Monday, April 16, 2012

The 8 Scariest Places On Earth

They forgot Whoopi Goldberg's underpants.

From US News.

PARIS CATACOMBS

Sixty feet beneath the city of Paris, France you'll find the Paris Catacombs, an underground crypt said to contain the exhumed remains of an estimated six million Parisians. Yes, exhumed: when the city became overpopulated by dead bodies, the government dug them up and dumped the skeletons in centuries-old stone quarries on the then-outskirts of town. But they didn't stop there; they actually "decorated" some of the walls with stacked bones and skulls.

STANLEY HOTEL

While staying in the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado -- room #217, to be exact -- Stephen King was inspired to write what would become a cult classic, The Shining. Those prone to any kind of runaway imagination could scare themselves stiff staying at the Stanley, but the hotel's real ghosts are more than willing to frighten. The Billiards Room, the Ballroom and Room 407, in particular, are known for sheltering apparitions.

ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL

The St. Louis Cemetery #1 -- nestled on the outskirts of the French Quarter in New Orleans -- is the burial site of 19th-century Voodoo princess Marie Laveau, who is said to haunt the cemetery in several incarnations, one being a red-eyed black cat. Local lore says you should beware this black cat, or you could find yourself forever doing the bidding of this dead Voodoo Queen.

BEECHWORTH ASYLUM

At Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria, Australia, patients checked in but few checked out. Historians estimate upwards of 3,000 people -- some not mentally ill -- died captive within its walls. Atrocities occurring within the facility ranged from neglect and forced labor to abuse and inhumane experiments like the Darwin chair (where doctors would tie patients to revolving chairs and spin them so fast, they would bleed from their mouths, eyes, noses and ears). There are frequent ghost sightings, and not just of patients, but of doctors and nurses too.


(List continues at US News)

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad I don't have to sleep alone tonite.

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  2. The Darwin Chair sounds kind of like some amusement rides I've been on (Or so they seemed to me!).

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  3. As always I have to add that my school took us on an excursion to the Beechworth Asylum....while it was still open.

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  4. I would LOVE to take the twilight - not Twilight - tour of the Tower of London.

    I would add as #9 "Any IHOP restroom."

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