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Get Creeped Out! 20 Spooky Facts for Halloween

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Get Creeped Out! 20 Spooky Facts for Halloween

October and Halloween are upon us once again and as a zero-calorie trick-or treat please enjoy this quirky list of all things creepy, crawly, bizarre and macabre.

 

Did you know…..

When you are outside, you are usually within six feet of a spider! Worldwide, there are 30,000 species of these eight-legged creepy-crawlies.

In Berlin, Germany there is a hotel where you can sleep in a coffin. Unlike the Hotel California, you are allowed to leave in the morning.

Horned lizards can shoot blood out of their eyes. When threatened, they first blow themselves up to twice their size and then, if they still feel threatened, they shoot blood from their eyes up to distances of three feet.

In New Zealand, two glass vials that looked empty sold for about $2000. Why? Inside the vials were supposedly ghosts.

Would you spend $2000 on a vial with a ghost inside?

Black cats are good luck in England and are given as wedding presents in Japan.

There really are people who consider themselves vampires – and they really do dress in black, roam the nightscape and drink human blood.

Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

How much does the above picture scare you? If you can hardly look, you may be odontophobic.

Some medical historians have connected the dots between the concept of vampires with rabies outbreaks. People suffering from rabies are often sensitive to light and  they are inclined to bite other people.

In the past when medicine was not as advanced as it is today, many people were actually buried alive. During the plague in 17th century Europe, for example, historical records indicate at least 149 people presumed dead were buried alive.

The fear of being buried alive is called taphephobia. (Is anyone not taphephobic?)

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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8:59PM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Don't like spiders, don't know if i believe in Vampires, not afraid of being buried alive.
Like Stephen King, Horror movies, Haunted Houses.
Happy Halloween to all.

1:59PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

now that Halloween is over can we put this post away for a year and next year have a different, less weird, picture as the header....please and thanks.....

8:43AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

awesome facts! love it

4:06PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thanks.

10:09AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Great factoids for tonight`s halloween party!

6:14AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

I wanna live in Goblintown!

2:35PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Here are a couple more.

The 19th century French actress Sarah Bernhart actually did sleep in a coffin regularly. As a child she was sickly and not expected to live to adulthood, so she asked her mother for a coffin so she could 'practice' being dead. If she felt particularly close to someone, that person might receive a photograph of Sarah in her coffin. In the 1890s' she also had a rather glorious bat-shaped hat that she wore often.

Once upon a time it was common to have portraits painted of the recently dead. Often it was the only existing image of the person in question. As photography became available, the practice continued in a new format for some decades. Queen Victoria is known to have had an extensive collection of these photos.

6:09PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Coming soon - a new post I wrote about people who swear they are REAL VAMPIRES. Included will be recipes by and for vampires. Spoiler alert - they contain a lot of blood.

8:03PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

@ Lisa - Just curious...why would you daughter love to sleep in a coffin?!

7:29PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Interesting that so many people believe in ghosts.

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