After watching the SpiderMan movie as a kid, I really wanted to be bitten by a spider!
Having the super powers of SpiderMan must be amazing!
Climbing on walls, jumping of buildings, shooting web!
SpiderMan is Awesome!
But in real life things are a little bit different!
There are so many spider species, but there is a nice one in the south of America.
The brown recluse spider or violin spider.
Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6–20 mm, but may grow larger.
While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from cream-colored to dark brown or blackish gray.
These spiders usually have markings on the dorsal side of their cephalothorax, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider.
The brown recluse spider is rarely aggressive, and bites
from the species are uncommon.
In 2001, more than 2,000 brown recluse
spiders were removed from a heavily infested home in Kansas, yet the
four residents who had lived there for years were never harmed by the
spiders, despite many encounters with them.
The spider usually bites only when pressed against the skin, such as
when tangled within clothes, towels, bedding, inside work gloves, etc.
Many human victims report having been bitten after putting on clothes that had not been worn recently, or had been left for many days undisturbed on the floor.
The bite frequently is not felt initially and may not be immediately painful, but it can be serious.
The brown recluse bears a potentially deadly hemotoxic venom.
Most bites are minor with no necrosis. However, a small number of brown recluse bites do produce severe dermonecrotic lesions (i.e. necrosis); an even smaller number produce severe cutaneous (skin) or viscerocutaneous (systemic) symptoms. In one study of clinically-diagnosed brown recluse bites, skin necrosis occurred 37% of the time, while systemic illness occurred 14% of the time. In these cases, the bites produced a range of symptoms common to many members of the Loxosceles genus known as loxoscelism, which may be cutaneous and viscerocutaneous.
In very rare cases, bites can even cause hemolysis—the bursting of red blood cells.
Most brown recluse bites do not result in necrosis or systemic effects.
When both types of loxoscelism do result, systemic effects may occur before necrosis, as the venom spreads throughout the body in minutes.
Children, the elderly, and the debilitatingly ill may be more susceptible to systemic loxoscelism.
The systemic symptoms most commonly experienced include nausea, vomiting, fever, rashes, and muscle and joint pain.
Rarely, such bites can result in hemolysis, thrombocytopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation, organ damage, and even death.
Most fatalities are in children under the age of seven or those with a weak immune system.
What is the truth?
While the majority of brown recluse spider bites do not result in any symptoms, cutaneous symptoms occur more frequently than systemic symptoms.
In such instances, the bite forms a necrotizing ulcer that destroys soft tissue and may take months to heal, leaving deep scars.
These bites usually become painful and itchy within 2 to 8 hours.
Pain and other local effects worsen 12 to 36 hours after the bite, and the necrosis develops over the next few days.
Over time, the wound may grow to as large as 25 cm.
The damaged tissue becomes gangrenous and eventually sloughs away.
Here we can see the progressive deterioration of a necrotic wound caused by the venomous bite of a brown recluse spider!
I love the nature!
But don`t panic to much.
Unlike the example in the preceding photos, the majority of brown
recluse bites are "uneventful," doctors say, and rarely progress to such
a serious stage.
It is said, that in the Philippines it is quite common for males to pee anywhere.
But there is a lingering
superstition that almost everybody follows: the uttering of 'Tabi Po' before peeing.
'Tabi Po' means 'Excuse me'.
This is due to the belief that 'engkantos
(elemental spirits)' live in nooks, crannies and in small earth mounds
If the person forgets to say 'Tabi Po' then his genitals
would swell until the spirit is satiated/driven away by a shaman.
Some say that it did occur and some males have been reported to
have had swollen genitals and were relieved only by shamans, who they call 'albularyo'.
Some instances can't be even explained by science!
What is the truth?
I also enjoy to take a pee in the nature!
In Belgium we have also some kind of an "Engkantos" who will punish you when you pee in the wild.
But we call them cops!
The beauty of this legend is; who would risk it to not say 'Tabi Po'?
The cross is one of the most recognizable religious symbols known to man.
Millions revere it, considering it to be the sacred instrument on which Jesus was put to death.
Roman Catholic writer and archaeologist Adolphe-Napoleon Didron stated: “The cross has received a worship similar, if not equal, to that of Christ; this sacred wood is adored almost equally with God Himself.”
Some say that the cross makes them feel closer to God when they pray.
Others use it as an amulet, thinking that it protects them from evil.
But should Christians use the cross as an object of veneration?
