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A Collection Of Dark Secrets You Never Knew About Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series reinvented the concept of religious horror, and brought the fear of bodily harm to the audience with some mighty inventive anatomical gore that made them squirm in their seats.

Hellraiser has become a mainstay in the world of horror, yet Pinhead and his Cenobite crew haven’t had their carcasses picked over like other classic horror movies, and many of their dark secrets have remained unknown for decades.

Everybody knows that Hellraiser is based on Clive's novel The Hellbound Heart, but did you know that he wrote and directed the film?

Clive didn't want the film to become one of those "truly appalling adaptations", so he took it upon himself to learn how to direct. He ran in to one problem, though, when he discovered that both books on film directing were checked out at his local library!

Read All The Weirdest Secrets You Never Knew About Clive Barker's Hellraiser over at io9


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The Morbid Practice Of Post Mortem Photography

Everyone has their own way of grieving over the death of a loved one, and their own traditions when it comes to ushering the dead off into the afterlife.

Wakes and vigils have become far less common practices, and while sitting around with the body until burial may seem odd to some people there's something even more bizarre that people used to do with their loved one's body- post-mortem photography.

In the nineteenth century it was common practice for families to prop up the body of the deceased and take pictures, in part because photography had become far more accessible, and as a memento of the dearly departed.

Now, it may not seem that strange to want a photograph of your loved one to remember them by, but propping them up right next to their living siblings, or using a metal stand to support them so they look more "natural" in the photo- now that’s just plain weird!

-Via Little Things


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A Nihilistic Short Film About Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown has dealt with some tough childhood moments in the last 65 years, from being rejected by girls to losing his dog to getting bad grades in school, but the heaviest thing he ever had to deal with came courtesy of a little girl named Janice. 

Janice was diagnosed with leukemia, and Chuck struggled to find an answer for the TV special's title "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?", leaving him feeling even more nihilistic than before.

And then this short film happened:

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Good Grief! Cancer Boy! is a strange little film made by Todd Graham in 1990 that reveals the utter futility of Charlie Brown's very existence- in German!

Todd shows us what Charlie Brown might have become if Charles Schulz had allowed him to grow up...I guess it's a good thing he never aged!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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The Truth Behind Halloween Candy Tampering Urban Legends

Urban legends about people tampering with Halloween candy have existed for decades, and even though they’re largely seen as scare tactics these legends still put enough fear in parents and kids that x-raying candy has become a Halloween tradition.

So what are the facts about candy tampering?

Surprisingly, the fear of tampered Halloween candy seems to stem from one case- in 1974 Timothy O'Bryan died from ingesting a cyanide laced Pixy Stix given to him by his father, who was trying to cash in on a massive life insurance policy he'd taken out on his kids.

In fact, most of the proven cases of tampering were traced back to a friend or relative who was trying to play a prank on the unwitting child by sticking sharp objects in treats. Way to fail at pranking folks!

Want to learn more about the roots of these urban legends? Read more about A Brief History Of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy over at mental_floss.

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Ten Howling Good Halloween Themed TV Episodes

Holiday themed episodes are like eye candy to TV junkies like me, and each year we look forward to watching our favorite characters get all dressed up for a Halloween themed episode sure to get us into the spooky spirit.

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Halloween episodes are such a beloved TV tradition that even summer season shows try to squeeze one in, and even if the show is kinda crappy the Halloween episode is sure to be entertaining!

GeekTyrant put together a collection of 10 Awesome Halloween Themed TV Episodes, which includes the absolute best annual Halloween TV tradition- The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. 

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"No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" I'm right there with ya, Homer!

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Reminder: Enter Our Instagram Halloween Contest & Win Free Tees

Got a great picture of your Halloween costume from this year or from Halloweens long ago? Then head over to Instagram and enter your costume in our NeatoShop costume contest. Just tag your image with @NeatoShop and you could win four tees from the NeatoShop. The contest ends at midnight PST on Halloween night, so upload your pic today!

