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Haunting Photos From Mental Asylums From The Past

July 11, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: WTF |

A patient sits in a restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, England in 1869.

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The Russian Sleep Experiment

July 3, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: WTF |

Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn’t kill them, since it was toxic in high concentrations. This was before closed circuit cameras so they had only microphones and 5 inch thick glass porthole sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.

The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during World War II.

Everything was fine for the first five days; the subjects hardly complained having been promised (falsely) that they would be freed if they submitted to the test and did not sleep for 30 days. Their conversations and activities were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about increasingly traumatic incidents in their past, and the general tone of their conversations took on a darker aspect after the 4 day mark.

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The Suicide Forest Of Japan

May 17, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: WTF |

Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.  In 2003, that record was beat with a number of 105 bodies discovered.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout.

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Bug Chasers: People Who Hunt Down HIV Positive People In Order To Infect Themselves With The Virus

May 10, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: WTF |

Bugchasing is a slang term for the practice of pursuing sexual intercourse with HIV-infected individuals in order to contract HIV. Individuals engaged in this activity are referred to as bugchasers.

Bugchasers seek sexual partners who are HIV positive for the purpose of having unprotected sex and becoming HIV positive; giftgivers are HIV positive individuals who comply with the bugchaser’s efforts to become infected with HIV.

Bugchasers indicate various reasons for this activity. Some bugchasers engage in the activity for the excitement inherent in pursuing such a dangerous activity, but do not implicitly desire to contract HIV. Some researchers suggest that the behavior may stem from a “resistance to dominant heterosexual norms and mores” due to a defensive response by gay men to repudiate stigmatization and rejection by society.

Some people consider bugchasing “intensely erotic” and the act of being infected as the “ultimate taboo, the most extreme sex act left.”

A number of people who are HIV negative and in a relationship with someone who is HIV positive seek infection as a way to remain in the relationship, particularly when the HIV positive partner may wish to break up to avoid infecting the HIV negative partner.

Some contend that this behaviour stems from feelings of inevitability towards HIV among the gay community and the empowerment of choosing when to contract the virus.

Others have suggested that some people who feel lonely desire the nurturing community that supports people with AIDS

Here’s the documentary The Gift if you wanted to delve deeper ino the rabbit hole:

 

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5 Most Bizarre Rites Of Passage Rituals From Around The World

April 17, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: WTF |

Fulani – Whipping Match

For the boys of the Fulani tribe of Benin to be considered men, they have to complete a ritual called sharo, which requires them to participate in a whip match meant to test their strength, self-control and bravery. 

The Fulani are a nomadic people from West Africa. As a test of bravery and an initiation into manhood, two young boys from neighboring tribes are pitted against one another in a violent whipping match.

With help from their fathers, each boy chooses and sharpens a long, thin, branch that they think will inflict the most pain on their opponent. The boys then take turns striking their opponent three times across the ribs and back as hard as they can. The whole tribe will gather to watch the battle, and the winner is chosen by the crowd. The “winner,” by the way, is the one who opens the deepest, bloodiest wounds on his opponent, and who flinches less when his own insides are being exposed to the elements.

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The Story Of Armin Meiwes, The Rotenburg Cannibal Who Ate His Gay Lover

April 10, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: WTF |

Armin Meiwes, a computer technician living in the German town of Rotenburg, was born December 1, 1961. He was described by neighbors as being “very childlike”, friendly, and a sensitive person. Little did Meiwes’ neighbors know that their local friendly handyman had some very dark secrets of his own. Armin Meiwes had a taste for human flesh, and his trial went down as one of the most extraordinary trials in German history.

Meiwes’s childhood was far from normal. He lived alone with his mother until she died. His mother kept a close eye on Meiwes accompanying him on dates and even on Army training excursions. Meiwes described his childhood as “lonely” and he longed for a brother as a companion.

Meiwes began posting advertisements on The Cannibal Café website in 2001. The Cannibal Café website (now offline) contained forums where visitors could post their fantasies about cannibalism and being eaten. Meiwes used the screen name “Franky”, a fantasy friend he had invented during his lonely childhood. His message was simple. “Looking for well-built 20 to 30 year old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” Several people responded to his posts, some for play, some serious.

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11 Creepiest And Disturbing Found Footage Recordings

March 7, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: WTF |

1. The video diaries of the killers of Cassie Stoddart.

Cassie was murdered by two of her friends when she was alone, house sitting for family. The killers wanted to be prolific murderers and chose Cassie only because they knew she’d be alone. One killer led the police to where they buried all the evidence, never mentioning the tape. The murder is not filmed, but the moments leading up to and immediately after the murder are taped

 

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The Creepiest Motel In America

February 7, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: WTF |

If you planning on taking a road trip from Las Vegas to Reno, then why not break up that long drive with a relaxing stay at the Clown Motel? It’s totally not creepy or anything.

It’s situated in Tonopah, a town literally miles from anywhere, but don’t worry about that, because you won’t be lonely at the Clown Motel…even if you wish you were. The motel office has over 500 clowns on display, and there’s even a stuffed, life-sized clown that sits in a chair in the lobby. 

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