The Kraken: How the Myth of a Legendary Sea Monster Became Reality

Originally based in Scandinavian folklore, the Kraken is a large mythological creature said to haunt open water. The first known account of the Kraken was written by King Sverre of Norway in 1180 during a time when the oceans were relatively uncharted. The Kraken was said to be a hunter of ships, the bigger the better, making it a predator...

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Sex and Frenzy in the Central Panel of Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’

I spy with my little eye: two people copulating inside an oyster, a frog with no arms (or a fish with legs?), a mob of people climbing eagerly into a broken egg, and a boar with blueberries for tentacles. Behold – The Garden of Earthly Delights. To clear a few things up about this incredibly bizarre piece of art: yes,...

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The ‘2006 Volleyball Incident’ or, the Mysterious School Shooting that Never Happened

Is it possible for a school shooting to be so underreported that there’s no record of it ever occurring? Are there so many school shootings every year that a particularly brutal one somehow managed to slip through the cracks? Let’s take a deep dive into a very niche and bizarre internet conspiracy referred to as the ‘2006 Volleyball Incident’ or, the school shooting that never happened.

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The Bizarre Death of Garry Hoy, the Lawyer that Accidentally Threw Himself Out a Window

Ever do something incredibly reckless and think to yourself “it would be pretty embarrassing if this was how I died”? This quick but incredibly weird story of the death of a Canadian lawyer is one of those tragic but completely avoidable incidents that sound completely made up. But it isn’t, this really happened. And it unfortunately happened in front of...

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Émilie Sagée and the Curse of Unintentional Bilocation

Born in Dijon, France on 3 January 1813, Mademoiselle Émilie Sagée was a thirty-two-year-old French teacher who worked at a Latvian boarding school between 1845 and 1846. She was described as blonde and blue-eyed with a mild temper and a quiet but anxious disposition. The boarding school Pensionnat of Neuwelcke had a total of forty-two students, all young girls from...

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‘Something Wicked this Way Comes’: Witchcraft in Scotland and the Curse of Macbeth

The theatre world is filled with superstitions: always turn the ghost light on before leaving an empty theatre, never whistle backstage, tell an actor to ‘break a leg’ instead of ‘good luck’, keep peacock feathers off the stage, and never — under any circumstance — utter the name ‘Macbeth’ inside a theatre.

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Death in Apartment 85: The Kramatorsk Radiological Accident

After the recent fiasco in Western Australia involving a missing -and now found- eight millimetre radioactive capsule containing Caesium-137, I couldn’t help but wonder if something like this has happened before. Because history does enjoy repeating itself and we often don’t learn from our mistakes. And lo’ and behold, it has happened before… more times than I’m personally comfortable with...

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My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade at LA’s Haunted Paramour Estate

In 1918 oil heiress Daisy Canfield commissioned an estate, known today as The Paramour, in the Silver Lake neighbourhood of LA. A tragic car accident on Mulholland Drive during a foggy night sent her to an early grave in 1933. Eighty years later, rock bands My Chemical Romance and Papa Roach experience distressing paranormal activity while recording in Daisy’s former home.

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