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Florida Campers Find Themselves Surrounded by “The Masked Ones”

As you’ve likely learned from the headlines (and not just ours), the Sunshine State has been home to some rather unsettling occurrences lately: we’ve found dinosaur-sized alligators invading human turf; a nightmarish YouTube channel allegedly originating from Nassau County (we still can’t decide if it’s the work of a real-life psychopath); a literal “spider tornado” […]

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The Mysteries Behind Florida’s Coral Castle

There are those manmade structures that defy all meaning and understanding like the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, England’s Stonehenge, Goseck Circle in Germany, or Mexico’s Teotihuacan. To us, their purposes are a mystery, so we must speculate. Were they built for ancient religious ceremonies involving human sacrifices? Were they the work of ancient aliens as […]

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Spiders, Sharks, Scorpions and More Horrors from the Headlines

Face it, folks: the world we live in is getting weirder by the minute. Seriously, at this point, the urge to retreat into a world of fictional monsters is nearly impossible to resist. But journalists still have a job to do (even if we’re just writing about demon sightings, botched exorcisms and… uh, Florida?). Honest, well-researched […]

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Viral Video Shows “Dinosaur-Sized” Alligator Stomping Through Florida Park

Well, no sooner did we publish a feature about bizarre things happening in Florida (I like to think of that state as “the Australia of the US”), someone down there must have decided we’re not through yet. Seriously, do you remember that Godzilla-like alligator that just want sauntering through a Palmetto golf course last summer? Well, […]

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Four Absolutely Bizarre Tales from Florida

Over the past several years there has been an unusual trend of bizarre stories emerging from the state of Florida, so much so that it has developed a reputation for weirdness. Whether it be a man arrested for trying to shoot heroin in a police station bathroom or another man arrested for trying to ride […]

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Exploring Two of Disney’s Most Nightmarish Abandoned Parks

Earlier this year, Greg Burkart shared a particularly creepy creepypasta about Mowgli’s Palace, an alleged Disney park that was built in the 1990s and abandoned before it opened. Mowgli’s Palace was allegedly made of a strangely porous material and haunted by evil Disney character costumes that could walk and talk and kill on their own. It […]

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Another Massive Florida Alligator Spotted… But This One Was Carrying a HUMAN BODY

Florida’s gargantuan reptiles have been making the news a lot lately — seemingly hitting some kind of peak last week, when a video was posted showing an approximately 16-foot-long alligator roaming the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto. But a chilling story that broke yesterday afternoon might be the scariest gator tale of the year. Authorities […]

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UPDATE: New Video Released of Monster Gator on Florida Golf Course!

Even if you missed our story last week about the humongous alligator photographed stomping across the fairway of a Florida golf course, chances are pretty good you’ve seen the story pop up on at least one of your social media feeds. But as of that writing, no one had yet released anything more than a […]

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Man Live-Tweets His Horrifying Encounter With a “Spider Tornado”

On a business trip to teach disaster-response classes to emergency workers in Fort Myers, Florida, FEMA contractor Chris Tarantino (no relation) picked up a rental car — something he’d done many times before without incident. But this Tuesday, Chris realized his emergency training was totally inadequate to deal with the horrors he was about to […]

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Monster-Sized Alligator Rampages Through Florida Golf Course

Yes, that leading image is actually taken from the 1980 cult classic ALLIGATOR, so there isn’t a body count involved in this story (as far as we know). But it’s still freaky as hell if you have issues with giant prehistoric reptiles busting up your back nine. That pic was just to get your attention; the really freaky […]

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Someone Filmed an Alligator Eating Another Alligator and Everyone is Horrified

Is there really anything more we can add to that headline? It’s pretty self-explanatory. Well, okay… we know a few more details about this bizarre event, which happened in Florida earlier this week. Florida, as you probably know, is the state where nine-foot gators jump into family swimming pools, or devour suspected criminals… and most […]

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The Macabre True Story of Carl Tanzler and His Corpse Bride

To German immigrant Carl Tanzler, the ideal woman was literally heaven-sent: he claimed that when he was a child, his late ancestor Countess Anna Constantia von Cosel appeared to him in a vision, revealing to him the face of his one true love. Tanzler (also known as Carl von Cosel) carried the memory of that lovely woman into […]

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Fear the Real-Life Legend (and Hideous Stench) of the “Skunk Ape!”

In the fetid swamp lands of the Deep South, a stinky Sasquatch-like critter is said to terrorize locals during the dead of night. The mysterious hairy creature who roams the backwoods gives off a stench so foul, so malodorous that the few who have survived its nauseating horror speak in hushed whispers of the furtive […]