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While most, if not all, horror movies include a fair amount of fiction to make the story more gory and gruesome, often times the inspiration for these classic horror movies are based on true stories. The actual events in a lot of cases are legends or not nearly as scary as the theatrical version, but every so often the true events are scarier than anything someone could think up for shock value.

Some of the very best horror movies of all time are based on actual events. Take Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs, for example, three of the scariest horror movies of all time are based on the horrible killings of a single man, Ed Gein. Independently, the three films tell horrifying tales of mass murder, torture, and cannibalism, but put them all together and you get a look at serial killer Ed Gein.

Of course, in many cases, the fiction is a stretch on the actual facts such as in the haunted house horror films. In The Amityville Horror, The Haunting in Connecticut, and The Entity, families were haunted by demons in their own homes. In reality, investigators dispute many of these claims, and many have been declared straight up hoaxes.

Good luck trying to verify claims of demon possession, which is another theme in some of the most well-known horror movies as well, including The Exorcist, Audrey Rose, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, as those stories visit a gray area between paranormal and simple mental illness.

However these filmmakers were inspired, either by gruesome true events or a simple unverified claim, these horror movies all accomplish what they attempt to do: scare the crap out of us on a daily basis. For that, mission accomplished.
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Audrey Rose
The Movie

Audrey Rose, a little girl, dies in a tragic car crash. Two minutes later, Ivy Templeton is born. Fast forward 11 years and Elliot Hoover, father to Audrey, begins to stalk the Templeton family in New York after he becomes convinced that Audrey was reincarnated into Ivy.

Ivy begins to have nightmares and strange events occur, many similar to the fiery car crash that killed Audrey. Elliot Hoover ends up kidnapping Ivy in an attempt to grant his daughter's spirit peace, a move that lands him in a highly publicized criminal trial.

The Reality

Frank De Felitta, author of the novel and the 1977 movie, was inspired to create the work by his son, Raymond. The boy suddenly began playing the piano like a pro despite no formal training or lessons. He claimed that his fingers were doing it by themselves.

De Felitta sought to understand how Raymond could have gained such expertise on his own. He consulted an occultist who expressed that it was an "incarnation leak," as in a skill Raymond perfected in a previous lifetime and carried into the next.

This video has some information about this sort of phenomenon:

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Movie

Sharing a home with Otis and Otis' sister, serial killer Henry mercilessly kills numerous women. On one occasion, Henry kills a pair of hookers picked up by him and Otis, with Otis witnessing the murders.

As the killings continue, Otis becomes more and more involved in the murders. Henry kills hundreds, all without remorse, but also builds a relationship with Otis' sister as the two have similar backgrounds.

The Reality

The film was directly inspired by serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and his accomplice Ottis Toole. Though Henry was convicted of 11 murders, the film took license with the other killings for a dramatic effect.

Henry allegedly confessed to as many as 600 murders; however, many believe he only did so for improved prison conditions, not because he actually committed the crimes. He is one of the only cases in Texas where his death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Lucas died in prison of heart failure in 2001.
The Movie

As families vacation on the fictional Amity Island in New England, a gigantic 25-foot great white shark begins killing and eating tourists. Rather than losing out on the proceeds from the busy July 4th weekend of tourism, the mayor refuses to close the beach, and the attacks continue.

Since someone has to be the hero, a group, including the town police chief, a marine biologist, and a shark hunter, spend night and day hunting this huge shark before it claims additional victims.

The Reality

The movie was based on the book of the same name by Peter Benchley. He got the story idea from incidents that happened during the summer of 1916 along the Jersey Shore. It seems that before the area was consumed by drug addicts, it was still a dangerous place. During that summer, five people were attacked while swimming off the coast. Four of the five died from their injuries. No one is sure if it was a great white shark specifically, since before this point, sharks were not highly researched and considered nothing more than man-eating monsters.
The Amityville Horror
The Movie

The original and the remake essentially have the same plot. An unassuming family, John and Kathy Lutz and their three children, purchase a home in Long Island, New York that was previously the site of a mass murder one year earlier. While stating they don't believe in ghosts, the family has a priest attempt to bless the home, which is downright hypocritical. Families with wishy washy views on the supernatural always get targeted in these movies. Stick with your guns, everyone.

So, the priest becomes strangely ill and blind soon after the exorcism. In just four weeks, the family is forced out of the house following a series of haunted happenings. In the later version, Ryan Reynolds goes out in the rain in a t-shirt: this made watching the movie worth it for everyone's girlfriend.

The Reality

George and Kathy Lutz (you see, they changed George's name to "John" in the movie to protect his anonymity) spent four weeks in the Amityville, New York, house in 1975, 13 months after Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six people in the home.

You can see an interview with them here:

According to the couple, during their time in the house they heard voices throughout the day, there were various "cold spots" throughout the house, and they even witnessed green slime oozing from the walls.

Most experts and investigators who visited the house to study the paranormal claims dispute the authenticity of the story. The happenings are widely believed to be a hoax concocted for the best-selling book by Jay Anson.

So you decide.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Movie

Attorney Erin Bruner represents Father Richard Moore in court against homicide charges after his attempted exorcism of Emily Rose. Emily, as shown in flashbacks, was believed to be possessed by demons. Her parents call upon Father Moore to exorcise the demons.

As the attorney attempts to prove that Emily was, in fact, possessed and not suffering from psychosis and epilepsy as the prosecution argues, the lawyer experiences strange happenings of her own.

The Reality

The story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman born in 1952, inspired the film. Anneliese suffered from depression and epilepsy and was given an anti-convulsant drug by psychotherapists. That drug, along with her other conditions, was believed to have caused her to hallucinate and hear voices.

Anneliese's parents believed she was possessed and arranged for an exorcism to be performed. As Father Renz performed 67 exorcism sessions, Anneliese stopped eating. She died in her sleep in 1976 from malnutrition and dehydration, weighing only 68 pounds. Her parents and the priests involved in the exorcisms were prosecuted later that year for neglectful homicide. They even went as far as to have the remains of Michel exhumed, as a nun said that she had visions of the body not decomposing, and that it was a sign of demonic possession. When it was removed from it's coffin though, the body was found to have been decomposing as normal.

The Exorcist
The Movie

Often touted as the scariest film of all time. The Exorcist was somehow based on a true story. The Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Exorcist followed the story of 13-year-old Regan who, after a seizure, begins to show signs of demonic possession.

After medical testing fails (and results in the doctors being assaulted), Regan's family attempts to have the demon, who's apparently inside of her, forced out. Father Karras and Father Merrin attempt to exorcise the demon in an attempt to save the girl from the possession, with terrifying consequences.

The little girl pleasures herself with a cross to the point of bleeding and mutilation, is capable of telekinesis, turns her head all the way around, and even levitates.

These are some of the most messed up scenes in movie history.

The Reality

The story, which resulted in what has been called the scariest movie ever, is sketchy but believed to be inspired by the exorcism of Robbie Mannheim, also known as Roland Doe. A 12-year old boy. Not a girl.

According to the attending priest, the boy attempted to contact his late aunt using an Ouija board, after which paranormal activity started in the home, including unexplained noises and an occurrence of a poltergeist-like event involving blankets flying around of their own accord. Robbie then began to show signs of possession, speaking in tongues and blisters and cuts appearing on his body. He was taken to a mental institute in St. Louis where he was treated both mentally and spiritually. It was here that a group of priests started to perform various exorcising rituals to try and extract the demon. After a staggering 30 attempts, the priests were satisfied that they had successfully banished the demon from Robbie's body.

