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We Interrupt This Broadcast to Bring You an Especially Cursed House

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Hello everyone. Originally, this post was supposed to be devoted to the year 1978, however something came up, and by something, I mean this 2.2 million-dollar, 5,420 sq ft 4 bed/4.5 bath house in Colt’s Neck, NJ. 

You see, usually, when a listing goes viral, I’m content to simply retweet it with a pithy comment, but this house genuinely shook something in me, genuinely made me say “what the (expletive)” out loud. It is only fair to inflict this same suffering onto all of you, hence, without further ado: 

Looks normal, right? Looks like the same low-brow New Jersey McMansion we’re all expecting, right? Oh, oh dear, you couldn’t be more wrong

Guess who’s making a list and checking it twice? 

Guess who’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice?

Guess who’s coming to town? 

Guess who’s coming to town to drag your ass into hell?

A gentle reminder that it is not yet Thanksgiving. 

But oh. Oh. It continues:

If you’re wondering what’s happening here, you’re not alone, and sadly there is no convenient way to find out via a kind of haunted house hotline or something. 

I can’t even label these rooms because frankly I’m not even sure what they are. All I am sure of is that I want out of them as soon as humanly possible. 

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How is it that a room can simultaneously threaten, frighten, and haunt me? Me, of all people!

My eyes do not know where to go here. They go to the window, they go to the fireplace, they go to the massive mound of fake plant and statuary currently gorging on the leftmost corner of the room, they go to my hands, which are shaking. 

“Hello, I would like to get in touch with the Ministry of Vibes? Yes, I’ll hold.” 

I haven’t been this afraid of a shower since I went to Girl Scout camp in the fifth grade and there was a brown recluse spider in the camp shower and I screamed until the counselor came in and told me it was only a wolf spider but it turns out those still bite you and it hurts

I love watching Still Images on my Television Set :)

Nobody make a sound. He’s watching you. 

i spy with my evil eye:

:)

Their souls are trapped in these photographs forever :)

Okay, phew, we made it out alive. Here’s the back of the house I guess. 

Well, I hope you’re as thoroughly disturbed as I am. Seriously, I’m going to have trouble sleeping. I mean, I already have trouble sleeping, but this is just making that existing problem so much worse. 

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The Exploding Whale footage was remastered for its 50th anniversary

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exploding-whale.jpg Today marks the 50th anniversary of the exploding beached whale incident that took place in Florence, Oregon on November 12, 1970 when highway patrol used way too much dynamite to remove a whale carcass.

...a half-ton of dynamite was detonated under an 8-ton beached whale. As it turns out, that was overkill. Mammalian marine guts spewed everywhere, raining down on townsfolk. A quarter-mile away, cars were smashed with chunks of cetacean carcass.

This story remained a local legend for two decades, until the early '90s, when the newspaper columnist Dave Barry mentioned seeing footage of the exploding beast. Soon after, a video clip went viral on the internet, long before "going viral on the internet" was even a thing.
To celebrate the anniversary, the Oregon Historical Society arranged for a 4K transfer of the original raw film footage from their archive and KATU re-edited the package from the new high resolution video. If you've never seen it, you're either Amish or an infant. I believe it's a law that you have to watch it when logging on to the internet for the first time otherwise police come to your house and arrest you. Keep going for the gloriously remastered video in all its legendary glory.
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Flu Masks From 1918-1919

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Nurses in Boston hospitals, equipped to fight influenza face masks 1918

Nurses in Boston wearing masks to contain influenza in the spring of 1919.

Hope springs in the fight to beat flu. An injection to fight COVID-19 is on its way. US President Joe Biden advocates the wearing of face masks, even if not compulsory for those not medical exempt.

And we’ve been her before. In 1918, influenza, the so-called Spanish Flu, or 91918H1N1, to give its proper name, claimed the lives of more than 50 million people in just 15 months. Some estimates out the toll at 100 million. It was the worst pandemic of them all. Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported that 65 soldiers had to be buried at sea from just one troopship before it arrived at Southampton. The global economy decreased by about 5 per cent.

Sometimes death came terrifyingly quickly with victims turning blue-black and drowning in their own body fluids. There were no influenza vaccines or antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections. It wasn’t proved that Influenza was caused by a virus until 1933.

 

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Flu epidemic, 1918: Telephone operator with protective gauze.

As Rob Baker writes:

Historian John Barry, author of “The Great Influenza,” wrote that the US Congress passed a Sedition Act in May 1918, which made it a crime to “wilfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of the Government of the United States.” That meant, whether they wanted to or not, the newspapers had to suppress any reports of the flu epidemic. It also meant, according to Barry, that “against this background, while influenza bled into American life, public health officials, determined to keep morale up, began to lie.” The huge movement of soldiers around the world contributed to the transmission of the H1N1 virus with a speed never before seen.

