10 Of The Strangest Places Around the World
Here is a list of some of the strangest, creepiest, and spookiest places in the world. Some are easily explained by natural occurrences and others not so much. Take a look if you dare and visit some if you feel lucky.
Snake Island is off the coast of Brazil and is home to the Golden Lancehead Viper. It’s one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Some dispute this, but no one that has been bitten has lived long enough to be admitted to a hospital, so there’s that. Ilha da Queimada Grande is the proper name and per the Discovery Channel documentary there is approximately 2,000 to 4,000 snakes on the island. This would be 1 for every 75 square meters.
This museum has the largest collection of human deformities, and it is run by the University of Amsterdam. It started as a private collection concentrating on human specimens from embryo to fully grown deformities gathered by Gerardus Vrolik and his son, but now the collection also contains animal specimens. The museum is free for all and a tour is available for 15 if you schedule ahead.
The Riddle House was originally a funeral parlor, but by 1920, Karl Riddle, a city manager and superintendent of West Palm Beach, owned and lived in the house. It was eventually dismantled and then moved to Yesteryear Village in 1995. The first haunting was by the ghost of Buck, an employee who was killed during an intense argument. In addition, the house is supposed to be haunted by Joseph, an employee who committed suicide by hanging in the attic. Ghost Adventures had a good time investigating this house as well, check out their video here.
The Corpse Tunnels
Nicknames can say a lot about a person or place and this one tells the story about the underground tunnel at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky. The location is fairly well known in the paranormal community and it’s one of the most haunted areas of all time. So many people died here that they eventually used the underground tunnel to transport all of the dead bodies in order to avoid prying eyes of the other patients. One could only imagine it would be disheartening to see so many dead bodies being wheeled away knowing you are trying to combat the very illness they just died from.
Hell Town, OH
Formerly known as Boston, OH, Hell Town is now known for it deserted landscape and rumors of ghosts and mutant residents. But the only verifiable fact about the town is the government got a little heavy handed and decided to take back some land for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in an effort to turn the tide in the ever disappearing forestland. Longtime residents of Boston, OH didn’t appreciate the relocation and left messages scribbled on the walls such as “Now we know how the Indians felt”. Well, the government never finished the job and now buildings and abandoned vehicles are left behind and so are the stories. Tales of mutants, chemical spills, satanic altars and a monstrous snake called “Peninsula Python”
Lake Natron is known as the lake that turns animals instantly into stone. Images that have been captured are stark and surrealistic as they show animals frozen in place and eaten away, but this isn’t by supernatural forces. The alkaline water in Lake Natron has a pH that is so caustic that it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren’t adapted to it. The lake is located in Tanzania and surprisingly, it is used by more than 2 million flamingos as their primary breeding grounds.
The Destitute Cemetery City
In Guatemala City, the crypts are stacked high upon each other and if you don’t pay your rent then your poor dead relative is dumped in a mass grave. But this cemetery is not like your normal place of worship where you politely pay your respects. It has more a more party atmosphere where people dance with the dead and vendors sit in the rows and sell their wares. Just don’t forget to pay your bill or you’ll become food for the vultures that sit atop the stacked graves waiting for the next evictees.
The Aokigahara Forest has become a morbid location for taking one’s own life. Over 50 to 100 lost souls in Japan take their lives in this forest each year. The forest has been featured in a lot of literature and film and has been investigated by paranormal hunters. In watching the footage of those investigations, it’s easy to see how the serenity of the forest is mistaken for an eeriness or unease.
The Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Ossuary
The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones, is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom died during the plague. Frantisek Rint was a woodcarver tasked with arranging all the bones, however no one could have foreseen he would have put them together in such a manner. Now, this is one of the most visited locations in the Czech Republic today.
Island of the Dolls
This one is really creepy, but it wasn’t meant to be. It was dedicated to the lost soul of a girl who died way too young. The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls). The area has hundreds of dolls with missing limbs, decapitated heads, and blank dead eyes. It’s enough for a year’s worth of nightmares.