Nothing gives our brains the same kind of fireworks as watching creepy things. And if you’re not one of the horror aficionados it may be hard to understand the point of the thrill that horror gives.

But scientists say that the fright horror gives us while watching things like American Horror Story and The Walking Dead releases adrenaline, resulting in heightened sensations and surging energy. So biochemistry is to blame. And that thrill is so powerful, it’s often hard to look away.

This corner of Reddit known as “Interesting But Creepy” is a real treat for not just horror fans, but those who appreciate the darker side of our universe. The posts shared on the community range from interestingly weird to curiously macabre and they will surely give your heart rate the exercise it deserves! Psst! More creepy goodness awaits in our previous feature right here.

#1

Tyrano-Dude: Skilled At Deceiving And Misleading. He Will Bamboozle You

Tyrano-Dude: Skilled At Deceiving And Misleading. He Will Bamboozle You

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When Sperm Whales Need A Nap, They Take A Deep Breath, Dive Down About 45 Feet And Arrange Themselves Into Perfectly-Level, Vertical Patterns. They Sleep Sound And Still For Up To Two Hours At A Time Between Breaths, In Pods Of 5 Or 6 Whales, Presumably For Protection

When Sperm Whales Need A Nap, They Take A Deep Breath, Dive Down About 45 Feet And Arrange Themselves Into Perfectly-Level, Vertical Patterns. They Sleep Sound And Still For Up To Two Hours At A Time Between Breaths, In Pods Of 5 Or 6 Whales, Presumably For Protection

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#3

A Thunderstorm Can Sometimes Birth A Rarely Seen Phenomenon In Earth's Atmosphere: Red Space Lightning Called Sprites That Look Like Jellyfish

A Thunderstorm Can Sometimes Birth A Rarely Seen Phenomenon In Earth's Atmosphere: Red Space Lightning Called Sprites That Look Like Jellyfish

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Nathaniel
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With all the weird things that can happen in nature, stuff that most people are not aware of, is it a surprise people think aliens?

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To find out why exactly so many of us are drawn to creepy things, from pictures to stories, both fictional and real, we spoke with Michael Grant Kellermeyer, the editor in chief of Oldstyle Tales Press, an independent publisher based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The publishing house specializes in critical, annotated and illustrated editions of classic ghost stories, weird fiction, and gothic horror from the Classical Era of Supernatural Fiction (1795 - 1935).

According to Kellermeyer, human beings, especially in today's culture, have a love-hate relationship with mortality. “In one sense, Death and the dark side of life are our greatest enemies, but in another sense, it makes life delicious and potent: we are drawn to brushing elbows with death (either in reality - say, by skydiving or doing extreme sports - or by proxy - say, by reading or watching media about people who work in dangerous jobs or who survived disasters).”

#4

Scientist Holding A Basketball Covered With Vantablack, The World's Blackest Substance

Scientist Holding A Basketball Covered With Vantablack, The World's Blackest Substance

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Nathaniel
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BP censors at it again, censoring the black basketball.

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#5

Don’t Make Eye Contact

Don’t Make Eye Contact

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Nathaniel
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This eagle is thought to be the source of the Mothman sightings. Because it is so odd looking and people seeing it in the wild cannot make sense of it.

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#6

This Is An Intact Human Nervous System That Was Dissected By 2 Medical Students In 1925. It Took Them Over 1500 Hours. There Are Only 4 Of These In The World

This Is An Intact Human Nervous System That Was Dissected By 2 Medical Students In 1925. It Took Them Over 1500 Hours. There Are Only 4 Of These In The World

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He explained further: “While in previous generations, death was ever-present - certainly not a good thing - 21st-century Westerners are much less likely to have ever seen a dead body (even the majority of funerals either tend to be cremations or closed-casket), so as much as we do not long for more death in our worlds, we do certainly have an obsession with this part of our existence which we are all fated to encounter, but which is so tidily hidden from us.”

#7

Thunderstorm From 30,000 Feet In The Air

Thunderstorm From 30,000 Feet In The Air

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#8

Four Horned Hebridean Sheep. They Look Simply Bad A**

Four Horned Hebridean Sheep. They Look Simply Bad A**

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#9

Spanish Dancer Sea Slug Spotted In Australia

Spanish Dancer Sea Slug Spotted In Australia

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Caro Caro
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is Beautiful. I looked it up: Reaching sizes of at least 16 inches (40 cm), the Spanish dancer is the largest nudibranch and one of the largest sea slugs on the planet. Like most nudibranchs, the Spanish dancer is brightly colored and does not blend in well with its surroundings. This bright coloration, similar to that of the poison dart frogs and many other species, serves as a warning to potential predators that the Spanish dancer does not taste good and may even make a predator sick. https://oceana.org/marine-life/spanish-dancer/#:~:text=Reaching%20sizes%20of%20at%20least,in%20well%20with%20its%20surroundings.

