Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepy, Death, Horror, Music, Videogames, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Well, I’m not dead yet folks!

I’m getting back to being a productive individual after a short, rough patch in life.

But enough about me; today I’m sharing with you all a playthrough of a game called The Graveyard. Basically, you’re a little, old lady walking through (of course!) a graveyard. Your character sits at a bench and contemplates death through song, and then leaves. That’s pretty much it, except that she could collapse and die at any point.

I particularly like the song in this; very spooky and poetic. Enjoy!

A Special Story

Posted in Family, Humor, Short Stories, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

I don’t normally post videos on Tuesdays, but today I’ll make an exception. This is a story from my father. He always loves to tell this one around a campfire full of friends and loved ones. In fact, this is the first campfire story he told me as a child! Enjoy.

 

 

Yeah, dear old Dad was a troll long before it was a thing… Happy April Fools!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Apocalypse, Dangerous Diseases, Death, History, Humor, Nuclear War, Science, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Yay! 100 posts! Here’s to having 100 more!

First, I’d like to apologize for the recent lack of posts. My new job has kept me rather busy and it’s difficult to find the time to create new content. It’s something that I’ll be working on in the future.

In the meantime, here’s an introduction to a series that I’m quite fond of. The one posted here is the first of many episodes. Sadly, it’s no longer updated, but it’s still a great way to get some education about deadly substances along with a dose of entertainment. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

No Weird Video This Week!

Posted in Life, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 14, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Oh noes!

Once again, I don’t have a video of my own to post today. I just got a new computer recently, so I’m still taking some time getting acquainted. I’d like to share with you all one from my little collection on Youtube, but for some strange reason the site isn’t working for me right now. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place at this point, but with luck next week will run much more smoothly. My advice: go outside for a change and enjoy the increasing sunlight and temperatures!

Dead Air: Part 2

Posted in Ghosts, Short Stories, Supernatural with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Read part one here.

“Hello, thank you for calling customer service. How can I help you today?” I repeated. We’re always supposed to give a caller ample time to reply.

Still nothing.

“I’m very sorry, but unfortunately I’m unable to hear you at this time and I will have to release the call. You can always call customer service again if you have any further questions. Have a nice day.”

With the press of the release button, I disconnected the call and that should have been the end of it.

Time is of the essence in a call center. It just a few seconds, I was ready to take care of the next customer to contact us. When it did, you can only imagine my surprise when I recognized the number: the same one as before.

In all my time working at my call center, this is the only time this has ever happened. No one I know of has ever talked to the same customer twice. With the number of people who call in, the number of agents here, and at other call centers around the country, the chances of speaking with the very same person on the same day are so astronomical it’s almost impossible to occur. Not only was this caller able to beat those odds, but also manage to contact me again right away.

For a few moments I sat there in stunned silence, unable to say anything. I quickly managed to pull myself together and once again begin my regular opening.

“Thank you for calling customer service. How can I help you today?” I asked again.

No reply. There wasn’t even any background noise to make out.

“Thank you for calling customer service. How can I help you today?” I repeated. I began to wonder if there was some kind of strange glitch on my phone or in our system.

I continued, “I’m very sorry, but unfortunately I’m unable to hear you at this time and I will have to release-”

“Don’t hang up on me again,” a deep voice interrupted. It was barely audible and perhaps to the untrained ear indiscernible, but it was loud enough for me to make it out. For what I could tell, the voice was male and sounded angry.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Life, War, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Another Friday to share something new. I would have like to make you all a new video myself, but currently my computer and I are going through a breakup and I’m looking for a new electronic companion.

In the meantime I’d like to show you an eerie little advertisement that shows how war can drastically change a child’s life in a single year. Share how you feel in the comments.

Dead Air

Posted in Ghosts, Humor, Short Stories, Supernatural, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

I should start by saying that I work in a call center for a major wireless company. I won’t be naming which one it is, but I will say it is a major carrier. When you call in with questions about your bill or changing your service plan, you’re talking to people like me.

I know how that sounds – and yes – there are definitely more glamorous jobs in the world, but it’s the way I get my bills paid. It sure beats the hell out of working in a retail store.

The difficult thing about working in customer service is people aren’t calling because everything’s fine and happy – they’re calling because they’re ticked off about some problem they’re having with their service. Most upset people take it out on the poor grunt on the other end, and it can take a lot of skill to calm someone over the phone. An agent will burn out in no time if they don’t know how to handle it. Those who have worked here a long time have their ways of dealing with all the frustration.

The most common method is to see the humor in it all. Agents will find they can look back at many of their most stressful or upsetting calls, and laugh about it later. There are a ton of hilarious calls that are saved within our system that we use to help teach new agents. There are callers who have made strange, animalistic shouts and yells in their anger, amazing insults that will impress even the most cynical, and of course the few lewd callers with weird fetishes. We laugh at all these people for their ridiculous behavior and pathetic attempts to get us down.

However there is one call in my experience that still chills me each time it comes to mind. It’s become something of a legend amongst my coworkers and me; a call that no one in our center can explain with any certainty.

It happened very early on a Saturday morning; just past four o’clock. Our center runs 24/7, so there’s always a graveyard shift running for the handful of late-night callers looking for some troubleshooting or emergency support. A lot of our more interesting calls come in at times like this, and that night was no exception.

I had already been working for about two hours before I got that strange call. Before then there had been nothing out of the ordinary: a guy that needed to update his iPhone to fix some texting problems, a woman who was upset about overage charges on her bill, and a bunch of people asking to defer their bills for later in the week. All of these issues are very mundane, routine stuff.

I nearly had to wait five whole minutes to receive that fateful call. When it did come in, I could tell that the number was quite distinctive. It was all a bunch of sixes.

I found the number odd, but I’m no a believer in demonic adversaries, so I remained unfazed. “Hello, thank you for calling customer service. How can I help you today?” I said. This is how I always begin a call. It’s become such a habit; I could do this all in my sleep.

This time however I was met with no reply. No muffled talking or jostling sounds either, just complete silence. A dead air call.

This may seem strange to you, but it actually happens all the time. Sometimes people accidentally call our customer service line when their phone is in their pocket, or maybe their toddler started playing with the buttons. They’re also known as ‘ghost’ calls, and I get at least one of them a day.

Read part two here.

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