If you’re in the mood for a fun mental getaway without the hassle and expense of having to even leave your own home, here are some of my suggestions. As always, enjoy responsibly.
From their “About” page:
“In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”
Another great feature is that you can create your own free account and submit your own material! How cool is that?
Darkness Radio: The Best in Paranormal Talk Radio
This is, hands down, my favorite talk show and paranormal radio show, all rolled into one! (I listen to it on podcast which is available for free, by the way.) The hosts, Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis, are absolute pros when it comes to interviewing their guests, and that’s saying something given the nature of the show. They’re open-minded, but that doesn’t mean they leave their critical thinking skills at the door, and that’s what I love about them. That, and the fantastic bumper music which is always carefully chosen to mesh with the content of the show. It’s never the same recycled collection of songs like some other shows. If you’re interested in anything classified as “paranormal,” but you’re tired of too much “woo woo” and too little critical thinking, this show is for you!
People used to think that the world was flat. Could they have actually been right, after all? This website will do its best to try to convince you that they were. There are lots of interesting videos to watch, and then it’s up to you to decide.
Fair warning: If your sound is turned up when you load this page, you’ll be treated to an appropriately creepy-sounding electronic chord. Enjoy!
People of Walmart
Some truly horrifying photos, but many of the comments are hilarious. Perusing this website is like looking at a car wreck. You want to see, but at the same time, you don’t, and a little bit of this goes a long way. If you’re going out, and you’re not certain if your attire is appropriate for public consumption, check this site first. If you see anything resembling what you were planning to wear, you should seriously consider changing. By the way, in the upper right hand corner, there’s a “Search by State” option. I’m not sure why they have this, but somehow, it works.
Remember that there are some things you just can’t unsee. You have been warned.
The site claims: “You typeth. We translate.” Type whatever you want in modern English in the box on the left, and it will be translated into “super-authentic Shakespearean English” on the right. Anything described as “super-authentic” must be legit for reals in my book.
I tried it out with a sentence many of us may have used with our own mothers one too many times at some point during our adolescent years: “Mom! I don’t have any more clean underwear!” In Shakespearean times, it would have been said something like this: “Mother! I don’t has’t any more crisp underwear!” As we all know, mothers haven’t changed much over the centuries, and if William had said that to his mother, her likely response of “Clean your own damn underwear, you lazy bastard! And while you’re at it, get a job!” would have probably sounded something like this: “Crisp thy own alas underwear, thee lazy bastard! And while thou art at t, receiveth a job!” Mother hath spoken.
YouTube: Dark Waters Channel
Dark Waters takes creepy stories related to him by others and adapts them into story form complete with music and sound effects. These cover anything classified as “paranormal”: ghosts, UFOs, Black Eyed Children (not to be confused with children with black eyes), dogmen, skinwalkers, thunderbirds, and tons of spooky tales about Mardi Gras and New Orleans. Turn off all the lights, settle into your favorite chair, snuggle up with your cat, dog or teddy bear, and prepare to be deliciously terrified!
The Rabbit Hole
No description really does this site justice. Not even the title. You just have to go there and see for yourself. There’s something for everyone, although nothing disgusting, so if you consider yourself squeamish, this site is completely safe! Make sure you have plenty of down time, though. When I first discovered this site, I couldn’t tear myself away for several hours! It’s that addicting!