Did Jesus really die on a cross? What does the Bible teach on this subject?
What Does the Cross Symbolize?
Long before the Christian era, crosses were used by the ancient Babylonians as symbols in their worship of the fertility god Tammuz.
The use of the cross spread into Egypt, India, Syria, and China.
Then, centuries later, the Israelites adulterated their worship of God with acts of veneration to the false god Tammuz.
What is the truth?
The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John use the Greek word stau·ros′ when referring to the instrument of execution on which Jesus died.
(Matthew 27:40; Mark 15:30; Luke 23:26)
The word stau·ros′ refers to an upright pole, stake, or post.
The book The Non-Christian Cross, by J. D. Parsons, explains: “There is not a single sentence in any of the numerous writings forming the New Testament, which, in the original Greek, bears even indirect evidence to the effect that the stauros used in the case of Jesus was other than an ordinary stauros; much less to the effect that it consisted, not of one piece of timber, but of two pieces nailed together in the form of a cross.”
As recorded at Acts 5:30, the apostle Peter used the word xy′lon, meaning “tree,” as a synonym for stau·ros′, denoting, not a two-beamed cross, but an ordinary piece of upright timber or tree.
It was not until about 300 years after Jesus’ death that some professed Christians promoted the idea that Jesus was put to death on a two-beamed cross. However, this view was based on tradition and a misuse of the Greek word stau·ros′.
It is noteworthy that some ancient drawings depicting Roman executions feature a single wooden pole or tree.
There is evidence that Jesus did not died on a cross!
However does it really matters?
But, you know what is so sick about this all?
Suppose a loved one of yours was brutally murdered and the weapon was submitted to the court as evidence.
Would you try to gain possession of the murder weapon, take photographs of it, and print many copies for distribution? Would you produce replicas of the weapon in various sizes?
Would you then fashion some of them into jewelry? Or would you have these reproductions commercially manufactured and sold to friends and relatives to be venerated?
Likely you would be repulsed at the idea!
Yet, these very things have been done with the cross!
If it was a cross or a pole it really doesn´t matter at all. It change nothing.
But that you pray with the murder weapon, the thing that tortured Jesus to death, and carry it around your neck is sick!
Aokigahara, also known as the Sea of Trees, is a 35-square-kilometre forest that lies at the northwestbase of Mount Fuji in Japan.
The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. Due to the wind-blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being eerily quiet.
The forest floor consists primarily of volcanic rock and is difficult to penetrate with hand tools such as picks or shovels.
The forest has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology and is a popular place for... suicides!
54 completed the act in 2010, despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions.
There are also a variety of unofficial trails that are used semi-regularly for the annual "body hunt" done by local volunteers.
In recent years, hikers and tourists trekking through Aokigahara have begun to use plastic tape to mark their paths so as to avoid getting lost.
Though officials try to remove the tape time and time again, more tourists and thrill-seekers inevitably leave more of the litter, and a great deal of it lies scattered throughout the first kilometer of the forest, past the designated trails leading to tourist attractions such as the Ice Cave and Wind Cave.
The forest is the most popular place for suicide in Japan and second in the world after San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Statistics vary.
In the period leading up to 1988, about 30 suicides occurred there every year.
In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, exceeding the previous record of 74 in 1998. In 2003, the rate climbed to 100, and in recent years, the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara's association with suicide. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the forest. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide in the forest, 54 of whom completed the act. Suicides are said to increase during March, the end of the fiscal year in Japan.
The high rate of suicide has led officials to place signs in the forest, in Japanese and English, urging those who have gone there in order to commit suicide to seek help and not kill themselves.
The annual body search, consisting of a small army of police, volunteers, and attendant journalists, began in 1970.
Don`t forget that the forest is 35-scuare-kilometre! So how many body`s aren`t found yet!
Why this forest?
The site's popularity has been attributed to the 1960 novel 'Nami no Tō' ("Tower of Waves") by Seichō Matsumoto, which ends with two lovers committing suicide in the forest.
However, the history of suicide in Aokigahara predates the novel's publication, and the place has long been associated with death: ubasute may have been practiced there into the 19th century, and the forest is reputedly "haunted" by the Yuri (angry spirits) of those left to die.
What is the truth?
Yes this is all true.
I don`t understand why the suicide rate in Japan is so high.
But Japan is surely not the only country with a high suicide rate.
Like in Belgium, suicide is the second highest cause of death.
People are depressed and lonely in these modern times with no hope.
However there is.