After the ceremony he went on to have a very normal life, including a successful career at NASA. If my mother only knew that demon possession could lead to working for NASA, I'm positive that she would have made me play with Oujia boards every night.

The exact details of the story, including what some believe to be only mild paranormal happenings, are highly disputed as the story has been passed down and retold in numerous versions.

But still, "mild" paranormal happenings are still paranormal happenings.
The Hills Have Eyes

The Movie

The Carter family, traveling through the desert in an RV on vacation, fall victim to a trap that causes their vehicle to crash. The father, Bob, heads to a nearby gas station in search of help where he learns of the deranged clan of cannibals living in the nearby hills.

The hill people, led by Papa Jupiter, capture Bob, set fire to the camper, and take an infant hostage, among other violent acts, such as rape, torture, and pet-eating. The film is most notable for it being one of Wes Craven's first, as well as starring a young Dee Wallace, best known as Eliot's mom in the equally terrifying E.T.

The Reality

The film is reportedly inspired by the story of Sawney Bean, a Scotsman from the 15th or 16th century. The story goes that Bean was the son of ditch digger who did not want to follow in his father's foot steps. So, as most young men do, he ran away with a girl and holed up in a cave by the sea. Because neither of the cave dwellers worked, they had to make due with ambushing travelers on the road, stealing from them, killing them, and eating their bodies. Bean and his wife had many children and grand-children all through incest since they never left their cave except to go "shopping." 

They reportedly murdered and ate more than 1000 people before they were finally caught by King James, who later went on to write a bible I think. Their punishment was almost as wicked as their crime as the men were sentenced to death by blood loss after having their hands, feet and genitals cut off. The women were forced to watch before they were all burned alive.

It is disputed that this story might be false and only used as Anti-Scot propaganda as it all happened because Sawney Bean would rather kill and eat other people than put in an honest days' work.

The Mothman Prophecies
The Movie

John Klein and wife Mary are involved in a strange car crash. Treatment for Mary's injuries reveal a brain tumor, which later kills her. Before she dies, she drafts odd drawings of a winged creature.

Years later, John is driving in Virginia and unintentionally arrives in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. After Point Pleasant residents begin reporting supernatural happenings, including the collapse of a bridge leading to dozens of deaths, which appear oddly similar to Mary's drawings, John becomes obsessed with finding this mythical creature known as the Mothman.

The Reality

According to the 1975 book of the same name by John Keel, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, residents reported seeing a large, winged creature, believed to possibly be an alien, in 1966 and 1967. The creature, believed to be the Mothman, was white, had red eyes and was described as a "flying man with ten-foot wings." In December 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people.

Investigators who attempted to verify these claims dispute the authenticity of the creature, stating that residents likely saw a large heron or sandhill crane. Additionally, the connection to the bridge collapse was later declared unfounded, as the collapse was ruled a result of a structural defect.
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Movie

Working for a pharmaceutical company, ethnobotanist Dennis Alan is sent to Haiti to research a drug used in Haitian vodou in order to determine if the drug can be used as anesthesia. Alan finds a local witch doctor, who claims he can make the drug, but Alan is arrested, tortured, and ordered to leave the country before receiving the drug.

Alan flees the country but not before forcing the drug out of the witch doctor. He returns home to Boston to meet with his employer, where the wife of his boss tells him in a possessed state that his death is imminent.

The Reality

The book on which the film is based is believed to have been inspired by the events of Haitian man Clairvius Narcisse. Narcisse was declared dead in 1962 after receiving a cocktail of drugs to mimic a coma.

He was buried, but exhumed a few days later and given another set of drugs which brought him back to life in a zombie state. Narcisse was forced to work on a sugar plantation for two years until his master died, and he was freed and returned to his family in 1980.
The Haunting in Connecticut
The Movie

In order to be closer to care for their cancer-stricken son, the Campbell family moves into a home in Connecticut. The son begins to experience terrifying hallucinations, as do the family members later on.

Soon the family learns that the home was formerly used as a mortuary. The supernatural events continue in the home and intensify, turning violent.

The Reality

In the 1980s, the Parker family moved into a home in Southington, Connecticut in order to be close to the University of Connecticut where their son was undergoing cancer treatment. Unbeknownst to the family, the building was formerly a funeral home, something they discovered after finding embalming equipment in the basement.

After the discovery, the family reported strange events in the home such as sights and sounds of ghosts. An investigation later revealed the former morticians were involved in necrophilia. The home was excised in 1988 to remove the lingering demons.

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<![CDATA[The Worst Amusement Park Ride Accidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-10-most-horrible-amusement-park-accidents/ihateeverything
A day at amusement parks like Disneyland and Six Flags is usually a mix of endless waiting in line and a few short minutes of pleasure - but sometimes the ultimate nightmare of riders comes true and rides break, causing horrible accidents. What are the worst amusement park accidents? Many people fear the incidents that are on this list. Roller coaster cars flying off the tracks, harnesses not working properly, and cables coming loose.

Most amusement park rides get your adrenaline pumping but are completely safe. Occasionally though, there is an all out disaster where the machinery goes crazy and someone loses a limb or dies. Whether due to malfunctioning or park-goer error, these amusement park disasters have certainly scarred these people for life.

The most horrible amusement park accidents, tragedies, and fatalities that have ever happened appear on this list, leaving us to wonder why so many onlookers took out their camera phones instead of helping.
The Worst Amusement Park Ride Accidents,

Death at Disney
September 5, 2003: The happiest place on Earth turned into a horrible nightmare for a 22-year-old male named Marcello Torres. About a third of the way through the ride, it made a sharp right turn, and part of the train came off the hinges. This forced part of the locomotive-shaped ride to wedge into the tracks, stopping the train completely, and darting like a giant spear through Marcello Torres's chest and head.

River Rapids's Watery Grave

Four people died on Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld, Australia's biggest theme park, on Tuesday, October 25. Accounts of the accident don't immediately make clear how the victims died; two were ejected from the ride and the other two trapped on it, though what actually killed them remains unclear. 

Three of the four victims have been identified. Two were siblings: Kate Goodchild, brother Luke Dorsett, his partner Roozi Araghi. Their mother, Kim Dorsett, said, “I have three children and have lost two of them today... I have two granddaughters — an eight-month-old and a 12-year-old — and it truly breaks my heart to know that my eight-month-old is never going to get to know her mum.”

According to an eyewitness, at least one of the victims drowned, while children nearby screamed. "There were kids onboard screaming while their mum was trapped under. I’d rather not talk about what I saw," a man recalled.

Claire Wooley, another witness, said “She just kept screaming ‘Where’s Mummy? Where’s Mummy?” 

No reason for the incident was given other than a "malfuction." The park, located about 30 miles south of Brisbane, on Australia's Gold Coast, shut down operations the day after the accident, out of respect for the dead. 

Batman Kills
A tragic accident occurred in a Georgia Six Flags when a boy jumped two fences clearly marked "Do Not Enter" to retrieve a hat he lost on a ride, but ended up losing his entire head in the process. The bottom part of the ride decapitated him as he was standing up.
In Soviet Russia, Ferris Wheel Rides You
Not only did this kid jump a six-foot fence to an abandoned ferris wheel, he also managed to easily turn it on and get a ride. Halfway through his hijacking he decided he didn’t like the chair he picked, so he switched, very unsuccessfully.

