101 Short Stories that Will Leave You Smiling, Crying and Thinking post written by: Marc Chernoff Email Since its inception eighteen months ago, our sister site Makes Me Think (MMT) has truly evolved into a remarkable online community. As stated on the MMT About page, sometimes the most random everyday encounters force us to stop and rethink the truths and perceptions we have ingrained in our minds. I believe the 101 stories listed below perfectly fulfill that description. What do you think? How the Necronomicon Works" Weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft created a mythology that includes bizarre monsters, troubled communities, insane scholars and a library of books filled with forbidden lore. Of all the books detailing this mythology that Lovecraft mentions in his fiction, one in particular captures the imagination more than any other: the "Necronomicon." In reality, the "Necronomicon" doesn't exist, though more than a half dozen books with the title "Necronomicon" are available at bookstores. The "Necronomicon" plays an important role in the Cthulhu mythos -- the mythology behind much of Lovecraft's work involving extraterrestrial beings of immense power. Lovecraft tells us that the author of the book was the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred, who perished in A.D. 738 after being eaten by one or more invisible monsters. So what's in this book? In other words, the book is a fictional history about our world and the creatures that eons ago ruled the Earth and other realms.
Southern Ghost Stories, Folktales, Storytelling: The Moonlit Road.com Bullet Catch History Deaths Houdini Dorothy Dietrich Chung Ling Soo Penn & Teller Learn Criss Angel Style Magic Tricks "Awesome, you're a great illusionist!" Criss Angel is a great entertainer, performing many stunning illusions. Here are some great Criss Angel style coin tricks that look like real magic! THE EFFECT: You place any coin on the palm of your open hand, giving a magical snap, it vanishes into thin air! Watch the effect, then learn it! Do you want to own all my tutorial videos? THE SECRET: Ok, ok the saying "nothing up my sleeve" does not apply here! Be warned the 'flick move' does take some practice. To achieve a good 'flick' place the coin on your palm and your middle finger and thumb (of the other hand) in a clicking position above and in front of the coin. As you click your fingers allow the finger to strike the coin. When you have finished the trick you can push both of your sleeves up, the coin will be taken up too in the fabric. Needless to say when performing this trick you need to wear long sleeves that are quite baggy, otherwise you will never pull it off!
Multiple Choice Zombie Apocalypse Survival Game | Choice of Zombies You really aren't awake yet. You never are until at least your second cup of coffee, and this is only your first. You're having a hard time getting your eyes to focus. But it certainly looks like there's a man in your front yard, crouched down on all fours, gnawing at a leg. A human leg. Definitely. The man gnawing on the human leg suddenly stops chewing, as though some sound disturbs him. You've heard about the outbreak in Millbury, of course. But it seems the newscasters were at least a little right, because there's a zombie chowing down on a human leg in your front yard. Shit.
The H.P. Lovecraft Archive 15 Bogeymen From Around The World Creepy The bogeyman is a legendary ghost-like monster. The bogeyman has no specific appearance and conceptions of the monster can vary drastically even from household to household within the same community; in many cases he simply has no set appearance in the mind of a child, but is just an amorphous embodiment of terror. This list looks at 15 bogeymen from around the world. The Namahage visits each house on New Year’s to ask if any misbehaving children live there. The Korean bogeyman is called Kotgahm, which is the word for persimmon. Duérmete, niño, duérmete ya. If you think of a coconut as a head, with the three holes the features of a face, you can see how El Coco might be transformed in the mind of a child to a hairy little man. One of the most unusual of the world’s bogeys is Groke, a giant blue blob who is so lonely and sad that the ground beneath her feet freezes as she walks. There are many theories about the origin of the word “bogeyman.” Czech Republic and Poland Jamie Frater