In this documentary made by 'Vice' you can see the beauty and horror of Aokigahara!
Movie review: Tomie: Anrimiteddo
Noboru Iguchi - Japan, 2011 Horror, 85 min.
Tsukiko, who belongs to a photography club at high
school, always feels inferior to her elder sister, Tomie.
Tomie is breathtakingly beautiful and popular among the male students,
including Toshio, whom Tsukiko is secretly in love with. After one year of the accidentally death of Tomie, the life of her family will change forever. When suddenly a girl knocks on the door. The girl claims to be Tomie, back from the death.
day an awful accident kills Tomie right in front of her younger sister.
Since then Tsukiko suffers from a nightmare night after night.
later Tsukiko and her parents are surrounding a birthday cake to
celebrate dead Tomie s 18th birthday.
Suddenly they hear an eerie knock
at the door.
Unbelievably, it is Tomie. She is back.
The father and
mother blindly welcome Tomie in tears, but Tsukiko feels instinctive
Tomie gradually reveals her true face, but only when she is with
Now Tsukiko s nightmare becomes reality, and the terrifying
This is one of the many movies based on the manga series 'Tomie' of Junji Ito.
It is hard to describe this movie, because of the bizarre events that happens.
How further to the ending, how more bizarre it gets.
In the beginning we`ll see an unforgettable death scene with amazing effects and camera. And at the ending you will see things you never could have imagine.
Good camera, good acting. Special effect were sometime cheap C.G. but in overall freaky and disturbing enough.
The movie is slow and not really scary. It is more about the gore.
The movie kinda reminds me of 'Funky Forest'.
So if you like bizarre stuff in the Japanese way, you`ll like this movie!
The "Montauk Monster" was an unidentified creature that washed ashore dead, on a beach near the business district of Montauk, New York in July 2008.
The identity of the creature, and the veracity of stories surrounding it, have been the subject of unresolved controversy and speculation.
It is unknown what happened to the carcass.
Although the creature's body was never reported as recovered or physically examined.
The story began on July 23, 2008 with an article in a local newspaper, The Independent. Jenna Hewitt, 26, of Montauk, and three friends said they found the creature on July 12 at the Ditch Plains beach, two miles east of the district.
The beach is a popular surfing spot at Rheinstein Estate Park owned by the town of East Hampton.
A color photograph of the creature ran in black and white under the headline "The Hound of Bonacville" (a take-off on the name Bonackers, which refers to the natives of East Hampton, and The Hound of the Baskervilles which is a book in the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
The light-hearted article speculated that the creature might be a turtle or some mutant experiment from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
There were rumors that the carcass had been taken away from the site.
A local newspaper quoted Aidan Christian, who claimed that the animal was only the size of a cat, and that it had decomposed to a skeleton by the time of the press coverage.
She would not identify its location for inspection.
Hewitt claimed that "a guy took it and put it in the woods in his backyard", but would not say who or where. Her father denied that his daughter was keeping the body's location a secret.
Hewitt and her friends were interviewed on Plum-TV, a local public-access television show.
Alanna Navitski, an employee of Evolutionary Media Group in Los Angeles, California, passed a photo of the creature to Anna Holmes at Jezebel, claiming that a friend's sister saw the monster in Montauk.
Holmes then passed it along to fellow Gawker Media website Gawker.com which gave it wide attention on July 29 under the headline "Dead Monster Washes Ashore in Montauk".
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo first coined the name the "Montauk Monster" on July 29, 2008.
The moniker was disseminated globally on the Internet in the following days. Photographs were widely circulated via email and weblogs, and the national media picked up on it raising speculation about the creature.
Speculation in published reports included theories that the Montauk Monster might have been a turtle without its shell, even though a turtle's shell cannot be removed without damaging the spine nor do they have teeth as appear in the photograph a dog, a raccoon, or perhaps a science experiment from the nearby government animal testing facility, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
The creature's appearance was believed to have been altered through immersion in water for an extended period before coming to rest on the shore, making it difficult to identify.
William Wise, director of Stony Brook University's Living Marine Resources Institute, interpreted the photo along with a colleague; they deemed the creature a fake, most likely the result of "someone who got very creative with latex", although his "next-best guess" was that the creature could be a diseased dog or coyote which had "been in the sea for a while".