As he dangled 45 feet above the pavement, a crowd gathered. Skip to 0:44 for footage of the dangling child and a description from the people who were there, and ended up picking up a camera phone when they could have easily been helping the poor boy NOT plummet to his death.

Retro Coaster Crash
Let’s go back in time to a simpler era where music was analog, clothes were s**tty, and an indoor Canadian roller coaster went flying off the tracks and killed three people. The exact thing everyone is scared will happen on roller coasters happened in this story: the final car flew of its hinges and was dragged, careening all over the tracks before anyone (finally) pulled the emergency brake.

Skip to 1:49 to see the injuries of the one guy in the car who survived, only to be crippled by memories.

Ferris Wheel Mystery
On Friday 3 June 2011, an 11-year-old girl, Abiah Jones fell to her death from a Ferris Wheel at Mariner's Landing Pier. The cause of the young girl's death is unknown; it is the only accident recorded on that ride and there have been no other guest fatalities since that date.  
Kentucky Engineering
A young girl went to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and took a ride on the Superman Tower of Pride with some friends. Before the ride got to the top, they heard a cable snap, looked up, and saw cables coming from all parts of the ride, whipping around and injuring their faces. This was only 20 feet off the ground. As the ride started to take them higher, they started seeing black smoke and smelling burned rubber. The girls all yelled, "Stop the ride!" repeatedly, cables all over them, even around their necks. When the girls landed on the ground, one of them smelled burning flesh. It was her severed feet. Her right foot was able to be reattached; however, her left leg had to be amputated. 

Skip to 00:50 for the news report and the girl describing exactly what she saw and what happened as the accident went down, which is much more disturbing than any live video footage could be.

Death by Raptor
Reason number one why you should always respect those "Restricted Area" signs at an amusement park: Cedar Point park-goer James Young, 45, died when he sneaked past a fenced-off area near the Raptor roller coaster at the Ohio theme park. He was hit by a speeding car on the ride while trying to retrieve his cell phone. Perhaps the second worst death-by-raptor imaginable.

Tragic Waterslide Death

Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab tragically fell to his death in 2016 while riding the Verruckt - a waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City billed as the tallest in the world. Witnesses said that Caleb's raft went airborne and hit the netting over the slide after coming down the first 168-ft tall slope at roughly 60 mph. Other riders had reported earlier that the slide's safety harnesses had not been working properly that day, although police and park officials did not say exactly how Caleb had died. Caleb was the son of Kansas State Rep. Scott Schwab, and was at the park with his family to celebrate "Elected Official Day."

Swing of Death
At a Chinese theme park, a high-flying swing ride came off its hinges, seriously injuring the many people who were riding it.

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<![CDATA[15 Terrifying Real-Life Kids That Belong in a Horror Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/13-real-life-kids-that-belong-in-a-horror-movie/kier-harris
Despite all of the ghosts and ghouls, murderers and lunatics, and vengeful spirits in horror films, time and time again, the most horrifying things in these movies are little kids. From The Exorcist, to The Shining, to newer movies like Orphan, sometimes the most horrifying things come in the smallest packages. But even some of these onscreen terrors pale in comparison to the horrific crimes committed by the following real-life children.
15 Terrifying Real-Life Kids That Belong in a Horror Movie,

Jesse Pomeroy


Jesse Pomeroy was born in 1860. Between the winter and fall of 1871 (when he was 11), he captured and tortured 4 younger boys. When he was caught, he was sent to a reform school, where he was supposed to stay until he was 21. He was let out early on good behavior after a year and a half.


Unfortunately, that was when he began to kill. When he was 14, Pomeroy kidnapped and killed a little girl. Shortly thereafter, he murdered a four year-old boy in such a gruesome way that he almost decapitated him.

When police found the victim and came to think of Pomeroy as a suspect, they questioned him. When asked if he killed the boy, his response was a cold, unfeeling “I suppose I did.”

Most people that heard about the case wanted the death penalty, and he was actually sentenced to hang. However, the governor refused to sign the death warrant, and Pomeroy's sentence was altered to life in prison and solitary confinement.


Mary Bell

“I murder so that I may come back.”

In May of 1968, the day before Mary Bell turned 11, she strangled a 4-year-old boy named Martin Brown in an abandoned house. A short time later, she and a 13 year-old friend broke into an orphanage and smashed the place up. They left notes that claimed responsibility for Brown’s murder, but the police just assumed that it was a prank.
That July, the pair kidnapped and murdered 3-year-old Brian Howe and left his body on a nearby wasteland - but not before Mary mutilated him and carved an “M” into his stomach. 
She was only convicted with two counts of manslaughter, both because of her young age and her psychiatric evaluation, in which she showed all the common signs of psychopathy. She was held until the age of 23 and then set free, which she remains to this day.

Eric Smith

"Instead of me being hurt, I was hurting someone else." 

In 1993, when he was 13 years old, Eric Smith brutally murdered four year-old Derrick Robie. The boy was walking from his house to a recreation program a block away when Smith grabbed and dragged him to a nearby wooded area. He beat Robie rocks, sodomized him with a stick, and kept mutilating and abusing his body once he was dead. It was one of the most heinous acts committed - let alone by a child - that the United States had ever seen. 
Smith is currently serving the maximum sentence for juvenile murderers, nine years to life in prison. He has been denied parole seven times since 2002, most recently in April 2014. One of the scariest details of the story is that everyone who has interviewed him since he committed the crime has said that they couldn't believe that they’re speaking with a murderer - he just seemed so normal and sincere.

Lionel Tate

At 12 years old, Lionel Tate became the youngest person to ever be sentenced to life without parole for the 1999 murder of a six year-old girl. The details of the murder remain murky, but his mother was babysitting the girl at the time. While his mother was upstairs, Lionel was downstairs with the girl, but soon ran up tell his mother that the girl was not breathing.
Tate claimed that he had just been trying wrestling moves he’d seen on TV and that the girl's death was an accident. However, details of his story directly contradicted physical evidence, and he was convicted of first degree murder.
In 2004, the conviction was overturned on the grounds that Tate did not receive a fair trial due to not really understanding his charges. He was released with 10 years of probation and a guilty plea to second degree murder, rather than first.
Just one year later, he was sent back to prison for an armed robbery against a pizza delivery man. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced a 10-year sentence and an additional 30-year sentence for violating his probation.

The First Graders of Winterberry Charter School
Three first graders Winterberry Charter School were questioned after teachers discovered their plan to poison a fellow classmate. The kids decided to put packets of silica gel (the kind you find in sealed food bags that help keep products fresh) into another student's lunch. They believed that the silica gel was poison because it says "do not consume" on the packages. Lucky for their classmate, another student overheard the plan and told a teacher. Oh, and silica gel isn't actually toxic.

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables

In 1993, these two 10 year-old boys did the unthinkable. When they saw three year-old James Bulger walking with his mother in the mall, they grabbed him and led him away. They did all sorts of terrifying things to him: beat him, threw bricks at him, piled stones on his head, sexually violated him with batteries... Then, when they finally killed him, they left Bulger's body on a set of train tracks to be cut in half. The poor boy had so many injuries that it could not be determined which was the cause of his death.

