The medical field is perfecting the use of sound in many procedures, steadily leading us toward a future in which all hospitals look like the record store from A Clockwork Orange.
#4. Performing Surgery
As it turns out, sound can cut you pretty deep (and not just with Nothing Compares 2 U). Scalpels and needles are being replaced in some surgical procedures by various ultrasound techniques, because apparently doctors are no longer getting paid enough to actually hold anything. Technology like the SonoPrep use low frequency ultrasound to temporarily liquefy skin cells to allow medications to pass through (thus eliminating the need for injections), while histotripsy uses focused ultrasound to force tissues apart with a Jay Z bass line rather than making an incision with a sterilized medical tool (the only sterilization in this process is presumably buying the edited version from Wal-Mart).
High frequency sound waves, when focused on a precise point, can also generate enough heat to suture a wound, literally fusing it shut in less than a minute and eliminating the need for stitches. It can even seal up internal injuries without burning the skin or anything in between. This is similar to that time in Star Trek when Kirk and Spock used focused sound waves to blow up a mountain, although somehow it seems less believable despite being documented fact.
We've all seen countless images of the most well-known landmarks in the world. However, the following photos reveal the shocking truth behind some of those landmarks, sort of like the first time you saw a picture of the dehydrated crocodile anus hiding beneath Gene Simmons' KISS makeup.
#4. The Heads on Easter Island Are Actually Full Statues
Easter Island, one of the most isolated places in the world, is known for the giant disembodied heads that dot its landscape like the basketball court at a Taliban rec center.
The thing is, those heads aren't disembodied at all -- they're the tops of giant stone statues that have been buried up to their necks like Ted Danson in Creepshow. They didn't sink over time, either, but were intentionally set onto mounts deep underground.
We all grew up with some pretty frightening monsters waiting in the netherworld to haunt our dreams. But if you think our definition of football is the only thing that makes the USA the best place to be, you haven't seen the terrifying foreign versions of the famous monsters you grew up to love and fear.
At least our monsters left some wiggle room in the "chances of getting to sleep later" department. That's more than we can say for these terrifying foreign versions of famous monsters ...
#5. The Draugr
Most of us picture a sheet with eyeholes when we think of a ghost. But as with pretty much every other aspect of life, Norse mythology handles the topic of "ghosts" in a far more terrifying manner than the average American is used to. Draugar basically consist of the souls of angry Vikings haunting their own corpses.
Their posthumous infusion of unbridled evil left these reanimated corpses free to go on raping and pillaging with a whole Justice League of superpowers at their disposal. A draugr could control the weather, grow to any size, burrow at high speeds, raise undead minions and transform into animals such as a giant, skinless bull or even a cute cat, because apparently it also realized even back then that it was going to need an icebreaker with the Internet crowd.