Haunted People Reveal The Weirdest Internet Rabbit Holes They've Ever Found[rebelmouse-image 18350633 is_animated_gif=
It's easy to get caught up while surfing online or exploring the interconnected nature of modern technology. You sit down for a few minutes to check something out only to emerge hours later. Sometimes the stories you find are simply too compelling or the the single thread you pull ends up unraveling a massive web.
So Reddit user Budfraiz asked people to share "What's the best/scariest/most interesting 'internet rabbithole' you have found?"
Here are the answers with links, denoted with bold _italicized _font, where available so you too can tumble down into the online abyss.
Number Stations[rebelmouse-image 18350634 is_animated_gif=
Oh man, Number Stations are incredibly creepy to me. Fascinating but creepy as hell.
'A numbers station is a shortwave radio station characterized by broadcasts of formatted numbers, which are believed to be addressed to intelligence officers operating in foreign countries' - Source
Check out The Conet Project if you're not already familiar with it. It's a series of numbers station recording first released on CD back in the 90s, but now available for free online. The link is to a YouTube playlist of the recordings.
#ElsaGate[rebelmouse-image 18350637 is_animated_gif=
ElsaGate is a Phenomenon on Youtube of reoccuring Themes, Animations in Context of inappropriate Topics in Videos on several Channels available and targeted at Kids. Those videos often feature Spiderman, Frozen Elsa, Joker, Mickey Mouse and other Characters popular with Kids.
History of AskReddit[rebelmouse-image 18350638 is_animated_gif=
Some more : ( don't worry these are lighthearted, funny threads)
The Rock-afire Explosion[rebelmouse-image 18350639 is_animated_gif=
For those of you old enough to remember this, before there was Chuck. E. Cheese... There was Showbiz Pizza.
Some mad "genius" in Tampa started "perfecting" animatronics and creating characters for the birthday party celebrations... Only to see his precious creations get bought out, stripped down and repurposed.
There are some people out there who spend everything they make acquiring and maintaining these ancient monstrosities... Going to far as to program them to play their favorite songs by hand. Here they are doing Nine Inch Nails.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Serial Killers[rebelmouse-image 18350640 is_animated_gif=
Serial killers on Wikipedia.
Myriad options to peruse:
List of serial killers by number of victims
List of serial killers by country
List of serial killers before 1900
List of Unusual Deaths[rebelmouse-image 18350642 is_animated_gif=
I've read the list of unusual deaths (on Wikipedia) an embarrassing number of times. My favorite one is the guy that died laughing watching a donkey eat figs.
SCP Foundation[rebelmouse-image 18350644 is_animated_gif=
SCP foundation is pretty great: Secure Contain Protect
Poles of Inaccessibility[rebelmouse-image 18350645 is_animated_gif=
For some reason, I find the Poles of Inaccessibility super fascinating.
"A pole of inaccessibility marks a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features that could provide access."
For example, Point Nemo (the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility) is so remote that if you were there and the International Space Station flew over you in orbit, you would be closer to it than to any land on Earth.
I realize that the ISS's orbit is only ~205-270 miles above Earth. It's still pretty crazy to me that if you were here, you'd potentially be closer to an astronaut than to anyone on land. To put it in another perspective, you'd be a little more than 1 Pluto away from the nearest land. (Pluto's diameter is 1,475 miles, the nearest land from Point Nemo is 1,670 miles).
Kerguelen Islands[rebelmouse-image 18350646 is_animated_gif=
I find the Kerguelen Islands fascinating. The few available pictures are hauntingly beautiful, and it is one of the most remote places on Earth.
Bouvet Island[rebelmouse-image 18350647 is_animated_gif=
I was just reading a few weeks ago about another island called Bouvet Island. The first explorers believed to have ever explored the island on foot found a frozen lake in the middle of the island, and in this lake they found a lifeboat stuck in the ice. To this day no one knows how it got there.
Tangled (worldwide) Web[rebelmouse-image 18350648 is_animated_gif=
I once had my home Linux server hacked while I was away on winter holiday. Logging in remotely from my grandparents house I noticed that the server was behaving oddly, took a look at the log files and found them truncated, so sent a shutdown command so I could do forensics when I got home.
What I ended up finding really did feel like swallowing the red pill. Someone had hacked the server using a recent sendmail exploit and resold it to someone who was using it to host an 'eggdrop' IRC bot. I logged into the IRC channel that it had been holding open and found a bunch of people sending short messages like 'CCs', or 'Root'.
About five minutes in a longer message comes along. Some guy is annoyed with a trade he has made, someone gave him a bad set of data and he wants to make his own data worthless in return before the buyer can get full use of it.
