The Vile Vortices

You're probably familiar with the Bermuda Triangle, but did you know it has eleven siblings? According to cryptozoologist and paranormal expert Ivan Sanderson (1911-1973), there are twelve spots on the globe that are areas where ships, planes or people go missing for unexplained reasons.  He called these navigational hazards the Vile Vortices. Sanderson's "Bermuda Triangle"... Continue Reading →

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Why is this image disturbing?

I saw this article at IO9.com about why the picture below is disturbing: Here's a quote from the article: "To find no recognition of separateness or personhood in the eyes of another is to have one's identity shaken and sense of control stripped away. It's part of what makes some of Steven Moffat's Doctor Who monsters so terrifying,... Continue Reading →

Secret societies, cryptography, and Hellboy

This truly does sound like a plot from a Hellboy comic or movie - an 18th century text was discovered in a repository in what was once East Germany, a text encoded in a mysterious cipher.  Now, thanks to computer cryptography, a team of American and Swedish researchers have cracked the code.  And what they... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Pineal Gland

The mythical "third eye", the pineal gland is a small nodule inside the human brain.  For centuries, people have speculated as to what its function might be.  To some, it was a vestigial eye, a mystic gateway into the realm of the spirit.  Some claimed it was the home of the human soul, the innate... Continue Reading →

Smelly Books

This weekend I stopped at Half-Price Books.  If you don't have one near you, I'm very sorry for you, because it's a great place.  The name is pretty much dead on - they sell used books for about half the cover price.  Sometimes it's less than that, especially on hardback books, and they have clearance... Continue Reading →

The Murder Hotel

Picture this - a hotel with secret rooms, hidden passages, and an insane proprietor who tortures his victims and in some cases cuts them up in bizarre surgical experiments.  Imagine that this hotel owner has killed at least 27 people and maybe dozens more, including the nice old couple that ran the drug store across... Continue Reading →

Urban Decay – The Westland Mall

There's something creepy about buildings that used to have lots of people in them, but are now vacant.  Places like old factories, or abandoned hotels.  On the west side of Columbus, Ohio, is a place like that, a dead old mall that once was a vibrant, packed shopping center.  The interesting part is, it doesn't... Continue Reading →

Two for one special on bad news

First, Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower into three movies and two seasons of TV has been dropped by Universal.  This sucks, but it's possible that the series will be picked up by a different studio.  We're talking about Ron Howard and Stephen King here - they have the chops for this.... Continue Reading →

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