Zero
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And my favorite bit about them... "Rogue is a female superhero from the comic series X-Men. She can absorb superpowers from others just by touching them. Similarly, the Spanish Dancer eats marine sponges and toxic jellyfish for dinner. Then she assimilates the poisons for her own defense."

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MellonCollie
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How big is that sea slug???

Zero
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Need a banana slug for scale.

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Alienking06
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks the space ameoba from that one Star Trek The Original Series episode.

Id row
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure it has 20 different ways of killing someone.

Maximum Ride
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a phobia of slugs and this makes me wanna barf

Redpanda
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was paint, lol

Umi chan
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Australia Australia well aren’t we just full of surprises , I am Aussie and I love the beach but I am starting to get kinda scared by what is there

LMS
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's so beautiful.. and probably so poisonous!

Orionpax75
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it's colorful don't touch!!

William Tinsley
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A Spanish slug in Australia? He's a long way from home

Mozzarella
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What have the Australian done that the Spanish have to come here and haunt us with this? (It’s just a joke it actually look really cute)

Alexa Saltz
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Australia has loads of scary stuff that looks like it will kill you and probably does.

viv
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

-.-. .... .. -.-. -.- . -. / -. ..- --. --. . - ...

María Hermida
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's from Australia, so I guess it's dreadfully poisonous

Helen Witten
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a common sight on Aussie beaches.

kathryn stretton
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who wants to bet it's poisonous. It is Australia after all.

Bad Mole
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it's in Australia I'm certain it's lethal.

Viv Hart
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What size would this be, it looks huge!

LSR
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Uh....sorry for that. Yesterday's pizza must have settled me badly..."

Laura Gillette
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG how big are they? I need a banana for scale.

JP Purves
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm assuming it's also poisonous.

Sharon Vaughn
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was a giant sunfish.

Wang Zhuang
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Australia? Is it venomous? :P

Emma Stripp
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

pretty damned kewl creature

Vernice Aure
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

😳 I always thought that they were tiny, like the size of a coin.

Rijkærd
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that a long way from home slug

Gina Rautenbach
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7V8DRfZBQI

Leslie Burleson
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let me guess ... it can kill you . I would love to go to Australia , but one look at one of those huge spiders with the grabby arms and my soul would leave my body.

jon gilbertson
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

looks like what i did after too many bloody Marys in Cancun.

Hobby Hopper
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🎵 Show me some of that Spanish dancing...🎵

Esco
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that an NFT floating around in the ocean lol?

Skara Brae
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like a crowd of people danced on it.

Laura M D
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really? Spanish dancer? REALLY? Ewww from Spain 😘

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Kellermeyer believes that as a result, “psychoanalytically, we try to touch hands with this stranger who is destined to make our acquaintance by poring over true crime podcasts, horror movies, and spooky artwork.”

The editor in chief added that “we love horror (which is by definition an artform concerned with the gradual approach of death, whether natural or supernatural) because it allows us to vicariously experience something that is so taboo in our culture, but which we all - at the final moment of our life - are destined to encounter.”

#10

This Amoeba I Saw Through The Microscope

This Amoeba I Saw Through The Microscope

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#11

A Handheld Side-View Mirror

A Handheld Side-View Mirror

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NsG
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is actually rather clever engineering. Creepy as heck, but I like it

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#12

What Michael Jackson Was Supposed To Look Like

What Michael Jackson Was Supposed To Look Like

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Kellermeyer argues that a good, creepy story should leave a great deal to the imagination and should focus on insinuations which leave the imagination primed but wanting more.

So he gave one such example: “The great British horror writer M. R. James was a master of the chilling tease, knowing just what to expose in order to pique curiosity, but holding back enough that we can't get a good look. In a story called ‘Wailing Well,’ he has a shepherd describe a family of zombie-like ghosts to a group of boys: ‘Rags and bones, young gentlemen: all four of 'em: flutterin' rags and whity bones. It seemed to me as if I could hear 'em clackin' as they got along. Very slow they went, and lookin' from side to side.’ One of the boys asks what their faces looked like: ‘They hadn't much to call faces,’ said the shepherd, ‘but I could seem to see as they had teeth.’”

#13

Mummified Monk Revealed Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

Mummified Monk Revealed Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

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Paul C.
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please tell me he was dead before they put him inside!

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#14

Racoons Reaching For Cat Food Under A Table

Racoons Reaching For Cat Food Under A Table

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Raccoon Queen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. Go forth my minions and steal from the kitties

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#15

Skeleton Of A Pregnant Fruit Bat

Skeleton Of A Pregnant Fruit Bat

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The key here is that we get a teasing taste that tells us something about their nature: “they aren't right - they're ragged and bony and move about in a wobbling, unstable manner,” Kellermeyer told us. Moreover, “they are malicious - they are clearly searching for something and while they have no faces to speak of, by God do they ever have teeth to tear with. A good horror story piques the imagination but lets it suffer in suspense,” he explained.