It’’s hard to imagine adults committing such a terrible crime, and yet Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were only 10 years old. They each, of course, blamed the other for the crimes and were eventually convicted. The were held for 8 years until their trial was deemed unfair. Then they were freed and granted lifetime anonymity so that they could not be tracked down by a vengeful public.

William York

 “All he alleged was that the child fouled the bed in which they lay together, that she was sulky, and that he did not like her.”

In 1748, at 10 years old, William York was imprisoned for the murder of five year-old Susan Mayhew. A newspaper at the time actually published the grisly details of the crime along with an illustration of the murder. 
York was convicted under a code of law that required the death penalty. It was warned that a failing to convict him could make other 10 year-old boys think that they could murder girls that they “did not like” and found “sulky."
But still, judges were not prepared to kill a small child, so they delayed the execution time after time until 1757. At that point, York was pardoned and admitted into the Royal Navy - which beats Great Britain’s old method of criminal disposal: dumping them in Australia.
Lorenzo Ferreira
In November 2015, Jaine Ferreira went into her backyard in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil to check on her 17-month-old son, Lorenzo. When she found him, he was covered in blood with a snake struggling to get free from his mouth. Terrified, the Jaine grabbed the toddler and rushed him to the hospital. But when doctors examined him, they found no injuries and no signs of poisoning. Apparently, Lorenzo had found the snake, bitten it, and killed it, all before it could hurt him. The snake turned out to be a jararaca, which is an Amazonian viper that happens to be one of the most venomous snakes in the Americas.

Barry Dale Loukaitis

“This sure beats the hell out of Algebra.”

One cold February afternoon in 1996, 15 year-old Barry Dale Loukaitis walked into his algebra classroom dressed like a Wild West gunslinger. He was armed to the teeth and opened fire on his classmates. He killed two students and his Algebra teacher, saying in the panic, “This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”

Loukaitis had planned to take one of the students hostage and to use him to get out of the school. Instead, a gym teacher heard the gunshots and offered to be the hostage when he stumbled upon the scene. The teacher then wrestled the gun from Loukaitis’s hands and subdued him until police arrived.

Loukaitis is currently serving two life sentences with an additional 205 years on top of that.
Jasmine Richardson

“Never has a person affected me so much. Always will there be something missing without you with me. My lawyer tells me we're legends, ha, closer to immortality it would seem.”

At age 12, Jasmine Richardson was tried and convicted of murdering her mother, father, and 8 year-old brother. Her parents had recently forbid her to see her 23 year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, so the couple hatched a plan. In 2006, the boyfriend - who told friends he was a 300 year-old werewolf - came over to her house, and the two of them murdered her family together. The parents were downstairs, and Steinke killed them. Then he called Richardson up to her brother’s room and made her stab him in the chest.

The couple fled to a town 100 miles away, but were quickly caught and put on trial. They sent letters back and forth while incarcerated that only focused on their own relationship and showed no remorse for their actions.

Steinke is now serving three concurrent life sentences (now under the name Jackson May) while Richardson is finishing up her sentence in a mental institution and is reportedly sorry for her crimes.

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<![CDATA[The 12 Most Ridiculous Costumed Criminals of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-10-most-ridiculous-costumed-criminals-of-all-time/benjamin-dunn
Sometimes it just isn't enough to commit a crime. Sometimes you want to do it with a little panache, a little style. These people have taken the art of law breaking to a new level. Whether it is a beloved children's character committing a heinous act, or death himself drunkenly stealing cell phones naked, these are the most ridiculous costumed criminals of all time.

Who are some of the most ridiculous costumed criminals of all time? What are criminal costumes? These people on this list will hopefully give you a guide of what not to wear if you're so dumb to commit a crime.
The 12 Most Ridiculous Costumed Criminals of All Time,

Captain America Arrested with Burrito in Pants
It seems to be that whenever you mix costumes and drinking that something unfortunate is going to happen to someone.

This was the case when a costume party full of medical professionals in Florida spilled out into the streets during a pub crawl.

A group of the party goers stopped at a local eatery when a doctor dressed as Captain America decided to make a few additions to his costume. He bought a burrito, shoved it down his tights, and proceeded to ask ladies in the restaurant to touch it. When they declined, he would remove the burrito and start groping them. This, by the way, must have been one resilient burrito. I can barely get one home without it spilling everywhere.

When the police arrived on the scene they could not differentiate the various costumed people, so they had to ask all the Captain Americas to exit the building to be interviewed.

The weirdest part is that there were that many Captain Americas present. To make things worse, he was caught trying to flush a joint down the toilet.

The burrito was later found in his boot and should probably be used for scientific research. They should make a space shuttle out of whatever this kind of burritos they're serving at this place.

Man in Darth Vader Costume Robs NY Bank
"You have failed me for the last time, Mrs. Johnson, now hand over the loot."

A man dressed as Darth Vader walked away with an unspecified amount of money from a bank in Setauket, New York in 2010.

A customer even thought it might have been joke and started joking around with Darth Vader as he was robbing the bank at gunpoint, not believing that this was actually happening.

This is all there really is to this story, although it is astounding that he wasn't caught. He's described as a 6 foot 2 man wearing a Darth Vader costume and running through city streets.

The force was apparently strong with him that day, and the police force was apparently off-duty.

The Stormtrooper Groper
27-year-old Dorothy MacSwoon was accused of sexually assaulting 10 NYU students over the course of two years. This doesn't sound like that many if you're out on a groping spree, but apparently something like 62% of college students have been molested or sexually harassed in some way on the NYU campus, so the sexually charged spree got some attention.

What makes these incidents more remarkable is that she carried them out while dressed as a Stormtrooper, a neo-facist officer of the Galactic Empire as depicted in the film series, Star Wars.

Now, this isn't the first time that there has been a story of someone dressing up and fondling people, but it is unique in the fact that it was a woman doing this, and also that she apparently had a website dedicated to Stormtrooper fetish photos. A WHOLE WEBSITE, OF SEXY STORMTROOPER PHOTOS.

An entire website that has, sadly, been taken down. Luckily, though, the Internet is riddled with stuff that is no longer available to humanity. Here are some prime examples:

Let's hope there are no nearby trees around, or she's a goner.

These are the sexually predatory legs you're looking for.

She's facing up to 15 years in jail and has a $400,000 fine to pay.


Man Dressed in Breathalyzer Costume Gets a DUI

I bet the blow function goes over really well at parties (in his mind)

This one wins the most ironic award for this list.

James Miller was arrested by Ohio police on Halloween night for a DUI, while dressed as a Breathalyzer. Miller was pulled over while driving the wrong way down a one-way street. The police found an open container and a few cases of beer in the car.

I can only hope that when he was asked if he could blow into the breathalyzer, Miller responded with, "I have been trying for years."

Gumby Tries to Rob a Convenience Store
Gumby is one of those characters that really doesn't get enough play these days. That's why it's good to see that he is not forgotten. At least not by one ambitious, idiotic criminal.

A man was caught on tape trying to rob a convenience store while dressed as the lovable rubber creation from our childhoods. At first the owner thought it was a joke, but then Gumby said he had a gun. This is terrifying. Imagine someone in a Gumby costume saying they can kill you at any moment. Not only would it ruin Gumby for you in the minutes before your death, but the bullet would likely come out of some random part of Gumby's body, given that there's no room to comfortably shoot someone in a Gumby costume.

