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The Strange, Unsolved Death of Gunther Stoll

Gunther Stoll was an unemployed German food engineer who suffered bouts of paranoia. He would sometimes tell his wife that “they” were out to get him. Who “they” were was never explained, nor was the existence of a shadowy gang following him ever substantiated. Stoll was simply convinced that “they” had malicious intent. On October […]

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The Strange Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Appearing in Cities Across America

You may have seen them. You may have just walked right over them or stopped to read their message before moving on. Sometime during the 1980s, strange tiles began appearing in cities all over America as well as in four cities in South America. They’re embedded into the asphalt and contain strange almost nonsensical messages. […]

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Seriously- “Ring Around the Rosie” is NOT about Plague

We have all heard it repeatedly. I even recall my teachers discussing it in class. Supposedly, the well-known children’s chant “Ring Around the Rosie” is about the Great Plague of London which wiped out 100,000 people in about a year and a half during the 1600s. Or in some versions of the urban legend, the […]

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5 Bizarre Hollywood Cults

Hollywood is a land of transplants, arriving alone and looking for connections. Most eventually find friends or core groups of like-minded souls to share their experiences with. Others find connection in religion, but some end up in stranger fringe groups commonly referred to as a cults. When discussing Hollywood cults, the Manson family is always the […]

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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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The Chainsaw was Invented to Help in Childbirth. Seriously.

In my role here at Blumhouse.com, I do an insane amount of research, often spending multiple hours each day studying horror films, weird history, and morbid curiosities.  A few weeks back, I was researching the origins of the chainsaw while working on a piece about early slasher films. I became curious as to when the […]

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Proof of the Actual Existence of Giants?

The Old Testament is filled with some strange occurrences. Sure, it has its plagues and its floods, but did you know Moses lived to be 120 years old? Of course, that’s nothing when you consider that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old.  And who could forget that classic from Kings 2:23-25, when God sent […]

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The Bizarre, Unsolved Mystery of the Somerton Corpse

Somerton is a seaside suburb located in South Australia. It’s an unassuming community located off the St. Vincent Gulf. It’s also the site of what police call “one of Australia’s most profound mysteries”. On December 1, 1948, police were alerted to a dead body on the beach. When they arrived, they found an unidentified male […]