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The Vortex: Night Dancing Murder Trees

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Get out of the road! (source: Week in Weird) These things found in walls are not strictly paranormal but they’re certainly not normal (let’s hope not). [via Ranker] As if “fourteen-year-old Nancy Kerlin married William Bartlett, popped out eleven kids, and then passed away just twenty-three years later at the age of thirty-seven” wasn’t terrifying […]

The Vortex: Conjuring Poisonous Hobbits

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Looking for a hobbit who loves to laugh. (source: Scientific American) Arsenic wafers, lead powder, and mouse fur eyebrows – the deadly and gross ways women kept up their appearance in centuries past. [via All Day] Why would I want your cheap-ass diamond when I could have an Alien Crystal ring? [via The Spirit Science] […]

The Vortex: Super Creepy Fashion Spells

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Did someone piss-off Zeus? (source: Telegraph UK ) The June Issue of The Spellery – a magazine for the novice to seasoned witch – is here. [via joomag] 12 creeptacular GIFs for your Monday! [via Cracked] Is the popularity of paranormal investigation degrading the quality in the field overall? [via Supernatural Magazine] This lightning might […]

The Vortex: Swirling Arctic UFOs

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Boring place to suntan and/or haunt. (source: Atlas Obscura) What could be causing this strange swirling mist? Investigators claim it’s the spirits of seven dead monks. [VIDEO via Daily Mail] Myanmar’s new capital city of Naypyidaw: “The project has been explained away as an “act of vanity,” the result of an astrologer’s warning, and as […]

The Vortex: Dracula’s Italian Death Staycation

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Overkill. (source: The Horror Movies Blog) April 19, 2016 We’re working hard on some supernatural renovations on the site that will be unveiled in the coming weeks. But I’m back for a bit to take you for a little spin in The Vortex! You’ve likely seen the new, infamous Stanley Hotel ghost photo that’s been […]

The Vortex: Paranoid Sleepwalking Monks

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“No, you’ve got a butt face.” (source: Blastr) April 12, 2016 I want to be cremated and possibly grown into a tree in one of those natural burial pods. But I have to respect people who do wacky things with their gravesites. Even if it’s borne from an extreme paranoia of being buried alive… [via […]

The Vortex: Greatest Post-Mortem Hits

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Rock on and on and on and on. (source: Noisey) March 24, 2016 Kids are pretty imaginative and have flimsy filters for the things they say. Sometimes they’re so imaginative it’s creepy. At least, let’s hope this stuff is made up. [via Buzzfeed] Can a dog be your best friend on an investigation? [via Hubpages] […]

The Vortex: Lucid Irish Ghost Plants

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‘I swear that potato man wasn’t there before!’ (source: Flickr craftydogma) March 17, 2016 “7 Creatures of Irish Folklore”. Drink when you see an Abhartach! But remember to kill him and bury him upside down to stop his magic, because if you don’t, he’ll really kill your buzz. [via Dictionary.com] In the middle of a […]

The Vortex: Legally Dead Coffee Detectives

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She can smell coffee brewing. (source: Deadly Grounds Coffee) March 16, 2016 Diehard coffee lover? Deadly Grounds Coffee combines a passion for the paranormal with the cult of coffee. Varieties include Hell’s Fury, Tropical Terror, and special to spring, Chocolate Scream Egg! Canadian Site / American Site. Donald E. Miller Jr. was declared dead twenty […]

The Vortex: Old Timey Haunted Millennials

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Nope. (source: Cracked) March 7, 2016 “13 Old Timey Photos That Prove History Was Haunted”. Creeped out from the get-go with those hooded mothers lurking behind their small children, but that ventriloquist’s dummies were even more horrifying in a previous era? How am I supposed to have my lunch time nap now?? [via Cracked] On […]

The Vortex: Sinking WWII Vampires

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He looks devastated no one wants to kick him out. (source: Snopes) March 4, 2016 I disagree with the first statement in this article. I think happiness is possible to achieve; you have to realize that happiness does not mean perfectly happy all the time. In the same way that a relationship feeling “perfect” doesn’t […]

The Vortex: Mummified Vending Machines with Aura

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(source: Express) March 1, 2016 ‘Did someone put a toupee on this mummified sea captain found in a ghost ship?’ probably shouldn’t be my first question about this story. There is also a slideshow of mummified remains if that’s what floats your boat. [via Express] “10 of the Spookiest Scary Stories You’ll Ever Read.” [via […]

The Vortex: Sleep Crystal Hoaxes

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(source: Henri Fuseli (1781) via Live Science) February 29, 2016 Check out this beautiful time lapse of crystals forming. (Just try to ignore the jarring nature of the microscope viewer shifting!) [via YouTube] I occasionally get sleep paralysis and night terrors. Luckily, they aren’t too extreme. But, in the moment, ghostly visages and shapes swirling […]

The Vortex: Mothra’s UFO Sighting Ritual

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(source: Psychic Punx) February 26, 2016 Do you use the KII meter in your investigations? Perhaps you’d like to, or maybe you can utilize it even better. Dan McMath discusses the pros and cons, and why it’s not a stand-alone device. [via Ghosts of Oz] Time shares 10 Mysterious ‘UFO Sighting’ Photos From History, er, […]

The Vortex: Full Moon Flees Cave

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(source: Combermere Abbey) February 22, 2016 Liz Worth is a tarot reader, creative coach, and author living in Toronto. Here’s our weekly forecast with “the full moon in Virgo”. [via Liz Worth] A millionaire abandons his newly purchased home (£3.6m) because of several encounters with ghosts. “…my wife went downstairs to make milk for the […]

The Vortex: Love Ghosts

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(source: Uncle Frank Productions) February 12, 2016 In love with horror? Adorably scary Valentine’s Day Cards by Uncle Frank Productions. [via Bloody Disgusting] Over sixteen thousand people perished in the 2011 Japan tsunami. And there is an abnormal number of cab drivers reporting that ghosts are trying to catch a ride in the area that […]

The Vortex: February 8, 2016

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(source: flickr/vandinglewop) We all know paranormal activity can be detected anywhere, not just haunted houses. California is home to many stunning sights and naturally has many well-trod trails where activity has been reported. This article presents these places as extreme dangers. Or are they simply locations with the types of histories that stereotypically form these […]

The Vortex: January 29, 2016

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(source: Business Insider) The paranormal and new age stories that were pulled into our realm this week. Are horror films not worthy of Academy Award noms? Arguably the scripts are too violent and formulaic, but not even make-up, special effects, or score? [via Fangoria] “Why Do Witches Ride Brooms (NSFW)” — The warning due to […]

The Vortex: January 19, 2016

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(source: Charles Fréger, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York) The paranormal and new age stories that were pulled into our realm this week. Photos of men donning pagan ritualistic costumes taken by Charles Fréger as he journeyed through 19 European nations. [via The Huffington Post] The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines: “The elderly feared being […]

The Vortex: January 8, 2016

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(source: Marja-Terttu Karlsson) THE VORTEX is where we look at what paranormal and new age stories were pulled into our realm this week. January 8, 2016 Happy New Year, Explorers! I hope your holidays were refreshing (as much as they can be, that is!) and that you had some time to yourself to relax and […]