Which brings me to the best part of the story: the guy got caught up in his Gumby costume trying to draw his gun, but could not get to it, to the extent that he got twisted in his costume and decided to leave. It was at this point that it seems he had second thoughts about the crime, as he left without anything more than spare change.

It seems that Gumby should have left the crimes to the real criminal experts:

Grim Reaper Goes on a Drunken Spree
We've all had those drunken nights out with friends that end strangely in ways that leave you with an emotional cocktail of a hangover and deep, grinding, unrelenting regret. That being said, Christopher Kelly of England, took it to a whole new level.

While out with friends one night, he got seperated from the group while stumbling on the beach. He also got separated from pieces of his clothing. Feeling cold and alone, Chris found an open window into the local city hall and ventured in for warmth.

This is where things got weird. Somewhere along the way he drunkenly soiled himself and threw out the messed underwear. He then went from room to room, taking photos with a camera that he had found as well as taking a cellphone to call his friends. He then found a Grim Reaper costume in one of the rooms, which he put on before leaving the building.

Once he left the city hall, he wandered down to the police station and waited for three hours for it to open. He turned himself in while still drunk.

He faced a six month conditional discharge after he admitted to having stolen from private property, trespassing, and public inebriation.

Criminal or hero?

Cow Lady a Public Nuisance
There must be something in the water in Ohio.

Police were called to an intersection where a woman was blocking traffic, chasing children, urinating in public, and causing a general nuisance, all while dressed as a cow.

The police initially sent her home charged only with disorderly conduct, but later they were recalled to the same area after a few hours for the same lady in the cow costume blocking traffic and scaring children.

She was given a one month prison sentence. This did not happen on Halloween.

Israeli Spider-Man Jumps on Tops of Cars, Swings Webs, Disrupts Peace
As much as we don't like to admit it, there are certain criminals that we have to admire, even if they've done something absolutely idiotic to get to where they are today. And the worst thing this guy really did was disrupt the peace, escape from the hospital, and start throwing ropes/lassos at people in traffic, and then jumping on the tops of cars.

Why did he do this, you ask? Nobody knows. Not even him. He told police that after being hit by a car and being taken to the hospital, he woke up wearing the costume with absolutely no recollection of where it came from. So what did he do in his disoriented state?

He got up and fought crime as the costumed hero himself, though "fighting crime" most likely meant lashing out at cars that he, at the time, saw as his "nemeses." 

The anonymous man was jumping on cars while swinging, what was described as, a homemade webline when the police got various calls to the traffic help hotline complaining about something that sounded unbelievable, until authorities showed up at the scene.

Spider-Man never gets along with the cops.

Man Dressed as Winnie the Pooh Mugs People with the Help of 3 Kids
You ever have one of those days?

You know, the type of day when you wake up cranky and the only thing that will make you feel better is to dress up like Winnie the Pooh and mug someone?

Tokyo resident, Masayuki Ishikawa, sure did. He was accused of beating and taking over 18,000 yen (roughly $235, or approximately 120 jars of hunny) from two men while dressed as the beloved storybook character.

When asked why he did it, Ishikawa stated, "I felt annoyed and wanted to terrify them."

Oh bother.

A more ridiculous fact, though, is that three kids helped him mug these people. Aged 15 to 16, they helped him terrify, assault, and rob innocent Japanese citizens. I mean, c'mon, if Winnie the Pooh asked you to help him mug someone, it's not like you wouldn't do it. You owe him.

I wonder if they made him touch his toes when they arrested him.

(Sidenote: yes, the picture you see above is an actual picture of Masayuki Ishikawa in the back of the cop car.)

Man Dressed as Hedgehog Makes Bomb Threat
Police shot a 25-year-old man in Baltimore after he showed up at a TV station claiming to strapped with a bomb. The suspect was wearing a "bomb" that was actually made out of a life vest with chocolate bars attached to it with wire. He was also wearing a hedgehog (or bear???) onesie over the contraption. When he ignored police requests, he was shot by a sniper and taken into custody.

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<![CDATA[The Saddest Television Deaths Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/saddest-television-deaths
Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.
The Saddest Television Deaths Ever,

Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers

Charlie Pace

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene

Tenth Doctor

Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

Hershel Greene

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<![CDATA[The Creepiest Things Ever Overheard by Random People on the Internet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-overheard/jacob-shelton

We’ve all been in some dingy bar, or in line at a fast food restaurant and heard someone say something that was really creepy. Whether it was an out on context statement about a blood transfusion, or something a little more invasive, when you hear these things your mind begins to wander and think up all new terrible situations to surround that statement. Some of the fine folks over on Reddit have shared some of the creepy things overheard while going about their daily life, and they gave us the creeps. If you think you can handle the terror of real life, continue reading this collection of scary things overheard in public.

It’s surprising what one can hear in public when they close their mouths and open their ears. It turns out that most people not only have a problem with volume control, but they also over-share an extreme amount. A lot of the stories on this collection of creepy things overheard in public have an overtly sexual vibe, which already makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Aside from the overheard snippets of overtly sexual conversations, the amount of violent fantasies that people share in public is mind-boggling. After reading these weird things that people overheard in public, you’re definitely going to second guess everything you say out loud.

Vote up the creepiest things overheard by people on the Internet. And if you’ve overheard something weird then tell us about it in the comments. 

The Creepiest Things Ever Overheard by Random People on the Internet,

She Just Turned 13

"About two years ago, I had traveled out of town to go visit a job site my company was contracted for and wanted to enjoy a nice treat: Steak ‘N Shake. I had just ordered my food and I suddenly begin overhearing the conversation taking place behind me. The voices sounded older… late 50s, maybe early 60s.

Man 1: Oh! I forgot to tell you I talked to Jenny [not exact name] the other day!

Man 2: Sweet! How’s she doing? How’s her daughter?

Man 1: She’s great, man. Her daughter is as beautiful as ever.

Man 2: Good deal. I remember her daughter used to be SMOKING hot. I wish I could [censored, for the sake of my sanity] before the school boys get to it!

Man 1: Oh, you and me both!

Man 2: How old is she now?

Man 1: She just turned 13."

Father Knows Best

"A father is talking about his two daughters age 6 and 9.

Him: Yeah she has a body like a boy now but once she gets older, I’m sure she’ll have a sexy body.

Everyone in the room: err

Him: Just like her mom, you know. I know if I was a boy their age that I would be trying to be really close friends with them."

The Curse of the Homeless Man at In-N-Out

"When I was at In-N-Out at 1am having your average post-drinking midnight meal, there was a homeless guy in the corner, quite dirty and obviously trying to subtly eat some leftovers someone left because he was hungry. Some drunk frat bros were making fun of him, telling him to go back to his hole and other insults. After a few minutes of this, the homeless guy got up, stood on his table, and literally put a curse on them. I forget his exact wording because the scene was so shocking and I couldn't believe what I was seeing/hearing, but it was something to the effect of 'I hereby curse you never to father healthy children and to die a painful death without love in the next year. You will be tortured by Satan for all eternity I swear it.' The employees called the cops and the homeless dude left."

