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5 Scariest Destinations Around The World

Are you an avid traveler and a scare enthusiast? Well do we have the perfect list for you.  We’ve compiled 5 freakishly haunting destinations around the world just in time to get your spook on this Halloween. These destinations aren’t just weird or morbid, they actually have a lot of history.

 

5. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland seems pretty normal from the outside. Like many castles though, it has a lot of history. It has been around for centuries since the early Middle Ages. It hosts dungeons and secret underground passageways. In the dungeons, many prisoners were often tortured to death here throughout the ages. As a result, ghosts and orbs are said to be wandering aimlessly around the castle for eternity. When the undergrounds tunnels were first discovered, it is said that a piper was used to traverse the extensive network while those above would track his movement through his sounds. Half way through, the music stopped and the piper was never to be found.

 

4. Island of the Dolls, Mexico

The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) seems too absurd to be real right? The reality is it does exist and on an a small island just south of Mexico city in the Xochimico canals. The story goes that over 50 years ago, a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera found the the body of a little girl in the canal. Her death was surrounded by mysterious circumstance and she was presumed to have drowned. A doll was found near her body and was presumably hers. Don Julian hung the doll on a tree to pay tribute to the girl. As the years progressed, he was moved by her spirit to hang more dolls along on the trees. After 50 years, he died in a similar manner as the girl. Locals say they have heard whispers from the dolls and have seen their eyes and heads move.

 

3. Chernobyl, Ukraine

Many of us are familiar with the catastrophic nuclear meltdown that occurred at Chernobyl in 1986 of the former USSR. The disaster left the surrounding area uninhabitable & abandoned (30 km exclusion zone) due to the nuclear fallout. Many people in the area acquired radiation induced cancers leading to painful deaths. Now it is eerily quiet with signs of a distant previous life. A graveyard of empty schools, hospitals, shops, and homes are now littered with decaying urban materials. The ghost town is said to now be haunted. Clean up crews have reported ghostly sightings and shadowy figures. In 1997, a nuclear physicist in Chernobyl named Andrei Kharsukhov reported the following:

 

“I stood by the entrance taking radiation and roentgen readings. I know no one could be inside the old reactor core, but I could hear very distinctly hear the sound of someone screaming for help, shouting that there was a fire inside.”

 

“The reactor door requires a password and a handprint, yet someone, or something was inside. Later that evening, as we were eating dinner outside the building by the river next to the plant, a flood light turned on in the room of the installation. There was no way anyone could be inside. As we ate we figured there was a power surge or something. Then just as my colleague said that, the light turned off.”

 

2. Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Aokigahara is also known as Suicide Forest. Since the 19th century, people in despair have been coming to the forest to kill themselves. However it didn’t become a popular spot for suicide until 1960 when a popular book was published that described a couple’s suicide in the forest. Corpses are often stumbled upon by hikers in this unforgiving topography. It is estimated that 100 suicides happen a year in Aokigahara now. The government has even put up signs in an attempt to deter people from killing themselves there. There have been stories of the spirits of the deceased living among the forest. It also doesn’t help that the forest is associated with demons (Oni) and ghosts (Yurei) in traditional Japanese folklore.

 

1. Catacombs, France

The Catacombs in Paris, France are quite well known for being as the world’s largest graveyard (6 million buried), which also happens to be underground of a major city. In the 18th century, cemeteries were overflowing with the dead. It was decided to bury the bodies underground in the catacombs. Even in the above ground cemeteries, bodies were exhumed and the bones placed in the catacombs. By the late 18th century, two meters of the burial ground was filled with the dead.

 

The catacomb network expands over 186 miles through winding and twisting passages. There have been stories of tourists getting lost and eventually dying in there. There also have been reports of skulls moving or talking and reports of being touched by invisible hands.

 

Have you been to any of these places? Let us know below!

 


 

 

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America’s Most Irresponsible Person is Nearing an End

Our search for America’s Most Irresponsible Person is almost over. You still have a chance of winning a new smartphone if you take our quiz below.

Even if you are irresponsible, it’s never too late to change. Below are some common household risks and precautions you can take to avoid future problems.

 

There are many easily-overlooked safety hazards that could threaten you and your home. One of these hidden dangers comes from our need to save space in our home. Many people plug as many cords into our outlets as possible as a way to create more space for other cords. This is necessary since we’re now such a digitally connected society. This is a big no-no! More than 13% of house fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical issues according to the National Fire Protection Association. This disaster is easily avoidable. Always unplug appliances and other plug-in electronics when they are not in use. Also avoid using too many power strips, this is another way that plugs can be overloaded.

