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What wine goes best with crickets? How about silkworms? Folks in California found out at two events called Scary Delicious, where many types of both wine and edible insects were served. The tasting were hosted by Aly Moore of Bugible, a website devoted to promoting edible insects, and Michael Consbruck of V Wine Room in West Hollywood. Check out the menu:
• Four Brix Baubles with Protein Bars and Whole Roasted Crickets • Sforzando Sauvignon Blanc with grasshoppers and Queen Weaver Ants • Trinitas Chardonnay with cheddar-smoked paprika roasted cricket popcorn and New Mexico red chili popcorn with lime zest and whole roasted crickets • Pinot Noir with honey mustard crickets and BBQ mealworms • Alma Sol Zinfandel with dark chocolate-covered crickets and silkworm pupae • Sforzando Cabernet Franc with whole Thai june bugs
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Mark Williams and Heidi Loutzenhiser of Portland, Oregon, go a step beyond for their Halloween decorations every year. They turn their home into an attraction called The Doll Asylum. Over a thousand dolls are used to create haunting and/or bloody tableaux from science fiction to slasher scenes. The asylum has an extensive "history" to set visitors up for an evening of dread. The Doll Asylum will be open every night through Halloween. Admission is free. The picture above is one of the less disturbing of those available. You can see more, rather gruesome images of the Doll Asylum at Unreality.
In the ultimate Twister battle between Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex the mighty carnivore ended up losing to the sturdy herbivore because of his tiny arms. This wasn't the first time T-Rex hated his tiny arms, nor would it be the last, and the psychological and emotional impact of having such diminutive limbs may begin to explain why T-Rex was so angry all the time. He couldn't toss a ball or play catch, he couldn't jump rope or breakdance like his dinosaur classmates with normal length limbs, so it's no wonder he grew up to be so cranky!
Show the world why T-Rex became such a Jurassic jerk with this The Ultimate Battle t-shirt by DinoMike, it's so fun your fellow dino-fans are gonna flip when they see you wearing this hilarious shirt!
A closer reading of the literature proves the menu for your next zombie gathering is more complicated than just "brains."
1. HUMAN OFFAL
In the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, threatens to start a zombie apocalypse: raising the dead to eat the living. It’s the oldest reference to zombies in the world. It makes no mention of brains in particular.
Some say the Nachzehrer from German mythology is actually a vampire, but blood is not on its menu. Instead, after rising from the grave, the ghoul eats its own flesh. As the Nachzehrer feasts, its living relatives become sick.
In the mid-19th century, Alexander Stewart ran a vast business of factories and stores selling clothing and dry goods in New York City. When he died, he left a fortune worth $46 billion dollars in today's money. He died in 1876, and was buried (but not embalmed) in the graveyard at Saint-Mark’s-Church-In-The-Bowery. Two years later, the grave was unearthed by unknown persons, and Stewart's corpse was missing.
Alexander Stewart made headlines in life as an entrepreneur and shrewd businessman, but his “resurrection” caused a media sensation unparalleled by anything he had experienced in life. Grave robbing was a reality of 19th-century life, but it usually involved the theft of fresh bodies from the poor and disenfranchised for medical experiments. The successful body-snatching of one of the New York’s biggest names, in a bad economy—two years after a failed attempt to rob Lincoln’s Tomb, no less—captured the zeitgeist. (The Lincoln Case, Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, suggested in an interview, may actually have served as direct inspiration for the Stewart robbers.)
Police found some gruesome evidence of the crime, but no body was ever recovered. Or was it? Two men confessed, but produced no body or evidence. Stewart's widow did some private negotiating with someone who demanded a ransom. Stories were told of Stewart's bones being returned to the family, but accounts vary. Read about Alexander Stewart's disappearance at Atlas Obscura.
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You'd recognize Cruella de Vil anywhere, wouldn't you -even if she weren't drawn that way! Finnish artist Jirka Väätäinen brought us awesome realistic versions of Disney Princesses and Disney guys before. Now check out what he's done with Disney villains!
A photo posted by Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen (@jirkavinse) on Oct 27, 2015 at 10:38am PDT
At Väätäinen's website, open up the "Real Disney Villains" gallery and see Jafar from Aladdin, Prince Hans from Frozen, Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mother Gothel from Tangled, Vanessa from The Little Mermaid, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, the Evil Queen from Snow White, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and Hades from Hercules. -via Buzzfeed
Devin Supertramp (previously at Neatorama) takes a sideways turn from his usual extreme sports videos to play with delightful puppies! Here they are in their Halloween costumes, cavorting in a pumpkin patch at Cornbelly's farm in Lehi, Utah.
Oddly enough a battery and a foil gum wrapper can also be used to start a fire:
A one-handed way to make fire. Connecting the foil of a wrapper to the positive and negative ends of the battery creates a weak circuit. Since this foil isn't built for that transfer, the energy has nowhere to go. The end result is a flame.
Kristy Ralphs recorded her family's pumpkin-carving evening. The kids are showing off for the camera. Her daughter Rachel thinks she can fit her head inside the big pumpkin. Yes, she can, but then she couldn't get her head back out!
