• Naked and Scared Challenge Shut Down

    This Halloween Pennsylvania’s Shocktoberfest Scream Park was set to debut the Naked and Scared nude haunted house challenge before the municipality shut it down. This video from Inside the Magic shows a few early victims touring Shocktoberfest’s...

    • Posted September 30, 2013
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  • Jeweled Skeletons of Christian Saints

    The new book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris provide a rare look at the Europe’s jeweled skeletons of Christian saints. In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation lead to...

    • Posted September 29, 2013
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  • Krokodil: Flesh-Eating Drug Hits US

    A flesh-eating narcotic drug from Russia called Krokodil has finally hit the US with two cases reported in Arizona by the Banner Poison Control Center. Krokodil is a home cooked, desomorphine-based mixture of codeine and other ingredients...

    • Posted September 27, 2013
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  • Pacu: Invasion of the Testicle Biters

    The pacu is a vegetarian relative of the piranha native to the Amazon. They have very human-like teeth used for breaking open the cases of nuts that fall in the water. However, it seems that under the...

    • Posted September 26, 2013
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  • Rodney Alcala: Serial Killer Who Won The Dating Game

    That time a serial killer won The Dating Game.

    • Posted September 25, 2013
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  • Madonna of the Rosary

    While exploring resident Mad Taxidermist Rob Reysen’s old cow barn last year, we stumbled upon this antique religious picture. Thankfully, Rob managed to salvage it from the garbage pile for me. After being assaulted by hordes of...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • Inside Amityville: The Story Behind My Amityville Horror

    Tony Brueski of Real Ghost Stories Online talks with filmmaker Eric Walter about the making of his documentary My Amityville Horror. The film explores the controversial story of The Amityville Horror from the perspective of Daniel Lutz,...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • My Amityville Horror

    What is it like to live with the stigma of being involved in arguably the most controversial real-life haunted house story ever told? In the new documentary My Amityville Horror, Daniel Lutz tells his story for the...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • End of the World Dioramas

    Photographer Lori Nix constructed these end of the world dioramas to depict nature consuming the remains of human civilization after some man-made or natural disaster has emptied a city of its inhabitants. Lori is no stranger to...

    • Posted September 19, 2013
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  • Remains of Six Found in Cars at Bottom of Lake in Oklahoma

    The skeletal remains of six bodies in two cars that were last seen over 40 years ago have been found at the bottom of a lake in Oklahoma.

    • Posted September 18, 2013
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  • The Guillotine Blade of Marie Antoinette

    This guillotine blade on display at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London is believed to be the actual blade that beheaded French queen Marie Antoinette on October 16, 1793. It was purchased from the executioner’s family. Marie...

    • Posted September 16, 2013
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  • Mummified Body Found in Chicago

    This information that comes with this photo states the mummified body pictured was unearthed in Chicago on Oct. 29th, 1903. It goes on to say the body was dug up in a gravel pit at 56th St...

    • Posted September 16, 2013
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  • Contortionist Leilani Franco Scores 3 Guinness World Records

    Amazing contortionist Leilani Franco has received three world records in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for her amazing abilities. She now holds the records for the most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • The Girl and Death: The Art of August Brömse

    August Brömse (1873-1925) was a Czech artist heavily influenced by contemporary German art and culture. His Girl and Death series originated in 1901-1902. It is believed to echo his relationship with concert singer Eisa Schünemann. The series...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Stuffed Animals in Costumes

    This is a trailer for the 1965 film about eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter and his hand-made anthropomorphic taxidermy museum. Check out the new book and documentary about Potter’s work here: Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

    The Death and Burial of Cock Robin by Walter Potter When Victorian-era English taxidermist Walter Potter’s tiny museum of his own personal anthropomorphic creations was auctioned off in 2003 (read about it in Still Life by Melissa...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Traveling Museum Box by Ron Pippin

    Ron Pippin has been making amazing and bizarre things for a very long time that fall somewhere between natural history museum diorama and steampunk art. This Traveling Museum Box is one of his creations from 1994. Check...

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • London’s Malplaquet House is an enormous Cabinet of Curiosities

    The Malplaquet House is filled floor-to-ceiling with art, religious artifacts, and natural history specimens.

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • Cold War Home Built 26 Feet Underground

    Underground shelters built in fear of a nuclear attack were usually cramped spaces with just enough amenities to survive a few months. When wealthy recluse Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson built his Cold War bunker in 1978, he...

    • Posted September 8, 2013
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  • Girl to Gorilla Sideshow Act

    The girl-to-gorilla trick is an old sideshow act based on the principles of the vintage Blue Room or Pepper’s Ghost illusions. For decades it mystified eager crowds in dimly lit tents as one of the top-grossing grind...

    • Posted September 6, 2013
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