Topic: Something Awful

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: EverymanHYBRID

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: EverymanHYBRID

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a new series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

There’s an amateur fitness series on YouTube called EVERYMANHYBRID that isn’t really much of a fitness series. Created by the titular “EverymanHYBRID” (whatever that means) Vincent, “Nutritional Correspondent” Evan, and cameraman Jeff, it likes to call itself “your go-to guide for health on a budget.” But there’s something hiding behind this series– and you may not like what you find. More »

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: The Wyoming Incident

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: The Wyoming Incident

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

Hijacking is a frightening concept. Whether it’s an airplane getting hijacked by a person or a person getting hijacked by something else, the idea of losing control over something you thought you had complete control over has the power to terrify more than you might necessarily think possible. But terrify, it does. Have you ever heard of broadcast signal intrusion? It’s a real thing; it’s what happens when clever people manage to hack their way into radio, television… anything broadcasting a signal. Once they’ve taken over, the hackers can disseminate anything they like over a frequency that is not theirs to use. Naturally, you can see the problems inherent in such an intrusion. You can also probably see that this is the basis for this week’s tale, which we’ll call:

THE WYOMING INCIDENT More »

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: The Rake

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: The Rake

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a new series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

What is it about creature features that fire the imagination? Keep your fancy technology, your haunting soundtrack, your stunning special effects; what we come back to time and time again is the idea of the monster hiding under the bed, or lurking in the closet, waiting until we are at our most vulnerable to strike. The unseen is more effective than the seen for the simple reason that the unknown is scary. Then, when you finally DO get a first glimpse at the creature you thought couldn’t exist, it’s all the more chilling. This week, let’s visit a creature I like to call:

THE RAKE More »

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: Slender Man

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: Slender Man

We’ve all heard the stories: There was a killer upstairs! There was a killer in the backseat! They sold my kidney on the black market! And while once they may have frightened us, these days, no more. We are no strangers to urban legends; even the ones that have their roots in truth have lost their bite. They’re funny, maybe a little silly, but certainly not scary.

But here’s the thing about urban legends: They evolve. They find new forms. And when they reappear, they get scary all over again.

The modern age is a particularly interesting time for these sorts of tales. The ease of communication allows them to spread faster than ever, and now, they have not only words, but also images and videos to enhance their impact. The lines blur more easily between fact and fiction, and in some cases, being told a tale is no longer a passive experience– indeed, some may find themselves becoming part of the stories themselves. In this series, I’ll be bringing you a new tale each week. You may have heard of these tales, or you may not have; but odds are that even if you don’t think you believe in them, a tiny part of you does. Or wants to. Or simply can’t help it. So come on in. Draw up a chair. Have I got some stories for you.

WARNING: There’s a lot of creepy contained within, so consider yourselves warned and proceed at your own risk. More »

The Daily WTF: Sad We Missed The Rick Springfield Celebrity Cruise

The Daily WTF: Sad We Missed The Rick Springfield Celebrity Cruise

David Thorpe is a music critic and writer for the comedy site Something Awful. While doing some innocent research in the illustrious field of pop star cruise lines, David stumbled upon a treasure chest of Rick Springfield photos. Apparently Rick had his own cruise in 2009, and part of the package included a studio portrait with the musician. Something Awful has a whole gallery up and it’s pretty amazing — chock full of women who all wish that they were Jessie’s girl. More »