Reality is scarier than fiction

Camryn Cutinello, Editor-in-Chief

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Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Pennywise? Chances are you know those names. All three are horror icons, all three are scary, but they’re not real. Horror movies can be some of the best, and worst movies, but most are based on fiction. Real-life, that’s where true fear lies.

Here are some facts and stories that are creepy, abnormal or just plain scary.

Did you know that 95% of the ocean is unexplored? Around 99% of the oceans floors are unexplored as well.

There are over 100 billion galaxies just like ours, which means that statistically speaking it’s more likely that aliens exist then don’t. That being said the galaxies get further and further apart every year, so the chances of ever coming into contact with them are very low.

The United States Navy did recently admit that there are three videos of Unidentified Flying Objects where they can’t identify the object in question. According to NBC, a spokesperson for the Navy said that the videos are taken from training exercises performed by the military, but that they don’t know what they were. The Navy is investigating further these sightings.

On Mount Everest, there’s an area called Rainbow Valley, named after the colorful jackets of the corpses that died while trying to complete the climb. The bodies are a goal post for many making the climb.

In 1974 the People’s Temple Agricultural Project, better known as Jonestown, was founded. It was a cult and in 1978 the leader forced 918 members to drink Kool-Aid mixed with cyanide, among other poisonous substances. The Jonestown Massacre was the deadliest single non-disaster until September 11, 2001.  

In 1922 a family of six was murdered at their farm in a small German town. A few days prior to the attack one of the victims had seen footprints leading to the farm, but none leading back. Six months before the tragedy the maid had left because she claimed the house was haunted. The Hinterkaifeck murders have remained unsolved.

The human head can remain conscious after decapitation. During the French Revolutions, a scientist by the name of Dr. Beaurieux asked Henri Languille, who was about to be executed by guillotine to blink for as long as he could after his head was chopped off, Languille reportedly blinked for 30 seconds.

In 1838 wrote  “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym”, which was about 4 shipwreck survivors stranded on a small boat, eventually killing and eating a cabin boy, named Richard Parker. Forty-Six years later in 1884, a boat was wrecked and four members of the crew were stranded on a small boat, eventually killing and eating the cabin boy, named Richard Parker.

Around the time of the World’s Fair in 1893, H.H. Holmes, often referred to as “the Beast of Chicago” owned a “Murder Castle”, where he allegedly killed up to 200 people, but only nine were confirmed. He also spent time in England, and there’s a theory that he also was Jack the Ripper.

The stories people come up with can keep you up at night, but the stories and facts grounded by reality, can haunt you into the morning and stay with you all day long.