Fun Size Countries: The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations Do you ever get the urge to just start your own country, with your own damned rules? Well, some people actually do it. All it takes is a small, uninhabited piece of land you can claim (though it helps to also be completely insane, or to have balls the size of watermelons). Location: This little country is located in an abandoned World War II sea fort, called Fort Roughs. Official site:SealandGov.org The country: Paddy Roy Bates was a man with a dream. Roy, his family, and his helicopter of doom. Shortly after Roy moved in, Ronan O'Rahilly, who had claimed Rough Towers before Roy, sent his men on a boat to kick Roy out. In 1968, the Royal Navy entered Sealand's waters to fix a navigational buoy. Workman 1: "Fancy a beer after fixing this buoy?" Understandably, Roy's royal presence was summoned to court in England to figure out what the hell that was all about. At this point you have to think only a unique type of moron would dare to mess with Roy. King Bob the Bald, and his bald spot
The 6 Creepiest Things Discovered by New Homeowners Approximately 99 percent of haunted house stories begin the same way: The owners move into a house that seems too good to be true. Then there is some foreshadowing via rumors from the neighbors, and finally a gruesome discovery. But that chain of events isn't just the stuff of movies and campfire stories. Real homeowners have moved into their new digs only to find horrors like ... #6. OK, based on what you have seen in horror movies/novels/TV shows, what is the one single thing that ensures your home will be infested with ghosts and/or poltergeists? Getty"You could at least desecrate our graves tastefully." So of all the possible things in the world you can find in your new home, none can be quite as unsettling as plunging a shovel into the floor of your basement only to have a child's skull come rolling out. Getty"See, honey? Wait, What? That's exactly what happened to Helen Weisensel. wisn"We're just miffed about the dry rot. Getty"So the cat's vomiting blood and calling for Azathoth.
6 Real Islands Way More Terrifying Than The One On 'Lost' Summer's right around the corner, and it's time to pick your next vacation spot. Now, we know the problem you're facing: You want a nice island paradise, but you also want to experience horrors beyond comprehension, and maybe you even want to die on your trip. Well, we've got some great islands for you... Ilha de Queimada Grande; A.K.A. Snake Island Over at Forests.org, there's an article that opens with a description of, "A deserted island where the forest floor writhes with the world's most venomous vipers. And no, Forests.org is not a site for terrifying Indiana Jones / Anaconda slash-fiction. Now you may be asking, "But Cracked, there are poisonous snakes in loads of countries. Remember how we mentioned the snakes only live on this one island? Not pictured: The dead people just out of shot. Now imagine five of those. Let's back up and talk about that fisherman: And the lighthouse keeper's family? Yeah. Think of the scariest premise you can for a horror movie. The year is 1945.
10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends Creepy Myths and legends have been around since the first humans sat around a campfire and spun tales of the things that lurk beyond the firelight. History has no shortage of malicious serial killers, demented madmen, and nightmarish creatures, and when legends and killers come together, you get some pretty creepy stories. We hear it from the day we’re born: Don’t trust strangers. And as humans, we instinctively fear the things that lurk in the dark, because we know that that’s where the predators hide. 10Footprints In The Snow This urban legend involves a teenage girl who was home with her little sister while their parents were out on the town. After a while, she pulled down the blanket and found that the man was gone. 9The Chilling Discovery There are multiple versions of this story, and most of them start with a young college girl who was studying late, and thus was spending a lot of time in the library instead of her dorm room. 8The Unfortunate Coat Incident 7The Gas Station Attendant
The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are some places in which none of us would want to spend a night. These places have well earned their reputations as being so creepy, tragic or mysterious (or all three) that they definitely qualify as "haunted." Places like... Aokigahara is a woodland at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that makes The Blair Witch Project forest look like Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. It probably has something to do with all the dead bodies scattered around. What Niagara Falls is to weddings, Aokigahara is to suicide. More than 500 fucking people have taken their own lives in Aokigahara since the 1950s. The trend has supposedly started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. Also skulls. Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like "Life is a precious thing! Winchester Mystery House Oh, bitch...!
