Surprising Dangers: 24 Things That Can Be Much More Dangerous Than You Think

Some things are obviously dangerous just by their appearance, but there are other dangers that are less obvious and may be considered safe by most people. An internet user recently asked, “What seems harmless but is actually incredibly dangerous?” Here are the top 24 responses.

Water On The Road

Water on the Roadway
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“Any time I train someone to drive, I specifically go out to a wet parking lot at some point and purposely slide the car ‘safely.’ It is never fun, but it’s so they know what to expect.”

“Tends to be worse after dry days. Oil and other fluids mix with rain making the road like black ice. The worst time is usually within the first 5-10 minutes of the first rain.”

Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs
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“I DIY a lot of things, but after reading about these, I let the professionals handle it.”

“My brother is a car guy; he greatly stressed to me not to mess around with heavy-duty springs. The release in tension can easily kill you.”

A Lone Patch Of Calm, Smooth Ocean

A Lone Patch Of Calm, Smooth Ocean
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“Especially if it occurs between rougher patches. Generally, that means that there’s a rip under the surface. That patch of water wants to yank you out to sea and drown you.”

“It can be terrifying! I got caught in one when I was 8, and my cousin tried to rescue me, but our hands kept slipping. The only reason we made it back to shore was because of a large wave that we got caught in further down.”

Getting Into A Car

Getting Into A Car
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“Crazy that the only thing protecting all of us from violently crashing head-on into oncoming traffic is the expectation that everyone follows the rules and painted lines on the ground. No walls, no barriers, just the hope that everyone stays in their own lane.”

“The best defensive driving tip I’ve ever gotten is to drive as if everyone else on the road actively wants you dead.”

Sitting Down All Day

Sitting Down All Day
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“I’m fairly convinced my desk job has contributed to many of my health issues and wish I could find one that wasn’t so sedentary for that reason.”

“The difference in the quality of life between my sedentary dad (now deceased) and my mother (the energizer bunny) was striking. I don’t want to age like my dad moving slowly and being stiff in every joint.”

Feet Up On The Dashboard

Feet Up On The Dashboard
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“A passenger had his right leg up on the dash. They hit the car ahead of them at 25 mph, and the airbags deployed. He looked to the right and saw a leg and thought, “Wow, some poor guy got his leg torn off.” Then he realized it was his leg.”

“This isn’t even the worst. Paramedics have found people with their leg bones going through their skull when they have their legs on the dashboard, and the airbag goes off.”

Insufficient Sleep

Insufficient Sleep
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“M worst enemy: Restless Legs Syndrome. Even when I sleep, I’m never fully asleep, so I kind of never sleep. I am not okay.

“I’ve been sleeping terribly over the last month, and I am just a complete trainwreck during the day. Being constantly tired is like living a worse version of life where you never want to do anything, everything irritates you, and you can’t focus.”

Driving While Tired

Driving While Tired
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“Fell asleep with my cruise control at 50mph. Went into a ditch and totaled my car. Ford has great airbags, so I got out unscathed, but I easily could’ve died or killed someone else. Don’t drive tired people.”

“Driving on a sleep deficit is also dangerous because of how micro sleep works and how you could just lose your concentration really easily.”

Strange Wildlife

Strange Wildlife
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“It’s fairly dangerous to pick up any wildlife you’re unfamiliar with. Stonefish are very dangerous and look like stones.”

“Reminds me of that girl who was holding a tiny blue ring octopus that is extremely deadly and can kill you in minutes.”

“Coming from Australia, it’s not just the colorful creatures that want to ruin your day.”

Uncooked Kidney Beans

Uncooked Kidney Beans
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“Not boiling dried kidney beans long enough can give you lectin toxicity.”

“I’ve had an awful reaction to both split peas that were cooked in a pressure cooker. The ones I ate from the pressure cooker made my body feel like I had a fever and awful digestive issues for a few days. I must have a sensitivity to some kind of bean protein.”

“Boiling, soaking, or stewing them in water for several hours renders lectins inactive.”

Cake Face-Splatting

Cake Face-Splatting
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“Some cakes have skewers inside to support them. A seemingly harmless prank could lead to being impaled. Approach it from the wrong angle, and it’s bye-bye to their eyes.”

“This is such a good point I’d never even considered. A new fear is unlocked.”

“A girl had her face shoved into her cake just before she blew her candles out, and one went down her throat, scalding it pretty badly. They had to rush her to ER.”

