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Creepypasta Critique: Smile Dog

Posted in Animals, Creepypasta, Monsters, Narrations, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Smile Dog is sure to floss the flesh out of his teeth every day!

Who doesn’t love this deranged dog? I suppose those of us not haunted by him!

In any case, Smile Dog is a creepypasta staple, one of the very well known tales that serve as a great introduction to this internet-based genre. Those of you who are unfamiliar can read the entire pasta here, or you can listen to my own narration of Smile Dog on YouTube.

The basic plot starts with a young writer looking to interview a woman by the name of Mary E. to get a good story. However, their meeting proves disastrous as she becomes hysterical and refuses to talk at all. It seems as if the writer came out of there with nothing, but one day he receives a letter from the same woman some time after her untimely death.

The cause of her dismay is a peculiar picture she saw on the internet. One that when viewed will cause the terrible photo’s subject to harass the viewer until they ‘spread the word.’ That would be showing the same picture to others.

It’s an instant classic because of the story’s ability to tempt us with our innate curiosity. I’m certain there’s a little part of all of us that want to take a peek at Smile Dog’s picture. Just to see what it’s like, just to see if the curse is true. If it is, all we have to do to cure ourselves is to show the picture to someone else, right?

Smile Dog is also helped by Mary’s character, as she is an honorable woman who struggles with the moral implications of what passing this curse on to others could entail. Even though she does die, her efforts seem successful. She doesn’t spread the word to anyone else. In my personal opinion, she beat that damn dog! A bittersweet kind of victory.

I think this story continues to survive because Smile Dog requires one thing that the internet is all too familiar with: the ability to share and spread all types of information. So often stories, videos, chain letters, go viral and we’re all exposed to whatever the internet has to offer. Usually this is  a good thing for us; we can now quickly research different subjects or keep up with the latest news. The internet can help improve ourselves or at the very least (such as with silly cat videos) brighten our day.

However information can be harmful to us. You could find out over Facebook that your spouse is cheating on you. A terrorist could find directions on how to make a bomb. You could be completely misinformed by someone who is spreading false or inaccurate information. You could be cursed by viewing a picture a friend sent you.

Sharing information like this was harder to do when Mary was first affected by the picture, as the internet didn’t have the capabilities that it does now. But the author wants to pass the torch to his audience, so what kind of spread could we expect to see with the modern internet? The possibilities should fill you with dread. It does for me.

Perhaps it’s the reason why I’m spreading the word, so to speak. You might want to consider doing that too.

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Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Animation, Children, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Yet another week with no post. I’m sorry about that, but this week has been kicking me where the sun don’t shine. I intend next week to have some substantial posts again, but for now you’ll have to be content with another creepy video. Have a great weekend guys!

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2: The Horror Continues

Posted in Animals, Children, Haunted, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
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Out with the old, in with the new!

So you probably have already heard that a new Five Nights at Freddy’s game was released last Tuesday. I’m sure the internet has gone insane for it over the week. As for me, I was so happy to hear that this game was getting a sequel, especially so soon after the original. To tell you the truth, I was really surprised that the full version came out just after the release of the demo.

I’ve also written about the first game. You can read that post here.

In this particular installment many things are changing for Freddy and friends. It’s a new and improved Freddy’s Fazbear’s Pizza! A bigger location, and brand new robots to entertain children and adults alike. The future seems bright for the pizzeria and all who attend there.

However, we all know there is more to this family restaurant than meets the eye. Again, you take the role of a new night guard at the location and must protect yourself from the murderous tendencies of familiar foes and their new cohorts. Some new additions include a murderous puppet at the prize corner and a balloon boy that gets in the way.

Those interested in FNAF lore will be pleased to hear that the game expands on the tale, though not in the way one would expect. I’m not going to spoil it here for the uninitiated, but I plan on discussing it more in a different post. I will say these developments are both intriguing and imaginative. I really have to hand it to the developer!

You may be wondering about my own experience playing the game. I wish I could share more about that but sadly I cannot yet. Don’t worry! I did get the first game a while ago. I’ve just been busy with my new job and haven’t had the chance to finish it, but I will! I definitely plan on getting the second one as well. Perhaps I’ll take my experiences from both games and write about them here.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is available on Steam. I know I’m getting it, how about you?

Have a great week guys, and remember to stay scared!

 

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Nuclear Power, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Who’s up for some more from the lovely land of Chernobyl?

This video focuses on the basics of the nuclear accident and how it has affected wildlife. Many irradiated animals have migrated out of the exclusion zone and created problems – especially for hunters. What hunter so many miles away from Chernobyl would expect the boar or deer they caught to have come from such a long way?

I have to say that the folks filming this seem pretty immature for the most part, but they don’t ruin the experience. In any case, enjoy!

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Posted in Animals, Children, Ghosts, Memes, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
Don't take your kids here.

Don’t take your kids here.

So it seems that another indie game on Steam is going viral, and deservedly so! It takes our fears of creepy dolls and robots takes it to a new level. Made by Scott Games, this title feels like Slender: The Eight Pages on serious steroids.

Unfortunately I haven’t played this title yet, but I plan to do so soon! I’ve only seen gameplay through YouTube. Right now I’m recovering from surgery and I don’t want to put myself under any more stress than necessary. Scaring myself while on heavy painkillers probably isn’t a great idea. Perhaps I’ll write about my experiences with the game in the near future.

So here’s the gist: You are Mike Schmidt, the new night watchman at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza: a Chuck-e-Cheese style restaurant with cutesy animatronic entertainers – Freddy and his friends. You’re supposed to just sit in your office and keep an eye on the security cameras. The previous watchman leaves advice on how to get through the night and assures you everything will be alright. If only it was.

