In October of 2006, Nikki Catsouras died in a car accident at age 18 in Lake Forest, California. (Catsouras had been driving her father's Porsche, before losing control of the vehicle and colliding with a toll booth.) The result of the accident was gruesome enough that Catsouras' parents were not asked to identify the body, but photographs of the scene were still taken, according to protocol. California Highway Patrol Officers Aaron Reich and Thomas O'Donnell later admitted to leaking said photographs on to the Internet by e-mailing them to friends. Despite the family's best efforts to remove them, photographs of the horrific Catsouras accident scene remain relatively easy to find on the Internet to this day. NOT THAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR THEM!
Brian Peppers is a registered sex offender from Ohio suffering from some kind of grim deformity. A photo of Peppers was taken in 1998 for Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification system, after Peppers was convicted of "Gross Sexual Imposition." (The crime of "Really Really Super-Gross Sexual Imposition" not having been established in Ohio until several years later.) In 2005, this photo of Peppers made the Internet rounds and became something of a meme, although at first many doubted the veracity of the image. (Snopes has since confirmed that it is, in fact, real.)
It has been speculated that Peppers peculiar appearance may be due to Apert Syndrome, a congenital disorder marked by malformations of the skull, or Crouzon Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes malformations of the face and skull in embryos.
Meatspin.com is a website that features an embedded video of two men having gay sex. One of the men is "spinning around" atop the other man, giving rise to the website's name. The site also features a counter showing you, the viewer, how long you have managed to watch the action unfold. In some ways, the concept is similar to the popular Nyan Cat meme, only in place of two men making love on one another, that site counts down how long you have watched a cartoon feline with rainbows coming out his backend.
4 Girls Finger Paint
"Oh, how nice, some young ladies expressing themselves artistically and enjoying an afternoon of...OH SWEET LORD NO!!!!"
That would've been your reaction if someone had fooled you into Googling this. But now, I have spared you the trauma.
In what was commonly referred to as a "sequel" of sorts to famed Internet shock video "2 Girls 1 Cup" (more on that one later), "4 Girls Finger Paint" features a quartet of women painting themselves and one another using their own f***s. Not disgusted enough yet? Don't worry! They eventually find a way to work some vomit in there as well.
A site called "Lemonparty.org" features a video clip of 3 elderly gentlemen in a bed together kissing and then engaging in oral sex. It's popular for Internet prankery because of the largely innocuous sounding name (which is also shared by a "frivolous" Canadian political party!)
This is one of the few items on this list to receive any kind of real mainstream attention. It even scored a subtle mention on an episode of "30 Rock":
Admittedly, if someone tells you to Google any term with the word "fetus" right there in it, you can sort of tell they're up to no good. But this is extreme, even by "fetal photo" standards. The term refers to a baby born with the congenital skin disease ichthyosis. By thickening the layer of keratin in a fetus' skin, it causes rough diamond-shaped "scales" to appear, limiting the infant's movement and making it susceptible to all sorts of infections. The disorder is always fatal, and typically infants born suffering from severe ichthyosis don't survive for more than a few days.
Yes, there are photos of harlequin babies on the Internet. No, you should definitely not look at them. Yes, even if you're a doctor.
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