 

Another common mistake that can have an impact on you is not properly protecting your home from burglars. It’s easy to forget to close your blinds and lock all doors and windows each time you leave the house but forgetting to do so can make your house an easy target for break-ins. Adding clearly visible signs and stickers to your home stating that you have a security system is a great way to deter thieves. Even if you don’t have a security system, stickers and signs that claim you do could be enough to scare away burglars.

 

Is your home a fire hazard? Do you forget to protect your home from crime? If you answered yes to either of these you might be America’s Most Irresponsible Person. Take our quiz to find see how irresponsible you are a for a chance to win a smartphone of your choice!

 


 

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Oh My Car! Top 8 Rental Car Fails

Rental cars are great for business trips and vacation excursions. Having a rental car mishap can leave you missing a client meeting or put a damper on your vacation. We compiled a list of 8 worst rental car fails. To protect yourself form such fails, there’s always rental car insurance.

 

Rental Car Fails

8. Getting Stuck

7. Potholes

6. Accidental Damage

5. Flat Tire

4. Break-In

3. Out of Gas

2. Car Collision

1. Car Breakdown

 


 

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iPhone 6s Features We Like The Most

So the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus have been out for a week now and the response has been pretty positive. People seem to love the offerings of the latest iPhone.  We played around with it this past week and here’s our take on the new iPhone 6s.

 

1. It’s fast. We were hesitant on the extent of the hardware improvements. Sure there’s a new cpu and gpu but how much faster will it be? It’s pretty fast.  App utilization, web surfing, mobile gaming, and more seem to respond quite nicely thanks to enhanced processing. Matter of fact, the iPhone 6s is so fast that there have been claims that is as fast as a MacBook.

2. 3D Touch. We weren’t sure how responsive or useful the 3D Touch would be, but so far we like it and think it is a nice new feature. It can save a little time here and there as you need to peek into apps, sports scores, and emails. It also lets use add shortcuts into your home icons, allowing you quick access to certain features within the app. Moreover, the pressure-sensitive nature allows developers to utilize this in some unique ways in the future. If you are a designer or artist, 3D touch also let’s you draw faint or darker lines depending on the pressure.

3. It’s sturdy. The new 7000 series aluminum casing and strong Ion-X Glass screen has made the iPhone 6s resistant to damage. The TechSmartt Youtube Channel demonstrated the resistance of the new iPhone with some drop tests. The glass screen on the iPhone 6s Plus actually survived a 10ft drop unscathed in their test.  Check it out below!

 


 

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Purchased the New iPhone 6s? Do These 4 Things Immediately

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You finally got it, that brand new iPhone 6s you’ve been drooling over since the big announcement. But there’s a few things you should do immediately, some of them even before taking your new baby out of the box – trust us, you don’t want to be the person going viral for dropping their brand-new phone one minute outside the store. Check out these four tips on what you should do immediately after purchasing a new smartphone.

 

1. Get a Case

iphone 6s case

Actually, we’re amending that statement: get a case – and make sure you put it on your new iPhone! A case can protect your phone against accidental damage from drops, falls and everyday life. Because who wants to use a phone with a cracked screen or one that can only be used on speaker?

 

2. Transfer your Data and Contacts

There’s nothing worse than realizing your new phone doesn’t have any of the important information, like photos or even more critical: contacts! Before you purchase a new smartphone, if you’re using the cloud, make sure it’s updated. Once you get the new phone, download all the information from the cloud. If you aren’t using the cloud, ask for the help of the sales associate at the store. They can help transfer all the critical information over to your new iPhone.

 

3. Connect to your Home WiFi

Once you get home, make sure you connect to your WiFi so that your phone automatically connects when you’re at home. This can help save money in the long run, as it reduces the amount of data you use. This is especially important if your data plan is limited – if you go over the amount of data you’re allowed, you run the risk of having to pay overage fees.

 

Connecting to a home WiFi network is important even if you have an unlimited data plan, because your home network is likely faster than your provider’s cellular network. And that means you can get email, surf the web, and check Instagram even quicker.

 

4. Get an iPhone 6s Protection Plan

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We saved the most important for last: purchasing iPhone 6s protection. Accidents happen and it’s more common than not to crack your phone screen or completely ruin it by dropping it in a puddle. But with a protection plan, you can get a replacement phone the very next day. And isn’t that better than finding yourself without a working phone, wondering how you’re going to call friends and family?

 


 

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