Do you like creepy things? Lucia Peters has written an amazing series on "Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t"
exploring Internet-age urban legends and carefully constructed hoaxes. From the world of underground video games that drive
, there is Killswitch
and Majora's Mask
. If you like modern takes on monsters, there is The Slender Man
(who appears in Marble Hornets
), The Rake
, and This Man
. Horrible conspiracies can be found in the Indian Lake Project
, the Montauk Project
, and the Dyatlov Pass Incident
. Haunted objects can be found in The Hands Resist Him
and the Dybbuk Box
. And, if you like little bits of creepypasta
horror stories, check out Candle Cove
and the Dionaea House
. Be warned, even though this stuff isn't real (right?) there are often unsettling pictures and videos in these links. Now, I think I am going to go take a walk in the sun....
posted by blahblahblah
on Jan 13, 2012 -
- from the London Review of Books, a review of Jane Fonda’s War: A Political Biography of an Anti-war Icon
by Mary Hershberger.
So, what is the story behind Jane Fonda? You will find few people so reviled among macho warrior types. Back in the Depressingly Christian Private School (DCPS) that I went to, to hear some of the things she had been accused of you'd have thought she was the Whore of Babylon herself.
The truly interesting thing about this article isn't the discussion of the reality of Fonda's anti-war protesting measured against the myth, but as an illustration of the kind of pass-it-along info, whose truth is a matter of almost-scriptural faith, that serves as the conventional wisdom concerning the Left in the ill-educated backwaters that compose so much of our nation. This kind of thing is the political equivilent of the story of the midget who hanged himself on the set of The Wizard of Oz
Additional reading: the Snopes page on Jane Fonda
posted by JHarris
on Nov 13, 2005 -