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 The Unknown haunted attraction in the buff for the Naked and Scared Challenge.

After watching an episode of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid series, Shocktoberfest owner Patrick Konopelski was inspired to incorporate the idea into his annual Halloween attraction. Naked and Scared would challenge consenting adults to strip down and face the horrors inside the haunted house in the nude, completely unprotected and vulnerable.

The idea of haunted house participants baring it all obviously garnered a lot of attention, which seems to have made the small town of Sinking Spring, PA a bit nervous. They asked Shocktoberfest to reconsider.

Konopelski agreed this time around, and altered the challenge to offer the option of going through the haunted house in their underwear. The Naked and Scared challenge may return next year with full nudity.

The Naked and Scared Shocktoberfest haunted house challenge

Besides the fear of getting strange things in uncomfortable places, it looks like a great time. What do you think? Would you go naked through the dark and constricting passages of a haunted house?

Tell us in the comments below!

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.
Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudounaris features photos of Europe's jeweled skeletons of Christian saints

In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation lead to the destruction of many religious images. Iconoclasm continued into the 17th century as Europe’s Catholic churches were stripped of their imagery and relics. When a labyrinth of underground tombs was found in Rome, the Vatican ordered that thousands of skeletons be exhumed from the catacombs and sent to towns throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Considering their burial, the remains most likely did not belong to anyone of religious significance. However, that did not stop the Church from giving them the names of Catholic saints and lavishly dressing them in gold and precious stones to remind the faithful of what awaited them in the afterlife.

Skeptics soon began to question the church’s outlandish claims, including the validity of the remains. In the 19th century an Italian archeologist determined the majority of the burials in the catacombs dated to after Christianity was legalized by Emperor Constantine in the year 313. This eliminated the possibility that the remains were of early Christians persecuted for their beliefs. The Church continued to reaffirm its claims to avoid scandal, but many of the “saints” were eventually sold off or boarded up and hidden from view.

The Vatican continued to unearth these remains and send them out to bolster faith for two centuries. Paul Koudounaris, author of Empire of Death, gained unprecedented access to these bizarre relics for his new book, revealing some for the first time ever in publication.

The jeweled remains of a Catacomb Saint from Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies is a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Catacomb Saints, including their exhumation and construction. Order it now right here.

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.

Flesh-eating drug Krokodil from Russia

Krokodil is a home cooked, desomorphine-based mixture of codeine and other ingredients such as gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous scraped from the striking pads on matchboxes that is injected directly into the vein. It gets its name from the rough, scaly, alligator-like texture of the user’s skin as the drug almost immediately begins to cause rot from within. Blood vessels burst, the surrounding tissue dies. Gangrene sets in and blackened flesh falls from the bone.

Amputation is the common result, as well as dissipation of porous bone tissue, especially in the jaw.

Another terrifying effect of the drug is swift and severe brain damage, causing addicts to be described as “krokodil zombies.”

Krokodil originated in the former Gulag towns of Siberia in 2002 and quickly spread through the poor population nationwide, where rising heroin prices have made it an affordable alternative. The short-lived high, as well as quick onset of painful withdrawal that can last up to a month, makes the drug extremely addictive.

Flesh-eating drug Krokodil rots from within, causing flesh to fall off the bone

The life expectancy of a krokodil addict is one to three years.

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 right conditions (i.e. limited food supply and the presence of human testicles) these typically shy fish have a tendency to turn into vicious genitalia manglers.

The fish were introduced into the Sepik river in Papua New Guinea in 1994 as a food source. There the pacu is known as “the ball cutter,” where it has been blamed for the painful mutilations and death of two men due to blood loss after fish-induced castrations.

“Extreme angler” Jeremy Wade traveled to Papua New Guinea to investigated these claims in a third season episode of River Monsters. While his testicles presumably remained intact, he did manage to catch a large and elusive red-bellied pacu to confirm their presence in the river.

Whether pacu just get their nuts confused or have a tendency to resort to carnage in the face of slim pickings, the most frightening thing to keep in mind is the high number of these fish found frequently in lakes and rivers all over the world. This includes a majority of the states in the US.

In recent months reports of pacu have come from Denmark, France, Illinois and now New Jersey.

The fish are commonly sold as “vegetarian piranhas.” However, pacu grow much larger than piranha, up to 3 or 4 feet long and weighing in at up to 55 pounds. When they outgrow their tanks, they get dumped in the nearest body of water. This has earned them the nickname “tank busters.”

When pacu are found in local water it is usually recommended to avoid skinny dipping. Unless castration sounds like a good time, you just might want to wear a cup next time you go swimming.

Serial killer Rodney Alcala won The Dating Game in 1978

Rodney Alcala: Serial Killer Who Won The Dating Game

Remember that time a serial killer won The Dating Game?

Despite his status as a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Rodney James Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1978. He had already killed at least two women before sweeping bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw off her feet.

Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of five women between 1977 and 1979 in California. In January 2013 he plead guilty to two additional murders in New York. While evidence suggests that he may have killed between 50 and 130 women, his true victim count remains unknown.

After their appearance on The Dating Game Cheryl Bradshaw refused to go out with Alcala because he was “creepy.” While this was fortunate for her, there is speculation that the rejection may have fueled Alcala’s subsequent murders.