The 6 Spookiest Hotels In The World…That You Can Actually Visit

August 22, 2014
Spookiest Hotels Crescent Clouds

The hotel’s haunted past makes it a very popular tourist destination Source: Eureka Thyme

Fear is a primal sensation felt by every human being. It’s something unifying – even though we are all scared of different things, there is always something that makes us jump and scream. Some people actually enjoy this feeling and will go chasing it on purpose. One of the best ways to do this is to travel the world, finding the spookiest places on Earth. We’ve got you off to a good start with a look at some creepy hotels where you can actually spend the night. Just don’t expect to get any sleep.

Clown Motel

Located in Tonopah, Nevada, this motel’s name makes it pretty clear why it appears on our list. Fear of clowns (coulrophobia) is one of the most common phobias in the world. Even though clowns are meant to evoke joy and laughter, all they generally manage to do is scare the hell out of people.

Clown Entrance

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1924 Owens Valley Protests Foreshadow California’s Scary Drought Problems

August 21, 2014
Owens Valley Protests LA 1902

A dusty Los Angeles street in 1902 Source: Water Power

Even with its green lawns and swimming pools, Los Angeles―and Southern California―is a semi-desert. Dropping a major city into this climate with limited water resources seems ridiculous now, but when LA’s population began to boom in the nineteenth century, its leaders believed that the aquifer supplying the city would last.

William Mulholland became the ruthless first superintendent of the then-new Los Angeles Water Department, later the Department of Water and Power (DWP), and later had a famous LA street named after him. In an astonishingly legal and morally bankrupt move, he decided to tap the Owens River, 250 miles away, and bring it to the City of Angels. Eventually, LA drained the Owens Valley dry, but its residents weren’t going down without a fight.

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Ken Goldberg’s painting of William Mulholland Source: University Of California Berkeley

The river ended at Owens Lake, at 4,000-foot elevation. Since LA is at sea level, the water could go mostly downhill under its own power. The US Bureau of Reclamation promised Owens Valley farmers they’d build an irrigation system. Through underhanded, borderline-illegal tactics, Mulholland got the plan nixed.

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How Immigration Has Changed In One Single Map

August 20, 2014

Top Nation Of Origin By State

In the early 20th century, Europeans left their respective homes to participate in the industrial-driven growth sweeping across the United States. As this map suggests, today the majority of immigrants in the United States originally hailed from Mexico. And while the vitriol and prejudice is as unsurprising as it is unfortunate, a little education on US immigration policy and how it pertains to Mexico wouldn’t be so bad for you.

4 Of The Most Evil Science Experiments Ever Performed

August 20, 2014

Scientists are heroes. At their best, scientists represent the best in humanity—intelligence, curiosity, and skeptical rigor. This perceived goodwill licenses scientists to do things in society that ordinary people wouldn’t be allowed to get away with. If a random person burst into your house with a bubbling test tube and shouted “Quick! Drink this!” you’d call the police. Put that person in a white lab coat, though, and you’ll only delay long enough to thank him for coming in the nick of time.

Scientists are human, however, and it turns out that human beings who’ve been given that level of trust almost always prove themselves the last people in the world who should be trusted to look after a goldfish. Here are 4 of the most appallingly evil experiments ever carried out in the name of science. Note that many of the experiments were of limited or non-existent value. It turns out that freaks who like to torture human beings are generally bad at designing double-blind trials.

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Seven Women Who Have Absolutely Mastered Makeup

August 20, 2014
Mouthful Makeup Popeye

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Some women wear makeup to appear more mature, sexy or chic. Others wear it to look like…Popeye. Or Nemo. Or, you know, a Powerpuff Girl. These potions, creams and salves are often used to enhance what already exists, but these women prove that makeup can also be used for more lighthearted, entirely creative purposes. Maybe nix the eyeshadow genie for the job interview, though.

Genie Mouth

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Mouthful Makeup Fish

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A Dwarf Documents His Life And Interactions With Others In New York City

August 19, 2014

Jonathan Novick gives us a rare insight into dwarfism–and not the kind of “rare insights” that appear nightly on TLC–in this short-length documentary, “Don’t Look Down on Me”. Novick has been living in the city for a little over a year now, and while the experience has been good in general, some of the encounters he’s had have been incredibly frustrating. With the help of a button cam, he shows us how.