Something is terribly wrong with Freddy and the other robots. They wander the halls all night; always moving when you’re focused on another camera. Slowly making their way towards your little office. The Phone Guy explains if they find you, they’ll mistake you for a robotic exoskeleton, and stuff you into a spare bear suit full of animatronic gear, which would crush you to death.

In order to survive the night you must remain watchful of these robots, shutting the doors to the office when they get too close. Why not just shut the doors indefinitely, you ask? Well, the office doors, cameras, and lights all run on a limited amount of power. Apparently management is incredibly cheap these days, so if you use up the allotted amount everything shuts down and you’re left a sitting duck.

But there’s more to this story than a bunch of confused, murderous robots. The restaurant has a terrible past as well. Keen and persistent players will find old news clippings about a series of murdered children whose bodies were never found, reprimands for the ‘unsanitary’ conditions of the robotic characters, and the restaurant’s reputation fatally wounded. There’s really more of a supernatural issue here than one may realize.

While the established lore is a great story by itself, I’m still left wondering about Schmidt’s character. What kind of person would spend -not one, not two- but five nights risking their life, under threat of a horrible death by robotic children’s characters, all for $120? Is he that desperate for cash? Is he completely insane? Or perhaps there’s some other kind of explanation? If there’s going to be a sequel, I hope they expand on the protagonist’s motives.

Five Nights at Freddy’s is available on Steam for a reasonable price. I know I’ll be checking it out soon! How about you?

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Dangerous Diseases, Death, Film, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
Happy 4th of July everybody!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

This week’s video shows how humans die of rabies. Interesting to see, but please be advised if you’re easily disturbed; this is a real person dying. Enjoy the holiday, have a great weekend, and for the love of all that is holy please go see a doctor if you’re bitten by a wild animal!

Disturbing Sea Creatures

Posted in Animals, Monsters, Science, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Ever since I started learning how to swim, I’ve been on a bit of a water kick. In this short time I’ve visited a couple of aquariums, gone beach combing more often, and started watching ocean creature documentaries on the Discovery Channel when I get the chance. Granted, the goal of this blog isn’t to showcase to beauty of the ocean, so the only solution is to reveal that it can be a very scary place. Just as H.P. Lovecraft so clearly understood!

Below is a list of creatures that will make you stick to the shore this summer!

pelican-eelThe Umbrella Mouth Gulper Eel, or Pelican Eel – This disturbing looking creature is actually a deep-dwelling fish that fishermen occasionally drag up in their nets. It’s large mouth suggests that it’s able to swallow meals much bigger than itself, but inspected stomachs generally contain small crustaceans. It even has an organ on the end of it’s tail that can glow pink or red to lure prey. It lives in the temperate and tropical waters of all oceans at a depth of about 1,600 to 9,800 feet.

Anglerfish Anglerfish – It’s not enough that these little monstrosities live in the deep, deep sea luring smaller fish to their death, oh no! What’s really creepy is some anglerfish species practice a chilling form of parasitic reproduction. Males are born much smaller and underdeveloped than their female counterparts and cannot live for long on their own, so once they do find a female they bite down on her skin, releasing an enzyme that breaks tissues down and fuses them together at the blood vessel level. This is all to ensure that the female has an available mate when she is ready to spawn. Sounds lovely doesn’t it?

MolamolaMola Mola or Ocean Sunfish – This intimidating species is the heaviest boney fish known to man. It’s diet mostly consists of jellyfish, and lives in temperate to tropical ocean waters throughout the world. While not the scariest creature on the list, it’s odd shape and large size convinced me to include it.

 

Light-Fantastic-viperfish-7Viperfish – This genus of fish are well known for the needle-like teeth on their lower jaw, which gives them their ghastly appearance and makes them one of the fiercest predators in the ocean. These guys are thought to be able to live 30 to 40 years in deep temperate or tropical waters. Like the angler fish and the pelican eel, this fish has a light producing organ with which to lure prey.

 

ProboscusWormProboscis Worm or Nemertea – No, nobody spilled their intestines on the ocean floor, it’s just a phylum of invertebrates that happens to be named after a sea nymph from legend. Like many types of invertebrates, when this worm is cut or broken up the pieces will eventually grow into separate animals.

 

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Vampire Squid – The scientific name for this deep-sea creature literally means ‘vampire squid from Hell.’ Fortunately, it’s not literally a vampire; it was given that name due to the webbing between its tentacles which looks like a cloak, as well as its red or black coloring. This squid is able to live in waters with as little as 3% oxygen, a feat that few animals are able to do.

 

Basking Shark – Only second to the whale shark in terms of size, the basking shark has often been mistaken for the great white shark. Ovbiously from the picture, the basking shark has a distinct difference from it other shark kin. Even though that gaping maw is a jaw dropper, (sorry for the pun!) these guys are harmless to humans.

 

640px-Hapalochlaena_lunulata2Blue Ringed Octopus – As cute as this little guys are, they’re also one of the most venomous creatures in the sea. They’re mostly located in coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian oceans, and are fairly docile until provoked. The octopus’s venom consists primarily of a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin, which can cause major paralysis and respiratory failure. A human can die within minutes if not given immediate attention and there is no anitvenom; patients just have to be put on a ventilator and wait for the venom to leave their body.

 

blobfish1Blobfish – These fish may look pretty normal at a depth of 2000 to 3,900 feet, but bring one up to the surface and this is what you get. It’s often accidentally caught by bottom trawling nets, and there’s a concern that this fish may become an endangered species. This thing is so darn ugly it’s the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, a group dedicated to saving all the ugly animals that we humans tend to ignore.