20 Facts That Make Everyday Fears Less Terrifying

The two biggest forces that drive this world are love and fear. While it is nice to think that love governs us most of the time, it would be silly not to admit that all of us have a large part of our lives ruled by fear. It is absolutely true that the word is a big, scary place – but in reality it is far less frightening than you probably realize. Misinformation leaks into our minds through history and pop-culture and molds us into people who are afraid of harmless things. Here are just a few things you should know to ease your mind about some of the world’s most common fears.

Everybody’s Heard About The Bird Flu

For all the hypochondriacs out there, there is no need to be afraid of catching the infamous H5N1 virus, also known as the Bird Flu. If you live in the United States, you have a greater likelihood of getting a date with Taylor Swift.

Busy Bees

Being stung to death by a swarm of bees sounds like a painful way to die, but it isn’t that probable. Bees are relatively harmless when they are swarming – it means they are looking for a new hive and therefore don’t currently have any food or offspring to protect.

Bat S**t Crazy

Because of its name, Vampire Bats have a less than bright reputation. And yet, despite their moniker, they are actually harmless to humans and cause little or no pain to the animals they feed on. They have even been known to adopt the orphaned pups of other bats.

Furry Friends

Spiders are the creepiest of creepy crawlies, which makes tarantulas their king, but the large arachnids barely have enough venom to cause the pain of a bee-sting. Their friendliness is on par with that of a house cat.