Bison

Bison
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“Just go to Yellowstone, grab some popcorn, find a tourist route, and watch. You’ll see.”

“Watching bison fight is scary! There was a bison field by my house a long time ago, and when they rammed into each other, we could hear it from miles away. I would hate to be on the receiving end of that.”

“They may look like big dumb cousins to cows, but I always gave them a wide berth.”

A Moose

A Moose
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“A bear will usually give you fair warning before murdering you; a moose will dance on your crippled corpse just because you dared look at it.”

“A moose wandered into my camp. I still don’t know how something so large with antlers that big can be so silent. It looked at me and walked away. I didn’t want to make any moves because if it decided to stomp me, I’d be dead.”

Avoidance

Avoidance
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“It may be easy in the short term, but anything becomes more challenging the longer you wait to deal with it.”

“Can confirm. Anxiety begets avoidance, but avoidance begets massive anxiety.”

“This one right here! Avoidance has caused so many massive, snowballing problems in my life. Learn how to have tough conversations. Learn how to deal with confrontation.”

Online ‘Helpers’

Online _Helpers_
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“Responsible adults will try to put kids in touch with real-life help, not encourage a pattern of reliance and inappropriate intimacy. Bonus danger points on anyone who says, “You’re really mature for your age.” Predators online work just like real-life hunting predators; their first goal is to separate you from your herd.”

“They aren’t superheroes or people with authority who can actually help the situation.”

Hippos

Hippos
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“Just because they don’t eat you doesn’t mean they won’t hurt you. Herbivores have a flight or fight response. God save you if a hippo decides to fight.”

“Hippos have a higher kill count than lions in Africa.”

“I’ve seen too many videos of tourists in Africa approaching them. That multi-ton animal will not feel bad for trampling you for disturbing it, buddy.”

Reddit

Reddit
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“Thief of time, spreader of unresearched opinions, home of abuse and a constant stream of dopamine.”

“I recently realized how bad it is, so I started limiting my time on this site. Full of false myths spread as truth, hive mind, and propaganda, and it causes dopamine dependence. This site is horrible if you can’t control your use of it.”

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog
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“It’s tiny and looks so cute, but their poison can kill even an elephant.”

“You can tell from how few elephants live in Colombia’s rainforest.”

“It’s to protect against predators. The poison is excreted from their skin. They don’t have a mechanism to deliver it directly into their prey.”

Straining To Poop

Straining To Poop
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“It’s more dangerous for older people, but it can happen to anyone. Pushing too hard can stimulate the vagus nerve, which lowers your heart rate. Push too hard/much, and you can drop your HR to the point of your heart not being able to perfuse the brain, and you pass out.”

“There’s a saying … If you need to push, you need to eat more bush.”

Poolside Backflips

Poolside Backflips
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“As a lifeguard, I can tell you, you WILL break your neck. I don’t care that you’re good at it. Stop doing them.”

“As a dumb teen, I gave myself a concussion doing this. I started the jump too far from the pool; when I curled up, I hit my forehead and got paralyzed for a moment. It’ ‘s honestly a miracle I didn’t drown.”

Walking Under Suspended Loads

Walking Under Suspended Loads
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“Having been next to a suspended load when the slings failed, I wholeheartedly agree. This is why dumb people who do that would get screamed at, and I don’t care if you’re the CEO of the entire building company.”

“What sort of load? I’m thinking only of cartoon-style pianos and anvils!”

Inhaling Helium

Inhaling Helium
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“People use it to commit suicide. The body doesn’t know that it isn’t oxygen, so there isn’t any gasping for air reflex.”

“The gasping reflex is caused by CO2 accumulation, not by a lack of oxygen. As CO2 can get evacuated properly, there is no gasping.”

“It’s dangerous because, as long as you get rid of the CO2, you don’t feel suffocated.”

Getting Out Of The Shower

Getting Out Of The Shower
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“One slip can be all it takes to sustain some very serious injuries.”

“I fell backward while in the shower several years ago, and I had never felt more grateful that I was 16 and not 61.”

“Slipping in the shower is my secret intrusive fear. It’s so easy to do! Those stupid shower-over-bath situations are accidents waiting to happen.”

Sudden Static Hair

Sudden Static Hair
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“If you’re outside and your hair suddenly stands up from static… it’s not cute/funny, and you need to take cover immediately as that’s a sign of an impending lightning strike.”

“Ideally, don’t be outside during a thunderstorm in the first place. People tend to underestimate lightning risks in general.”

“I’m bald, so I guess I’ll just have to guess.”

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