G Major Makes Everything Scary

Posted in Music, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Apparently putting any song in G major will make it sound like it belongs on a horror movie soundtrack. Here are just a few examples.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s weird video is a short is about a young girl, a ghost, and a terrible secret. It actually stars the same actor who played Pinhead in Hellraiser. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Posted in Dangerous Diseases, In the News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

ebola-disease1For those of you living under a rock on the surface of Mars with your eyes closed and your ears covered, there’s an outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and now Nigeria. New cases have sprung up in Lagos, one of Nigeria’s largest cities. So far there have been 1700 suspected or confirmed cases, has claimed 932 lives, and two American aid workers have also contracted the disease.

Now of course this is a terrifying, tragic event for anyone affected. I’m not here to make light or revel in the very real death and despair of fellow human beings, but I’d be lying it I said this wasn’t interesting for me. Ever since I was young I’ve found it fascinating how dangerous diseases like Ebola make us mortals react. One of my favorite classes in college was a disease history class where I learned about how it has affected human culture, medical practices, and overall views of mortality. I’m curious to see how this outbreak affects our world in the long term.

For those of you unfamiliar with Ebola, here are the basics. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever, a type of disease that causes internal and external bleeding, and has a mortality rate of up to 90%. It’s spread through bodily secretions like blood, sweat, tears, semen and more, easily contaminating surfaces as well. Oftentimes it’s family members and medical professionals contracting the disease because of their exposure to a patient or family member. There is no vaccine and no effective treatment or cure.

For more detailed information, I recommend checking out both the WHO’s and the CDC’s website about the outbreak.

According to the news, the reaction of populations affected by the disease has played a part in its spread. Families naturally look after their own when illness strikes, and many are unwilling to put them under the care of strangers. Burial practices in West Africa also require mourners have close physical contact with the body, like touching, washing, and kissing. Rumors about the intentions of medical professionals have also caused tensions. Many West Africans have little faith in their governments and mistrust Westerners. Some fear that the disease has been brought to them by Westerners, others fear that if they give up their sick relatives, they will never be seen again.

Conspiracy theories also abound, from doctors experimenting on the sick to stealing organs and body parts, to officials profiting from the outbreak by pocketing foreign aid money. Another rumor circulating is Ebola is some kind of bioweapon spread through the water. Even accusations of witchcraft are swirling around.

It’s pretty sad to see how a lack of trust can erode the efforts of medicine and government. Apparently West African governments need to work much harder to regain the trust of their people. It’s impossible to say if the West could ever achieve that.

So is there any way that this virus could pose a greater threat to the rest of the world? There’s a lot of banter going around about that question. The CDC has been assuring the public that the virus poses little danger for other countries due to it’s manner of transmission. However, Mother Nature can be vicious sometimes, and the more the disease spreads the more likely it could mutate and gain new traits. Much like how flu strains change every year, Ebola could become more virulent or become airborne, or resistant to treatment. The chance is slim, but in the realm of possibility.

In any case, the worse Ebola outbreak in history still rages on.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Children, Film, Monsters, Updates, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been going through some minor health problems lately, and unfortunately I’ll be going through surgery in the near future. Don’t worry though! I’ll still be here to bring you the creepy content you deserve.

If things go according to plan, I’ll be sharing with you all a video entry for a contest on Youtube! It’s going to be very special, so I hope you’ll enjoy it.

In the meantime let me share with you another video from my collection. Have a wonderful weekend.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Film, Insanity, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , on July 11, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s video shows how the mind can play some dirty tricks on us. Have a great weekend!

Creepypasta Critique: Candle Cove

Posted in Children, Creepypasta, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

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Who doesn’t love this classic creepypasta? It was one of the first tales I found scattered across the internet, thanks to a YouTube channel called theLittleFears which I recommend checking out. Childhood nostalgia, internet lore, and a little twist at the end are just some of the things which make this tale so unnerving for readers, and we’re going to take a close look at it today. You can read a version of the story here. It’s not a very long read.

The basic gist is that forum members are discussing Candle Cove, an obscure kid’s puppet show about pirates from the 1970s. As more and more details come to light, it becomes quite clear that the show had a strange and eerie nature that wasn’t appropriate for children. There was even an episode where the characters did nothing but scream the entire time. Eventually one of the posters discovers that their mother never perceived this show herself, instead observing that they would switch to static and watch it for thirty minutes, implying that the show never really existed or was impossible for an adult to view.

So many things about Candle Cove are so creepy because it is ambiguous in almost every way. Not only is it very obscure, it’s hidden behind time, memory, and the lack of recollection of those who were adults at the time of it’s airing. It takes time for forum members to piece together their memories of the show, and it creates a nice buildup to the climax of the screaming episode and final twist. The fact that puppets are part of is is just icing on the cake.

The screaming episode is an important aspect that makes this strange television show even more mysterious and unnerving. Scary things often make little sense. If fact when events do make sense, or can be explained away, the less terrifying they become. Once we understand whatever was scaring us, it’s no longer ambiguous; we know with certainty if it’s a threat and how to deal with it accordingly. An episode with no plot and the characters in a constant state of terror is more than enough to unsettle any viewer.

The format here is effective as well. The different usernames, writing styles, topic description, and block paragraph format are ubiquitous to an average internet forum. It easily gives the reader a similar feeling to lurking around a real forum page, heightening the experience.

In all seriousness, there’s no real criticism  I can offer at this point. Candle Cove is a short, sweet creepypasta that leaves quite an impact. It’s damn near perfect.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Dangerous Diseases, Death, Film, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
Happy 4th of July everybody!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

This week’s video shows how humans die of rabies. Interesting to see, but please be advised if you’re easily disturbed; this is a real person dying. Enjoy the holiday, have a great weekend, and for the love of all that is holy please go see a doctor if you’re bitten by a wild animal!

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