#16

Someone I Know Has A Glassed Over Well In Their Kitchen From The Mid-1700s

Someone I Know Has A Glassed Over Well In Their Kitchen From The Mid-1700s

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#18

The Poison Garden (Alnwick Garden) Contains About 100 Plants That Can Actually Kill A Person

The Poison Garden (Alnwick Garden) Contains About 100 Plants That Can Actually Kill A Person

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love Alnwick Gardens! They're so beautiful. The poison garden is fascinating.

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As a scholar of 19th and 20th-century horror, Kellermeyer can definitely say that the sources of collective fears are both basic and unchanging and very subject to fashion and the cultural moment. “All fears essentially boil down to four things: fear of losing control; fear of the beast within ourselves; fear of the beast in other people; fear of oblivion and mortality. But the way these fears take shape has changed: in Victorian literature a major source of fear was insanity or losing civility in some manner: become more animalistic.”

The editor in chief explained: “For instance, a truly chilling trope in Victorian literature was a ghostly man seen roaming the countryside without a hat or coat. This may seem silly to us, but to them - in a society where a sane, healthy man wouldn't be walking outside bareheaded in his shirtsleeves - the way that death has made this man's ghost so forlorn was truly frightening: his fate has left him vulnerable and stripped him of his propriety.”

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Hiroshima, Japan, 1945: This Shadow That Almost Seems Drawn On The White Of Five Steps, Tells The Last Moments Of A Person. All That Remains Is The Shadow Caused By The Flash Of The Atomic Bomb That August 6th

Hiroshima, Japan, 1945: This Shadow That Almost Seems Drawn On The White Of Five Steps, Tells The Last Moments Of A Person. All That Remains Is The Shadow Caused By The Flash Of The Atomic Bomb That August 6th

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#20

In 1871, This 10 Year Old Girl’s Grave Was Built With Easy Access Stairs So That Her Mother Could Comfort Her During Storms

In 1871, This 10 Year Old Girl’s Grave Was Built With Easy Access Stairs So That Her Mother Could Comfort Her During Storms

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#21

Oldest Surviving Diving Suit, 18th Century

Oldest Surviving Diving Suit, 18th Century

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T Simmons
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tinky Winky coped less well during the pandemic than the other TellyTubbies

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Meanwhile, for his generation as an elder Millennial, it seemed like creepy kids were the be all, end all. “I actually am not wild about this trope (black-eyed kids, creepy dolls, scowling little girl ghosts, etc.) because it was just everywhere in the horror scene when I was growing up. But it did something very powerful for folks in the '90s and '00s and even the '10s,” Kellermeyer told us in an interview.

He also noticed that these days, it seems to be relationships that trigger us. “Families and couples (I think of Midsommar, Get Out, Hereditary, The Witch, The Conjuring, Haunting of Hill House, and It Follows),” he named a few. “I think our current cultural moment is very anxious about the intimacy of relationships like those between parents and children or between lovers: it can provide security and love, or it can be very much the opposite.”

#22

A Close Up Of An Ant

A Close Up Of An Ant

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#23

Just A Window Lit Up In An Abandoned Hospital

Just A Window Lit Up In An Abandoned Hospital

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#25

Sometimes People Stop In The Middle Of A Conversation To Stare At My Eye. Wonder Why

Sometimes People Stop In The Middle Of A Conversation To Stare At My Eye. Wonder Why

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#26

Lava That Looks Like Melted Bodies

Lava That Looks Like Melted Bodies

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Ellie McGrath
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like the Ministry of magic statue in the Deathly Hallows movies

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#27

This Is A Flat Hallway

This Is A Flat Hallway

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

imagine being drunk and walking trough this

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#28

This Is What A Lethal Dose Of Fentanyl Looks Like. 2mg

This Is What A Lethal Dose Of Fentanyl Looks Like. 2mg

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#29

Church In Louisiana

Church In Louisiana

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Jill C
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I should think there are an awful lot of places in Louisiana when photographed under the right conditions.

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#30

So Anyways I Found Where The Grim Reaper Lives

So Anyways I Found Where The Grim Reaper Lives

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#31

This Picture From Venus

This Picture From Venus

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K- THULU
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've read that these were the only images taken before the lense melted....

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#32

Correlation Or Causation???

Correlation Or Causation???

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Mark Alibozek
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are old stories by Native Americans about large red headed humanoid cannibals that live in caves. Wonder if they're still around?

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#33

A Disney Gas Mask - Designed To Make Gas Mask "Less Creepy" For Children During WWII

A Disney Gas Mask - Designed To Make Gas Mask "Less Creepy" For Children During WWII

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#35

Rather Creepy, Funny, Interesting And Weird... This Is What Curiosity Does

Rather Creepy, Funny, Interesting And Weird... This Is What Curiosity Does

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Yayheterogeneity
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a hoax. They are funny, though creepy and hang up quite a lot of different posters.

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#36

A Terrifying Web I Saw Above A Light Fixture A Work Today

A Terrifying Web I Saw Above A Light Fixture A Work Today