For full details, including how the winner will be selected, read our announcement here.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Grand Theft Mario - Video Game Thug Life


Grand Theft Mario by Naolito

Mario had always lived on the fringe of society, which is why he originally chose to go underground. His life had revolved around magic mushrooms, brawling and demolition, but then he met Peach and tried to leave that ruffian plumber's life behind. He was a changed man, no longer concerned with chasing coins and taking mind expanding drugs, but when he woke up to find Peach had been kidnapped he knew the battle was about to begin again. The sewer life had drawn him back in, forcing him to take a stand in the name of love...

Add some edge to your geeky wardrobe with this Grand Theft Mario t-shirt by Naolito, and show the world that Mario is cool whether he's playing the good guy or the anti-hero!

Visit Naolito's Facebook fan page, official website and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more super geeky designs:

Fantastic Time Twister Champion The Hare And The Shell Hand Of The Emperor

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10 Terrifying Stories Behind Infamous Movies

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It is Halloween week, so I am bombarding you kids with scary stuff. This is the time of year my PTSD from watching The Exorcist resurfaces in me, so anything I can find out about that movie and the true story behind it, I find. This year, I found this list of 10 Terrifying Stories  Behind Infamous Movies, and wouldn't you know it, The Exorcist is on there. Or should I say, the movie that was influenced by the true story of the exorcism of young boy named "Roland Doe." I would love to tell you I am just kidding, but I am not, as the list touches on.

Oh, and that image above? That is the doll that Chucky was based on from Child's Play. Yes, an actual possessed doll, too. So essentially, a list full of nightmare fuel.

You're welcome.


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Interstellar Movie Review

Let's none of us play any games right now, okay? I think we ALL know that Interstellar looks like the best movie of the forthcoming holiday season. You take a little bit of the genius of Christopher Nolan, and you add a dash of McConaughey swagger. You mix it all together, have some of it take place in outer space, and what do you have? The recipe for the next big movie that everyone wants to see.

But is it any GOOD?

Well...click play and find out (what IGN thinks about it, at least).

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Don't tell me what they said. I want to eventually pass judgement on my own. My early prediction is that it will be very pretty with some massive holes most of the public will ignore because we love pretty things. In other words, another Christopher Nolan movie.


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The Making Of Michael Jackson's Thriller

As long as I live I will never forget the premier of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I was young. So young in fact, I was not allowed in the room. Mind you, like any cunning kid, I slid up behind the couch and watched with one eye. The lesson I learned that day was that dancing zombies are only a little less scary than regular zombies. It also helped reiterate that there was a time when Michael Jackson was really cool. I know he got weird, but one thing that never changed, his talent. He was undeniably talented. Nothing reminds people of that quite like Thriller.

So I thought, what better time than Halloween to bust out some classic making-of Thriller footage? I owned this on VHS, so there is a real sense of nostalgia here. It is amazing to see how one of the greatest music videos of all time came to be. It could also be said there is a real sense of tragedy behind the childlike wonder you see in him here, only because we all saw how he ended up.

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Watch part two here, and part three here.

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Baby Who Looks Like Elvis Born


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Has the King been reincarnated? Time will tell as George Georgious of London grows up. When he was born, George had over an inch of hair on his head. When it’s combed, it stands up. He’s also growing sideburns, so this baby looks a lot like Elvis Presley. His mother reports that even strangers point out the resemblance. 


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50 Ways to Cook with Butterfinger Candy Bars

What can you do with Butterfinger candy bars? Besides wolfing them down hungrily, you can cook with them. Christi of the food blog Love from the Oven rounded up 50 great recipes that use Butterfinger candy bars.