Everyone had suggestions, like calling the fire department or using a sawzall. Kristy eventually put the camera down to help out. In case you are wondering if Rachel is still in there, here's a clip recorded just a few minutes later.
A Thai restaurant in San Antonio will let you use their wifi, but they're not going to make it easy! Joshua_Glock posted the sign, looking for some help. The top comment at reddit has an answer, but I don't know how correct it is. There are other suggestions in the comments, but we don't know if Josh has tried any of them out yet. -Thanks, John Farrier!
Nothing helps you greet the day like watching a dog poop and if you don't have your own dog or if you have one and just don't feel like you're getting your fill of seeing dogs pooing, now you have the advantage of looking at a dog pooping every time you check the date. Yes, you can now celebrate the new year with the 2017 Pooping Pooches calendar. Are you excited yet? Because you should be.
Are things starting to get strange in your neck of the woods? Feel like your whole world is turning upside down as Halloween approaches? Just calm down and count to eleven, and start thinking of all those stranger danger tips you learned as a kid. On second thought, maybe you'd better approach this situation like you would an encounter scenario in D&D, since the creature that just walked in your door doesn't look like you're run-of-the-mill neighborhood creep...
Things are getting mighty scary on this Facing The Demogorgon t-shirt by Saqman, but you'll be able to handle whatever life, or the upside down, throws at you while you're wearing this +11 shirt of coolness!
A guy in Japan who goes by RuiRei Channel saluted his family's love of video games by designing their Halloween costumes in the form of Nintendo's Family Computer game console and two controllers! His twin sons are the game controllers. These are completely homemade. See pictures of the costumes in development, and a peek at the family's awesome LEGO costumes from last year, at Unreality.
Most Escape Rooms are basically a haunt, team building exercise and series of puzzles rolled into one interactive experience, a fun where a group of strangers meet up to solve the case and beat the clock.
The themes often involve murder, the puzzles often require escapees to utilize their abstract yet logical problem solving skills, and the escapees are usually too dumb or impatient to solve the puzzle in time.
Running an Escape Room is clearly a tough gig, since hosts have to deal with brutes who think they can solve the puzzle by breaking stuff or worse- those who put themselves at risk by making bad decisions.
So what do Nate Martin, co-founder of Puzzle Break, and Cody Civiero of SmartyPantz do to keep the Escape Room experience alive?
They make sure people don't trash the room or have sex in it, keep an eye on the competition, and stop guests who think they can solve the puzzle by drinking fluid from a jar that was glued to the shelf.
Brothers Joe and Lloyd Stas bring us a goofy Halloween short film that delivers in a hurry! The Spooky Club is a group of guys who have eerie but useless talents. In this video, they are on a mission to find Vincent Price's skull and cremate it as he had wished.
No matter where you live, you're bound to hear some sort of urban legend about your town, city or state. While it would be a little insane to do an article with all the urban legends from all the cities in America, this collection of the scariest urban legends from each state is filled with delightfully terrifying local tales. While you'll obviously want to read the one from your state, if you really like scary stories, it's worth the time to read them all. And, of course, like many collections of urban legends, some of the stories are actually true -like the California one.
Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.
Holiday songs are nothing new. Whenever Christmas approaches, we will all be bombarded on our radios and at the malls we visit, by various Christmas carols, classic songs and novelty tunes. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks is as expected at Yuletide as electric razor commercials for Dad or diamond ring commercials for your girlfriend.
More recently, we have Randy Brooks' “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Even Hanukkah now has Adam Sandler's recent classic “The Hanukkah Song.” These are all categorized as "holiday novelty songs.”
But for Halloween, for the past almost 50-odd years, we've all become accustomed to listening to the musical strains of a man named Bobby "Boris" Pickett and his main contribution to musical immortality. It is almost impossible for most of us (especially those of us who grew up in the '60's) to think of Halloween novelty songs without immediately thinking of "The Monster Mash."
Robert George Pickett grew up in a movie theater in Massachusetts where his father was the manager. Like countless millions of kids before and after him, he fell in love with the movies and dreamed of growing up and becoming a movie star. Bobby started doing impressions of the various movie stars he'd see on the silver screen. He did various impressions of the stars he loved, but by far, his favorite movie star was horror movie icon Boris Karloff.
In the 18th century, ships sailed all over the world to hunt whales, which were both plentiful and profitable. The work was hard, but there was time to keep logs, which are now part of history. Many of those accounts of whaling expeditions in the 18th century mentioned "woggins." It was also spelled wogin, woglin, woging, or wargin. They were apparently plentiful, and were often eaten. There was a mention of wings, but what kind of bird was the woggin? Whaling historian Judith Lund wanted to find out.
Like all professionals, 18th-century whalers had their share of strange jargon. A "blanket" was a massive sheet of blubber. "Gurry" was the sludge of oil and guts that covered the deck after a kill, and a "gooney" was an albatross. Modern-day whaling historians depend on their knowledge of these terms to decode ship's logs—vital for understanding the sailors' day-to-day experiences, as well as gleaning overall trends. Being elbow-deep in whaleman slang is just part of the job.
