accidently took a swig of the wrong bottle. He spit it out immediately but still died horribly about a week later in the hospital. It was enough to destroy his insides.

I know it's not the same, but all are terrible ways to go and it keeps coming to mind so I thought I'd share as another cautionary tale.

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u/Luggageisnojoke Jul 01 '22

Whole new respect for Tracy Beaker now

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u/ivegotnoclue84 Jul 01 '22

I was in the same grade as this guy in School. He was such a funny guy. So sad that this happened.

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u/birdscooter Jul 01 '22

Me too, he was a good guy. Tragic mistake.

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u/grotness Jul 01 '22

My buddy smoked a cockroach through a bong once when we were teenagers cos someone dared him to do it. Lucky nothing crazy happened.

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u/HopefulCell4498 Jul 01 '22

Maybe don’t eat a poor gecko