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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Horror Inside The Killing Fields Museum Of Cambodia

If you are looking for places that can easily creep you out - without gimmicks or hypes. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is one of the most popular answers you can get. Dubbed as the home of S21 Victims. Why is it notorious, and remembered as one of the most cruel and hair-raising places to be at in recent memory is quite easy. Think of how each of the almost 6,000 S-21 portraits that have been recovered tells a story shock, resignation, confusion, defiance and horror. Read on and get to know more about the horror inside the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - this is where we can find Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This former high school was converted, in 1975, to Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge. The prison was used as a base to torture and murder prisoners. Most of the prisoners in the Genocide museum were former soldiers and government officials from the Lon Nol regime.

However, the Khmer Rouge leaders paranoia soon caught up with them, and they began shipping people from their own ranks to the prison. Soon after that, prisoners were tortured and tricked into naming their family and associates, who were them also arrested, tortured and murdered. Imagine naming your innocent loved ones one day and see them getting arrested the next day, how creepy and unnerving is that?

The Horror Inside The Killing Fields Museum Of Cambodia

It is public knowledge already that the former genocide museum is now considered to be haunted. Sources say that ghosts of the estimated 17,000 victims of Tuol Sleng continue to roam the halls, and odd happenings around the place are often attributed to them: and it is a no-brainer to know why these ghosts weren't getting any rest at all.

Most victims were forced to confess to crimes they didn’t actually commit. Harassment and humiliation each day of their lives. How can an innocent soul get its rest if you know you were prosecuted and executed by a crime you didn't commit at all? Although most victims were Cambodians, many foreigners fell victim to the death machine, including Americans, French, a New Zealander, a Briton, Australians, Arabs, Indians, Pakistanis and Vietnamese. The shocking bit is that only 12 people are thought to have been able to survive the death factory of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Truth be told, this is part of a long list were humanity is no longer respected at all and it is all but sad history. And to give you a glimpse of how cruel would it be to live in this dark place full of torture and deaths,  we compiled the actual security regulations, the ten rules all prisoners had to follow. Warning though, it is truly heart-wrenching and creepy.

1. You must answer accordingly to my question. Don’t turn them away.
2. Don’t try to hide the facts by making pretexts this and that, you are strictly prohibited to contest me.
3. Don’t be a fool for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.
4. You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.
5. Don’t tell me either about your immoralities or the essence of the revolution.
6. While getting lashes or electrification, you must not cry at all.
7. Do nothing, sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quiet. When I ask you to do something, you must do it right away without protesting.
8. Don’t make pretext about Kampuchea Krom in order to hide your secret or traitor.
9. If you don’t follow all the above rules, you shall get many many lashes of electric wire.
10.If you disobey any point of my regulations, you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.

What Lies Beneath In The Catacombs of Paris?

If you are a fan of horror films or you are simply scared of the dark and the unknown, the popular story about the Catacombs of Paris will truly pique your interest. If you are not familiar with the Catacombs of Paris, a Catacomb is a human-made passageway, essentially a tunnel with rooms, that has chambers used as a burial place. These places were used for religious purposes and it can be most prominently tracked back to the Romans. There are stories that many still exist till today, and are occupied by cults and dark spirits. The catacombs of Paris is famously known to be haunted and it has been the inspiration of some mainstream horror films. Also known as the home to a network of old caves, quarries and tunnels stretching hundreds of miles, and seemingly lined with the bones of the dead. Let's get to know more about the terror that lives in the infamous mines of Paris.

The Catacombs of Paris (French: Catacombes de Paris, About this sound  (help·info)) are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people[1] in a small part of the ancient Mines of Paris tunnel network. Extending south from the former city gate Barrière d’Enfer ("Gate of Hell") beneath Rue de la Tombe-Issoire, the ossuary was founded when city officials had two simultaneous problems: a series of cave-ins beginning 1774, and overflowing cemeteries, particularly Saint Innocents. Nightly processions of bones from 1786 to 1788 transferred remains from cemeteries to the reinforced tunnels, and more remains were added during later years. The underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis since 1874 with surface access from a building at Place Denfert-Rochereau in the extreme southern part of the city of Paris. - Wikipedia

 The Paris Catacombs has an interesting backstory. Its origins lies in the limestone quarries situated on the outskirts of the city wherein lots of natural resource has been in use since the time of the Romans, and provided construction material for the city’s buildings, as well as contributed to the city’s growth and expansion. It was only after during the second half of the 18 th century, however, that the former limestone mines were transformed into burial places. And by 18th century, Parisian cemeteries such as Les Innocents  dubbed as the largest cemetery in Paris were becoming overpopulated, giving rise to improper burials, open graves, and unearthed corpses.

Quite naturally, people living close to such places began complaining about the strong stench of decomposing flesh and the spread of diseases from the cemeteries. In 1763, an edict was issued by Louis XV banning all burials from the capital. The Church, however, did not wish to disturb or move the cemeteries, and opposed the edict. As a result, nothing was done until an unusual long period of rain caused a wall around the Les Innocents to collapse, resulting in the spilling of rotting corpses into a neighboring property and the French authorities were forced to act on it. In 1786, the former Tombe-Issoire quarries were blessed and consecrated, turning them into the Paris Catacombs. It took two years for all the bones from the Les Innocents to be transferred to the catacombs.

The Catacombs of Paris stood out above the rest for the most obvious reason that its walls are laced in human remains. As you walk down the walls and the corridors, you can actually see actual human bones and skulls staring back at you. Skeletons of a hundred years ago trapped underneath a city harboring unknowing spirits. Aside from the paranormal side, it is known that there are three strains of bacteria that can only be found in Catacombs. The Catacombs of Paris were shut down to the public by 2009. They described the reason it was closed was due to “vandalism” but the accounts were very not too convincing and the stories surrounding what was inside the catacombs were described as being very sinister. It was long rumored that the only people who went down into Catacombs were practicing dark arts and black magic. Some locals even say that people would travel under to perform Necromancy.

