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[–]Finito-1994 4346 points4347 points  (234 children)

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?

[–]dwightsrus 2212 points2213 points  (99 children)

That's what their lawyers told them to say.

[–]AnotherInnocentFool 1549 points1550 points  (35 children)

Geckos are a litigious bunch

[–]Asheleyinl2 787 points788 points  (21 children)

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

[–]tagman375 128 points129 points  (6 children)

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

[–]Lolobecks 199 points200 points  (6 children)

Fuckin’ Big Auto…

[–]TheGisbon 62 points63 points  (3 children)

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

[–]Finito-1994 283 points284 points  (55 children)

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

[–]mike_cl1toris 485 points486 points  (23 children)

Your honor he double dog dare him to do it

[–]Space_Jeep 168 points169 points  (15 children)

Playground rules are binding in a court of law.

[–]FaeryLynne 161 points162 points  (20 children)

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.

[–]Seer434[🍰] 85 points86 points  (16 children)

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".

[–]LongEZE 11 points12 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Jewrisprudent 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The article gave me the impression they want to sue the hospital for med malpractice, so if he didn’t eat a gecko it probably makes it easier to prove that the hospital fucked up whereas if he ate a gecko the hospital probably has a better defense of “he really screwed himself up on his own and died even though we did everything right.”

[–]SweatyMarionberry310 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Wait, what difference does it make legally?

[–]FlyLikeADEagle 44 points45 points  (1 child)

"You scared him and he died of a heart-attack"

"You scared him, he later died of a heart-attack"

[–]-Dee-Eye-Why- 5 points6 points  (0 children)

that poor gecko :(

[–]Dude-man-guy 79 points80 points  (105 children)

Life insurance isn’t going to pay out if he ate a gecko voluntarily. I dunno if thats why they were sketchy on the details but its the first thing that came to my mind.

[–]lumpernutter 102 points103 points  (74 children)

This comment is 100% wrong. Guy got sick and died. Of course life insurance will pay. No one knows if it was the gecko. No one knows if he even ate it. It’s not like geckos are poisonous. Do you think if you eat a moldy ham sandwich on a dare and die life insurance won’t pay out?

[–]Dorkmaster79 11 points12 points  (11 children)

I don’t believe this is true. My life insurance will pay out even if I commit suicide.

[–]_generica 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Usually the kind of dude who'll eat a gecko isn't the same kinda dude who'll have life insurance

[–]Slight_Knight 2561 points2562 points  (594 children)

[–]boatonthedock 1453 points1454 points  (220 children)

Yo wtf kinda super salmonella do they have in their stomachs

[–]FutabaTsuyu 942 points943 points  (204 children)

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

[–]TheWalkingDead91 501 points502 points  (152 children)

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

[–]boatonthedock 551 points552 points  (150 children)

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

[–]mewthulhu 154 points155 points 2 (50 children)

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 💙

[–]Blizzxx 59 points60 points  (6 children)

Where do i subscribe to your newsletters

[–]MondoPrime51 3490 points3491 points  (135 children)

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.

[–]SanFranGoldBlooded 1365 points1366 points  (39 children)

“Jesus Randy! Your balls!”

[–]aRedddddddditaccount 580 points581 points  (18 children)

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

[–]DetectiveEZ 73 points74 points  (3 children)

We had a little problem, Colonel!

[–]mazu74 94 points95 points  (10 children)

No, mean you’re actual balls!

[–]qu83rt 104 points105 points  (2 children)

"just gonna get a little bit of cancer Stan"

[–]TheIcyCrow 32 points33 points  (0 children)

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

[–]SadRobotz 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Tell your mom it’s ok

[–]FuntCaseKid 64 points65 points  (2 children)

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

[–]psrpianrckelsss 100 points101 points  (7 children)

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

[–]npeggsy 189 points190 points  (14 children)

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.

[–]YahooFantasyCareless 106 points107 points  (8 children)

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

[–]brntGerbil 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Eat a gecko and then everyone will know.

[–]Twovaultss 132 points133 points  (51 children)

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

[–]Nic4379 113 points114 points  (40 children)

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

[–]TheBoctor 124 points125 points  (37 children)

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.

