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The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula

When thinking of the origins of Vampire literature in the Western world, chances are you think of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This chef-d'oeuvre has defined the genre ever since it was published more than a...

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Peek Inside the World's Most Strange and Morbid Collections

For Daniel Erenberg, it’s gas masks. For John Kozik, it’s old Ouija boards. These are just some of specialties of the 18 collectors that are profiled in the new book Morbid Curiosities:Collections of...

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The Goose Who Wore Nikes, and the Mystery of Who Murdered Him

Jessica Fleming was 12 years old when she met the goose who would change her life.She was living with her parents and grandparents in a former naval ammunitions depot in the small city of Hastings,...

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What It's Like to Be a Haunted House Worker Inside a Real Prison

The walls of Eastern State Penitentiary. (Photo: David/cropped/CC BY-SA 2.0)My manager, Joe, emerged from the darkness, surrounded by fog. His towering frame was draped in distressed coveralls, his...

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Watch This Bird Man Whistle 'Georgia On My Mind'

This is no Everything Is Terrible manipulation of found footage. That shrill whistle is actually emanating from this man's torturously pursed lips.In 1984, the Detroit public access show Kelly &...

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The ‘Silent Poison’ That Might Stop This Massive Annual Whale Slaughter

Every summer, when a big group of whales—several dozen, perhaps—are spotted off the coast of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous country within Denmark, residents sound the alarm: it's time to begin...

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The Fight to Save America From Satan's Subliminal Rock Messages

On April 27, 1982, members of the California Assembly's Consumer Protection and Toxics Committee gathered in Sacramento to hear Robert Plant endorse Satan. This was not a straightforward testimonial....

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Watch Scenes From the Captivating World of Underwater Migration

Squadron of Hope - Raja Ampat,Indonesia. from Nu Parnupong on Vimeo.Dive into the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat in Indonesia with this visually captivating video. Shot by underwater photographer...

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Exploring Execution Rocks

(Photo: Rose Annis)How did Execution Rocks– a dreary little island with a crooked little lighthouse precariously perched on top – get its sinister name? Well, it depends on who you ask. There’s the...

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This Replacement Head for a Jesus Statue in Canada Seems a Little Off

Consider the difficulty of rendering Jesus' visage as an artist. You've gotta be able to sculpt or draw a head, for one thing, and then get the details  of the face right. Also it's Jesus, allegedly...

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The Tiered Burial Grounds Carved into the Hillsides of Hong Kong

The cemetery climbs ten stories up the valley wall, moss-covered gravestones lining each stair-like terrace. Plants press in, shading tombs with wide palm leaves as roots burst up through sarcophagi....

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We Tried to Talk to the Dead at New York's Only Spirit Church

Can you speak to the dead? Can they speak to you? After attending an official modern day seance, I have no idea, but that doesn’t mean it was totally bogus. In fact, it was pretty relaxing. In the City...

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9 Sacred and Superstitious Voodoo Sites You Can Visit Today

You probably know of voodoo dolls, the witch doctor Facilier in Disney's The Princess and the Frog, perhaps the controversially named Voodoo Donuts. But beneath this cultural runoff, Voodoo is a...

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The Gigantic Nazi City that Was Never Built

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Mapping the (Mostly) Sweet Scents of America's Candy Factories

In the middle of Main Street Cambridge's Central Square, squished between a UHaul and a pan-Asian restaurant, sits an anonymous, foreboding building. Its walls are graying and dingy, and its windows...

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The Strange Secret Behind the Tragic Deaths of Oscar Wilde's Half-Sisters

As a literary genius and master of wit, Oscar Wilde has fascinated the world since he first started writing. There is one area of his life, however, which remained in obscurity until the 1940s, and...

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The Dazzling Designs for a New York That Never Existed

Architect Raymond Hood, once described as a “brilliant bad boy,” is celebrated for designing the Rockefeller Center, the Daily News Building and Chicago’s Tribune Tower, among others. But what about...

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Why Brazil’s State-Sponsored Brass Bands Are Constantly Playing Phil Collins

The videos all start out the same way, with a shaky, grainy image of a group of musicians in uniform. The audience coughs and shuffles their programs until the conductor makes an announcement in...

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Take a Tour of This Amazingly Decorated Halloween House

Halloween is just 10 days away, which means more homes are sporting pumpkins, tombstones, spider webs, and other creepy decorations. But the elaborate maze of ghoulish décor at this house in San...

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The Strange World of Political Handshakes

At last night's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner—a strange electoral tradition where presidential candidates razz each other to benefit Catholic charities—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton...

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