Time to Put on Your Invisibility Cloak

"I use[d] to work at a Honda factory in Alabama and they get a lot of workers in from temp agencies, so you tend to get a lot of weird ones. As I'm walking back from my lunch break, I pass two guys and accidentally overhear, 'I just want to impregnate the first thing I see.' My only thoughts were, 'Don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact.'"

This Is Why You Shouldn't Learn Russian

"I speak a small amount of Russian. Not enough to get me through a conversation but after watching a bunch of videos and trying to learn the language, I can understand a fair amount more than I can speak. I was in Toronto walking down the road and there were two guys, Russian, sitting and talking in Russian at a table. I overheard 4 words. Dead, body, murder, and what was essentially dispose. I turned pale and got the f*ck out of there."

The Phantom Poop

"I heard a dude grunting in the stall next to me trying to poop but they were clearly phantom poops. Although, every time he farted he broke out into a hysterical laughter and would then return to grunting. The grunting got louder and louder until he just let out this epic GRUNT. Seriously, I thought he was sh*tting a boulder. I think the whole Student Union heard him. Anyway, after the huge grunt I heard the smallest 'plop' and all hell broke loose. He was cheering at this victory by banging on the side of the stall. Screaming with happiness. Between his screaming laughter he would yell, 'F*ck you poop! You can't control me!'"

Seriously, Call the Police

A guy I was standing near in the bar: “You know, the simple fact of the matter is, I could easily drug and rape any of these chicks. Most of them I wouldn't even have to drug, because I'm obviously stronger.”

His friend: “That's one hundred percent fact. Hell, I’d help if she turned out the be a fighter. You know that.”

I could pretend they were having a hypothetical discussion about women's safety issues, if it wasn't for that second guy’s reply.

The Mind Eraser

When I was a bartender, I could overhear quite a few conversations. The most unnerving came when I saw a man hand another man a small brown container with a white cap. I only overheard snippets:

“… won’t remember anything.”

“Even from what happened before. Total eraser.”

“… do it again and again.”

“…. get blackouts. You don’t know what kind of damage that does.”

“… pass out? I’m not a necrophiliac.”

“No, they participate all right…”

If You See Something, Say Something

"At Starbucks in a pretty affluent area. Two soccer moms are having a conversation about mom #1's 12 year old son molesting his sister who sounded close in age. It was graphic and detailed about what he did and what they were doing to stop it. They were talking in normal tones and not even being remotely secretive about this. No, I didn't call the cops. No one is going to believe a poor kid over rich soccer moms anyway."

TFW Your Roommates Want to Rape You

"I was sitting in my room quietly working on homework (I was in college at the time) and overheard two men (one of whom lived in the room next to me) calmly discussing the best way to rape me. It was 10am and they were already drinking beer. They were discussing tactics like drugging my food or drink, or physically overpowering me on my way to the bathroom, either very early or late when no one would be awake to hear me scream. They then started discussing the vile things they wanted to do, mostly involving torturing me in vicious and inventive ways."

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<![CDATA[Bizarre Smuggling Stories That Didn't Quite Work Out as Planned]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-smuggling-stories/jacob-shelton

If you’ve traveled internationally, you know the anxious feeling of passing through Customs and feeling like you are going to be busted for something. Maybe you brought in a weird fruit, or maybe you have twenty endangered birds shoved down your pants – we don’t know, we’re not here to judge. The smuggler stories that you’re about to read are full of people who tried to pull something past the authorities in the strangest possible way. From hiding drugs in fake food, to trying to pretend that a turtle was a sandwich, there’s no way to follow the obtuse logic of any of these decisions. Basically, whatever the opposite of Occam’s razor is, these weird smuggling stories are it. 

When a criminal has weird things and smuggles them in a weird way it almost seems like they’re trying to get caught. Why else would someone take the time to poorly craft 2,000 fake carrots, or everyone’s favorite gibberish speaking cartoon characters, Minions? The biggest take away from these weird smuggling stories is that there’s no good way to bring something illegal through airport security or across the border of another country. And the sillier your method is for hiding contraband the more likely it is that you’re going to be caught. Whether you’re doing some research for your next caper or you just like to read about dumb criminals, there’s a lot of fun to be had with these terrible smugglers. 

Bizarre Smuggling Stories That Didn't Quite Work Out as Planned,

These Stuffed Animals Aren't Quite What They Seem

Thanks to Tinder, more and more people are trying to get their hands on an eccentric animal for their profile picture, lest they live forever alone. In 2011, one smuggler decided that the best way to get his baby tiger, monkeys, bear, leopards, and panthers through customs from the United Arab Emirates to Thailand was to drug them for the six hour flight and bring them along in his carry-on luggage. Unfortunately for the smuggler, he was the focus of an undercover operation focused on stopping this exact thing, and when he landed in Bangkok the cops were waiting for him. 

The Canadian Mint Employee Who Smuggled Gold in His Butt

There are plenty of ways to move gold, but beginning in 2014 Leston Lawrence attempted to thwart the Canadian Mint's security by smuggling $140,000 worth of gold ($180,000 in Canadian dollars) in his butt. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a heads up about Lawrence's back door dealings by a bank teller who noticed the thief making an unusual amount of deposits at the Ottawa Gold Buyers store.

Smuggler Shoves Live Birds Down His Pants

Early on in 2016, a man was caught at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City trying to smuggle live birds to Taiwan by strapping them to his legs inside his pants and attempting to board an aircraft. He also had live birds inside his luggage, including 11 varieties listed as endangered species.

Since the illegal trade of wildlife is a huge problem, customs officials were on the lookout for smugglers. 

Man Tries to Smuggle Turtle onto a Plane in a KFC Sandwich

In August 2016, a traveler identified only by his surname, Li, was attempting to travel through China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on a China Southern Airlines flight to Beijing with his best friend - a turtle - hidden inside the bun of a KFC sandwich. Airport security noticed “odd protrusions” in the burger's wrapper in the X-ray scanner and squashed his attempt to take his buddy on the flight. According to The Telegraph, Li had to leave his turtle with a friend and take a later flight. 

Roofing Shingles Used to Smuggle Marijuana

There's no perfect method for smugglers who are trying to move product across the border, but roofing shingles seems like a bad idea from the start. In January 2016, a truck attempted to haul 288 marijuana-filled bundles of roofing shingles, totaling to 954 pounds, and adding up to a street value of $763,200 through the Mexican/American border at El Paso. That totally sounds like an idea that someone floated in the Cheech and Chong writer's room. 

Relaxed Human Tries to Smuggle Crystal Meth in Neck Pillow

In January, 2016 the most chill passenger on a flight from Hong Kong to New Zealand was arrested upon arrival when it was discovered that his two neck pillows were full of almost $1 million worth of crystal meth. According to officials in New Zealand, the crystal meth route from Hong Kong to New Zealand is fairly common as the drug fetches a heftier price in the Kiwi country. 

Drug Ring Attempts to Use Minions to Smuggle Cocaine

Everybody loves Minions: your mom, children, even drug smugglers. On August 4, 2015, a high-level drug smuggler named Albert Fortosa and his crew were busted when they mailed boxes of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Harlem hidden in gift boxes with none other than those adorable yellow ne'er do wells - Minions. The Minions? After the cocaine was intercepted, Fortosa and his gang received 71 different felony counts that run down the list of every drug dealing crime you can think of. 