So on my screen there is suddenly a splat of information about some guy who lives in Texas, credit card, phone number, street address, and the first guy is urging everyone to buy stuff as quickly as possible before the credit limit is hit.
Feeling I was f'ed, I disconnected ASAP, left an anonymous phone message on said Texas individual's answering machine advising them to check their Visa charges, and hoped that my lack of foresight in not setting up an IP proxy or anything to hide my own identity wouldn't have either the FBI or organized crime breathing down my neck in a few days.
Stalker[rebelmouse-image 18350649 is_animated_gif=
I found out I had a stalker from high school when I was in community college and decided to Google my name for some dumb reason. I don't have a very common last name but there are still a few other people out there with my first and last name.
I was like 10 pages deep in Google, place many do not ever go to and I found an old Tripod site that had my name in the url followed by one of my old AIM screen names. So I clicked it and was taken to a very basic page that had a ton of pictures stolen from my Myspace and others that had to have been taken without me knowing, things like me out working on my car or on the trampoline with my siblings in our yard...
It was really weird and I had no clue who it was until I scrolled all the way down and realized it was the girl I dated for a few months in Spring of our sophomore year...she had a screen shot of a AIM conversation where I said I liked you way more than others or something on it and she took that and ran with it...
Reddit Leads to Inspiration[rebelmouse-image 18350650 is_animated_gif=
I was on the Reddit subthread about tinder looking at some hilarious comebacks and putdowns. One of the top posts was a profile someone had posted of a young lady in a wheelchair, that had a wicked sense of humor around her situation.
Well, turns out she was a redditor, and appeared in the comments section, chatting and joking away with other redditors about her profile.
I went deeper and came across her story, which she'd posted to Imgur (possibly NSFW hospital images).
So from having a light-hearted chuckle at some funny Tinder chat, to going to bed deeply affected by one of the most, tragic, creepy/strange and yet uplifting human stories I've ever read was a pretty strange left turn.
If you're still on Reddit lifeproofbionicwoman - you rock!
419 Eater[rebelmouse-image 18350652 is_animated_gif=
This forum which is dedicated to 'baiting' the Nigerian prince email scammers: 419 Eater
Before First Contact[rebelmouse-image 18350653 is_animated_gif=
Wikipedia's page on uncontacted tribes. It's fascinating to read about first encounters, how everyone reacts, the ultimate outcome. Every linked page about specific tribes is like it's own mini-drama.
The MarbleLympics[rebelmouse-image 18350654 is_animated_gif=
There's this series on YouTube called the "MarbleLympics." This guy basically made different "events" and puts teams of marbles through them and color commentates. The production value isn't bad considering what it is, and you WILL start rooting for a team.
The Editing Room[rebelmouse-image 18350655 is_animated_gif=
The Editing Room. They adjust movies' scripts highlighting plotholes and bad acting. How they break down and mock the stories is especially interesting if you have already seen the movie, they usually notice much more than a casual moviegoers sees.
Missing Germans[rebelmouse-image 18350656 is_animated_gif=
The Missing Germans. I read this all in one marathon session well into the wee hours. Essentially it's about a German family of four that were vacationing in the US and disappeared in Death Valley in 1996. A search-and-rescue guy hears about it and decides to try to solve the mystery.
important videos[rebelmouse-image 18350657 is_animated_gif=
There's this well known playlist on YouTube called "important videos", it has about 300 videos that are mostly short and stupidly funny.
Truth Shall Set You Free?[rebelmouse-image 18346913 is_animated_gif=
I was an active Mormon and researching something for a meeting. I came across a website that had great historical information and didn't at first appear to be an "anti-Mormon" site. I read that the Restoration of the Priesthood doesn't have an actual date and immediately I thought that was BS because since I was a child I had read in Church publications all about the Restoration. I could recite dates, names, places and what these great religious leaders were thinking at the time. Yeah, about that...
This website showed strong evidence that it was all a lie, but I was sure they were wrong so I set out to prove they had the wrong facts. I stared with the Church's publications, but dug deeper. I searched for source material on college websites. I found journals and other writings on archive.org. I found websites that pulled together information from a dozen sources and assembled it in a way that was terrifying to read.
In 2-weeks of near constant searching I went from a faithful member to feeling sick, crying and wanting to tear my own eyes out. Then came anger and that feeling of betrayal. I spent a couple hours nearly every day for the next year doing my best to prove everything wrong. I prayed, studied, fasted and in the end I had to be spiritually honest -- I had been lied to.
The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
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Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
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Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
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"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
The ItchScratching Feel Good GIF by 60 Second DocsGiphy
"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.