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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Zoe's Mom
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4 months ago

Kudos to him. LOL.

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#2

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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Randy Espinal
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4 months ago

Cool

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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
Community Member
4 months ago

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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4 months ago

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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4 months ago

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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Ellie McGrath
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4 months ago

How.

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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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Ellie McGrath
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4 months ago

Not far away enough from any plane I’m in

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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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Nathaniel
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4 months ago

Completely non Satanic. Honest.

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#9

Spanish Dancer Sea Slug Spotted In Australia

Spanish Dancer Sea Slug Spotted In Australia

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

Forbidden pizza!

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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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Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
4 months ago

It saw you, too!

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#11

A Handheld Side-View Mirror

A Handheld Side-View Mirror

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NsG
Community Member
4 months ago

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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Yayheterogeneity
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4 months ago

So incredibly sad.

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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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4 months ago

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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4 months ago

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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MrBallen Fan
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4 months ago

That’s so sad!

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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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Nathaniel
Community Member
4 months ago

Well I'll be!

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#17

Seeds Germinating In A Tomato

Seeds Germinating In A Tomato

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Miranda Voorbraak-van Aert
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4 months ago

It's called vivipary.

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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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4 months ago

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.”

#19

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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Jill C
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4 months ago

Not creepy, just awful.

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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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Community Member
4 months ago

That's kind of sweet

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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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4 months ago

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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Aden Lawyer
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4 months ago

No no no no no no no no no no no no

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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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Onion Cutting Ninja
Community Member
4 months ago

R U N

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#24

Golf Ball Vs. Doll

Golf Ball Vs. Doll

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Julieandthephatones
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4 months ago

well that ended...delightfully.

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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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Chris Kane
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4 months ago

Your eye is cool af.

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#26

Lava That Looks Like Melted Bodies

Lava That Looks Like Melted Bodies

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Ellie McGrath
Community Member
4 months ago

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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Community Member
4 months ago

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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Daniel Yamada
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4 months ago

Wow, it looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln.

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#29

Church In Louisiana

Church In Louisiana

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Jill C
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4 months ago

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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Paul C.
Community Member
4 months ago

...and the idiots will still go in.

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#31

This Picture From Venus

This Picture From Venus

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K- THULU
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4 months ago

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
Community Member
4 months ago

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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Ellie McGrath
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4 months ago

Welp… they failed the less creepy bit

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#34

You Want To Hear The Song Now

You Want To Hear The Song Now

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Thomas.Rudd
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4 months ago

Hmmm.......

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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
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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oktopus
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4 months ago

Finally someone has found the source of the World-Wide Web!

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#37

This Castle In Spain

This Castle In Spain

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Pat Bond
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4 months ago

Too much effort to name it BP?? Butrón is a castle located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain. It dates originally from the Middle Ages, although it owes its present appearance to an almost complete rebuilding begun by Francisco de Cubas in 1878. The castle has a fairy-tale look about it inspired by Bavarian castle models

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#38

The Cpr Doll’s Face Is Actually A Copy Of A 19th Century Drowned Woman’s Face

The Cpr Doll’s Face Is Actually A Copy Of A 19th Century Drowned Woman’s Face

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NsG
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4 months ago

Annie, are you okay?

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#39

The Statue Of Flayed St. Bartholomew Wearing His Skin As A Robe. Milan Cathedral

The Statue Of Flayed St. Bartholomew Wearing His Skin As A Robe. Milan Cathedral

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Artsy Bookworm
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4 months ago

Excuse me?!!!

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#40

The Mouth Of A Leatherback Sea Turtle

The Mouth Of A Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Nathaniel
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4 months ago

I did not need to see this.

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#41

My Brother Went To Egypt And Saw Some Mummified Crocodiles

My Brother Went To Egypt And Saw Some Mummified Crocodiles

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SCP 504
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4 months ago

Nice Googley eyes

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#42

Biblically Accurate Angel

Biblically Accurate Angel

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Salam Payne
Community Member
4 months ago

No wonder their first first statements are always fear not. I would s**t my pant if that appears to me.

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#43

Here Are Some Skin Shoes Worth $10,000, These Are Made Or Silicon But Are 100% Creepy

Here Are Some Skin Shoes Worth $10,000, These Are Made Or Silicon But Are 100% Creepy

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

I wonder who will pay that much money for this abomination. And most importantly why...

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#44

Before Days Of Modern Medicine, Many Feared Being Buried Alive. As A Result, Safety Coffins Were Invented In Case The Living Were Mispronounced Passed Away. A String Attached To A Bell Allowed The Victim To Alert Those Above

Before Days Of Modern Medicine, Many Feared Being Buried Alive. As A Result, Safety Coffins Were Invented In Case The Living Were Mispronounced Passed Away. A String Attached To A Bell Allowed The Victim To Alert Those Above

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Lisa T
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4 months ago

That’s where the saying “Saved by the bell” comes from

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#45

One Of My Grandpa’s Cows (He’s A Rancher) Gave Birth To This Two-Headed Fella Back In The 1980’s. The Calf Lived For Less Than Ten Minutes, But Have No Fear. Grandpa Took It To A Taxidermist

One Of My Grandpa’s Cows (He’s A Rancher) Gave Birth To This Two-Headed Fella Back In The 1980’s. The Calf Lived For Less Than Ten Minutes, But Have No Fear. Grandpa Took It To A Taxidermist

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

Poor calf.

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#46

A Cemetery In Hong Kong

A Cemetery In Hong Kong

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James Tartaglione
Community Member
4 months ago

there's a wait list for this cemetery. everyone is dying to get in! (i'll see myself out)

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#47

Shark Gills

Shark Gills

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David A Paterson
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4 months ago

Whale shark. I knew it had to be big.

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#48

St. Lambert’s Church In Münster. Three Iron Cages, 7 Feet Tall And A Yard Wide And Deep, Hang Empty From The Church Spire. Once Home To The Mutilated Bodies Of Three Revolutionaries

St. Lambert’s Church In Münster. Three Iron Cages, 7 Feet Tall And A Yard Wide And Deep, Hang Empty From The Church Spire. Once Home To The Mutilated Bodies Of Three Revolutionaries

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T Simmons
Community Member
4 months ago

The Church is built on the teachings of Jesus, who says to turn the other cheek, to forgive, to show grace and compassion to those who persecute us. These are an abomination

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#49

Titanium Implants Pulled From A Crematory

Titanium Implants Pulled From A Crematory

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Kai
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4 months ago

What do they do with that?

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#50

Geladas Baring Their Fangs

Geladas Baring Their Fangs

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KombatBunni
Community Member
4 months ago

Aww hell no..

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