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Pareidolia, Hypervigilance, and the Uncanny Valley - You Know, For Kids!

The History (and Psychology) of Creepy Dolls [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 23, 2015 - 17 comments

Wait for it....

The Ribbon Worm has a Branching Proboscis. [slyt | via | nightmare fuel] [more inside]
posted by quin on May 5, 2015 - 60 comments

So, um... Happy Valentines Day, I guess...

Put down the boom box: 28 romantic gestures from Film, Television and Music that are actually creepy (SingleLinkAVClub)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 11, 2015 - 105 comments

Every breath you take

The Creepy Surveillance of Elf on a Shelf. How does the ubiquitous holiday tattletale work its behavioral magic? By teaching kids to expect that there's always someone watching.
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 25, 2014 - 93 comments

Website Streams Camera Footage from Users Who Didn't Change Their PW

"Yesterday I stumbled onto a site indexing 73,011 locations with unsecured security cameras in 256 countries …unsecured as in “secured” with default usernames and passwords." The website Insecam claims it’s providing a public service announcement of sorts…the trouble is, that announcement seems to be: change your security camera password or we’ll broadcast your bedroom or living room publicly for all to see… and make a profit doing it. Vice and Petapixel have more.
posted by nevercalm on Nov 9, 2014 - 48 comments

Im kiddinf lol

Creepy texts get even creepier when they're read out loud. Creepy Text Theater [NSFW SLYT]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jul 29, 2014 - 20 comments

They are either adorable, or kinda terrifying.

Hairless Animals: some are born that way, some suffer from stress or alopecia. All look quite a bit different from their furry or feathered kin.
posted by quin on Jun 15, 2014 - 51 comments

A short film about sleep paralysis

Devil in the Room
posted by pseudodionysus on Apr 13, 2014 - 70 comments

All around me are familiar faces

clmtrackr is a novel javascript library allowing realtime face detection, fitting and tracking within a browser. The demo applications (which recommend Chrome, although other recent browsers also appear to work) will accept input from your webcam if available, and include facial tracking, emotion detection (requires webcam input) and the creepier face substitution and masking. [via] [more inside]
posted by figurant on Jan 9, 2014 - 18 comments

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

Sometimes it's hard to remember that there are Holiday songs that aren't about being jolly, rocking around Christmas trees, and drugging your girlfriend's drink. From the dirgelike to the hopelessly obscure, here are some Christmas carols you probably won't hear on Black Friday. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 21, 2013 - 95 comments

Warren Publishing's Creepy and other non-Comics Code comics online!

In the introduction [of Batman: Black & White] the editor mentions that the premise of the book came about because he had a discussion with other members of the comic world and they were debating which one comic run you'd want with you if you were stuck on a desert island. The consensus was Creepy the classic Warren Magazine because of all the incredible artists who contributed to it.
The Warren Publishing Archive is online, courtesy of the Internet Archive. [more inside]
posted by Zed on Dec 4, 2013 - 15 comments

It's like that scene from Amazon Women on The Moon...but less funny

On Lulu, women can rate men in categories — ex-boyfriend, crush, together, hooked-up, friend or relative — with a multiple-choice quiz. Women, their gender verified by their Facebook logins, add pink hashtags to a man’s profile ranging from the good (#KinkyInTheRightWays) to the bad (#NeverSleepsOver) to the ugly (#PornEducated). The hashtags are used to calculate a score generated by Lulu, ranging from 1 to 10, that appears under the man’s profile picture. (The company’s spokeswoman declined to explain the ratings algorithm.) Men can add hashtags, which appear in blue, but these are not factored into their overall score. (SLNYT)
posted by sio42 on Nov 21, 2013 - 482 comments

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig. Goooood evening, J. D.!

Their hearts are not hearts, but clockwork springs. Their lungs are not lungs, but leather bellows. They are: Jack Donovan's Princely Toys [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 20, 2013 - 12 comments

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

The Danish royal family has released their new portrait, which is less Hans Holbein and more "cover of a Stephen King novel." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 19, 2013 - 177 comments

My Father's Long, Long Legs

My family lived on the southern edge of a certain Midwestern industrial city in an old house, old enough that its basement still had a dirt floor.