Wise discounted the following general possibilities:
Raccoon - the legs appear to be too long in proportion to the body. Sea turtle - sea turtles do not have teeth, and the body cannot be removed from the shell without doing damage to muscle and skin tissue and the spine. Rodent - rodents have two huge, curved incisor teeth in front of their mouths. Dog or other canine such as a coyote - the prominent eye ridge does not match the creature's feet. Sheep or other ovine - sheep have two-toed hooves, not multi-toed paws.
On August 1, Gawker published pictures and X-ray images of a water rat, an Australian rodent with several similarities to the Montauk Monster, such as the beak, tail, feet, and size.
On the same day, Jeff Corwin appeared on Fox News and claimed that upon close inspection of the photograph, he feels sure the monster is merely a raccoon or dog that has decomposed slightly.
On August 5, 2008, Fox News Channel's Morning Show repeated speculation that the beast is a decayed corpse of a capybara, even though capybaras do not have tails. The next day, the same program reported that an unnamed man claimed that the animal's carcass had been stolen from his front yard.
In a 2009 episode of Monster Quest, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman examined a latex replica of the Montauk Monster's remains and proposed that it was the remains of a raccoon, due to similar body structures and skull shape.
What is the truth?
What is this creature?
Is it an animal from the animal testing facility who escaped?
A beast deformed by cruel tests?
Is it even real?
Or just a well build latex monster, made by people who are against the testing facility and want to scare people with this creature?
A palaeozoologist named Darren Naish studied the photograph and concluded from visible dentition
and the front paws that the creature was a raccoon, with its odd
appearance merely a byproduct of decomposition and water action removing
most of the animal's hair and some of its flesh.
He also showed an illustration of an intact raccoon corpse drawn
over the corpse in the photograph. Furthermore he points out the strong
resemblance of the skull profile to that of a raccoon, and the long
fingers, which are typical of raccoons, and unlike those of other
If you look at the skull it is very clear to be a raccoon! So there is nothing special or mysterious about this so called monster.
But the theory of a creature escaped from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center is amazing.
However the truth say otherwise.
The Jersey Devil has haunted New Jersey and the surrounding areas for the past 260 years.
This entity has been seen by over 2,000 witnesses over this period.
It has terrorized towns and caused factories and schools to close down, yet many people believe that the Jersey Devil is a legend, a mythical beast, that originated from the folklore of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves,
but there are many different variations.
The most common description is
that of a kangaroo-like creature with the face of a horse, the head of a
dog, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands,
cloven hooves and a forked tail.
It has been reported to move quickly as
to avoid human contact, and often is described as emitting a
There are different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil.
*One of the most popular legends says a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, NJ made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a devil.
Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered it in the house, so the curious couldn't see him.
On stormy night, the child flapped it's arms, which turned into wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen by the family again.
A Mrs. Bowen of Leeds point said, "The Jersey Devil was born in the Shrouds house at Leeds Point."
*Another story that also placed the birth at Leeds Point said that a young girl fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War.
The people of Leeds Point cursed her. When she gave birth, she had a devil. Some people believe the birth of the devil was punishment for the mistreatment of a minister by the Leeds folk.
*Another story placed the birth in Estelville, NJ. Mrs. Leeds, of Estelville, finding out she was pregnant with her 13th child, shouted,"I hope it's a devil".
She got her wish. The child wad born with horns, a tail, wings, and a horse-like head.
The creature revisited Mrs. Leeds everyday.
She stood at her door and told it to leave. After awhile, the creature got the hint and never returned.
*Burlington, NJ, also claims to be the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child's father was the devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a horses head, bat wings and a forked tail. It beat everyone present and flew up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines. In 1740 a clergy exercised the devil for 100 years and it wasn't seen again until 1890.
There are many other versions of the legend.
The legends say it was the 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, or 13th child, It was born normal or deformed, and the mother confined it to the cellar or the attic.
Although there are many discrepancies in all of these stories, there are 3 pieces of "evidence" that tie all of the legends of the Jersey Devil's origin together.
The first thing that ties the legends together is the name "Leeds".
Whether the mothers name was Leeds or the birth place was Leeds Point, all of the stories include the name Leeds.
Alfred Heston, the Atlantic County Historian, believes that the devil could be a Leeds or a Shrouds baby.
He discovered that a Daniel Leeds opened land in Great Egg Harbor, NJ, in 1699.
His family lived in Leeds Point. He also discovered a Samuel Shrouds, Sr. came to Little Egg Harbor, NJ, in 1735 and lived right across the river from the house of Mother Leeds.
The 3rd fact ties in the Burlington story with the others stories.
