Bury the Carnival: 50 Eerie Photos of Abandoned Amusement Parks

Reblogging ‘Bury the Carnival: 50 Eerie Photos of Abandoned Amusement Parks’ by the amazing Eva Halloween!

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Delightfully creepy! Deliciously eerie!

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Enjoy! ūüôā

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Takakanonuma Greenland Park Japan, photographed by urban explorer SpiralKittens, today’s gallery of abandoned amusement parks is a particularly eerie one. There is something so disquieting about these decaying rides, standing forlorn in a field or being slowly swallowed by creeping forests. Perhaps, like creepy kids and evil clowns, it is the juxtaposition of the joyous things of childhood with the looming inevitability of death and decay that is so very unsettling.

The gallery below features 50 photos selected from abandoned amusement parks around the world. Some, like Lincoln Park and South Korea’s Okpo Land, closed due to safety fears following fatalities and accidents. Others, such as Seaside Heights and Six Flags New Orleans, were suddenly and irreparably decimated by natural disaster. In the case of Pripyat’s abandoned amusement park outside the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the closure was caused by a rather more man-made catastrophe. Still others merely succumbed to the unrelenting march of time, ominous reminders of happier times as they loom silently, decaying in place.  Whatever…

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The Great Dead North – 1st Anniversary

One year ago today, April 25, 2012, I started writing The Great Dead North.

It is a post apocalyptic journal entry novel on Twitter.

When I blogged about it last year, I called it My Twitter Experiment.

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Each entry is no more than 140 characters… the maximum allowed per tweet.

I post daily journal entries from the second year in aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Only a relative handful of people have survived the first year. Food, vehicles, gasoline, medicine and supplies were relatively abundant during the first year. By the second year, gasoline (a highly refined product) has ‘gone bad’ and vehicles no longer run on it. Most of the ‘easy picking’ supplies have been exhausted. Specialized ‘city folk’ are now forced to exist in a hostile environment.¬†Our world, at best, has been plunged back into the Dark Ages. For some survivors, they have been thrown back to the Stone Age.

Please check it out on Twitter and Follow it, if  you like it.

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The Hidden Synagogue

Found at Reddit, these are photos of a mind-bending piece of artwork. The contributor described it thusly:

‚ÄúI got this from grandfather before he died. First used by hidden Jews during the inquisition, it is shaped like a teapot, but contains many secret Judaica pieces. The Hidden Synagogue.‚ÄĚ

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The original photos are at Imgur. I cannot adequately express in words how beautiful this is.

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Notes:

  1. As reader¬†bklyngalinla has pointed out in the comments below, this piece is a contemporary work of art, rather than being from the inquisition or holocaust periods. However, it is based on older pieces, and is in itself still a phenomenal piece of artwork. Here is a link to another blog that gives more information. I, also, am guilty of not doing any research on my own to verify the facts as stated by the original poster. This, however, has not seemed to dampen reader response to this post, which has been¬†overwhelming ‚Äď I thank everyone who has come by, simply because I chose to share something I found beautiful and faith-affirming.
  2. The title ‚Äúhidden synagogue‚ÄĚ is not mine, but those of the original poster at Reddit. A number of readers have rightly pointed out that this device would have been used in a home and not a

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THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey (movie review)

I made a special trip to the Zombie Serengeti (aka the Walmarts) to pick up a DVD copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I’d read J.R.R. Tolkien’s¬†The Hobbit when I was in my final year of college. I confess, looking back on it now, it seems that particular stage of my life was a kind of daydream, peopled with characters not unlike a Tolkien novel.

But I digress somewhat.

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I am going to presume that everyone reading this article knows all (or enough) about J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth trilogy, The Lord of the Rings and its ‘prequel’ novel, as it were, The Hobbit. It would just be too difficult explaining this vast, intricate and complex fictional world to a total newbie. Sorry. If you’ve never before encountered hobbits, orcs, ringwraiths, dwarves, elves or ents, that’s just too bad. If you’ve never heard of The Shire, Mirkwood, Lothl√≥rien, Rivendell, Gondor, Moria or Mordor, I feel sorry for you. If you have no idea who Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, Smaug, Gollum, Galadriel, Lord Elrond, Saruman the White or Thorin Oakenshield are, you are all the poorer for it.

And… if you don’t know what The One Ring is or was… I pity you.

There.

