Previously: The Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
In Stevens Point, Wisconsin, there’s a stretch of road that runs through the woods. It is unpaved, with little around it to recommend itself. But many will still often wander down it, curious to see whether the stories connected to it are true. It’s called Boy Scout Lane, and it is on this small, otherwise unremarkable stretch of road that a group of Boy Scouts some 20 years ago are believed to have lost their lives — and, it’s said, remain stuck, unable to “cross over” due to the unfortunate circumstances of their demise.
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Previously: “Extra Ketchup.”
Fairy tales are worth a closer look for the same reason that a lot of modern urban legends are — there’s often more going on there than just a gruesome tale meant to frighten children before bed. That’s the tack that “The Pied Piper” takes, examining the possible roots of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
The stained glass window mentioned in this story did, at one point, exist; so, too, does the Lueneburg Manuscript. In fact, most historians and theorists are in agreement that tale of the Pied Piper arose out of something traumatic that happened in Hamelin in the 13th century — something that resulted in the loss of the town’s entire population of children.
Exactly what happened, though… that, we don’t know. And what’s more, we probably never will.
And that’s the creepiest thing of all.
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Previously: Annabelle the Doll.
Type: CC (Corporeally Challenged)
Period/location of origin: 1937, Sonian Forest, Belgium; or, alternately, unknown year, the Internet. See: Additional notes.
Appearance: Subject appears to take the form of an oddly colored fog; modern accounts describe it as “greenish,” although it may also be gray, orange, or white. Small, shadowy figures may be seen darting through the fog, particularly by drivers of vehicles passing through the area, and small handprints may be seen briefly on car windows before they quickly fade away. The laughter of children may also be heard floating out from the mist. Targets sometimes report “something large” staring at them from within the fog — hence the name “Deogen” or “De Ogen,” Dutch for “The Eyes.”
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Previously: Williams Grove Amusement Park.
In the Changping District of China, some 20 miles outside of Beijing, the ruins of an abandoned castle once rose out of the desolate landscape. The castle was surrounded by the equally barren remains of a small medieval town — except, of course, neither the castle nor the town were ever real. They were what was left of Wonderland Amusement Park, the “Fake Disneyland” of China that died before it was ever fully alive.
Construction on Wonderland began sometime in the ‘90s, when the Thai-owned property developer the Reignwood Group announced its plan to build the largest amusement park in China. Seated across 120 acres, it outstripped Japan’s Tokyo Disneyland by five acres. Had it ever been finished, it still would have been dwarfed by the 176-acre Tokyo DisneySea, which opened in 2001, and 2005’s Hong Kong Disney, which covers 320 acres; at the time, though, it stood poised to become a top attraction… until the plan went south.
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