Among them is this Butterfinger ice cream cake made by Betsy of JavaCupcake. She made it upon request as her husband’s birthday cake. It’s made of vanilla ice cream, graham crackers, butter, whipping cream, sugar, and, of course, Butterfinger bars.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Portraits of Veterans Injured in the Civil War


Pvt. Samuel H. Decker, Company I, 4th US artillery. Double amputation of the forearms for injury caused by the premature explosion of a gun on 8 October 1862, at the Battle of Perryville, KY. Shown with self-designed prosthetics


More men died fighting in the Civil War than in any other U.S. war: an estimated 600,000 to 750,000. Many more soldiers were left with permanent, physical reminders of the battles they fought. Amputations were frequent, estimated to account for more than 3/4 of wartime operations. Sterile environments for such a medical procedure were usually impossible. Some amputations were performed without anesthesia. Often the procedure left the amputee with terrible pain from the severed nerves.

The pictures included here are from the Flickr page of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. As the referring article warns, this archive is "not for the faint of heart." Yet it's one way to see photos of the brave and often incredibly young (an estimated 100,000 Union soldiers were boys under 15) soldiers who fought in such horrifically bloody Civil War battles.

-Via Dangerous Minds | Images: National Museum of Health and Medicine


Robert Fryer. Amputation of third, fourth, and fifth metacarpals. PVT, Company G, 52nd New York Volunteers. Wounded March 25, 1865 at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia



Jason W. Joslyn. Excision of head & 4 inches of shaft femur, prosthesis in place. PVT, Company I, 7th New York Heavy Artillery. Injured at 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor


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Can Bad Memories Be Erased?

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Is it possible to erase bad memories? Some people who suffer from mental problems after going through traumatic experiences, such as war veterans with PTSD, could possibly benefit from such a mental deletion. AsapSCIENCE takes on the question as to whether it's possible in their latest video. -Via Laughing Squid


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The Infected Rick - You Won't Like Him When He's Angry


The Infected Rick by CoDDesigns

Rick hadn't felt right since the world had gone to hell and the dead had gotten up and started walking again. It didn't help matters that he'd woken up in a hospital, unknowingly one of the last living humans on Earth, but no matter how far he came he always felt like something was missing. One day Rick came across a chem lab where scientists had been hard at work on a cure for the virus, but as he gathered up as many of the chemicals as he could carry he was bitten by a hulking walker. Unsure what would happen, yet unwilling to lie down and die, Rick drank the formula he'd found and almost immediately felt his body transforming into something incredible...

Bring some rotten zombie flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this The Infected Rick t-shirt by CoDDesigns, it's the perfect attire whether you're running from walking corpses or simply watching them on TV.

Visit CoDDesigns's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty geeky designs:

Silver Smurfer Tiga Style Plumbers The Glow

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Homeless Man Plays Piano Beautifully


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The City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, recently put pianos in public spaces for people to play. David Rauch, an urban planner, led the project. He says that the results have been beautiful and fun:

“You just know they’re a total success when you see a homeless guy sit down and play Let It Be for over two hours at a stretch,” he smiles.

“All types of people play all kinds of music,” he says, “children play the A-B-C song, mothers and sons play duets, friends play dueling pianos.

“We’ve had people play wonderful classical virtuosos, and an opera company singing around the piano.”

The above video shows a performance on a piano in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Ryan, the pianist, says that he's been homeless for 30 years. During that time, he's taught himself how to play.

-via 22 Words


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Miskatonic Fighting Fishmen - Collegiate Creatures


Miskatonic Fighting Fishmen by Andy Hunt

There's no college football team more feared, or more disgusting looking, than the Miskatonic Fighting Fishmen. With a strict training regiment designed by Cthulhu himself, and a healthy diet that consists primarily of their competition, these guys don't even have to trash talk the competition to get under their skin. More often than not the other team turns and runs back into the locker room when they see this slimy squad take the field!

Add some rah rah spirit to your geeky wardrobe with this Miskatonic Fighting Fishmen t-shirt by Andy Hunt, and show the world your supernaturally sporty side!