Professor Fred MacFadden of Coppin State College, Baltimore, found that a "devil" was mentioned in writings from Burlington as early as 1735.
He also indicated that the word Burlington was used to was the word used to names the area from the city of Burlington to the Atlantic Ocean.
This means that the name that is now used for the birthplace such as Leeds point or Estelville, could be the same place referred to in the Burlington Legend.
The origins provide some validity to the existence of the Jersey Devil, but the sightings are the most substantial pieces of evidence.
The sightings have been divided up into 3 time periods, pre 1909, January 16-23, 1909, and post 1909.
From the pre 1909 era, few documented records of sightings still exist. The ones that do confirm the existence of the devil.
In the early 19th century, Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero, was testing cannon balls on the firing range when he saw a strange creature flying across the sky. He fired and hit the creature but it kept right on flying across the field. Joseph Bonaparte, former king of Spain and brother of Napoleon, saw the Jersey Devil in Bordentown, NJ, between 1816 and 1839 while he was hunting.
In 1840-41 many sheep and chickens were killed by a creature with a piercing scream and strange tracks.
In 1859-94, the Jersey Devil was seen and numerous times and reportedly carried off anything that moved in Haddonfield, Bridgeton, Smithville, Long Branch, Brigantine, and Leeds Point. W.F. Mayer of New York noticed while visiting the Pine Barrens, most of the locals would not venture out after dark.
The devil was sighted by George Saarosy, A prominent business man, at the NJ/NY border. This was the last reported sighting before the turn of the century.
In 1903, Charles Skinner, author of American Myths and Legends, claimed that the legend of the devil had run it's course and that in the new century, NJ would hear no more of the devil. New Jersey rested easy with that thought for 6 years, until the week of January 16-23. 1909. During this week, the devil would leave his tracks all over South Jersey and Philadelphia. He was seen by over 1,000 people. This was his largest appearance ever.
It all started early Sunday morning, January 16, 1909. Thack Cozzens of Woodbury, NJ, saw a flying creature with glowing eyes flying down the street. In Bristol, PA, John Mcowen heard and saw the strange creature on the banks of the canal. Patrol James Sackville fired at the creature as it flew away screaming. E.W. Minister, Postmaster of Bristol, PA, also saw a bird-like creature with a horses head that had a piercing scream. When daylight came, the residents of Bristol found hoof prints in the snow.
Two local trappers said they had never seen tracks like those before.
On Monday, the Lowdens of Burlington, NJ, found hoof prints in their yard and around their trash, which was half eaten. Almost every yard in Burlington had these strange hoof prints in them.
The prints went up trees, went from roof to roof, disappeared in the middle of the road, and stopped in the middle of open fields. The same tracks were also found in Columbus, Hedding, Kinhora and Rancocas.
A hunt was organized to follow the tracks but the dogs wouldn't follow the trail.
On the 19th the Jersey Devil made his longest appearance of the week.
At 2:30 am, Mr & Mrs. Nelson Evans of Gloucester were awakened by a strange noise.
They watched the devil from their window for 10 minutes.
Mr. Evans described the creature they saw: It was about three feet and half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse's hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn't use the front legs at all while we were watching. My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, 'Shoo', and it turned around barked at me, and flew away.2
Tuesday afternoon 2 professional hunters tracked the devil for 20 miles in Gloucester. The trail jumped 5 foot fences and went under 8 inch spaces. The hoof prints were found in more parts of South Jersey. A group of observers in Camden, NJ, saw the devil. It barked at them and then took off into the air.
The next day, a Burlington police officer and the Reverend John Pursell of Pemberton saw the Jersey Devil. Rev. Pursell said, "Never saw anything like it before".
Posses in Haddonfield found tracks that ended abruptly.
In Collingswood, NJ, a posse watched the devil fly off toward Moorestown. Near Moorestown, John Smith of Maple Shade saw the devil at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. George Snyder saw the devil right after Mr. Smith and their descriptions were identical. In Riverside, NJ, hoof prints were found on roof tops and also around a dead puppy.
On Thursday, the Jersey Devil was seen by the Black Hawk Social Club.
He was also seen by a trolley full of people in Clementon as it circled above them. The witnesses descriptions matched others from the days before. In Trenton, Councilman E.P. Weeden heard the flapping of wings and then found hoof prints outside his door.
The prints were also found at the arsenal in Trenton. As the day wore on the Trolleys in Trenton and New Brunswick had armed drivers to ward off attacks.