Pills Smuggled Into School with Donuts

If there are two things that young people love, it would be donuts and breaking the law. On March 22, 2016, a couple of dufuses combined those two things when they attempted to smuggle narcotics into the Bordentown Regional High School in New Jersey. Brian Perry, a 21 year old, dropped off "lunch" for his friend Ilker Ceylan in the school's office, and as soon as he left school administrators went through the lunch bag and discovered a donut with six Xanax pills inside a sandwich bag stuffed in the center hole. What a lazy drug delivery. Police arrested and charged Perry and Ceylan with possession and intent to distribute.

Delta Worker Tries to Smuggle Cocaine in Fudge

The best laid plans of airline workers and men often go awry, you know? In September 2016, a 64 year old Delta Airlines worker was busted for trying to move a kilo of cocaine inside four packs of Tortuga chocolate rum fudge that he had stashed in his luggage. The suspect, Noel Llewellyn, told agents his sister-in-law was the one who packed the boxes of fudge.

Sharks Used to Smuggle Cocaine

There are drug smuggling attempts and then there are drug smuggling attempts. Plans that are so ludicrous that you would think a Bond villain was consulted somewhere during the planning stage. In 2009, Mexican police confiscated 20 frozen shark carcasses filled with slabs of cocaine that added up to more than one ton of nose candy. The people in charge of the shipment tried to pass off the cocaine as a "conserving agent" but after some tests there was no way to lie about what the police had found. 

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<![CDATA[The Strangest Things You've Done on Ambien]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-things-you-and-_39_ve-done-on-ambien/olivia-peterman
What are some of the strange things you've done on Ambien? Oh, come on, fess up now. We've all been there. Obviously no one should ever take an Ambien and then drive or do anything else that's potentially very, very dangerous. But some of us (ahem) have done some really freaky (and really funny) stuff while under the influence. That's what this list is about. Feel free to add any and all of the strange and hilarious things you've done on Ambien (that you can remember, of course).

The thing about Ambien is, people often don't remember what they've done until they see evidence of it. I'm sure at some point I'll remember making this list, for example. I hope so. Some of the funniest and strangest things I've heard of that people have done on Ambien often involve food. Inhibitions get lowered and the diet goes right out the window. The next day, people are faced with the evidence: Half-eaten apple cores (hey, at least that's healthy!), empty cans of Spaghetti-Os, candy bar wrappers, open jars of olives/pickles/whatever else was in the side shelf, peanut butter, you name it. The aftermath of an Ambien food binge can be alarming, and really messy.

Other bizarre things that some people (ahem) have done on Ambien include: watching horrible TV shows on Netflix, whole seasons of them, and then not remembering it until they see their "Recently Watched" lists, calling friends just to chat (in the middle of the night), downloading horrible books/movies/songs and certainly purchasing things on eBay. It really is like Christmas when the packages start arriving!

So yes, it's time to come clean about the strangest things you've ever done after you've taken an Ambien (or a Lunesta, or any other kind of sleep aid). Sleep doesn't count, though that's definitely what all of us *should* be doing instead of oh, I don't know, applying for jobs, signing up for self defense classes, doing our taxes and Facebooking our exes.
The Strangest Things You've Done on Ambien,

Ordered Crap on eBay
I once bought bobbleheads of every NFL QB I could find, because I couldn't remember my BFF's favorite team.
Taken a Shower in the Dark
Actually this was kind of neat, I think...
Baked Brownies at 2 A.M.

Facebook Messaged Exes
...and ex-frenemies, and former teachers, and that one kid I had a crush on in 7th grade...

Called Friends to Chat
...at 1 a.m., or later.
Eaten Everything in the Refrigerator
Well okay, not *everything* -- but everything on the second shelf
Mowed the Front Lawn at 3am Butt Naked.
The sprinkler system snapped me back into reality..

Applied for a Job
I wound up among the top 3 finalists, but I didn't land the gig.
Cleaned My Entire House

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<![CDATA[The Scariest Places That Really Exist Out There]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-real-places/stacie-hougland

Sure, we all know that creepy old haunted house in the neighborhood, that one street all the kids avoid, the friend’s attic nobody ever, ever dares explore. But around the world, some of the scariest places on Earth are real places you can visit - if you dare. (Unless you prefer to stay home and maybe visit Disneyland or the library or something. You know, like a normal person.)

Want some examples of these real haunted places in the world? Did you know there's a frightening forest in Japan where people go to kill themselves? Or that there's an entire city in the Ukraine that was abandoned because of a nuclear explosion? What about some cliffs in the Philippines where ACTUAL DEAD PEOPLE HANG? Or a massive hill of crosses that mysteriously keeps getting bigger… and bigger… and bigger?

Most people would traditionally avoid such scary places. But maybe you are that kind - the kind who seeks out churches made entirely of bones or abandoned mental hospitals and cemeteries the Devil supposedly visits on occasion. (You know who you are.) So if it does strike your fancy, you can choose to visit these most haunted real places in the world. Yes, these scary places really exist.



The Scariest Places That Really Exist Out There,

Imagine lush, green, lovely woods where you can hike, bird watch, observe native plants, and maybe come across a corpse or three? Known as the “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara is the site of some 50 to 100 suicides each year, mostly by hanging or sleeping pills. Volunteers sweep the forest once a year looking for bodies and cleaning up the belongings of the dead. On second thought, that camping trip doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun…
Capela dos Ossos
This monastic cemetery was built in the late 15th century for purely practical reasons: the monks were out of room for their deceased. Rather than bury the bones, however, the Franciscan monks decided to expose them as a way to remind everyone life is fleeting. And lest you forget that fact, the inscription above the entrance reads, "We, the bones that are here, await yours." C'mon in!
Catacombs of Paris
Ever taken a walking tour of the Notre Dame church? Did you know that 20 meters below your feet lay the remains of more than six million Parisians? Built in the late 18th century when traditional cemeteries posed a disease risk to the public, the long, bone-lined tunnels cover some 11,000 square miles.

Fun fact: In 2015, Airbnb held a competition offering two people the chance to stay in the Catacombs on Halloween night.

Danvers State Hospital
In the late 1880s, building giant insane asylums was all the rage. Danvers was one of the biggest, covering a whopping 197 acres and housing 2,500 patients who underwent early experiments with lobotomies and electroshock therapy. Its cemetery contains between 700 and 800 dead crazy people. Oh, and it was turned into apartments in 2008.

Ah, Italy... that tourist-luring land of beautiful architecture, delicious food, and islands 10 miles away from Venice that housed plague-ridden disease carriers and the mentally ill. It was here that a deranged doctor performed hideous experiments on the unwanted (like chiseling their brains). Half dirt, half human ash, the island is so macabre, the government doesn't want you visiting, and gondoliers sure don't want to take you there.

The Stanley Hotel
Sure, it looks inviting enough, nestled at the base of the Rockies there. But this hotel that Stephen King based The Shining on is a little more ominous than it looks. Many residents have heard strange bumps in the night, seen ghosts wandering its halls, and even had their beds made - while they were sleeping in them.

Bell Witch Cave
This place was so haunted, it even scared an American president away. Andrew Jackson had heard of the hauntings in Adams, Tennessee, and after spending a night there once, he vowed never to return. The Bell Witch supposedly set out to kill landowner John Bell and ruin his daughter's life in the mid-1800s. Legend has it that she accomplished both goals. Their house is gone, but the witch is said to haunt a cave on the property, and many still report frightening occurrences in the area.

