23 Dangerous Activities People Do All the Time Without Realizing It

There are some things in life that are far more dangerous than you think. An internet survey recently asked, “What seems harmless but is actually incredibly dangerous?” Here are the top 23 responses.

Putting Your Feet on a Car Dashboard

Putting Your Feet on a Car Dashboard
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They hit the car ahead at 25 mph, and the airbags deployed. “I read an account from a passenger with his right leg up in the dash. He looked to the right, saw a leg, and thought, ” Wow, some poor guy got his leg torn off.” Then he realized it was his leg.”

“This is my biggest pet peeve. I’ve had like 5+ girls do this in my car. Usually, the whole “you’ll never walk again if we get rear-ended” does it, but sometimes they resist, and it just annoys me.”

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 the wrong angle, and it’s bye-bye eyes.”

“You can hit the person’s head on the table or plate that holds the cake. I saw a video of a person trying to smash someone’s face in the cake, and the person had their head slammed into the wood table.”

AI Algorithms and Deep Fake Technologies

AI Algorithms and Deep Fake Technologies
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“It can be used for far more nefarious things than creating videos about three presidents arguing about video games.”

“This one cheerleader mom made these bad deep fakes of her daughter’s competitors vaping. Luckily the deep fakes were bad, so people could tell they were fake. There was an article on it a while ago.”

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.”

“Backflipped when I was on holiday (about six years old) trying to get my mum’s attention so she could watch my backflip. Unknowingly, I had stepped forward when I got her attention. I did the backflip and landed straight on the pool’s edge, with my head breaking the fall. My dad said he had never seen a pool go red so quickly.”

Not Getting Enough Sleep

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“Let me introduce you to my worst enemy: Restless Legs Syndrome. Even when I sleep, I’m never fully asleep, so I never sleep. I am not ok.”

“Being constantly tired is like living a worse version of life where you never want to do anything, everything irritates you, and you can’t focus.”

Getting Into a Car

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

“I can generally tell someone has never been in a car accident by their super aggressive driving style. I used to drive myself aggressively in my teenage years. Then I was in a head-on collision, and I now proudly drive like an 80-year-old.”

Sitting All Day Long

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“I’m fairly convinced my desk job has contributed to many 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.”

Coconuts

Coconuts
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“You are 20X more likely to get killed by a falling coconut than a shark!”

“I always thought this was a myth, but being from a South Florida beach town, I have seen coconuts fall off the tree. I see how it can happen.”

Giving Honey to an Infant

Giving Honey to an Infant
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“Botulinum toxin causes flaccid paralysis, so the baby won’t be able to breathe. Do not give an <1 y/o infant honey as it can be fatal.”

“The reason it’s dangerous in infants and not adults is because of their underdeveloped immune system.”

Not Boiling Dried Kidney Beans Long Enough

Uncooked Kidney Beans
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“Lectin toxicity is a nasty, nasty thing.”

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

Sucking Helium Out of Balloons

Sucking Helium Out of Balloons
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“The body doesn’t know that it isn’t oxygen, so there isn’t any gasping for air reflex.”

“A friend did that once and almost lost his eye cus he passed out and landed on glass. Luckily, he just got some superficial cuts on his forehead, and he’s fully recovered. Still, now I only do it sitting down with people present.”

Kids Seeking Help Online

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“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.”

“This is also a danger for young adults looking for sympathy from strangers. My ex was a psych professor and exclusively targeted disadvantaged young college girls who had sob stories to tell.”

A Patch of Calm, Smooth Ocean Between Sections That Look Rough

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“It means that there’s a rip current under the surface. That patch of water wants to yank you out to sea and drown you.”

“Divers and surfers use rip currents as an easy way to cut through the surf when beginning their dives.”

Colorful and Pretty Wildlife You’re Unfamiliar With

Colorful and Pretty Wildlife You_re Unfamiliar With
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“If you wouldn’t eat a berry you’re unfamiliar with, why would you pick up an unfamiliar animal?”

“Social media is the main culprit. Everyone wants a cool video or picture to post. Then they end up hospitalized.”

Interact with a Moose

A Moose
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” A bear will usually give you fair warning before attacking. A moose will dance on your crippled corpse just cause you dared look at it.”

“What makes them particularly dangerous is they can kick in any direction with any limb equally.”

Water on the Roadway

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

“I was driving my mom’s Audi TTS – a vehicle that typically handles like it’s on rails in wet or dry conditions. On the highway, I hit some standing water on a corner going about 100 km/h (60 mph), and I immediately lost all traction. It felt very similar to being on ice.”

Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs
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“I used to work with a guy who decided to try himself. He came into work on a Monday with a visible injury to his forehead. He was lucky.”

“My brother is a car guy, and something he greatly stressed to me is to avoid messing around with heavy-duty springs. The release in tension can easily kill you.”

Tired Driving

Tired Driving
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“I say this all the time! When I was 17 and had just gotten my license, my mom constantly woke me from a dead sleep, so I would “drive around” or “run errands” for her. The first time it felt scary driving tired, so I kept telling her not to do that to me because I was tired and almost fell asleep driving. It took my dad stepping in to get her to stop.”

“I recently had to drive home after an 11-hour shift and 3 hours of sleep the night before. Aside from heavy eyes and taking care to not fall asleep, I felt like I was drunk, sort of “three beers in” drunk.”

Interact With a Bison

A Bison
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“Just go to Yellowstone, grab the popcorn, find a tourist route, and watch. You’ll see.”

“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. Would hate to be on the receiving end of that.”

Reddit

Reddit
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“Thief of time, spreader of unresearched opinions, home of abuse and a constant stream of dopamine.”

“Full of false myths spread as truth, hive mind, propaganda and causes dopamine dependence. This site is horrible if you can’t control your use of it.”

Stairs

Stairs
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“I’ve fallen down many of them in my day and can confirm they are dangerous.”

“I worked in a paper mill, and one of the things that would get you written up as if you didn’t keep a hand on the railing when going down the stairs. Stairs are no joke.”

Always Threatening To Fight People

Always Threatening To Fight People
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“If you’re first to threaten to fight someone. You may actually come across someone who severely hurts you. Also, you look like trash, always threatening to fight people.”

“Professional fighters’ typical rule of thumb is to deny a street fight because you’re never aware if someone has a weapon on them or not.”

Herbivores

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

“Herbivores will keep attacking you, killing you slowly, and might even do it after death. Ouch.”

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