Did you know that monsters, ghosts and other creepy things that go bump in the night are all a common part of the winter holidays around the world? From Krampus to Black Piet, Father Whipper to goblins, trolls and other creatures, the entire moth of December is fraught with monsters. So join me in demanding... why don't we have Christmas monsters in America?
Today I read that AI can now create a playlist for you that changes with your mood. You might think that sounds more nefarious than it is, since researchers just want your music to be able to pick you up after a long day. No. This is not something positive. I don't want a machine to know when I'm upset. I don't want a machine to "know" at all, yet that's the route we're traveling!
When I tried using charcoal on my teeth for the first time, I thought I looked really weird, to say the least. Now it's pretty commonplace; I've even seen charcoal in toothpaste at the store. Then my kid and I were reading about ancient dental remedies and the things they filled teeth with made me gag. Just how did we start to do these weird things, anyway?
Did you know that in some parts of the world it's possible to hire a robot to photograph your event rather than a person? They can also be purchased to be used as waitresses or information dispensers. You guys, what even is this world anymore? We're going to wake up tomorrow and people will be marrying robots, somehow mating with them and the human race will be long gone.
Everyone's clutching their pearls at the news of measles outbreaks in the United States, where the disease had been once eradicated due to vaccinations, but this has been happening for years. Mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox are also resurging, and I have heard so many arguments that scare me much worse than the tinfoil theories do.
It's what some might consider to be a freaky and strange phenomenon. Christmas eyebrows, or styling your brows to look like Christmas trees, is indeed a thing, whether you like it or not. People are actually pushing the hairs of their eyebrows into opposite directions to mimic the look of a Christmas tree before adding all kinds of adornments to their "trees."
Urban legends have always been irresistible nuggets of life, reeling us all in with their promises of darkness and jump scares. Many urban legends have been made into media, from movies to TV shows like Supernatural, and the fringe stories that people used to share at parties grew into global phenomena shared over the Internet. But what about urban legends that ring of truth?
Freaky places to visit (or that you can't visit!) are always interesting, and here's one I have never heard of until now: North Brother Island in New York is an abandoned plot of land consisting of 22 acres. Nobody is allowed to go there, which is probably a good thing because they might get scared enough to have a heart attack and die out on the island.
If you're like me (and a lot of other people), you can fall into the black hole that is the Internet for hours reading useless but interesting information. Buzzfeed is one of the biggest fun black pits that exists and right now they have an article up about the scariest pages on Wikipedia that you have to check out if you love the strange, macabre and downright terrifying.