The Island of Dolls, Mexico
Where childhood comes to die! The island's caretaker, Julian, supposedly found a little girl drowned in a canal with her doll floating nearby. He hung the doll in a tree in her honor, became obsessed with the mystery of who she was (whether real or made up in his head), and continued to hang dolls in tribute for 50 years until HE DIED WHERE SHE DID.

Want to take a leisurely stroll through a forest of beheaded baby dolls covered in spiderwebs who may or may not whisper to each other? Um, no thanks.

Leap Castle, Ireland
So you wanna visit a place whose most famous inhabitant is a gray leprosy victim whose rotting appearance is heralded by the disgusting stench of decomposing flesh? Look no further than this castle that was used as a fortress and tomb for various battling Irish clans whose leaders wouldn't hesitate to kill their own family if they were crossed.
The Dargavs (City of the Dead), Russia
Looks like a nice place to live, right? But kind of like Hotel California, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Out in the middle of nowhere in Russia (or North Ossetia, as it’s known) are these ancient crypts. Locals and tourists don’t visit, and nobody’s been buried there since the 16th century. The village even has its own watchtower... to look over the souls that can’t escape.

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<![CDATA[13 People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-almost-cheated-death/rydavis
These people managed the unthinkable: they cheated death. But then death cheated them back and they died anyway. If you've ever seen any of the Final Destination films, then you're familiar with all the horrific things that could ever happen to you involving everyday objects. And although the movie version is outrageous and over-the-top, freak accidents are a lot more common than you might think. In these cases, there are people who cheated death, and then there are the people who almost cheated death. And we're going to explore the latter results. In this list you'll find some crazy stories about some VERY unfortunate people who lived out their very own Final Destination.

These tragic stories feel almost unreal. They are indeed quite real, however. And that's what makes them so fascinating. There are so many instances in which people survived crazy accidents they probably shouldn't have only to perish in an equally insane incident shortly thereafter. The characters in Final Destination managed to escape their demise a handful of times, the people in these stories are not so lucky.

So without further ado, here's a roundup of people who escaped death, but died immediately after. 
13 People Who Escaped Death Then Died Immediately After,

Woman Avoid Club Fire, Dies in a Car Crash One Week Later
Jessica de Lima Rohl had spent weeks organizing a university party at a local Brazilian club. However, when her boyfriend asked her to stay in and skip the event, Rohl agreed at the last minute. This proved to be a lifesaving decision: 233 attendees were left dead after a fire broke out in the nightclub. Rohl was grateful to be alive, but only a week later she met her fate. Rohl and her boyfriend died in a freak car accident, colliding with an oncoming truck

Woman Awakes at Her Own Funeral, Dies from Shock
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov had been declared dead at 49 years old. Her family began the grieving process and arranged a funeral. The only problem was she wasn't actually dead... yet. At the memorial, as Mukhametzyanov was being prepared for a proper burial, she awoke to prayers. Realizing that she was now attending her own funeral, the woman bolted upright and screamed for help. She suffered a heart attack from the shock, which resulted in her death... for real this time. The woman was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed she was actually dead now.

Basketball Player Skips Plane Crash Only to Die in a Car Accident
In 1977, the entire University of Evansville Men's Basketball team died in a crash only 90 seconds after the plane took flight. All but one, that is. An ankle injured sidelined David Furr, so he skipped the flight which would ultimately kill all his teammates. Although the team had previously only ever traveled by bus, the coach requested they fly in style for this particular away game. Furr would only live another two weeks, when he and his younger brother were involved in a deadly drunk driving acciident that killed them both.
Soldier Escapes Swarm of Bees by Running Into Traffic, Gets Dead

Austin McGeough, a 21-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, was on his way back to base after some drinking and drugging, when he was killed by a car. Reports of McGeough's final hours are so confused they give an effect similar to what the young man himself must've been feeling after mixing Percocet with beer at a party near the base.  

The facts are: McGeough went to a party, mixed prescription drugs with alcohol and, on his way back to base, broke into a nursery, which he may have thought was either the party he had just left or the base. While in the nursery, he ate some leftover pizza and helped himself to the bathroom. Not long after leaving the nursery, he called 911, and also maybe his girlfriend, because he was being chased.

Chased by bees. 

To escape death-by-anthophila, McGeough ran to a nearby street. It's possible he was trying to kill two birds with one stone: hail a ride back to base, get away from his black and yellow friends. As a car approached, McGeough leaned into the road. The bumper clipped his knee, he spun around, smashed his head, and was killed. As the driver of the first car pulled over to help McGeough, two other cars ran over his body. 

Boy Who Survived a Tornado Gets Mauled by a Dog
Lynn Geiling opened her doors to a her little nephew and his family after they escaped a massive tornado in Oklahoma. The tornado did enormous damage, and the family left their son with Geiling while they dealt with the aftermath. According to police, the 5-year-old boy threw a tantrum while his parents were out. Geiling went to comfort him, but her 150 pound mastiff reacted aggressively and mauled the boy. Geiling screamed for help and tried to pry the dog's teeth away, but the boy sustained fatal injuries. The dog was euthanized following the attack.
Man Almost Drives Off Cliff Then Gets Hit by Bus
A California driver barely managed to escape a fall that would have almost certainly been fatal, very nearly plummeting off a cliff. The man lost control of his SUV on a windy Malibu road. When he crashed onto the mountainside's ledge, he was able to jump out of his vehicle onto the road. However, moments after abandoning his car, the man was struck and killed by an oncoming bus. 
Woman Who Survived 9/11 Dies in a Plane Crash Two Weeks Later
Hilda Yolanda Mayol had been working in a restaurant on the ground floor of the World Trade Center and managed to make it through September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, Mayol's luck didn't last long. Only two months later on a trip to the Dominican Republic, she died on American Airlines Flight 587, which it crashed in Queens, NY. At the time, many feared that the crash was a second terrorist attack, but the accident was attributed to the pilot's mishandling of the rudder controls during turbulence. 
Woman Survives Plane Crash, Gets Run Over by First Responders
After 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan somehow managed to survive the fiery plane crash of flight Asiana 214, at San Francisco Airport, she laid down only 30 feet from the crash site. Injured and waiting for help, Yuan remained in a fetal position. When first responders arrived to help, however, a fire truck ran over Yuan. City officials cited the chaos of the wreckage as the main factor, but Yuan's family sued the city for negligence.

Woman Who Escaped Mall Shooting Dies in Aurora Massacre
Jessica Redfield was an up-and-coming sports broadcaster from Denver with a bright future ahead of her. She died at the hands of the Aurora shooter, who entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight and open fired on the audience in 2012. Before Redfield was a victim of the devastating massacre, she had miraculously survived another shooting at a mall in Toronto only a month prior. Redfield managed to sneak out of the mall which was attacked in a shooting that left one dead and many injured. 
Marcus Garvey Has a Stroke After Reading Fake Obituary
Considered a trailblazer for the Black Nationalist movement, Marcus Garvey was a fierce Jamaican politician who advocated the return of those affected by the African diaspora. It came as no surprise to Garvey that he had many political opponents. However, the politician was shocked after coming across a fake obituary in the Chicago Defender. The obituary, which was incredibly negative and demeaning about Garvey's opinions, enraged the man so much that he suffered two strokes. So it appears his fake death caused his real death.

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