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The 5 Creepiest Urban Legends (That Happen to be True)

The 5 Creepiest Urban Legends (That Happen to be True)
The best creepy campfire stories are always the ones that end with the words, "...And it’s all true, because I have the damned documentation here to prove it!" In that spirit, we've tracked down five of the creepiest tales and urban legends that really happened to real people, proving once and for all that nothing is more terrifying than everyday life. The Dead Body Under Your Freaking Matress The Legend: A couple checks into a hotel and have to put up with a foul odor in their room all night. They call the staff to complain and somebody figures out the stench is coming from the bed. Now, there's no way that scenario is going to have a good ending. The Truth:This actually happened, in Las Vegas. It makes sense if you think about it. The strangest part isn't that the bodies wind up in such a terrible hiding place (killers often aren't the type to plan ahead). Most people we know will complain if they detect that someone might have smoked a cigarette in their room four months ago. The Truth:

The 7 Craziest Things Ever Done to Get Laid King Henry VIII Started a New Religion For His Penis In the year 1525, King Henry VIII had a problem with Anne Boleyn's pants -- specifically, whether or not he could legally get in them. See, even though he was married to Catherine of Aragon, he wanted to nail Anne Boleyn. Although Boleyn initially resisted, eventually she came around thanks to the prospect of becoming queen. So all Henry had to do was divorce his wife ... but therein lies the rub. Who would want to divorce a woman with such angular hair? Thing is, divorce was not a legitimate answer to anything in 16th century England back in the day, since marriage was considered holy and indissoluble by the Catholic Church -- best case scenario was an annulment, which could only be procured if the marriage had been entered into improperly. Pope Clement VII, here pictured giving exactly zero shits. Henry, however, was kind of used to getting his own way and decided to just go ahead and marry Anne anyway. No kidding. Getty

Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries Mysteries It was Einstein that said ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.’ For me, mystery is the fabric of Life, and since I discovered Listverse a few years ago I have noticed it’s a sentiment many people share. The Brentford area of London is a peculiar place in terms of the names. There have been no other sightings since, and the Legendary Griffin has drifted into local folklore. Amphibians in Ancient Iraq In ancient Mesopotamia, the world’s first academically ratified, fully functioning civilizations of Babylon, Sumer and Akkadia emerged. In the district of Dowa, 100km north of the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, reports emerged of a rabid animal, with hyena like features, attacking and mauling members of the region. Valley of the Headless Men Mysterious Man of the US Declaration

10 Bizarre Human Mysteries Mysteries WARNING: this list contains some graphic images. Every so often, we’ll come across strange and inexplicable conditions found in the human body. Shamanistic practices were once much more prevalent in the world, and considered a profound foundation of the tribes that believed in them. Many of these shamans have been discovered as fraudulent, proving the use of slight of hand tricks and passing them off as legitimate procedures, but that isn’t the case for all of them. Much like entrancing healers, psychic surgeons can perform procedures that would normally require tools and what we consider conventional medical supplies (like anesthesia). These types of surgeons are mostly found in Brazil and the Philippines, where people strongly believe in spirits (which aid every procedure/treatment). Spontaneous Human Combustion SHC is burning from the inside out. Fire Immunity and Fire Starter On the subject of fire, we come to the Leidenfrost effect. D.D. The Delphic oracle did it.

6 Intimate Details You Can Tell Just By Looking At Someone How much would you pay to be able to read another person's mind? As superpowers go, it's a hell of a lot more of a game changer than, say, flight. Your career, your relationships -- everything would change. But experts say you can gather a whole bunch of intimate details about a person just by looking at them. No, it's not 100 percent accurate, and it's not magic. It's just science. Is She Interested In You? Getty Remember back in high school when you were talking to that cute girl you really liked, but you couldn't tell if she liked you back, and your fear of rejection prevented you from expressing your feelings in any way apart from night after night of tearful masturbation? Science to the rescue! How? Experts will tell you it's all in the body language, but you know better. Getty"I realized she was into me right around the time we started having sex." But watch her feet. GettyThe angle of her heels says "I put out," but those knees say "not for you." And while we're on the subject ...