Visit Andy Hunt's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastic designs:

CTHULuchador Miskatonic University Book Club Legendary Clones Of The Empire

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The Six Different Types Of Gamer Couples

Gamers are passionate about their hobby lifestyle, and the more die-hard the gamer the more frequently they play, so it’s in a gamer’s best interest to find a romantic partner who also enjoys gaming.

The couple that games together stays together, but gamer couples who team up to take down noobs either become a force to be reckoned with, or let their competitive nature tear them apart.

George Rottkamp from Dorkly created this comic that details the 6 Types Of Gamer Couples, from the classic Cutthroat Couple to the always absent Amorous Duo.

As one half of a gamer couple I think we're any and all of these couples, depending on the game we're playing or day of the week. Are there any gamer couples out there that feel the same way?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Heather Boggs's The Shining Hats

Heather Boggs of Madision, Wisconsin knits hats with patterns that reflect the costumes and scenery of Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror film The Shining. She does an excellent job of matching wardrobes, carpets, and paint schemes that appear in the Overlook Hotel and the people who survive in it.

Her model doesn't quite have the Sad Etsy Boyfriend look, but his showmanship really brings out the tone of these crafts.

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Town Struggling over Alcohol Prohibition Law Discovers That the Law Doesn't Actually Exist


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Hanover is a small town south of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For as long as anyone can remember, it's been a dry town. That means that people aren't allowed to buy or sell alcoholic beverages. Town officials enforced this law, which was not entirely popular.

In 2006, the town held a referendum to repeal the law. By a 30-vote margin, the town upheld the alcohol prohibition statute.

The town held an election last Wednesday. The alcohol law was once again up for referendum. But as they were preparing for the election, town officials discovered an important piece of information: the law didn't exist.

Everyone had assumed that alcohol sales were illegal in the town. But no one could find the actual text of the law. Lawyers poured through records going as far back as 1880 and found no alcohol prohibition law.

-via Weird Universe


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Chocolate Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels

For a baking contest, Jessie Oleson Moore made preztels filled with a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter. Using a recipe by Elizabeth Bennett, Moore first shaped canned breadstick dough into pretzel forms. She filled these with a combination of peanut butter, cocoa, whipping cream, and egg yolk. Moore then sealed the pretzel forms and baked them to make these delicious-looking snacks.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Otter Cub Trio is Acutely Adorable



These three Asian small-clawed otter cubs were born in September at Newquay Zoo in the U.K. The trio joins a group of 19 other otters at the facility. Zoo Director Stewart Muir said,

“The cubs are impossibly cute. Asian small-clawed otters are incredibly social animals compared with other otter species, so visitors will be able to watch how the cubs’ siblings play an active role in teaching them how to cope in the strange new world outside the nest."

Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otter species in the world and are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat destruction, water pollution and over fishing in their native Southeast Asia. The IUCN estimates that the population of the species has been reduced by up to 30% in the past 30 years.

Read more about the otters and see an additional photo at Zooborns.

Image: Newquay Zoo

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Ten of the World's Deadliest Tourist Destinations



Acapulco was a wildly popular tourist destination from the late 1920s and peaking in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The warm, beautiful waters, inviting temperatures and interesting sightseeing remains a draw for tourists today. 

Yet today, Acapulco tourists risk the high crime rates of the city, which are nearly 30 times higher than the average in American cities. In 2013, the murder rate was 142 in 100,000; in January and February of that year, there were 200 murders. Also in 2013, six Spanish female tourists staying in a vacation home together were raped when masked gunmen broke into the property and tied up the men present. 

The United States Department of State’s Mexico travel warning is strict, and the U.S. government will only allow its employees to stay in two Acapulco hotels, and bans people from leaving them after dark. How sad it is that such a beautiful place is so fraught with risk. 

Read about other dangerous tourist destinations here.

Image: Wikipedia


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Here's An Upside Down Clown To Give You Nightmares

Meet Brian- he's a great father, beloved NeatoShop artist ambassador and one heck of a nice guy, but during the Halloween season he becomes the stuff of nightmares.

