30 Weird, Disturbing, And Downright Cursed Shirts People Actually Wear, As Shared By These Twitter Accounts
Clothing is one of the best ways to express yourself. Whether it’s iconic cowboy boots, rebellious leather jackets, or funky pairs of socks, these items let your unique personality shine through your style. What you put on each morning can convey a powerful message, and since wardrobe choices are undoubtedly endless, they allow you to blare your precious wisdom out loud. Yet, some people decide to take it one step too far and communicate with the world in the most threatening way.
Ladies and gentlemen, today we’re diving deep into two cursed corners of the internet, the 'Shirts That Go Hard' and 'Shirts With Threatening Auras' Twitter accounts. These social media projects feature frightening photos of shirts that have been haunting the web for quite some time now. The creators of these accounts fill our feeds with horror movie material that ranges from painfully hilarious to downright unsettling.
So get ready for a wild ride down to the land of wicked fashion since we have gathered some of the most menacing and bizarre examples they had to offer. Continue scrolling, upvote your favorite ones, and let us know what you think of them in the comments! And if you’re in the mood for even more fuel for our nightmares, be sure to check out our previous pieces on deliciously evil cakes and the weirdest toilets from around the world.
According to Urban Dictionary, a threatening aura refers to "a place, person or object that makes you feel like you're in danger just by looking at it, sometimes characterized by unsanitary conditions." No matter the picture you’re gazing at, "you can actually feel the bad juju just by looking at the picture."
The two corners of Twitter in question capture the essence of this phenomenon perfectly. "The shirts that keep me up at night," writes the creator of both accounts, and it looks like they have a point. The 'Shirts That Go Hard' social media project started in August 2021 and has already gained a strong foothold on the platform. At the time of writing, it has amassed over 204k followers eagerly waiting for the next frightening and confusing post to grace their feeds.
When it comes to 'Shirts With Threatening Auras,' a page that was created only this month, it has already gathered a following of more than 48k fans. After all, everyone has a guilty internet pleasure, and their followers really seem to love looking at the weirdest pieces of clothing found around the world and enjoy scrolling through one of the most perplexing online galleries out there.
The fact that hundreds of thousands of people willingly expose themselves to a daily dose of vile, bizarre, and cringe-worthy images is nothing new. Items with threatening auras have become a true internet sensation, attracting people to spend their time looking at weird bedrooms, uneasy advertisements, or one of the most popular subjects out there — cursed bathrooms. Over the past few years, plenty of new accounts started celebrating uncomfortable images and were widely embraced by people who felt amused by such content.
One thing that catches our attention about these images is the sense of uncertainty they carry. The disturbing feeling these uncanny pictures provoke can leave us slightly trapped, yet craving for more. As Frank T. McAndrew, Ph.D., the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, stated in our previous interview, we find these images unsettling because there is something not quite right about them. Although usually, we cannot pinpoint exactly why it is so disturbing.
"It may combine things that should not go together (a cherry pie with a bleeding human face baked into it?) or it presents an object in a context where it does not belong," the professor told Bored Panda. And the reason why they make us feel so uncomfortable? We humans simply dislike uncertainty, the professor explained. "We like to make sense of the world around us, and things that defy our expectations or things that are difficult to categorize throw us off our game."
We all hate to feel unsure of what’s right in front of our eyes. Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist, journalist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte explained in an article on Psychology Today that uncertainty causes tremendous anxiety within us. "To the human mind, uncertainty equals danger," he wrote, explaining that our brains always try to make sense of the world. In doing that, it also draws conclusions about what’s safe and what isn’t.
It even turns out that our minds prefer physical pain to uncertainty. "British researchers found that study participants who knew for sure they would receive a painful electric shock felt calmer and less agitated than those who were told they only had a 50 percent chance of getting the shock," he added. "No wonder you fight or flee when it doesn’t know which way is up."
However, as we can see from these two Twitter accounts, many people enjoy looking at threatening images, even when they raise more questions than answers. "People who are tolerant of ambiguity or open to new experiences may be drawn to them because they offer a pleasant diversion from normality and present us with a cognitive puzzle to solve," McAndrew said, adding that the other category of people simply finds them unpleasant.
"We are programmed by evolution to intently focus on unexpected or unusual things in our environment. It is essential to determine if such things pose some sort of threat to us or not, and cursed images hijack the part of our brain that is responsible for protecting us," McAndrew noted.
Joshua Citarella, an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts who specializes in post-internet art, told Paper Mag that horror is a vital part of the online experience. "Despite its many wonderful features and side attractions, the internet is first and foremost a place for horror. We come to be horrified." And luckily for us, social media outlets like the ones featured in this list provide us with that inexplicable need to witness this aching ambiguity.
If these articles of clothing grabbed your attention, be sure to give 'Shirts That Go Hard' and 'Shirts With Threatening Auras' a follow. And if you have some perplexing images stored in your picture gallery that would fit these pages perfectly, don't be shy and send them over to the creator, their DMs are always open for submissions!