The people in Pitman filled churches. Chickens had been missing all week throughout the Delaware Valley, but when the farmers checked their yards that day, they found their chickens dead, with no marks on them. The West Collingswood Fire Department fired their hose at the devil.
The devil retreated at first, but then charged and flew away at the last second.
Later that night, Mrs. Sorbinski of Camden heard a commotion in her yard. She opened the door to see the Jersey Devil standing there with her dog in it's grip. She hit the devil with a broom until it let go of her dog and flew away. She started screaming until her neighbors came over.
Two police officers arrived at her house where over 100 people had gathered. The crowd heard a scream coming from Kaigan Hill. The mob ran toward the creature on the hill. The Policed shot at it and the devil flew off into the night. The streets of Camden were empty after this.
On Friday, Camden police officer Louis Strehr saw the Jersey Devil saw the devil drinking from a horses trough. The school in Mt Ephraim was closed because no students came in. Mills and factories in Gloucester and Hainesport had to close because none of the employees came to work. Many New Jersey residents wouldn't leave their houses, even in daylight. Officer Merchant of Blackwood drew a sketch of the creature he saw. His sketch coincided with the descriptions from earlier in the week. Jacob Henderson saw the devil in Salem and described it as having "wings and a tail"4. The devil was only seen once more in 1909 in February.
Since 1909, the Jersey Devil has continued to be sighted by people all over New Jersey. The number of sightings that have been reported to the authorities has dwindled over the years. This could be attributed to the fact that people don't want to be branded as crazy. Even though the number of reported sightings has dropped, there's still a considerable amount of sightings in the post 1909 era.
IN 1927, a cab driver on his way to Salem got a flat tire. He stopped to fix the tire. As he was doing this, creature that stood upright and was covered with hair, landed on the roof of his cab. The creature shook his car violently. He fled the scene, leaving the tire and jack behind.
Phillip Smith, who was known as a sober and honest man, saw the devil walking down the street in 1953. The characteristic screams of the Jersey Devil were heard in the woods near Woodstown, NJ, in 1936.
Around 1961, 2 couples were parked in a car in the Pine Barrens. They heard a loud screeching noise outside. Suddenly the roof of the car was smashed in. They fled the scene, but returned later. Again they heard the loud screech. They saw a creature flying along the trees, taking out huge chinks of bark as it went along.
There have been other sightings since 1909, such as the Invasion of Gibbsboro in 1951. The people there saw the devil over a 2 day period. In 1966, a farm was raided and 31 ducks, 3 geese, 4 cats, and 2 dogs were killed. One of the dogs was a large german Shepard which had it's throat ripped out. In 1981, a young couple spotted the devil at Atsion Lake in Atlantic County.
The sightings and prints are the most substantial evidence that exists.
Many of the theories on the Jersey Devil are based upon that evidence.
Some theories can be proven invalid, while others seem to provide support for the Jersey Devil's existence.
One theory is that the Jersey Devil is a bird. Mrs. Cassidy of Clayton thought it was an invasion of scrowfoot ducks. The scrowfoot duck is much too small to be mistaken for the devil. Others believe the devil is really a sand hill crane.
The crane used to live in South Jersey until it was pushed out by man. The sand hill crane weighs about 12 lbs., is 4 foot high, and a wingspan of 80 inches. It avoids man but if confronted it will fight. It has a loud scream whooping voice that can be heard at a distance. This could account for the screams heard by witnesses. The crane also eats potatoes and corn. This could account for the raids on crops.
This theory doesn't explain , however, the killing of live stock. It also doesn't explain why people described the devil as having a horses head, bat wings and tail, all of which the crane doesn't have.
Jack E. Boucher, author of Absagami Yesteryear, has a theory in which he believes the devil was a deformed child. He thinks Mrs. Leeds had a disfigured child and kept it locked away in the house. She grew sick and couldn't feed the child anymore. It escaped out of hunger and raided local farms for food. This doesn't take into account the incredible life span of the devil. The child would have been 174 years old in 1909. It also doesn't account for the sightings of the devil flying.
Only a small amount of the sightings and footprints could be hoaxes. The Jersey Devil has been seen by reliable people such as police, government officials, postmasters, businessman, and other people whose "integrity is beyond question." As for the hoof prints, even if some were hoaxes, There is still no way to explain most of the tracks, especially the ones on roof tops and tracks that ended abruptly as if the creature took wing.