Now, on with the movie! Or rather, the first installment of what is to be the Hobbit film trilogy. [1] 

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

OK, here’s the deal… as per The Gospel According to Warner Brothers…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo¬†meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” …a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. — (C) Warner Bros

Mayhem ensues when… well, pretty much from the start, really. As soon as Bilbo decides to join Galdalf and the dwarves on their quest, it pretty well goes from one frying pan into an even larger frying pan into the fire then into an even larger fire, and so on and so forth.

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Visually, it is stunningly beautiful. The sets, costumes, props, CGI effects, everything is simply gorgeous. The cast is also well-chosen and well-played, including several of the cast members from The Lord of the Rings films. The novel The Hobbit was written primarily for young people and it shows in the film adaptation. Parts of it are silly and cutesy. There are songs in several scenes. I found them annoying in the book and I found them equally annoying in the movie.

The problem with films that are intended to be a franchise is that there is a burden on the first movie to set up the next two. Not that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the ‘Basil Exposition’¬†[2] of the Hobbit trilogy. But still. Some things need to be laid out.

My two cents… Good movie. I really did enjoy myself. And even though I think that making The Hobbit (not the longest book in the world) into a trilogy may end up being a miscalculation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey¬†is definitely worth watching and appreciating for its own sake.

The bottom line… Good movie. If you loved The Lord of the Rings movies, you’re going to like this one. Glad the next one is coming in December and that we only have to wait until summer 2014 for the third one. Let’s hope they match and exceed our expectations.

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[1]  The second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, is scheduled to be released December 14, 2013 and the last installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is set for release in the summer of 2014.

[2] Ask your parents.

SINISTER (movie review)

It’s kind of refreshing when a new horror movie has genuinely suspenseful scenes and some truly decent scary moments.

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Such is the case with Sinister, the 2012 supernatural horror thriller from Jason Bloom, the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  Deliciously creepy and had me on the edge of my seat more than once.

OK, here’s the deal… Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who moves into a house that was the scene of a gruesome multiple murder. He discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing homemade snuff movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. The more the writer discovers about the horrific murders, the more the evil entity behind it all grows and becomes stronger.

Mayhem ensues… when the supernatural ritual/serial killer starts taking over the writer, the house and his family.

Found footage, 8mm film, digital videos, photos, hallucinations, sleep walking, night terrors, writer in a new home looking at some old images and going nuts because a supernatural evil is taking over the place (think The Shining), the impending doom of someone who has watched the wrong movie (think The Ring). Yes, Sinister does incorporate many elements from previous movies but it still manages to put together a scary tale that is sure to give you more than a few  goosebumps.

RottenTomatoes.com gives Sinister a 63% freshness rating. Normally, this is, to me, a bad sign. If a movie has a high rating, I usually love it. If it has a really low rating, I usually love it. I rarely enjoy movies that get the equivalent of a C average. Sinister is an exception. Ethan Hawke is very good as the writer. The horror atmosphere of the movie is almost always dark. Literally. Even when the lights are on, the house seems to be shrouded in darkness. [1]

I do have to admit that the ‘evil supernatural force’ schtick is a bit stupid but you can’t have everything.

My two cents…¬†Sinister¬†is by no means a great horror movie. It’s more creepy than scary. But if you want something to get the old ticker going, this may be the one for you.

Bottom line… Perfectly decent popcorn horror movie. Great to watch with a gf/bf/date¬†[1]¬†who appreciates a good scare,

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[1]¬†And while we’re on the subject, why doesn’t anyone in this film¬†turn on the lights when they walk into a dark room? Seriously, for the whole movie people are stumbling around in the dark for no reason.

[2]¬†Speaking of dates, I am most likely dating myself with the use of the word ‘date.’ Does anyone date anymore? Please advise.

This is the CRAZIEST Thing You’ll See All Day

Another reblog from the very talented Bug Enthusiast!

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The Bug Enthusiast

Have you ever literally watched a bug shed its exoskeleton? No? Me either. This guy did.

A bright green grasshopper emerges from its old skin, leaving a perfect replica of itself behindThe Daily Mail wrote about a really, really patient man in Indonesia who watched a grasshopper molt out of its skin, leaving a perfectly-shaped grasshopper exoskeleton behind. Not only are the pictures incredibly done but…have you ever seen anything like this?! Click through for all the pictures.

And seriously, what’s up with that ant?

Photo credit goes to (the very talented) Adhi Prayoga.

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