The human body is approximately 65 percent water. By that logic, you might be tempted to think that water is your friend in all things as a human being. That is sadly dead wrong. When you’re not drinking water, it’s plotting ways to kill you.
Take for example this recent case of flesh eating bacteria in Sarasota County, Florida. It’s already killed one person there. So yeah, water doesn’t like you. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that your favorite beverage is actually trying to kill you.
1.) Brain amoeba.
Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming in your favorite lake, you’ve got to worry about amoebas eating your brain. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but these things are real and they’re scary.
Their formal name is Naegleria fowleri, and it loves to hang out in warm freshwater. Meaning lakes, ponds, untreated swimming pools, etc. These critters gain access to your delicious brain through your nose. So watch out. Between 1998 and 2007 Naegleria fowleri killed 33 people.
Water will also kill you by leaching your body heat. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. After that the body cannot replenish the heat your losing to the water, and you die. You might remember Jack’s death in the movie Titanic was caused by hypothermia. I’ll still never let go.
3.) Flesh eating bacteria.
Vibrio vulnificus is a flesh eating bacteria that has already killed several people infected with it this summer. The bacteria breeds in warm spots in the ocean and can infect a person via open wounds. Pretty much stay away from warm ocean water, and you should be good.
4.) Water animals.
You know what lives in water that loves the taste of human flesh? Well take your pick, there are plenty of options out there. For the sake of this article We’ll go with sharks. We’re going to need a bigger boat.
Water is not content to merely let us live our lives on land. Oh no no. It must rain down from the skies and try to kill us as we’re driving or walking from place to place. In the United States alone, at least 3,000 people die every year from car accidents caused by rain.
Water in it’s purest form doesn’t conduct electricity. However hyper pure water isn’t that common outside of a laboratory setting, meaning that any body of water (large or small) can potentially kill you if there’s an electrical current nearby.
Even if you think you’re safe in your coastal village near calm water, you’re not. In fact you’re likely vulnerable to a certain kind of water plot to eradicate humanity, tsunamis. You don’t want to mess with these things. They’re insane.
8.) Drinking too much water.
Despite the fact that drinking water is pretty much the only safe thing you can do with water, it can still backfire. If you over-hydrate yourself, you can end up dead real quick. The condition is called dilutional hyponatremia. If it’s any consolation though, it’s pretty much impossible to accidentally kill yourself by drinking too much water.
Just when you thought you were safe from water’s wrath up in your mountain fortress compound, think again. Because here comes the avalanche. Snow is just water in a clever disguise. Be wary.
And finally, water will also try to kill you by boiling you alive. It doesn’t happen that often but when it does, oh man is that unpleasant.
Death by boiling used to be a popular execution method back in the good old days. It’s since fallen out of style. Every once and a while though someone will underestimate how hot a hot spring actually is and end up dead.
I already had a water phobia, and now it’s much much worse. Spread the word about the deadliness of water by clicking below to share this story on Facebook.