The Jersey Devil's habit of being a forerunner to wars could be because of his possible demonic origins. In 1730, Ben Franklin reported a story about a witchcraft trial near Mt Holly, NJ. One of the origin legends say that Mother Leeds was a witch. The devil's birth could have been a result of a witches curse.
The Jersey Devil died?
In 1909, a track walker on the electric railroad saw the devil fly into the wires above the tracks. There was a violent explosion which melted the track 20 feet in both directions. No body was found and the devil was seen later in perfect health. In 1957, the Department of Conservation found a strange corpse in a burned out area of the pines. It was a partial skeleton, feathers, and hind legs of an unidentifiable creature.
The devil was thought to be dead, but reappeared when the people of New Jersey thought that this time his death was real.
Each time he is reported dead, he returns. The Jersey Devil will be 260 years old.
It seems the devil is immortal, which a supernatural being would be.
Another thing that supports this theory is the incredible distances the devil could fly in a short period of time. No animal could travel as fast as the devil did in 1909 when he was sighted in South Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York through out the week.
What is the truth?
None of these theories can give a definitive answer to what the Jersey Devil was or is.
But the sightings prove there is something out there.
Whether the Jersey devil is a bird or a demon, is still left ot speculation.
The people of New Jersey have definitely seen something out there lurking in the Pine Barrens.
So let`s hope in these modern times, someone will gets it on tape or capture this mystique creature!
In Japan a teenage girl drew a picture of herself.
She scanned it in and posted it online.
After she posted the drawing, she committed suicide...
The weird part is they say it is hard for a person to stare
into the girls eyes for longer than 5 minutes, there are reports that
some people have taken their own lives after doing so.
People say the
picture changes,as you view it there is a hint of a growing taunting
smirk appearing on the girls lips or a dark ring grows around the girl
or her eyes.
this story broke out and it spread like wildfire.
There are various
posts around in Korean forums that say that the viewer gets drawn to the
girls blue eyes,they say they can detect a hint of wraith and sadness
within the eyes.
Maybe the girl had died with so much sadness and anger
that her spirit haunts the image, or maybe the image provoke sadness.
What is the truth?
People are making fun of it over the internet.
YouTube movies where they let the picture move, or flash files.
If it is really drawn by a girl that committed suicide, is possible. Why not?
But the girl doesn`t looks really Japanese, but there is a signature with Japanese letters.
I do not know what they mean, they aren`t really visible. But it could be the name of the girl.
The drawing is interesting and very well drawn, It kinda looks digital made. However the quality of the picture is to low to really investigate.
That the picture is made by a girl who committed suicide is possible but why would it be cursed? There is no reason.
I do not have the feeling of sadness, the girl kinda looks happy to me, but she is hiding something.
But the longer you look at the picture and think about it, you will fantasies hundred of stories what could have happened.
Game review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
2011 - Nintendo / TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD Horror, 1 player Nintendo 3DS
The game’s mysterious storyline involves a girl named Maya
who has been hiding in the darkness of an old house, cursed by a
malevolent woman in black. To free Maya from the curse, players must use
the “diary of faces” to
view ghostly images and interact with the world Maya is trapped in. The
Nintendo 3DS system becomes the Camera Obscura in players’ hands and is
capable of revealing the supernatural and dispelling evil spirits. The
lines between reality and fiction blur in this chilling horror adventure.
Finely a horror game for the Nintendo 3DS!
And who is the main character? Yourself!
You`ll be playing this game real life, using your Nintendo 3DS as your eyes and weapon.
Included with the game is a 16-page AR Book, known as the "diary of faces"
in the game's Story Mode, which serves as a gateway into this haunting
As players view the book’s images through the lenses of the
Nintendo 3DS camera, they enter its pages using augmented reality.
times, pages will come to life in the form of movies, revealing past
events that offer insights into the mysteries surrounding the diary.
other moments, characters will emerge from the pages into the player's
world via augmented reality in the form of evil spirits that attack from
Players can also use the notebook with their Nintendo 3DS system to face
other challenges involving a mix of memory, hide-and-seek and other
game play elements all with a supernatural twist.
When you start the game you will see many warnings that you play this on your own risk.
That will get you in the mood!
Then the game ask to take a picture of yourself. You are the hero of the game.
You play the entire game in your room with the dairy. So don`t loos that little book or you can`t play the game anymore.
You must look into the diary and strange stuff will happen. Images, videos, will appear...
And suddenly you will be transported to an other room. Find your way out by looking around you.