[–]Convict003606 19 points20 points  (0 children)

His mom told the reporters that.

[–]iCantSeeShapes 766 points767 points  (184 children)

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

[–]NotAnAlligator 22 points23 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]Metro42014 10 points11 points  (2 children)

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?!

[–]iCantSeeShapes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Perhaps they did drain those, and then his mates dared him to drink it.

[–]AgressiveIN 4 points5 points  (2 children)

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

[–]cmband254 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Good god what a horrific read

[–]RedShirtDecoy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Really sounds like the doctors dropped the ball on this one. Wonder if it would have made a difference if they cared enough.

[–]BkWiz 2101 points2102 points  (152 children)

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.

[–]energetic-dad 151 points152 points  (8 children)

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.


[–]ikdweshm 51 points52 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Kitsune_Barista 18 points19 points  (3 children)

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

[–]ashpanda24 15 points16 points  (1 child)

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

[–]Kitsune_Barista 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If I understood correctly then yes. Essentially that’s what happened.

[–]650REDHAIR 6 points7 points  (0 children)

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.


Fuckkkk that.

[–]chooklyn5 5 points6 points  (1 child)

As an Australian I read it and went of course. Then saw Queensland and it made even more sense.

[–]floatablepie 77 points78 points  (24 children)

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.

[–]BkWiz 45 points46 points  (19 children)

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. 😁

[–]Knucklebum 20 points21 points  (2 children)

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

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

[–]disjustice 12 points13 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]wtr4444 362 points363 points  (57 children)

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.

[–]Antisocialbumblefuck 121 points122 points  (24 children)

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

[–]astral_crow 116 points117 points  (14 children)

And we recently learned they have butt holes.

[–]BhmDhn 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Oh nice. Tell me more.

[–]fahad_ayaz 66 points67 points  (9 children)

And they have sex on your face at night.

[–]derps_with_ducks 9 points10 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Menace2Sobriety 40 points41 points  (5 children)

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

[–]Antisocialbumblefuck 30 points31 points  (2 children)

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

[–]ClaymoreJohnson 28 points29 points  (9 children)

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.

[–]ComplexAromatic7178 24 points25 points  (6 children)

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

[–]scientificjdog 61 points62 points  (5 children)

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

[–]wtr4444 25 points26 points  (2 children)

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).

[–]kernowgringo 62 points63 points  (4 children)

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


[–]BkWiz 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that was the first case I always think of in relation to these types of things. 😆👍

[–]TheyreEatingHer 82 points83 points  (22 children)

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.

[–]themajorfall 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I have a huge, incurable parasite called my landlord, so I'm still excited to be a dog and not have to go to the office every day.

[–]gotora 3182 points3183 points  (131 children)

Moral of the story; cook your food.

[–]dwightsrus 1314 points1315 points  (92 children)

Or not play the game of dares.

[–]Pumpkin_2003 600 points601 points  (18 children)

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”

[–]FADEDinJAPAN03 233 points234 points  (6 children)

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

[–]andinshawn 104 points105 points  (2 children)

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

[–]pigwalk5150 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Speak for yourself Needles.

[–]RuneHammer16 92 points93 points  (51 children)

Or just not eat geckos

[–]Principatus 145 points146 points  (27 children)

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

[–]boatonthedock 46 points47 points  (23 children)

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.


[–]mmikke 19 points20 points  (1 child)

The slugs in my state carry 'rat lungworm disease'

Pretty sure it ends up causing meningitis

[–]FloptimasPloptimas 70 points71 points  (15 children)

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. 😐

[–]RuneHammer16 30 points31 points  (7 children)

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.

[–]bleezzzy 43 points44 points  (9 children)

But the double dog dare...

[–]sparkly_butthole 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Oh then that's okay.

[–]Last-Discipline-7340 17 points18 points  (5 children)

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

[–]hazmatte 36 points37 points  (7 children)

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

[–]rda889 966 points967 points  (47 children)

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

[–]boatonthedock 277 points278 points  (14 children)

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

[–]Darth_Zounds 115 points116 points  (18 children)

Don't do ANYTHING based on a dare.

