#3 Ilha de Queimada Grande; A.K.A. Snake Island
Now this island really didn’t steal it’s name.
Ilha de Queimada Grande is a delightfully exotic sounding island off the coast of Brazil that plays host to a certain breed of exotic sounding snake known as the Golden Lancehead. This snake has one of the worst venoms in the world, which literally causes your flesh to rot off your bones.
Conservative estimates range from the spine tingling one snake per square meter to the “drop dead from pants shitting fear” five snakes per square meter.
Imagine 5 of those in an area smaller then your bed…#2 Izu Islands
So there’s this chain of islands, in some far-off magical world (called Japan), and on these islands is contained unimaginable horror.
You know how right now you’re breathing air? Well depending on where you are, odds are it’s fairly standard stuff: mostly full of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and a bunch of other shit. Ideally, it’s probably lacking in sulfur.
Not so on the Izu Islands! Thanks to some nasty volcano-related incidents, the island’s air is pumped full of delicious sulfur! The highest concentration of the gas on the entire fucking planet no less. It’s OK though because nobody lives there…
Oh wait, they totally still live there
For some reason, the island has retained most of its pre-volcano population, and since the volcano never stopped spewing eggy gas, now they live day and night with a gas mask either on their face, or at their side. In the middle of the night, air raid sirens go off because the gas levels are dangerously high and people would start to die. People live their entire lives like this.
It’s not all bad though–the residents are at least getting paid to stay there. By whom you ask? Why, science of course! Residents get a very small amount of money on the basis that science wants to see what happens to them if they spend their lives wearing gas masks and breathing in trace amounts of sulfur.#1 Fiji
If you thought Fiji was some beautiful island paradise, you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Dead-as-partially-devoured-children wrong. (That simile will become appropriate later, we promise.)
Fiji has something of a history behind it, history including such favorites as cannibal children, murder of children, torture of children and death-by-seasickness for children. Yes, Fiji apparently didn’t like kids that much.
A missionary who visited the island during the1840s was treated to all these things. He writes:
“October 31st, 1839, Thursday. This morning we witnessed a shocking spectacle. Twenty (20) dead bodies of men, women and children were brought to Rewa as a present from Tanoa. They were distributed among the people to be cooked and eaten. They were dragged about in the water and on the beach. The children amused themselves by sporting with and mutilating the body of a little girl. A crowd of men and women maltreated the body of a gray-haired old man and that of a young woman. Human entrails were floating down the river in front of the mission premises.”
OK, that’s kind of gross, but that’s just how cannibals were right? Everyone was doing it back then, right? Well yes, but not everyone was doing this:
“About 30 living children were hoisted up to the mastheads as flags of triumph. The motion of the canoes while sailing soon killed the helpless creatures and silenced their piercing cries.”
Just to be clear, what he is describing there is small children being used as decorative flags, and dying as a result of sea sickness. Got it? Good, we can move on.
“Other children were taken, alive, to Bau that the boys there might learn the art of Feegeean warfare by firing arrows at them and beating them with clubs. For days they have been tearing and devouring like wolves and hyenas.”
Immediately after this picture was taken they ate the camera man, who was a baby.Based on “6 Real Islands Way More Terrifying Than The One On ‘Lost’ ”