Back in the 30’s, some bigwigs in the USSR wanted to do what amounted to a collectivization experiment on an unsettled island, so they rounded up 6,000 mostly randomly snatched up city folk and dumped them on a undeveloped island with almost no food or supplies or shelter, with guards stationed around the island ordered to shoot anyone who tried to leave.
Within 3 months, roughly 2/3rds of the islands population was dead, with many of the survivors resorting to eating the dead (and in some stories, butchering still living people).
Eventually, the experiment was deemed a failure and they removed the survivors off the island, and records about the experiment got buried until the 1980’s.
The inventor of corn flakes made it bland and boring so people wouldn’t get excited and have sex or masturbate.
He also ran a sanitarium, put carbolic acid on little girl’s privates so they would never derive pleasure from sex , and put wires on boy’s penises so that when they had an erection it would cause them pain… among other things. He believed in some crazy crap.
Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.
We grow up hearing about this and just think “Oh, must have been a bunch of nutjobs,” and totally miss the lesson.
If you actually look into it, these were normal people who, like any of us, have a psychological blind spot that Jim Jones knew how to exploit. He actually started out with a lot of good ideas, then when someone you look up to starts telling you “I am the only person that cares about you,” and “Everyone is lying to you except me” you eventually believe them.
The bloop, deep sea gigantism, and other deep sea sounds. While many have been debunked, the idea of godzilla sized sh!t running around down there is fun/scary.
While it’s indeed creepy and unsettling, I find it however fascinating that we know what happens / happend billions of light years away from us in the universe, but we know so little about the depths of our own oceans.
Go watch the documentary “Three Identical Strangers”. A story about triplets who were separated at birth. It starts out wholesome and very quickly becomes a dark psychological experiment.
Even more horrific is this documentary about David Reimer who was turned into a girl at birth while his twin brother was not. And the doctor who did it was a weirdo pervert who made the twin boysdo weird things naked as part of the experiment.
Cambrian life. At this point in Earth’s history (541-485 mya) most living things looked nothing like anything that now exists.
There’s the ‘Tully Monster,’ an animal that has paleobiologists in debate over whether it was a vertebrate or not (it’s thought to be related to lampreys); Opabinia, which had five eyes and looks like a cross between a lobster and a vacuum cleaner, and Anomalocaris, basically a chitinous floating death ship that arrived to eat all the much smaller animals of the time. Last, let’s not forget Pikaia, a little wormlike thing that is our distant ancestor.
New discoveries are made all the time, and scientific theories constantly shift to adjust to the existence of the latest mystery creature. They get neglected by the media in favor of dinosaurs, but Cambrian life is just as fantastic!
The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. Thousands have searched for it, and those closest to finding it always seem to end up with bullets in them. Some tell stories of a mysterious sniper (or snipers) that has guarded the area for decades.
There are theories that the lost mine and the deaths surrounding it are part of a neo-Confederate conspiracy.
There’s a podcast called Astonishing Legends that did a great series on it.
People dead on Mt. Everest.
And the fact that they are used as landmarks on the trail frozen where they perished.
Rainbow Valley. There is something fascinating about the juxtaposition of mummies and bright puffy jackets.
Basically this school was a pseudo-cult/Stanford Prison Experiment type place disguised as a send away school for behavior correction.
There is a webcomic series by someone who escaped. I’m on break at work else I’d link it.
It’s since closed but it went for under the radar for years and years. Iirc a few people died there from the harsh treatments they were given.
The wife of the leader of the church of scientology has not been seen for over 10 years, the higher ups of the organization claim she is dedicating all her time to the church, but the fact that ever since she got in a big fight with her husband 10 years ago, none of her family members had seen or contacted her indicates foul play.
Torture methods between 14th and 18th centuries.
I went to a Museum of Torture in Croatia. They had all of the types of torture devices. The one that got me was this big clamping thing that was a breast remover. Or the one where you have to sit on a huge metal spike that eventually penetrates your anus, intestines, on up.
This one. It’s terrifying what we are capable of.
Room 1046 is a pretty creepy unsolved case, basically an un identified man was brutally murdered in his hotel room after he had been sat there, alone, in the dark, all day. Throw in some mysterious phone calls and strange behaviours and it’s a pretty interesting story
The thought of something either existing but lost to the sands of time or something never meant to be is both creepy and terrifying.
It feels like it never existed, and yet it did, and due to human error it was never documented or finished.
Sometimes we don’t know if it even really existed.
And yet, lots of it we do know. Remnants through small clips, screenshots, or even just the word of god.
But there’s a good chance we’ll never find them.
Might as well try, though…
Definitely the tale of that guy who died in the nutty putty cave upside down unable to be rescued as it would have involved breaking his legs.
Never thought I’d get creeped out by an infographic, but HERE you go.
the thought of dying in a tiny space upside down makes me want to hyperventilate
He is still there, that cave became his tomb.
The Toybox Killer – The tapes he made are pretty gruesome too. You can find the transcripts online but they’re very nsfw and disgusting.
There are a handful of things in this world I wish I could forget. Things I would pay money to forget.
That recording is one of them.
NASA has radio transmission made by every planet in our solar system essentially giving the planets “sounds”. Saturn screams.
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