It has been said that if you walk down the tunnels late at night, the walls would start to talk to you. That's why it got the reputation of being a hotspot for cult activity. Many rituals and sacrifices happened underneath Paris that public has never heard about. The evidence of this is said to be the bones you encounter, if they are not in the wall mounted they were not buried there, they were actually killed there.

Some also believes that the spirits inside will make you mad if you stay in there for too long. There have been reports that even after they left the Catacombs they felt presence as if it came with them. There was some stories that go around that once you go under and luckily gets to go back to your normal city life, you will still feel the atmosphere down below the catacombs. They say that it is the spirits' way of bringing you back under for them to be finally free from the dreaded catacombs. Now, that's creepy!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Origin Of The Black Bird of Chernobyl

Many people already know about the chilling 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The details on how it all began and how the victims and survivors went through the ordeal from Chernobyl disaster is too overwhelming. History books noted that 1986 saw one of the worst nuclear disasters to date, the Chernobyl reactor disaster, 31 died on the day but over 500,000 people were involved and the long-term effects continue to be recorded and monitored. Witnesses who have visited the area believe that the spirits of those who died there still roam the area. You think you might know the whole story but are you really sure? Apparently, most are unaware of the creepy circumstances some people were facing before it all happened. According to some of the survivors, shortly before the huge nuclear plant meltdown, they all started experiencing weird phenomena including nightmares, threatening phone calls, and encounters with a huge winged beast that came to be known as the "Black Bird of Chernobyl". Let's get to know the creepy creature that caused havoc and disaster to Chernobyl.

 The infamous tragedy is said to be fascinating historically and scientifically, but nevertheless, terrifying. At the start of April 1986 people living and working at the power plant began to witness strange and eerie events. Sightings of a large black bird, or bird-like creature, and even a headless man with large black wings and red eyes began to be reported. It was later given the name ‘The Black Bird of Chernobyl’. Witnesses had nightmares, threatening calls and some claimed first hand encounters with the creature are just some of the creepy circumstances before the explosion happened. The strange happenings were reported and increased until the morning of 26th April, 1986, when reactor number four exploded.

  • Classification: Avian
  • Size: 5 to 6 feet tall
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Diet: Unknown
  • Location: Chernobyl, Soviet Union
  • Movement: Flight and two legged walking
  • Environment: Unknown

    General circumstances led to multiple reports that the Black Bird looked like a large, creature-like man with huge wings and red eyes. How terrifying would it be when you see it face to face? Some even reported seeing it over one of the reactors as it went through the meltdown and the rest is history.

    Due to this, people are quick to relate this apparent harbinger of death to the legendary Mothman of West Virginia, which started showing up right before the Silver Bridge collapsed.  Of course, this theory was supported by some locals. The way people describe these two beings are so similar that one is left to wonder if there really are creatures out there that show up when something bad is going to happen. Are they appearing before a disaster to warn the people? Or are they showing up to show to us that we can't stop the disaster from happening? So if you see a large scary bird man or some sort on the way to work or school. maybe it would be better to just turn around and go home. Keep safe always!

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Facebook Is Out To Read Minds With Smartphones That Types Directly From Your Brain

    There's no denying that the world we live in right now is very advanced. It seems that everything is "instant" and it is amazing, right? It makes life easier, who wouldn't feel relief when you know a certain thing can be done instantly, right? Thanks to technology and its advanced features, we get the liberty to rely on it. But is it really a good thing? Or the technological world we live right now will creep us out in the end? Just recently, Facebook has assembled a team of 60 people, including machine learning and neural prosthetics experts, brain-computer interface engineers and neural imaging engineers, to create a “mind reading” smartphone. Amazing! The smartphone's system would be capable of typing one hundred words per minute and what makes it too "advanced" is that it comes straight from one’s thoughts. Yes, Facebook is currently making a gadget that can read your private thoughts. Feel disturbed?

    “No such technology exists today; we’ll need to develop one.”

    Facebook is now looking at using optical imaging which needs the use of lasers to capture changes in the properties of neurons as they fire. It is to make sure that it can glean words straight from our brain before we say them. If these signals can be read, they can be transmitted silently to other people. If the thought that a company that makes almost all of its money from harvesting your personal data could also have access to your thoughts is scary, that’s because it is. Are you ready for this technology?

    Before you freak out and delete Facebook, Facebook told its supporters to not be so concerned about their thoughts being constantly read by a machine because it would only be able to decode words one was “about to say”. However, the goal of that technology is to read thoughts without them being said and to translate them into computer commands.

    Do this message from Facebook can really make us feel relieved? How can a clear line be drawn between what can and cannot be read in the nebulous realm of human thought? Is there a thin line to begin with? How can we be assured that this kind of technology won’t be used to actually monitor and control people’s thoughts? And the million dollar question is; Are there even people willing to give up the sanctuary of their own thoughts for the slight convenience of not moving one’s finger on a touchscreen?

    Another reason why Facebook wants to read our brain activity is to develop the equivalent of a “brain mouse” for augmented reality. What’s just lacking in this augmented future is a user interface. When we don’t have a smartphone or a computer mouse, how can we select and click on a piece of digital content? Facebook still appears to be keen on answering questions nobody ever asked. Although the technology is presented as a way of “staying connected with the people around us” since communication was made more easier now. And it is now reducing the need to look at one’s screen – the true goal of this technology is painfully obvious. The people behind the famous website simply want to know what you’re thinking all the time. Now, are you ready for this "too advanced" feature from Facebook?