The Creepiest Places on Earth

August 29, 2014
Dolls

Stuffed animals strewn about Jazzland Source: Free York

Certain places on Earth are best left alone. Whether they have been made by nature or by man, these locales can scare the hell out of you. This, bizarrely, is what makes them so appealing to certain people in the first place. We enjoy that adrenaline rush that comes out of primal fear, and these are some of the best locations in the world to experience it.

Creepiest Places: The LaLaurie Mansion

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Outside

Looks pretty harmless from the outside
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Our obsession with serial killers is pretty evident. They are the worst that mankind has to offer so, naturally, they fascinate us. However, very rarely do they leave behind such a creepy legacy as the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans. For multiple decades in the 19th century, this was where wealthy Louisiana socialite Delphine LaLaurie engaged in the brutal torture and murder of her slaves.

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Night

Ok, it gets a little scary at night
Source: The Magazine

We’ll probably never know exactly how many people met a gruesome end in that house, but some claim it was in the hundreds. These kinds of homes often get demolished, but not so for this home. Not only is the LaLaurie Mansion still standing, it’s become a prominent New Orleans landmark. At one point, the home was even purchased by actor Nicolas Cage.

Creepiest Places Lalaurie Tour

Unsurprisingly, people say the mansion is haunted and offer ghost tours
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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXX

August 29, 2014
Last Words Die

Source: Design Taxi

Chilling Last Words Of Police Brutality Victims

Last Words Why

Source: Design Taxi

Over the past few weeks, the nation’s police–specifically those in Ferguson, Missouri–have become an object of incredibly intense political scrutiny. Pundits have lamented the special-ops power that supposedly localized defenders of justice have accumulated over the years; more civil liberties-minded politicians have looked to the way the state has historically used police force as a means to systematically control a specific race. Others worry about the state of our media and their freedoms to report the facts. All of this is fine and well, but amid the disputes we seem to have forgotten the moments that brought these discussions into existence: the premature end of a human life.

In light of this, journalist and filmmaker Shirin-Banou Barghi has created a series of chilling last words from victims of police brutality, shining a cold light on the moral crisis at the center of this media frenzy. Politics matter, as does context. But let us not forget why we are arguing along the way: human lives matter.

Last Words Breathe

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Why The United States Still Needs Feminism In One Map

August 28, 2014

Paid Maternity Leave By Country

What’s that large, developed mass over there, glaring in red? That would be none other than the United States, aligning itself with Suriname, Palau, Papua New Guinea and a handful of other countries that do not offer paid maternity leave. Given ever-tightening abortion laws and increasingly controversial contraception mandates and challenges, it seems that motherhood is something greatly encouraged to women on behalf of many US congressional and business leaders. So much so that the US offers zero days of paid maternity leave for recent mothers. Wait, what?