Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Past and Present

I have to work at the library on Halloween this year. Anyone who knows me and my love of all things Halloween, will understand how depressed I am over this. Halloween is a bigger holiday than Christmas in my family. We used to be known as "The Scary House" in our neighborhood growing up. I have more Halloween decorations than Walmart does. Seriously.

One Halloween my sister talked me and some of our friends into being in one of those haunted houses that people pay to go through and get scared to death. Let me tell you, people who are scared are dangerous. We were supposed to hide behind this wall and grab people's feet as they walked by these hidden openings. We learned pretty quickly to grab and move back because people's first reaction when their foot is grabbed is to kick back. HARD.

The other thing we were supposed to do was lay down in this hidden loft just above people's heads and pop out, pretending to grab at them from above. One of the girls who was helping us bent over to frighten a large group of teenage girls and accidentally fell out of the loft right into the middle of them with the loudest thump you've ever heard. Talk about screaming--all ten of those girls hauled it out of there so fast they never did realize that it wasn't something that had been planned. You could still hear their screams in the distance as they ran the rest of the way through the haunted house. I don't think they stopped until they were all the way back outside. My friend got up and dusted herself off and got right back up into the loft as if nothing had happened.

Got any great Halloween memories to share? I'd love to hear them in comments.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Don't be Afraid: Halloween Scares

Okay, maybe it is a little mean to scare the pants off of your loved ones and video tape it, but then we wouldn't have such great viral videos to send around to one another. Click the links below to see some hilarious videos of people getting the snot scared out of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcmsTedS_Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9IdVrUyaR8

The one I love best is where the kid smacks the monster in the face with his trick or treat bag. I guest kids just don't scare as easily these days.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Absolutely Facinating (Part Three)

I love a good mystery which would probably explain why I love learning about the strange but true things that often go on in this universe. As a librarian, I find myself stumbling onto some of the most curious facts and bizarre occurrences. Kids love this stuff, and their enthusiasm has rubbed off on me.

The Mystery Hum - Did you know there are certain places in the world where residents hear a strange humming noise from time to time? The only problem is, the sound can not be recorded on any audio equipment and there doesn't seem to be any reason for the sound. Click the link below to read more about this strange phenomenon.

http://www.qsl.net/w5www/taoshum.html


The Palenque Mask - You'll have to click on the link below if you want to learn about this one, it's too bizarre to explain in five sentences or less.

http://www.stateoftheart.nl/phenomenon/frames/subjects/civi/mayan/palmask/palmaskmain.htm

The Winchester Mystery House - I've actually visited this strange aberration of architecture when I was young. They used to hold charity drives where people would pay to play hide and seek in the house on Halloween. I really wish I could have been a part of that. I did not see any ghosts while there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dy0TnZ_vpk



Bizarre Meteorological Phenomena - There is some pretty wild stuff going on in nature. Click the link below to see some of the most unbelievably fascinating weather phenomena of the natural world.

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/most-bizarre-meteorological-phenomena/6091

Panama Creature - A wierd creature was found and killed in Panama. (Warning: the photos of the dead creature's body are a little freaky looking. The squeemish might want to skip this one.)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1214182/Remember-Monster-washed-ashore-Terrified-teens-claim-beat-new-mysterious-beast-death-Panama.html

It looks like a hairless sloth to me. Poor thing.

Monsters of the Deep - These fish look like something created by hollywood for a horror movie but they are 100% real. *Shudder*

http://www.who-sucks.com/animals/real-life-sea-monsters-24-bizarre-creatures-of-the-deep

All in a Day's Work

The library I work at has a section of large rooms available for people in the community to rent. We have all sorts of interesting activities going on at any given time. Weddings, company parties, graduations, etc. So this morning when I walked into the building I was presented with a large sign that said:

Due to a death in the family, our chainsaw carver will not be here today.



Uh, okay.

You know what--I don't even want to know.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hoaxes and Pranks Galore

Everyone loves a practical joke but some people take it a bit too far. Below are some hilarious prank videos I found on the internet. You'll laugh till you cry.

(Warning to viewers: People who are the subject of pranks tend to swear a great deal.)


Ratman Prank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpZHFNGo5cQ


Skunk Prank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwSqdL7fiE8&feature=fvw

Mirror Prank

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvJdCyOZB_Q&feature=related


More Pranks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmIMSyVclw&feature=related

Best Prank Ever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOVuLkPhU8&feature=related

Here are a few links to some famous hoaxes from history and how the truth was finally discovered.

Houdini vs. The Blond Witch of Lime Street

http://www.cicap.org/new/articolo.php?id=101010

War of the Worlds

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_war_of_the_worlds/

Van Meegeren

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/3654259/The-forger-who-fooled-the-world.html

Cottingley Fairies

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/photo_database/image/the_cottingley_fairies/

I've got to try that skunk prank sometime.

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