Ancient d20 die emerges from the ashes of time | Crave Let's go back in time. Way back. Keep going. OK, stop. The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns what may be the world's oldest d20 die. The die is a little over an inch tall. The symbols for eta, theta, and epsilon can be clearly seen. (Via io9) Hand Shadow Illusions Mind Bluff - contents - Quick Links Optical Tricks Genius Teasers Subliminal Mind & Body Fun Special Effects Comics & Graphics More Stuff Astonishing Optical Illusions -- each one different, unique, and fun. Four Squares Problem Day-of-the-Week Anagram Marble-Weighing Problem Ten Words Test Fast Questions The object is to reposition two -- and only two -- sticks so that you have exactly four squares of equal size and no sticks left over. Which day of the week is an anagram for a common noun? A mensa-level brainteaser. What do these ten words have in common? Four simple questions designed to stump you. Speed Panel - Words Hand Shadow Illusions Words are flashed across your consciousness: which ones do you detect, and why? See this stunning display of Hand Shadow Illusions cast upon a wall. Create a Fake Phantom Limb Self-Hypnotic Command Pattern Group Mind Experiment Reaction Time Test Tip-of-the-Tongue state Memory Tracer An Odd Tactile Illusion Is Your Hand Elastic? Left vs. Simple test. Future Odds & Ends
Learn how to throw lethal playing cards If you watch the following video, you will be able to see one of the world’s leading card-throwing experts practicing his craft. With a business card and a flick of his wrist he can pop balloons, extinguish candles, hit targets, etc. Around the 50-second point, you will also see him impale a tomato with a business card. Around 3:15, Rick Smith demonstrates his technique very quickly. How to throw cards fast and effectively !!!!! See also: If you need a source of cheap playing cards, check out the dollar store – two decks for a buck. One level up from card throwing is knife throwing: - the fastest knife thrower in the world - How to throw knives [[[Jump to previous How To - How to blow your money if you are super-wealthy]]]
90 Places For Free Audio Books Online Introduction This is a listing of 224 sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download. A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages: This listing does not include the free online courses, audio and video, that are now listed in the Free Courses Online (Audio & Video) page here at Gizmo's Freeware. Also, any of those course on the genre pages are not listed here. Also, the video listings under Free Cooking, Food & Wine Audiobooks and Free Health, Fitness & Medicine Audiobooks are not included here. The Old Time Radio shows listed in some of the genres are also not listed here and the Free Motion Comics Online are not listed here either. All of the listings here are, to the best of my knowledge, offering legal content. If you know of any other sites offering free and legal audio books, then please post them in the comments below. Alphabetical Listing AmblingBooks offers over 1500 free audio books.
The Monster Club Beyond Tomorrow Trouble With Robots - The trouble with robots is that they do exactly as told, no matter what... The Creaking Door Auntie May - After a tragedy in which the woman he loves is killed, a man begins to have nightmares. Luckily sweet old Auntie May is there to help him through it all. I See Ghosts - A man in a bar has a conversation with a beautiful murder victim. Dark Fantasy Spawn Of The Subhuman - A couple discover they are trapped on an airplane that is piloted by an opera singing, gorilla-like creature, on it's way to a mad scientist. Seance - A medium develops the power to call forth not only raps and sounds at her seances, but also the visual image. W Is For Werewolf - A visit to the mysterious island home of a friend reveals the shocking discovery of a werewolf. Funeral Arrangements - A couple arrive in the town where a house they have inherited is located. Rendezvous With Satan - Upon his death, an evil man finds himself in Hell, confronted by Satan. Darkness Escape Suspense
Principles of writing radio drama by Tim Crook Here are some horrible truths: Most radio drama is very badly written. Ground rules The Beginning The beginning is everything. The Moment of Arrival This is how you drop your listeners into the story. Structure Set up...struggle...resolution. The Plot This is the story with lots of twists and turns. Surprise People are hungry for entertainment. Character Your main character must have the sympathy of the audience. Conflict Drama = conflict = audience. Polarities or Extremes The art of story telling is exploring the extreme limits of our psychological or physical existence. The Climax I apologize for the sexual metaphor. Dialogue This is how we engage dramatically with the world. Atmosphere / Ambience This sets the emotional spirit of the play. Emotion Got to be there. Balance Character and Plot You have to have both. Purpose Crook's golden rule is that every word, every line, every scene must serve a dramatic purpose in terms of characterisation and plot development. Tension and Humour a.