Generally speaking, knowledge is power. Why not learn as much as possible to become a more interesting, useful, and education person? You never know when certain information will come in handy.
This clichéd wisdom, however, has its limits. Perhaps there are some areas we really don't need to explore. There are things that can't be unlearned once we've seen and absorbed them... And that knowledge may haunt us forever.
Thanks to the Internet, we now know way too much about owls.
It all began when entertainment writer and Twitter phenom Dana Schwartz noticed a particularly plump bird resting on boyfriend's air conditioner in New York City.
The chubbiest bird in the world is on my boyfriend's air conditioner pic.twitter.com/QCutmEx8oM— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) January 8, 2017
But the vigilant people of Twitter would not tolerate such bird body shaming without all the facts.
@DanaSchwartzzz Not necessarily chubby. Can really freak self out by seeing how gaunt, spectral bids look w/o feathers. Owls especially.— Warren Terra (@warren__terra) January 8, 2017
All birds are beautiful, after all.
That's when Schwartz came to her senses. "I realized I had no idea what owls looked like without feathers," Schwartz told Distractify.
So, she did some research: "The answer is...nightmares" she said.
Graciously, she decided to share her important findings with the public.
I just googled what owls look like without feathers and I am severely shook pic.twitter.com/B12IJ1atYl— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) January 8, 2017
These findings left everyone rattled. So Twitter tried to make sense of it all.
@DanaSchwartzzz this is why they have feathers— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) January 8, 2017
Who knew that cute chubby, owls were actually mutant dinosaurs of our nightmares?
Schwartz, herself, is not deterred. "I think they're even cuter [now]," she says.
Tragically, this information no one asked for spawned more photos of creepy, naked animals to haunt our nightmares.
Cute animals will never be the same. You're welcome.
While we can't promise any more frightening factoids about owls, we can suggest you absorb more of Schwartz's wisdom in her book And We're Off, available for preorder on Amazon.