I was not yet old enough to openly question a parent's behavior, but certainly old enough to recognize its oddness, when my father began digging.
posted by Rory Marinich on Nov 9, 2013 - 81 comments

Creepy things in a museum? Never!

Including the wind-up friar automaton repeatedly claiming his faults and not one but two creeping baby dolls, the Smithsonian lists the 11 collection objects giving them the creeps this Halloween.
posted by Katemonkey on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 comments

Mama, I've been asked to the prom

It turns out that if you cut together a bunch of scenes from Disney's Cinderella along with the audio track for the trailer of the new Carrie remake, you get something very creepy, disturbing and brilliant.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Oct 16, 2013 - 42 comments

Not their target demographic.

So, Boston's KISS 108 FM decided to hold a Taylor Swift Biggest Fan Contest. But they cancelled it. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Jul 24, 2013 - 152 comments

Why Are Things Creepy?

"Between the mountains of safety and danger there is a valley of creepiness, where the limits of our knowledge and trust and security aren't very clear." (SLYT).

A closer look at the science behind the third element in Stephen King's taxonomy of scary stuff: terror. Which is coming home to find that everything that you own has been replaced with an exact copy.
posted by moody cow on Jul 6, 2013 - 33 comments

HUGO: MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES

This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
gotta love him!..I found him in the attic recently and was reminded of the times my friends and I would take him out with us to concerts, culbs and parties in the late 70's early 80's...he does not have his disguises .. just his beautiful bald head and blue eyes...I was tempted to sell him..but i know he would haunt me in my dreams...he's here right next to me now giving me the unhairy eyeball just talking about it...I hear Hugo...and I obey....
posted by not_on_display on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 comments

The Dark, Creepy side of ABBA

Starting from their very first album, ABBA was recording songs which opened a door onto a darker side than one might be familiar with from their hits. The first of these is Ring, Ring's track Another Town, Another Train, wherein a lover is left while still asleep with only a note to explain the departure of their now-long-gone beau. But that's nothing compared to what was to come across their career... [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 7, 2013 - 56 comments

Heads above the rest? No. Below.

We all know that people messed around with photos long before there was Photoshop. But you might not have realized how crazy the Victorians were about headless portraits. They literally lost their heads over this trend. Check it out.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 12, 2013 - 25 comments

hifalutin talk about photoshop

"An examination that begins from the classical dichotomy shape-substance and that questions itself about the nature of purity and the unavoidability of the corruption, without taking itself too seriously, because in the end, you know, children like to play."
posted by ambrosia on Mar 17, 2013 - 5 comments

And there's a creepy doll, that always follows you

Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas. Chinampas were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls). Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls, their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences, and nearly every available surface. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 17, 2013 - 42 comments

Transparent Tape Nightmare Fuel

Ever made yourself look monstrous by using transparent adhesive tape on your face? Photographer Wes Naman has taken this to a wonderfully creepy extreme in his Scotch Tape Series. [via]
posted by quin on Feb 1, 2013 - 16 comments

"Islamic men interested in men who live in Tehran"

Actual Facebook Graph Searches.
posted by spitefulcrow on Jan 22, 2013 - 70 comments

Fuck Yeah Creepy Victoriana

Sheltered and Safe from Sorrow: Victorian mourning rituals, tombstones, epitaphs, and other creepy things
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 17, 2013 - 19 comments

Dead Eyes, Hinged Mouth, Never Sleep Again, Dead Eyes, Hinged Mouth, Never Sleep Again...

Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits is a new book by Matthew Rolston which explores the history and style of ventriloquist dummies. Buzzfeed has collected some of the most interesting (and creepy) of the portraits contained within.
posted by quin on Jan 4, 2013 - 10 comments

Finding Colorful Beauty in the Small and Creepy

Omid Golzar and Shikhei Goh are two photographers who share a passion for a similar subject; extreme close-up macro images of insects and arachnids. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 8, 2012 - 10 comments

Photographer Stefano Bonazzi's nude series, Smoke

Photographer Stefano Bonazzi's series Smoke, where nude subjects vanish into the air.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 1, 2012 - 15 comments

HAND THING

"Are you still doing that hand thing?" Creepy SLYT.
posted by Deathalicious on May 18, 2012 - 68 comments

