6 in 60 – Number Five: The Killers


Another Tuesday, another set of 6 facts! This week I thought I’d look at some of the most deadly things in this wonderful world of ours. As always the 6 facts should take you less than a minute to read and all of my sources are at the bottom. Let’s Go!!!


  1. Ricinus communis or the castor oil plant is widely seen but enough as digesting just 4 seeds is enough to kill you within 3 -5 days if left untreated.
  2. The black death that covered europe killed 75 to 200 million people in the 14th century. This plague was caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis.1
  3. The komodo dragon is the largest living lizard species and thanks to their venemous bite inhibiting blood clotting it is deadly.
  4. The box jellyfish is known for being the most venomous jelly on the planet. Whats less known is that sea turtles are unaffected by there sting and actually eat them!
  5. The fungi responsible for up to 90% of fungus related deaths is called the Deathcap (Amanita phalloides) and is very common throughout Britain and Ireland.
  6. The cape buffalo is described as the most dangerous game animal. They are surprisingly fast and is responsible for on average 200 human deaths a year.

I hope that this has informed you slightly to the wonderful killers out there. See you next week for more!

The Sources

Number 1 comes from a list by Robbie Gonzalez which has even more poisonous plants. Number 2 comes from a wealth of resources but mainly this article by science live. Number 3 was part of another list but this time focusing on lizards. Number 4 comes from the fact file on box jellies by the national geographic. Number 5 comes from another factfile from first-nature. Number 6 is from a wealth of research after I discovered a slightly dodgy article but here is the britannica encyclopedia file on the buffalo.


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