The 5 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes Nobody Can Explain Dear Internet: We have to admit something -- we've been getting kinda cocky, recently. Whether we're explaining the phenomenon of alien abduction, debunking every textbook ever or doing some third thing, we've been spending a lot of time acting like we have all the answers. And it's started to go to our heads. But that all changes now. If unsolved mysteries are good enough for Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, then by golly, they're good enough for us. So, in apology for our hubris, please enjoy this Cracked Classic, as well as these similar articles about unsolved mysteries and also that one article where we solved a bunch of mysteries no one else could 'cause we're so smart and dammit, we're doing it again. There are unsolved crimes, and then there are the kind of creepy, "What the hell could possibly be going on here" capers that keep the cops, and anyone who hears about them, up at night. Here are the real cases that almost fall into X-Files territory: It Gets Weirder:
10 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed - Knowledge Salad We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk! Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of! (Too lazy to write a good introduction!) Related: 1. Tufted deers are a small species of deer that are found in China. 2. Star-nosed moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and United States along wet and low areas. 3. Southern right whale dolphins are small species found in cool waters far south. 4. Raccoon Dogs, or Tanuki, are found in East Asia. 5. Patagonian Maras are large rodents found in parts of Argentina. Relevant: 5 Members Of The Animal Kingdom That Will Blow Your Mind 6. Markhors are large species of wild goats that are found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 7. Maned Wolves are found in South America. 8. Lampreys are the spawn of hell. 9. Gerenuks are long-necked species of antelopes found in Eastern Africa. 10. Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in the Amazon.
Myths & Legends At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained. The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe. We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives. By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings.
The 5 Most Insane Moments in Indian Comic Books 1980s Indian comic books were the best. Sometimes the English translation was baffling, other times the plots were inscrutable, and -- if you were really lucky -- these twain did meet, and you were transported to a realm of semi-unreadable fantasia. Here are five such glorious occasions. #5. Superman Goes to India, Gets Casual About Murder AlanHunt.Ca The greatest comic ever published is neither Watchmen nor The Annotated Hi and Lois. AlanHunt.CaI hope Supperman also has Supper-Vision, so he can shoot casserole out of his eyes. In this issue, the Indian superhero Nagraj fights alongside these paragons of justice, as well as a random circus ringmaster that the translators (for reasons unknown) designated as the now-deceased WWF wrestler Captain Lou Albano. YouTubeR.I.P., greatest Super Mario in human history. AlanHunt.CaThe guru is summoned by the power of prayer. Did Marvel and DC Comics sign off on this crossover? AlanHunt.Ca #4. PyareToons PyareToonsBosh, Nagraj. #3. PyareToons
6 Terrifying Experiments Parents Did on Their Own Kids Given all the complaining people do about animal experimentation these days, it's easy to forget that up until fairly recently, scientific experimentation on humans was considered perfectly acceptable. While most of our scientific forefathers stuck to experimenting on random poor people like any respectable person would, others took it a step further and said, "Well, this baby in my house is already crying a lot anyway ..." #6. Getty In 1933, psychologist Clarence Leuba wanted to figure out whether laughing when being tickled is an instinct we're born with or if we just learn it from watching other people do it. In the interests of science, Leuba first banned all tickling in his household, allowing it only during special, experimental tickling periods. Getty"Shut up, I'm tickling her right now! Where It Gets Weirder: But the most terrifying aspect of this experiment was the tickling itself. "Controlled experiment! #5. GettyWe think this might also be a Guns N' Roses album cover. #4.
Bangkok Globe | 20 Spectacular And Rare Weather Phenomena That You Won’t Believe Happen On Our Planet I had no idea these existed. I am fascinated, yet terrified at the same time… Brinicles are the underwater equivalent of icicles. They form beneath ice when a flow of saline water is introduced to ocean water. Volcanic plumes produce immense amounts of electrical charge and static. These colourful shapes are the result of electrical discharges in the atmosphere. strangesounds.orgFire Rainbows are formed by light reflecting from ice crystals in high level clouds. danielheadrick.wordpress.comThese rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. Fire whirls are whirlwinds of flame. At the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, a very unique mass of storm clouds swirl, creating the rare spectacle known as Catatumbo lightning. Moonbows are rainbows produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon, rather than the sun. A glory is an optical phenomenon, similar to a rainbow, that resembles a halo. Waterspouts are vortexes, which occur over a body of water.