The British advised “Give up shaking hands for the present and give up kissing for all time”. Posters encouraged Japan’s population to “wear masks, “stay away”; “cover your mouth and nose”; “get vaccinated”; and “gargle”.

 

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1918: Unident baseball players, one batting & one catching, with umpire standing behind plate, wearing masks which they thought would keep them from getting flu during influenza epidemic of 1918.

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U. S. Army Hospital Number 30, Royat, France: Patients at moving picture show wearing masks because of an influenza epidemic.

 

“The 1918 has gone: a year momentous as the termination of the most cruel war in the annals of the human race; a year which marked, the end at least for a time, of man’s destruction of man; unfortunately a year in which developed a most fatal infectious disease causing the death of hundreds of thousands of human beings. Medical science for four and one-half years devoted itself to putting men on the firing line and keeping them there. Now it must turn with its whole might to combating the greatest enemy of all–infectious disease”

– The Journal of the American Medical Association, December 1918

 

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1918-1919 – London. It’s estimated that between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of the entire world’s population became sick.

 

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People wait in line to get flu masks on Montgomery Street in San Francisco in 1918. (Hamilton Henry Dobbin)

 

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1st March 1919: Two men wearing and advocating the use of flu masks in Paris during the Spanish flu epidemic which followed World War I.

 

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Volunteers wearing masks feed children of stricken families.

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Combatting influenza in Seattle in 1918. At work in the Red Cross rooms in Seattle, Washington, with influenza masks on faces . (National Archives)

 

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Japanese school girls wear protective masks to guard against the influenza outbreak.

 

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Student Army Training Corps wear influenza masks in Portland, Oregon, on October 27, 1918

 

New York City conductorettes wear masks, on October 16, 1918

New York City ‘conductorettes’ wear masks, on October 16, 1918

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Influenza Epidemic 1918 – Policemen in Seattle, Washington, wearing masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic. (National Archives)

 

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A sailor and a member of the Women’s Motor Corps wear masks while treating influenza patients injured by the explosions of a coal loading plant at Morgan, New Jersey, on October 5, 1918

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Nurses leaving Blackfriars Depot, Chippnedale NSW, Austalia, during flu epidemic, in April of 1919. (NSW State Archives)

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A Cincinnati barbers’ shop

 

U.S. Navy hospital, in Mare Island, California, on December 10, 1918

U.S. Naval Hospital. Corpsmen in cap and gown ready to attend patients in influenza ward. Mare Island, California, 12/10/1918. (U.S. Navy)

Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C.

In this November 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, a nurse takes the pulse of a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington.  (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress via AP)

University of California, Berkeley, 1919.

University of California, Berkeley, California, 1919. Open air barber shop during influenza epidemic. (National Archives)

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic.

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic.

 

 

 

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Set in the Present

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She referenced Billie Eilish, so this must be getting pretty close to the pandemic. But we've seen the last two years in-universe, so if it's set in the future, they must be in at least 2023 by now. [*adds thumbtacks and string to wall*]
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jgbishop
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We totally do this analysis now when watching TV.
Durham, NC
alexanglin
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Agreed, though I'm not looking forward to the next decade of COVID-related media that addresses it.
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She referenced Billie Eilish, so this must be getting pretty close to the pandemic. But we've seen the last two years in-universe, so if it's set in the future, they must be in at least 2023 by now. [*adds thumbtacks and string to wall*]

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Death

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Life is kinda like the movie Saw, only there aren't any riddles to solve.


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Powell's Books creates unisex fragrance that smells like old books

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powells-fragrance-1.jpg Portland's iconic indie bookshop Powell's Books is selling a unisex fragrance that smells like old books. "Powell's By Powell's" has hints of violet, wood, and biblichor (old book smell) and costs $24.99 for a one ounce bottle.
Like the crimson rhododendrons in Rebecca, the heady fragrance of old paper creates an atmosphere ripe with mood and possibility. Invoking a labyrinth of books; secret libraries; ancient scrolls; and cognac swilled by philosopher-kings, Powell's by Powell's delivers the wearer to a place of wonder, discovery, and magic heretofore only known in literature.
So everybody loves the smell of old books but somehow my bed of old newspapers repulses everybody who sees it. Look, not all of us can afford fancy mattresses and blankets. Plus newspapers and books are basically the same thing, right? It's all just paper. My aroma should be irresistible and yet everybody who smells me throws up.
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