2010-05-23

The 10 Best Japanese Ghost Towns - Asylum.com

By Michael John Grist
Common wisdom says Japan is a tiny island nation crammed from shore to shore with people living one on top of the other. Every bit of spare space is used to build Prius factories and grow rice.
In actuality, though, there are far more dark spots on the map than you'd imagine. The general view that every square inch of land is worth a bazillion dollars is just not true. There are gaps in the fa├žade that whole towns have fallen into, along with bizarre abandoned theme parks, ruined U.S. Air Force bases, and the tawdry remnants of pay-by-the-hour love hotels.
These places are known as haikyo, the Japanese word for ruins -- and Japan has plenty of them.
Based on over six years of actively exploring these haikyo, I've put together a list of the 10 most beautiful, most historic and most interesting. Read on to see these amazing forgotten gems, and click on the images to see more.
See them all:
The 10 Best Japanese Ghost Towns - Asylum.com

2010-05-22

The Unfriendly Spirit | Socyberty



by Chris Stonecipher 


In my last article Back Yard Spirits, I wrote about the next door neighbor’s deceased husband’s spirit that my wife Jeanette saw in our back yard and in my work shed. He hung around for a while and finally left. However, shortly after he left, a woman’s spirit appeared in our home.

It was late fall of 2003. We were getting ready for bed at approximately 11:00pm when we heard footsteps in the hallway. Jeanette told me to check on the kids and see what that noise was about. I went into the hallway and opened up each of the kids bedroom doors.
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The Unfriendly Spirit | Socyberty

2010-05-20

Backyard Spirits | Authspot



By Chris Stonecipher




On a hot summer night in 2001, my wife was in the backyard working in her garden. All of the sudden she came running into the house with her eyes as big as saucers. I asked Jeanette what was wrong and she said she saw a spirit of a man wearing a light brown fedora hat, tan jacket and white gloves floating gracefully across the backyard. He looked as if he was pacing the yard and went into my work shed. She said although she could not see his face well, she felt the presence of him looking straight at her.

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Backyard Spirits | Authspot

Tombstone Tales 013: 10 Funny Tombstones



10 Funny Tombstones


A tombstone is a way for people to say a final goodbye, some people use this opportunity to make people laugh by making a funny tombstone.


Nine More Funny Tombstone Tales to go:
In Between Meals: 10 Funny Tombstones

The Happy, Haunted Island of Poveglia

Strange Geographies: the Happy, Haunted Island of Poveglia

by Ransom Riggs 


A quarantine station, a dumping ground for plague victims, more recently a mental hospital — the tiny island of Poveglia in the Venice Lagoon has served many unpleasant purposes over the years, but today it stands empty, a crumbling collection of abandoned buildings and weeds run riot just two miles from the glittering palaces of the Grand Canal. Legends and rumors about Poveglia are nearly as pervasive as the weeds, and they read like a horror story: that so many people were burned and buried there during the black plague that the soil is 50% human ash; that local fishermen give the island a wide berth for fear of netting the wave-polished bones of ancestors; that the psychiatrist who ran the mental hospital was a butcher and torturer who went mad from guilt and threw himself from the island’s belltower, only to survive the fall and be strangled by a “ghostly mist” that emerged from the ground.

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mental_floss Blog » Strange Geographies: the Happy, Haunted Island of Poveglia

2010-05-16

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