20 Things That Probably Seem Harmless But Are Actually Dangerous 

Life is dangerous, and you can only do your best to avoid danger by knowing what’s a threat. A recent online survey asked, “What seems harmless but is actually incredibly dangerous?” Here are the top 20 answers.

A patch of smooth, calm ocean between sections of rough

A Patch of Calm, Smooth Ocean Between Sections That Look Rough
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“Generally, that means that there’s a riptide under the surface. That patch of water wants to yank you out to sea and drown you.”

“If you get stuck in one, swim to the side, and don’t worry about how far out you are. You can probably swim further than you think you can. Also, as a preemptive measure, work out, then you will have more confidence in your ability to swim.”

Putting your feet on a car dashboard

Feet Up On The Dashboard
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“The movie Death Proof is actually what got me thinking about this and made it so I no longer do it. I think she had hers out the window, though, if I’m remembering right.”

“My girlfriend would do this and get mad when I would get upset. I would tell her, ‘I literally don’t care about the car because it can be replaced, but you can’t.’ A day later, a video of a crash test dummy with their legs on the dashboard was posted to show what would happen, and I showed it to her.”

Moose

A Moose
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“I actually know someone who got attacked by a moose. A close friend growing up was staying at a family cabin on a lake. He was swimming, and a moose charged into the water and chased/attacked him. He was okay, but a crazy story. The story made it into some wildlife magazine.”

“What looks harmless about a two-story tall deer?”

Driving when tired

Driving While Tired
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“I fell asleep with my cruise control at 50mph and went into a ditch and totaled my car. Ford has great airbags, though, 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.”

Colorful wildlife you’re unfamiliar with

Colorful and Pretty Wildlife You_re Unfamiliar With
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“Yes, absolutely! I’ve heard stories about people picking up blue-ringed octopuses, which is incredibly dangerous.”

“If Mother Nature didn’t bother with hiding it, LEAVE IT ALONE.”

Bison

Bison
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“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.”

“Yeah, apparently, they have horrible eyesight, so they will attack first before verifying the threat.”

Not boiling dried kidney beans long enough

Not Boiling Dried Kidney Beans Long Enough
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“Lectin toxicity.”

“My wife did this with Ginkgo seeds. She bought them at an Asian grocery, boiled and ate a whole bunch of them. She had no idea they could be toxic and was pretty sick for a couple of days.”

Pushing someone’s face into a cake

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

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

Water on the roadway

Water on the Roadway
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“Water on the roadway – way too many people don’t understand that it does not take that much water to turn your situation into life or death.”

“A friend of mine decided to go 55 in a 50 after a sleet storm. He totaled his car, and all of his friends (rightfully) told him that was stupid.”

Garage door springs

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

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

Hippos

Hippos
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“I remember back in the 90s watching the Krat brothers’ animal show. They threw a dummy into a river where a bunch of hippos were hanging out. The dummy didn’t make it.”

Avoidance

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

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

Strangers online

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“For kids, someone online with a sympathetic ear for their problems. Responsible adults will try to put you in touch with real-life help, not encourage a pattern of reliance and inappropriate intimacy. Bonus danger points on anyone who throws down, ‘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.”

“When I was around 14, I made a vent post on a self-help subreddit and was then contacted and groomed by a man in his 30s for nearly a year. I thought I knew better, but he really started pushing me to do things I was uncomfortable with, and I cut contact.”

Traveling by car

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

“Yet 50% of the people who get behind the wheel think it’s Mario Kart out there.”

Sitting all day long

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

“Yep! I have a desk job, and the difference I feel in my overall health when I’m off work and moving around is huge.”

Herbivores

Herbivores
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“Just because they don’t eat you doesn’t mean they won’t hurt you…”

“The most dangerous animal in the UK by the number of deaths is the cow.”

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.”

“Frogs have it because they don’t want to get eaten; the difference between poisonous and venomous.”

Backflips into a pool

Backflips Into a Pool
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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.”

“Backflips are the really dangerous ones. Streamline dives are typically safe and front flips, while not the best, are still significantly safer than backflips because of the way it tilts the head.”

Sucking helium out of balloons to sound funny

Sucking Helium Out of Balloons
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“A friend did that once and almost lost his eye cus he passed out and landed on glass.”

“When you inhale helium, you don’t inhale oxygen. Doing it once is not a big deal. Doing it a couple of times in a row can be very dangerous.”

Always threatening to fight people

Always Threatening To Fight People
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“If you’re first go-to is to threaten to fight someone. You may actually come across someone who severely hurts you.”

“A professional fighter’s typical rule of thumb is to deny a street fight for the simple fact that you’re never aware if someone has a weapon on them or not.”

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