Do you have coulrophobia? Coulrophobia is the informal term for being afraid of clowns. The reason the term coulrophobia is considered informal is because it is not listed as a specific mental disorder in the DSM-5. Still, though, the fear of clowns is very real to a lot of people. Research into the matter says that traditional clown makeup exaggerates facial features and body parts, like hands, feet, and noses. While the intention is for these things to be humorous, they often come across as sinister. Now that we have the technical definition out of the way, allow me to [More]
Despite our modern technology and interconnectivity, America is a still a nation full of surprises and rich regional mysteries. Pick a random exit on the interstate pretty much anywhere and you’re sure to discover something memorable. If you happen to be traveling through Michigan, you may want to stop in the town of Paulding to experience its ghost light first hand. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Yes, I said ghost light. The Paulding Light, as it’s called, is a strange light that regularly appears in a valley just outside of town. Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); The bizarre beam was first [More]
If aliens are living on Earth, as many conspiracy theorists suggest, then where are they hiding? Assuming the first part of that sentence is true, the only logical place for them to hide where no one would accidentally stumble across them would be at the bottom of the ocean. I know it sounds far-fetched, but reserve your judgement until you see the following deep-sea exploration video… It features a very alien-like creature cautiously approaching a deep-sea ROV. Could it be from another world? Sadly, the chances of that fish actually being an alien are slim to none. Likely what we’re [More]
In the 1970s, Britain was experiencing an alarmingly high number of child fatalities from drowning. So the government decided to do something about it. In 1973, the Central Office of Information, in association with Illustra Films, produced a PSA entitled Lonely Water. The PSA featured a demonic figure warning children to stay away from the water. It ran for several years during commercial breaks in children’s television programming. But was it effective? Check it out below and see for yourself… Today, Lonely Water has achieved cult status, especially among adults who were children at the time it aired. Perhaps unsurprisingly, [More]
Is there a more hated member of the animal kingdom than wasps? Sure, there are some insects that are more feared (spiders, scorpions, etc.), but talk to anyone about wasps and it’s very unlikely you’ll hear anything even slightly supportive of them. If you’re like most people, you already hate these buggers…a fact which will make the following video of a researcher excavating a giant wasp’s nest in New Zealand entirely terrifying. Even though he was wearing all that protective gear, this particular researcher still walked away with a few stings. Those wasps meant business! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wasp-hive-removal/
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); When it comes to the animal kingdom, the undisputed champion is the sloth (in my personal opinion, anyway). But what about when it comes to insects more specifically? I would like to nominate the praying mantis for the title of “Most Badass Bug.” They might not seem like much at first glance, but they’re scrappy and they fight creatures much bigger and stronger than they are (and often win). Just have a look at some of these photos and videos. I think they’ll make you understand my logic. When a praying mantis sets its sights on [More]
If you’re a fan of genuinely creepy horror films, then you’ve probably heard about the upcoming movie from director Robert Eggers called The Witch. So far, the reviews for the film have been stellar, and audiences are delighted by the genuinely unnerving horror of The Witch. When the credits roll and the lights go up, most people believe that everything they saw was simply a work of fiction and they have nothing to worry about, right? Well, not so fast… This week, Eggers sat down to talk about his new film and exactly how he researched it. iStock As it [More]
When it comes time to pick a vacation destination, you might say there are just too many places to choose from. Allow me to make a suggestion, though… Maybe instead of picking some place you’ll enjoy, choose a destination that will help you face your fears of jellyfish! I know, it sounds crazy, but just wait until I tell you about Jellyfish Lake, located on an uninhabited island just off the coast of Koror in Palau. On this small, rocky island is a saltwater lake that’s home to literally hundreds of thousands of jellyfish. Flickr / Stephen Masters Even more [More]
Picture this. You wake up on what seems like regular day. It’s a little cloudy, but that’s no big deal. You put the coffee on and take a stroll outside while it brews. When you get outside, you look up at the sky and notice something on a telephone pole nearby. Much to your horror, it looks like a massive group of spiders hanging out on an immense web. If this scenario sounds too far-fetched to be real, check out the video below. If you have even a slight fear of spiders, you might want to skip this one. (via [More]
Even though the price of oil and natural gas has hit a multi-year low, that doesn’t mean hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as fracking) has stopped. For those who don’t know, fracking is a particularly destructive method of drilling for oil and natural gas. The complicated process tears through layers of rock to get at pockets of oil and gas by essentially creating small earthquakes that release the precious materials. While it’s a technological breakthrough, there are many aspects of fracking that are poorly understood and worse still, intentionally kept secret. There is also a growing body of evidence that [More]