5 Reasons Life Actually Does Get Better In the last year you've probably heard "It gets better" used as a motto to encourage gay teens who've been the victims of bullying. This is not a rebuttal of that, because I am not an asshole. What I do want to do is expand that message to everyone that age, whether you have a bully problem or not. I figure it's time, as I tend to write about dark and often brutally depressing subjects, like how I was a smoldering drunk for over half of my life and how much my parents sucked at being parents. So, as a man with a truly shitty past, let me say that it's not just a slogan. The Money Situation Will Improve (Even if it Doesn't) I'm not saying you'll be rich when you grow up. My girlfriend and I recently broke into the middle class after years of living one paycheck away from homelessness. GettyAbove, a stray one scouts the wild for its next victim. As a kid, you just have to sit back and take it, not fully understanding why you're living the way you are. Getty Photos.comSure, you'll do. Why?

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...!

Classic: 5 Mental Disorders That Can Totally Get You Laid We don't want to make light of mental disorders or its sufferers, but you have to admit sometimes a person can be just mentally ill enough to be cool. After all, chicks totally dig troubled guys. Now, when we say "troubled," we're not talking about that one naked dude on the subway who constantly masturbates and can only talk in machine code. Here are 5 such disorders that might just be cool enough to get you laid. This very rare condition arises as a result of a stroke or head trauma in which the brain's speech center is damaged, causing the sufferer to regain consciousness with a totally different accent. Will it get me laid? Foreign accents immediately make you more interesting and exotic to the opposite sex, even if you're a fat, balding IT tech with a cubicle papered in Battlestar Galactica posters. You could get lucky, like the lady who woke up speaking a strong Jamaican patois. Jesus. How do I get it? Is it worth it? Ok, don't go for it. It's otherwise known as Dr. How do I get it?

7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong If you're like us, you might sometimes have a problem with complex tasks, like trying to drive an ambulance and send a text message at the same time. But hey, at least most of us have figured out the simplest things that get us through the day, right? Except, you know, some of the simple things we've done every day of our lives, like ... What could be simpler than taking a good crap? Even babies are good at it. The one who just threw up on the other one's shoulder is better at pooping. Chances are the pooping facility nearest you is a sitting toilet, a relatively recent invention that flushed its way into mankind's heart with the advent of indoor plumbing in the 19th century. GettyFuture toilets will exist just to kill us. So how the hell are we meant to do it? Luckily, there's a relatively simple way to end this poop dilemma. In fact, toilets that require you to squat that way have been the standard for most of human history and are still widely used in the non-Western world.

The 7 Most Ridiculous Ghost Stories from Around the World As we've pointed out before, you can tell a lot about a people from their folklore. Even their ghost stories speak volumes about all of the underlying neuroses that create our nightmares. But then there are some ghost stories that just leave you absolutely freaking baffled. Approximately 100 percent of the people reading this are about to get their Halloween costume idea for next year. Watch out, whatever-the-hell-costume-this-is! The thing is, considering how consistently insane they are, Japanese ghost stories are about as formulaic as an episode of House. "Something." Which brings us to the story of the Shirime. Before the samurai can draw steel and carve this guy up, however, the perv bends over and ... ... wait for it ... ... reveals he has a huge eyeball peering out of his ass. That's about where the story ends. Yeah, Japanese folklore takes the "keep it simple, stupid" approach to spooky bullshit. Censored due to paranormal activity. OK, so there are worse ways to die. Sorry, kids.

7 Man-Made Architectural Wonders of the Ancient World 7 Man-Made Architectural Wonders of the Ancient World Article by Steph, filed under 7 Wonders Series in the Travel category. The Colosseum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu are world-famous ancient architectural wonders, but they’re hardly the only man-made structures worthy of effusive praise, enthusiastic photography and economy-stimulating tourism. Chand Baori, India (images via: moolf) Perhaps one of the most beautiful examples of patterns in architecture, the 10th century Chand Baori well in the Indian state of Rajasthan is the world’s deepest, extending 100 feet below the surface of the earth. It’s difficult to imagine the construction process for such a complex stone structure with the technology available at the time. Sacsayhuaman, Peru (images via: world-mysteries) How did the Incas move these massive stones? Leshan Giant Buddha, China (images via: wikimedia commons, national geographic) Teotihuacan, Mexico (images via: travel this world)

mental_floss Blog » The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Had Names 1. You know how it smells after it rains? That clean, greenish smell when rain lands on dry ground? That’s petrichor , from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses). The term was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. What are some of your favorite interesting, uncommon nouns, _flossers?