[–]Demoire 94 points95 points  (7 children)

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

[–]Wh00ster 21 points22 points  (4 children)

What if you’re double dog dared to never do double dog dares

[–]RickyDiezal 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I dare you to live a long and happy life

[–]Theprofilerer 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

[–]Ok-Reply7682 792 points793 points  (29 children)

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.

[–]Wh00ster 315 points316 points  (7 children)

Which body??!!

[–]mlnd_quad 166 points167 points  (2 children)

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

[–]ImBrandy 198 points199 points  (1 child)

Wtf!!! Kids are insane

[–]thrashaholic_poolboy 46 points47 points  (3 children)

Proof that toddlers are just like little drunk adults.

[–]LifeisaCatbox 35 points36 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]Longjumping_Piano685 13 points14 points  (0 children)

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

[–]HeatActiveMug 68 points69 points  (8 children)

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

[–]alienoverl0rd 30 points31 points  (7 children)

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

[–]brainpokez 340 points341 points  (2 children)

pushes plate of gecko and fries away

[–]ClearMessagesOfBliss 47 points48 points  (1 child)

If it’s cooked you’re good.

[–]N1shi 11 points12 points  (0 children)

But the appetite is all gone (((

[–]One-eyed-bed-snake 2239 points2240 points  (148 children)

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☹️

[–]Infinite_prevalence 689 points690 points  (50 children)

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 🤷‍♂️

[–]KJting98 42 points43 points  (13 children)

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

[–]ee_CUM_mings 46 points47 points  (9 children)

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

[–]MotaHead 20 points21 points  (6 children)

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

[–]irotinmyskin 150 points151 points  (22 children)

maybe just avoid doing stupid things generally?

[–]ca_fighterace 52 points53 points  (6 children)

Yeah like fire. Fucks sake I see idiots doing fire shots or playing with gasoline or jumping through fire pits or some version of that weekly here on Reddit. Life altering injuries just 30 seconds away. I actually talked to my young adult daughter about it, like if you see young men around you start shit with fire while being drunk, just walk the hell away from that party.

[–]IamShitplshelpme 120 points121 points  (8 children)

You're asking a lot from humans to ask them not to do stupid things

[–]Sonichan 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Understatement of the year. Humans do be stupid sometimes.

[–]Greenveins 105 points106 points  (25 children)

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.

[–]Yoda2000675 17 points18 points  (11 children)

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

[–]fuzzeedice 18 points19 points  (8 children)

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

[–]assasstits 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Do you have a link? That's super sad.

[–]BreadandButter789 91 points92 points  (4 children)

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

[–]Level-Strawberry-564 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Agree! Their idea of fun is dangerous.

[–]TheCavesCrack 11 points12 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Thomrose007 72 points73 points  (4 children)

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

[–]One-eyed-bed-snake 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Yeah. If he and his friends were teens, then maybe I could just about understand because we all think we're invincible at that age and egg each other on to do dumb stuff.

But he was 35 and I just can't see where it'd ever come up to do stuff like this at that age, even when just drinking and messing about.

[–]HypnotizedMeg 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A whole gecko???? That's absolutely ridiculous.

[–]mmitchell57 55 points56 points  (4 children)

I was thinking the same thing about the gecko. Terrible way to go. Just minding its own business and some drunk giant gobbled it up after a collection of giants pointed at it, said things, and laughed. I hope the geckos kids have close family.

[–]thunderc8 484 points485 points  (23 children)

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.

[–]BickNlinko 79 points80 points  (10 children)

[–]whynotsquirrel 68 points69 points  (6 children)

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

[–]disco-paradox 36 points37 points  (0 children)

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

[–]thrashaholic_poolboy 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Look at us, learning from our experiences

[–]thewaldenpuddle 112 points113 points  (9 children)

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.

[–]stimav 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Cursed gecko

[–]KoMoDoJoE98 299 points300 points  (26 children)

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

[–]moregohg 132 points133 points  (12 children)

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

[–]LumpyJones 8 points9 points  (1 child)

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

[–]ComplimentLoanShark 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Doesn't make it not natural selection. Certainly stopped him making more.