So when Lund ran into a word she didn't know, it caught her eye. Lund was at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, trying to dig up some data on oil harvest rates. "I was reading a logbook and charging along beautifully," she says, "when I came across the fact that whalemen on that voyage were eating woggins and swile."
Lund had heard of swile—it's whaler slang for "seals"— but woggins were new. She asked the museum librarian, Michael Dyer, who didn't know either. "The woggin was a mystery to both of us," she says. So Lund did what any curious person would—started emailing everyone she could think of, asking if they had ever heard of it.
Lund eventually found the answer, which led to more questions, which led to more answers, and before you know it, biologists and ornithologists were studying whaler's logs for their research. Read the story of the bird once known as the woggin at Atlas Obscura.
Haunted houses are bigger than ever. There are more than 1200 professional haunted attractions in the U.S., many of them running all year long. The people that work at these "haunts" are dedicated to their craft, so they come together of the annual HAuNTcon, the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow & Convention. It's held in a different city each year, in late January or early February. There are seminars and classes on fright acting, props, makeup, and setting up a business. There are all kinds of weird things for sale. There's a costume ball, tours of nearby haunted attractions, and a chance to show off what you can do. Leonard Pickel, founder of HAuNTcon, says the people who come are a close-knit group.
“You would think they’re creepy, but haunted house people are the best people on Earth. We get all our frustrations out scaring the crap out of other people,” Pickel said.
To Leonard, the warmth that permeates HAuNTcon is consistent with the very nature of haunting, which—while antisocial on the surface—is fundamentally about forming a connection. “When you scare somebody, they get an adrenaline rush. But you get an adrenaline rush, too. It’s symbiotic.”
But when some people view the show through adult eyes it really messes with their minds, and they start thinking all sorts of messed up stuff about those poor, innocent puppets...which they naturally post online.
"Country Bill” White was a country music singer and a “living corpse,” a stunt man who was often buried underground for weeks at a time. Those stunts don’t seem that outrageous to us now, because he had a chute to send down supplies and a radio for communication, but he made somewhat of a splash in the 1960s and ‘70s doing it. He even set records, although Guinness no longer keeps records for dangerous stunts. In 1966, he married a woman who was also into being buried alive, so they had something in common. But when they divorced in 1968, she managed to time the proceedings in order to cause him the most pain, as you can see from the above clipping. Read about "Country Bill” White and his strange career underground at Weird Universe.
Halloween comes only once a year but it comes every year, and putting together new costumes and decorations on a yearly basis can cause your Halloween storage to overflow while your mind runs out of new ideas.
That's why Halloweenies have to find ways to eliminate the clutter by putting their old stuff to use, which will make Halloween even more of a DIY holiday!
In order to combat costume boredom and recycle Halloween past you can incorporate pieces of your old costumes, like skirts, capes, jackets, and hats, into a new costume. And if you're low on mixable pieces talk to your friends and family about making a swap.
But if you find yourself stuck with a bunch of costumes you'll never wear again it might be best to simply put them out to pasture- as yard decorations.
Halloween decorations made out of old costumes will look cool in your yard, cost you virtually nothing to make, and they'll stand up to the weather better than stuff made out of foam or paper.
You recall the LED Stickman costume that Royce Hutain made for his toddler daughter Zoey in 2013. He improved on that to make it a Minnie Mouse costume for her in 2014. This year, he and Zoey collaborated on a new costume: a thunder cloud! She is “Princess Cumulus.”
The costume is adapted from an inflatable suite with Arduino-controlled LED strips underneath. The fart sounds for thunder are Zoey’s contribution. While they had fun with this one, it is impractical for going door-to-door, so she will trick-or-treat as Wonder Woman. -via Tastefully Offensive
No one's really sure why they still include Hewitt Farms in those guide books for tourists, but if you're ever in Texas and happen to pick up one of those visitor's guides make sure you ask around before you go looking around. Some awful stuff has happened at Hewitt Farms over the years- the Hewitts were savage cannibals who killed and butchered tourists because they had no regard for human life, and the Hewitt boy became known as Leatherface because he liked to wear the skin of his victims like a mask. They were run off the property years ago, and some folks say they saw Leatherface die in a hail of gunfire, but just to be on the safe side you'd better forget about visiting any farms while you're in Texas...
Show some love for your favorite mask wearing slasher with this Hewitt Farms t-shirt by ArtofCoreyCourts, it's a bloody good way to pay homage to the best chainsaw artist in Texas!
San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the City by the Bay is full of proud citizens who adore their city despite the grime, the crime and the soaring rent costs.
These proud San Franciscans show love for their city in creative ways, and since Halloween is such a big deal in the city it's the perfect time to dress up as an SF landmark, like the leaning Millennium Tower.
It's not hard to come up with a San Francisco-themed costume idea, just look at all the cool stuff they make in the city, like the best croissants in the U.S., the most banal modern art, and the self-driving car. (Illustrations by Kelly O'Grady)