Uncanny Transfiguration

Olivier DE SAGAZAN usually puts paint and clay on himself, and sometimes hardly seems human. Often monstrous, sometimes disturbing, you may find it beautiful.
posted by idiopath on Apr 7, 2012 - 26 comments

Welcome to my nightmare / I hope you like it

The YouTube channel of user zjchgf contains many videos of a person wearing eerily realistic human masks. Whether marriage is on your mind, or you'd rather simply have a snack, it is important to know how to make masks that affix to your face.
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 6, 2012 - 90 comments

With him, it will be safe

"You’ll be happy with him. He’ll protect you like a stone wall." First time, only for <3. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 28, 2012 - 31 comments

Why the long face?

The Onion's AV Club has noticed that Amazon buyers love this creepy horse mask, and they're posting the customer images to prove it.
posted by Laminda on Feb 2, 2012 - 112 comments

going batty

A Florida roofing crew is surprised when they disrupt a bat home. For maximum fun, there's also a longer version. (via Nothing to do with Arbroath)
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 21, 2012 - 58 comments

Terminator Babies

Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous job (SL Nightmare Fuel)
posted by dirigibleman on Jan 21, 2012 - 33 comments

A slideshow of churches made of bones

Just something to kick off the Halloween weekend. I totally want that chandelier....
posted by Anima Mundi on Oct 28, 2011 - 14 comments

Realtime face substitution

Realtime face substitution SLVimeo
posted by Tom-B on Sep 21, 2011 - 37 comments

It's never fun being the third person when the other two are a couple.

The Third Wheel. Australian photographer Jackson Eaton offers a series of photographs about the awkwardness of being the third person that alternate between hilarious and creepy. (Via)
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Aug 26, 2011 - 37 comments

What is this I don't even

Facepaint in Motion (dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
posted by crunchland on Aug 24, 2011 - 7 comments

pigs go in, sausage comes out

12 videos of creepy automata (well, actually only 11, because one of them is no longer online)
posted by luvcraft on Apr 27, 2011 - 18 comments

Can You See Me Now?

"The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones."
posted by Scoop on Mar 26, 2011 - 45 comments

Automated robots look less threatening in seal suits

"A ball-throwing robot with visual feedback" sounds dull, so let's hide the robot arm in a plush seal suit! Now that ball-throwing robot with stereo vision looks like a seal playing basketball! Just ignore the robotic hand coming out of it's mouth, and the un-seal-like movements. (via)
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 2, 2011 - 32 comments

He sees you.

No matter what you do, no matter where you go, Watson will find you.
posted by Lord_Pall on Feb 27, 2011 - 27 comments

Scary Sketches to Glimpse in the Dark

Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s. But most of the backlash was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued with new illustrations by Brett Helquist, of A Series of Unfortunate Events fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook.
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 29, 2010 - 48 comments

Sleep Well Tonite, People

An Avatar costume for you and your best friend. SLYT
posted by biddeford on Oct 21, 2010 - 32 comments

"My brother and I were directly descended from Chaucer. (There’s no non-dick way to say that, is there?)"

"Three years ago, on my first trip to England, I visited the Tower of London with my friends Tony and Emily. When I got home and uploaded my pictures, I found this strange blur of light on this photo taken outside the room that housed all the torture implements at the Tower... I told Antonia about my weird photo from 2007, and how I wanted to take another picture in the same place when we went, just for fun... [Back at the tower, I] took another shot of Esme on the walkway. And when I looked at it on my camera after, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Now don’t laugh at me, but do you see a sort of smudge to the center and right? Like a smudge made of light?... It made my heart stop for a second. I’m clearly starting to see spooky stuff in places where there is nothing spooky to see."
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 1, 2010 - 22 comments

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

The strange face in the mirror illusion. Full Article.
posted by Brent Parker on Sep 19, 2010 - 61 comments

nom nom nom OH MY GOD

You know what's great about Hawaii? Its isolation can produce interesting forms of life, such as Eupethecia staurophragma i.e. carnivorous caterpillars! Don't believe it? Watch the video or view the photos (via boingboing).

Aww, are you giant carnivorous centipede lovers feeling neglected? No, problem Mefi has covered that.
posted by nomadicink on Aug 18, 2010 - 21 comments

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