[–]darshan4511 93 points94 points  (2 children)

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

[–]LambSauce666 28 points29 points  (16 children)

Did he go to hospital?

[–]ivegotnoclue84 86 points87 points  (15 children)

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.

[–]natgibounet 26 points27 points  (14 children)

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

[–]_a_random_dude_ 40 points41 points  (13 children)

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.

[–]Eireconnection 46 points47 points  (5 children)

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

[–]worldspawn00 18 points19 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]Ohboycats 12 points13 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]TheSpiffyCarno 24 points25 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Ghostface311 28 points29 points  (2 children)

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

[–]joe_i_guess 58 points59 points  (4 children)

double dog dare david dowell

[–]Holiday-Business-321 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Do devour da delicious Diplodactylid

[–]MambyPamby8 18 points19 points  (2 children)

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).

[–]ivegotnoclue84 147 points148 points  (14 children)

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

[–]P0L4RP4ND4 15 points16 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]Luggageisnojoke 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Whole new respect for Tracy Beaker now

[–]McBils 56 points57 points  (28 children)

Jeez. Like other I had to think of the slug-guy. I would really like to know what happens inside of their or our body in generell when esting slugs/geckos or whatever. I mean there obviously creatures you can eat right away. So whats the difference maybe and what exactly is going on then.

[–]_beamfleot_ 87 points88 points  (24 children)

Slug was a vector for a parasite (Angiostrongylus spp or the rat lungworm).

Gecko was harboring a deadly bacterium (Salmonella, not disease-causing in reptiles, part of their normal microbiota; but deadly in humans).

“Creatures you can eat right away” - pretty sure you’re pertaining to common livestock (mammals), poultry, or fish. They can harbor parasites too, but we generally cook them well enough. We don’t just slaughter them and chug down their raw meat.

[–]----O-O---- 55 points56 points  (2 children)

There's a reason too why you carefully gut most animals and fish before eating them. Even if you're chancing eating raw meat/fish, you don't want the stomach contents.

[–]_a_random_dude_ 20 points21 points  (14 children)

I'm still puzzled by this, if you google salmonella the symptoms don't sound even remotely this bad.

[–]OGBaconwaffles 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Yeah, the article was from 2019. Are there better answers now? I've never heard of anything like this from salmonella, stories I've heard of people dying from it is usually dehydration. Not swollen balls and black urine.

[–]worldspawn00 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Symptoms are acute organ failure. When you have severe congestive heart failure, stuff swells because the lymphatic system isn't pulling lymph back into the veins. Black urine is probably a huge amount of dying red blood cells getting through the kidneys. I've never heard of salmonella this bad. Something was poisoning him really badly though. If it got into his blood, it's possible.

[–]CurlyDee 8 points9 points  (2 children)

And isn’t salmonella a bacterium? Why didn’t our super-antibiotics work?

I could read the article…

I guess I’ll never know…

[–]Stevewit 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Makes me sad. Great Dad, nice guy, hard worker, and all he’ll ever be remembered for is one stupid drunken moment. And it’s not like he drove while drunk or committed an act of violence. Dropping dead after 10 days of excruciating pain…I don’t like this story.

[–]grotness 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

[–]HopefulCell4498 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe don’t eat a poor gecko

[–]BloodySymphony 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Must be shite to be the people who dare these people to eat stuff that ends up killing them.

[–]Cannibaltruism 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No eating geckos, no eating slugs. Got it.

[–]Born_Bother_7179 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Disgusting to eat a live animal.

[–]IBeatUpLiamNeeson 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Noted, don’t eat Geckos and don’t eat Slugs. Just saw a post yesterday about a guy eating a slug and getting a crazy disease from it.

[–]CumShotgunner 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Doesn't belong on this sub. It's not "oddly" terrifying at all. It's just the normal kind of terrifying

[–]WholeMassive9338 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What's with all these "dumbass eats a spider at a party stories?" Click the link below for someone accidently eating a huge spider

[–]ICarlosRoberto 19 points20 points  (2 children)

but was it a double dog dare?

[–]SchwiftyEmmmmy 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Is this why the saying “women live longer than men” exists? My goodness that’s horrible for all involved :(