Strange things will happen and it will freak you out. It is like you are really sucked up in the game.
The 3DS works great! Great graphics, scary music and sound. And the game translate your movement perfectly into the game.
Don`t freak out when a girl is standing next to your refrigerator!
You will get the feeling to experience a Japanese horror movie in real life!
Many have the fear to have a parasite living inside their body.
An unwelcome guest crawling inside their body.
What would you think about a worm living inside...the human eye.
Loa loa is a thread-like worm that lives under the skin in the subcutaneous fat causing loiasis.
Because it is often spotted migrating in the eye, it is known as the eye worm.
Loiasis is endemic to 11 countries and 12 million Africans are infected.
The disease is also known as subcutaneous filariasis, Calabar swellings, African eye worm infection, Loa loa filariasis and Fugitive swelling.
Loiasis is carried by day-biting deer and mango flies (Chrysops silacea and Chrysops dimidiata). They both live in rain forests and warm swamps in central and western Africa. Deer fly's bite is very painful because it has to rip skin apart in order to drink blood. It does not have a narrow sophisticated feeding tube like that of a mosquito. A deer fly is about 5–20 mm in length.
The life cycle of Loa loa starts, when a Loa loa female gives birth to living microfilariae (prelarval eggs) inside the skin of an infected human. The microfilariae travel in peripheral blood during daytime, but during the night (noncirculation phase) they reside in the lungs. When a noninfected deer fly takes a blood meal from an infected human, it ingests microfilariae. The microfilariae lose their sheaths, migrate from the fly's midgut to the hemocoel and eventually to the thoracic muscles. There they develop into first stage and eventually into third stage (infective) filarial larvae. The development inside the fly takes up to two weeks. They migrate to the fly's proboscis (the snout) and invade another human during the next blood meal. The third stage larvae are transferred from the deer fly's mouth parts to the skin. They burrow into the bite wound and enter the subcutaneous layer where they mature into adults in one year. The cycle is completed, when male and female mate and release microfilariae into the bloodstream. Loa loa adults live up to 17 years.
Adult Loa loa male is about 30–34 mm long and 0.35–0.42 mm thick; Loa loa female about 40–70 mm long and 0.5 mm thick. Loa loa migrates in the subcutaneous layer.
When it stops moving, the surrounding tissue develops Calabar swelling. This often occurs in joints, which are its usual stopping points.
If an adult Loa loa is killed, its body becomes waste, which causes abscesses and pus.
The waste products need to be eliminated to make sure that the surrounding tissue and cells are not disturbed.
If the body cannot get rid of the waste, it restricts it by fibrosis.
Loiasis can be asymptomatic.
Native people are more likely to have symptoms than tourists. Adult worms (both living and dead) and their metabolic byproducts (waste) can cause localized subcutaneous itching and allergic reactions. The inflammation may cause red skin eruptions and swelling in the deeper layers of the skin which can last many weeks. Migrating adults can cause instant pain, when moving in sensitive areas, for example, across the surface of the eye. Loiasis is often the cause of eosinophilia (large quantities of eosinophil granulocytes, white cells, that use antigens and special proteins to fight against foreign organisms such as parasites.).
Other symptoms that may occur:
arthritis (joint pain)
colonic lesion (damaged large intestine)
inflammation, swelling and accumulation of fluid in testicles
retinopathy (damaged retina (thin layer on the back wall of the eye)).
But don`t worry, it can be treated.
Aldo the treatment is not innocent!
Loiasis is usually treated with diethylcarbamazine (DEC) or sometimes with ivermectin. Both drugs have severe side effects which include death. DEC is effective against microfilariae and less effective against adult worms.
Treatment with DEC is not advised for patients with high quantities of microfilariae because those patiens can develop encephalopathy (brain disease).
When side effects need to be minimized, albendazole can be used instead.
Sometimes eye worms can be removed surgically, although the time frame during which the removal must be done is very short. After the surgery, DEC therapy should follow to manage other adult worms and microfilariae.
What is the truth?
Yes this creature does exist!
And for the true horror;
An Indiandoctordida strangeand unappetizingdiscoverywhen an olderman withpain andswelling inhis eyecame into his practice. A wormof 13cmnested in his eye.
The75-year-old man underwentemergency surgerytopreventdamage tohis eye. The doctordid sothrough a small openinginthe conjunctivato remove the parasite.
Can you imagine, a 13cm worm crawling inside your eye.
Now go check your eyes in the mirror... you never know.