Brian enjoys putting a fear of dark places in folks who pay him a visit at his terrifying home away from home- Spooky World's Nightmare New England.

Spooky World's Nightmare is New England's premiere haunted destination, located in the otherwise sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire.

If you're brave enough to endure attractions like Brigham Manor, the plantation home of the murderous Bishop family, the hellish labyrinth called The Colony, or the neon circus nightmare Freak Show in 3D you might run in to Brian or one of his ghoulish buddies.

But hurry- Spooky World's Nightmare attractions will disappear back into the mists come November 8th!

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It Ain't Personal - Just An Old Fashioned Love Song


It Ain't Personal by Rocky Davies

They ain't killing because they like it, baby, they don't hold any ill will towards you and yours. They're simply doing what they were born to do, killing and procreating so their primal vibe will stay alive. It's not their fault that humans came flying into their corner of the universe like a flock of seagulls, and believe it or not they just wanted to be left alone before they met a mighty hot lady named Ripley...

Keep the sci-fi groove alive with this It Ain't Personal t-shirt by Rocky Davies, it's a super stylin' way to show those your favorite xenos, and your favorite decade, some love!

Visit Rocky Davies's Facebook fan page, official website, Tumblr and Instagram, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more ridiculously good designs:

Hey-Mon Ten Little Monkeys Deal With It Corpses 'N' Cream

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Om nom nom - Twaggies Episode No. 6

 

We've teamed up with Dailymotion and will be bringing you a new, animated Twaggies short cartoon each month. Today's episode features one of our idols, Pee-wee Herman! (@peeweeherman)

And check out our premiere episode, cooked up special for all you Grammar Nazis, featuring a tweet by Steve Martin:

Please take a moment to follow us over on Dailymotion, too! They're like YouTube, only East! :-) (reference anyone? anyone?)

View more neat Twags or illustrated tweets over at Twaggies

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Sandwiches from Around the World

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Actress and blogger Lynn Chen decided to see how many sandwiches from around the world she could sample while in Los Angeles. Her finds are both varied and delicious looking. I know which one I'd like to try most. How about you? -Via Viral Viral Videos

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Firefighters Rescue a Horse from a Swimming Pool


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Yesterday afternoon, a horse in Mesa, Arizona escaped from its pen and wandered into a swimming pool. It was probably looking for water to drink. The horse was unable to climb out and became stuck.

After a veterinarian tranquilized the horse, firefighters with the Mesa Fire Department rigged a harness around its body and lifted the heavy animal out of the pool. By my count, that's 9 men in the video struggling to pull on the harness.

The horse was, thankfully, uninjured.

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3 Ways Video Games Are Good For You

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Being a nerd and avid gamer for most of my life, I stand behind the fact that gaming is far more beneficial than detrimental. It improves response time, problem solving skills, hand-to-eye coordination, and muscle memory. But gaming has been under fire (intentional pun alert) for decades now because there are anti-video game pundits who spout endlessly about how it encourages real life violence.

But Gamespot has a rather interesting video about how games are actually GOOD for us. While it could be said the study group they used for this research was a tad bit small, it is still a step in the right direction overall for society to learn that gaming is not dangerous, but rather, beneficial (and not going away anytime soon, as it is a billion dollar industry only set to grow more).

See Mom, I told you video games weren't rotting my brain!


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Fewdio Horror: The Laundromat

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Laundromats keep strange hours, with many staying open, un-staffed, overnights. For that reason, it seems to attract a rather wide and varied  clientele. Being one who does his own laundry at places like the one depicted in the following video, I can tell you honestly, sometimes you are inevitably in there with a weirdo, especially late at night. There is this moment where you realize it, and are not quite sure what to do next.

Fewdio addresses this fear in another awesome horror short, The Laundromat.

Bet you didn't see that twist coming.


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