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.
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.
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?)