From poisonous plants to venomous vipers, the world can be a dangerous place. In this video, All Time 10s looks at ten terrifying things that will kill you in under an hour. From snails to soda, here are 10 things that will put an end to your life in a short amount of time: 1. Poisonous Plants 2. Snails 3. Venomous Vipers 4. Sweating 5. Deer 6. Being a Couch Potato 7. Sleeping in Your Car 8. The Sun 9. Insects 10. Death by Accident.
1. Poisonous Plants
From the infamous poison hemlock that killed Socrates to the common garden flower that is responsible for many children’s poisonings, plants have long been known to harbor some of the most deadly poisons on the planet. The seeds, flowers, leaves, roots and fruit of these plants are all capable of causing sickness in humans with symptoms including loss of appetite, weakness, dilated pupils, stomach pains, constipation, bloating, vomiting, difficulty breathing, a blue tint to the skin (cyanosis) and possibly death.
These pretty, edible looking plants are actually deadly weeds that contain a chemical called abrin that sabotages your body’s protein-synthesising ribosomes. Just a few of these seeds can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, drowsiness and confusion before eventually leading to a coma and death. This plant is also responsible for causing milk sickness in people who consume the cows’ milk that has been fed on the toxic plants.
3. Venomous Vipers
Among the world’s deadliest snakes, vipers are found in a variety of habitats. They ambush their prey and use heat-sensing pit organs to detect it. They’re also renowned for their ability to bite and inject poison through their long, keeled fangs.
When a viper feels threatened, it doesn’t hiss and run away—that would make the situation worse for both it and its unsuspecting victim. Instead, a king cobra will roll up in a coil and “sizzle” its special serrated scales together, a defensive behavior that’s almost as loud as a pressure cooker.
Black mambas store two to three drops of lethal venom in each of their fangs, and a single bite can kill a person without treatment, Live Science reported. Its venom interferes with activity at a junction where nerves and muscles connect, paralyzing victims within minutes before leading to cardiac arrest.
Deer (Cervidae) are one of the most iconic animals in our natural world. They appear on ancient cave paintings and are depicted in mythology and literature from around the world. In the classic 1942 Disney film Bambi, a white-tailed deer is the star of the show.
Like other families of mammals that colonized the extreme Ice Age environments, deer diversified. They became grotesque giants with ornate coat patterns and bizarre antlers. They are also a master of survival with their ability to run and jump great distances, and to eat a wide variety of plants.
Their four-chamber stomachs break down and ferment plants for easy digestion. This helps to keep deer healthy in a variety of changing landscapes and makes them an essential part of the food chain. However, overpopulation and lack of predators are making them a pest in many areas.
6. Being a Couch Potato
Being a couch potato is bad for your health. Studies have shown that people who sit for long periods of time are more likely to die early than those who move around more throughout the day. Even if you go to the gym every morning and take a daily walk, you can still be a couch potato if you spend most of the rest of your day sitting down.
There’s nothing wrong with being a couch potato from time to time, but not all the time. Just remember that you need to balance your lazing out with work, socializing, and other important things. Just be sure not to make it a habit. Then again, it could be just what the doctor ordered! You’ll be thanking yourself later. Hopefully, you’ll live longer than your neighbors! 😉 Just kidding.
7. Sleeping in Your Car
There are a variety of reasons why people may need to sleep in their car. Maybe their roomie works the night shift or an irate spouse has locked them out.
Car-sleeping can be a safe and convenient temporary solution for some, but it can also be dangerous. The primary risk is carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a colourless and odourless gas that can build up in enclosed spaces. It is produced when fuel is burned and can prevent blood cells from carrying oxygen to the brain and heart.
Other dangers include theft and break-ins. It is important to lock your doors and windows at night and keep valuables out of sight. If you are sleeping in a public place such as a hospital parking lot, let security know where you are and your vehicle registration number.
8. The Sun
The sun is a terrifying ball of fire. It provides us with life-giving light and heat but can also kill you in a few different ways. Luckily, most of these aren’t as dangerous as snakes or hypothermia. However, there are some things that will kill you in under an hour like looking directly at it or eating a conotoxin-laced snail.
The Sun is a glowing, spinning ball of extremely hot gases that are mostly hydrogen and helium with some other trace elements. The Sun’s temperatures and pressures are so high that atoms of hydrogen fuse into helium and generate vast amounts of energy. Scientists monitor the Sun with a fleet of spacecraft 24/7. The Sun has a Swiss army knife of ways to do you in, from radiation to solar flares. But there is one way the Sun can kill you in under an hour – by looking at it directly.
The stings of some insects are dangerous and potentially fatal. Those of the genus Hymenoptera, which include bees and wasps, inject venom into their victims that disrupts blood flow and prevents clotting. This can cause severe pain and shock.
These tiny, wingless blood-suckers are obligate parasites of warm-blooded animals and can transmit all manner of diseases. There is a louse for every mammal not a bat, and they are so common there is even a condition called delusional parasitosis where people believe they have lice even though they don’t.
The USDA has asked residents of the Northeast to kill spotted lanternflies on sight. This pest is completely harmless to humans, but it spreads a secretion that is deadly to trees and plants. Each minute that passes between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10%.