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  • Sinkhole campaign returns to Florida
    The Earth continued her campaign against the human race by opening sinkholes in Florida. That's sinkholes, plural, as in four of 'em. Four sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community in Florida, including one in front of a...
  • A sinkhole attacks the White House and metaphors collapse
    Gaia opened a new front in her campaign against human civilization, this time by striking at the United States government. A sinkhole has begun gnawing at the White House itself, or at least its lawn. As one reporter put it,...
  • Canada receives another severed foot
    The Canadian tradition of seeing severed human body parts wash up on various shores continued this month, as a shod but otherwise lonely foot appeared "on Gabriola Island in the strait of Georgia". A man was walking along the beach...
  • Earth rips open a giant hole under New Zealand
    A vast sinkhole opened under a New Zealand farm, extending Gaea's ruthless war against humanity. It's a big one: "The astonishing fissure is 656 feet long, 66 feet deep and 16 feet wide." At the bottom is soil dating back...
  • One example of Victorian Horror
    Dangerous Minds has a nice sketch of Frozen Charlottes, nineteenth-century dolls that, as they put it, "slept in coffins and were baked in cakes". The dolls cost a penny and were insanely popular—some being sold with their very own coffi...
  • Creepy social media follows
    An Instagram account is following people in a strange way. It only follows people named Paul Williams. Art experiment? "Terminator sent back in time to kill all Paul Williams(es)"? (thanks to Jesse "Not Paul Williams" Walker)
  • Posthuman, AI-generated creepy portraits of humans
    Robbie Barrat has taught an AI to create portraits of human beings, through which we can witness our posthuman doom: More: (thanks to Todd "Language Exchange" Bryant)
  • Gothic terror is always available for marketing, as Infocult's minions have long known. Today's example comes from a Babies R Us store in New York City. It's about to go out of business, so a window display reached for creepiness...
  • Social media bots and witchcraft: a new documentary
    "strange, invisible entities drifting through cyberspace..." A new documentary explores connections between bots and early modern witch trials. Heather Freeman compares bots to witches' familiars as mysterious tools, sneaky entities, and...
  • On the New York Cemetery Belt
    The New York Times took a stroll through the history of Cemetery Belt, a spot along the Brooklyn-Queens border that's unusually rich in dead people. There are more than a dozen cemeteries near the line separating the two boroughs, in...