Thursday, June 27, 2013

6 Weird Fetishes (Part III)

This is part III of Weird Fetishes series and probably the last part, so if you haven't read Part I and Part II you should go check out some weirdness there.  Unless some people decide they get aroused by rubbing rocks on their eyeballs in the near future or others decide they want to invent some other new ways to get aroused I don't think I'm going to be writing about this subect soon.Along with Part I and II, I present you the next weird fetishes:

1. Furries - Yes, people who like to dress as animals and live that way. Yes, they exist and apparently  
they find humping to be sexually gratifying. Although some furries are interested in zoophilia, most of them are interested in other people being dressed as animals. The weird thing about them is the fact that they usually take on the persona of the animal they are portraying. While some people have the personality of a sheep, furries are definitely a lot more than that. Their "alternative" personality can be much more complex than must of us would think. There is also ursusagalmatophilia (more like sex with teddy bears) related to that, so go check it out on this cool website.

2. Symphorophilia –according to Wikipedia, in this paraphilia the sexual arousal hinges on staging
and watching a disaster, such as fire or traffic accident. The term was coined by J.Money who stated that this is a type of sacrificial paraphilia that culminates with a disaster. A lot of people who have this fetish are aroused by automobile crash. “For those members of the general public who have a touch of sadomasochism in them, disaster as an unrehearsed event is often a large part of the appeal of entertainment stunts and sports, from the circus to stock-car racing.”

3. Menophilia – menophilia is another weird fetish that involves women’s menstrual blood.  If your girlfriend’s name is Mary, I’ve got a name for your sexual encounters. It’s Bloody Mary, get it? Yes, I just made that high school joke, I don’t care.

Anyway, this fetish goes beyond your wildest imagination; it’s not like people just like having sex during that time of the month, but they also choose to gorge on their women’s tampons or maxi-pads. I'd probably pay money for that view. For further reading you should check out this webpage.

4.  Bugchasing - this is not just a fetish, it's a self harm behavior because people who are "bugchasing" purposely engage in sexual intercourse with HIV infected people. They are not the same as barebackers, who just prefer having sex without a condom. The psychology behind bugchasing is different as it may be due to self harm tendencies, the feeling that this practice is extremely erotic due to its taboo nature  or even a way for lonely and alienated people to be part of a community. 

5. Mechanophilia - I don't even know if this is bad or good. Designers such as Filippo Tommaso
Emilio Marinetti or Francis Picabia supposedly had this fetish, so having sex with cars should be accepted for the greater good? It is beyond me how a person would develop sexual interest for a car or something mechanical, but I've seen it, I've seen a couple of guys that were a tad too much into cars.

6. Oculolinctus - the art of licking eyeballs. No, not an art, just a fetish, and a pretty dangerous one too. If you've seen the news, you know that this practice has been spread among young people. I don't know where it comes from, but apparently it's the new "second base".

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Haunted Places: III Waverly Hills Sanatorium

I decided to continue the series of places that are considered haunted but my reasons for this are not to promote the spread of any paranormal thinking, but because I find it fascinating how people enjoy such activities and how this belief is formed in the collective mind. I will not analyze that here, but I will present another interesting "case" of a building considered haunted.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium didn’t start off as a creepy, death filled building, but as a lovingly made family home for Major Thomas H. Hays’ family who bought the land on which the Sanatorium is
situated in 1883.

Things changed quickly when The Board of Tuberculosis purchased the home as they needed more space due to the Tuberculosis epidemic that was tearing through Louisville in the first years of the 20th century.

With antibiotics not being invented yet, tuberculosis was a big deal, and when the epidemic hit its peak people would die just about every day at Waverly Hills. The seemingly continuous flow of bodies out of the Sanatorium put a damp on the patient’s spirits and didn’t do much to help the survival rate. So to avoid the uncomfortable sight, doctors decided to use a cart in the 500 feet long tunnel to wheel them out. The tunnel has supposedly seen close to 100,000 dead bodies during its lifetime thus earning it nicknames like “the death tunnel” or “body chute”.

Visitors of the abandoned Sanatorium say that weird noises and sometimes screams and moans can be heard within its walls. 

To make things even creepier the legends say that a young nurse hanged herself with a functioning light bulb wire after finding out she was pregnant out of wedlock with the owner’s child and had contracted tuberculosis. It’s said that she can still be seen sometimes in room 502, where she committed suicide. 

As antibiotics led to a quick fall in Tuberculosis cases, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium was sold and transformed into a geriatric center that cared to old sufferers of dementia. The center didn’t last long, as reports of improper care and sometimes out right neglect quickly condemned it. 

If suicide, tuberculosis sick ghosts, and dementia ridden old people aren’t creepy enough for you, please add that  recent owners wanted to convert the building into a prison while other wanted to build a 150 feet tall statue of Jesus. Both ideas fell through for lack of finances.

Current owners are holding haunted tours of the old Sanatorium trying to restore the building with the profits, however, I don’t know if new windows and fresh paint can cover demented tuberculosis zombie ghost death screams, still…  good luck with that!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Haunted Places: II Monte Cristo Homestead

According to Wikipedia, the Monte Cristo homestead is one of the most haunted places in Australia.
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It was constructed by a local pioneer named Christopher William Crawley in 1885 and it is literally the “mysterious house on the hill” being located on a hill in Junee, New South Wales. The house seem to have had a lot of ghostly residents but one of the most famous and most seen is Mrs. Crawley, especially since she was known to be a pretty harsh woman. Since she spent a lot of time in the Drawing Room and the Chapel she is always seen there, dressed in black and carrying a large silver cross. Also, her presence is felt like cold.

A maid fell from the balcony and the blood stained steps were cleaned and you can still see the colored stain from the bleach. There were also other deaths in this house, a woman dying giving birth and even Mr. Crawley himself died of blood poisoning. 

Footsteps have been heard walking through empty rooms, along the hall and down the stairs which is strange in itself. However, what is even stranger is that the steps sound as though the person is walking on hard wood or lino floors even though the entire house is now carpeted.

Different objects were seen moving around but also strange happenings hear the stairs. A baby fell from her nanny’s arms and down the stairs and it seems that young children become agitate near or around the staircase. 

Their website has stories about other gruesome deaths:

The Coach House/Stables was also the sleeping quarters for a stable boy named Morris, who was one day too ill to rise for work. The boss did not believe the boy, and set fire to his bedding. Unfortunately, Morris was too ill to escape and was burnt to death.

A mentally retarded man named Harold, the son of a housekeeper working at Monte Cristo, was kept locked in shackles in the Caretaker's Cottage for forty years. He was found curled up at the feet of his mothers dead body, and sent to a home for the insane where he died shortly afterwards.
The most recent death at Monte Cristo occurred in 1961 when caretaker Jackie Simpson was murdered by a local youth. After watching the movie Psycho several times, the boy made his way up to the grounds of the homestead with a rifle and shot the caretaker dead in his cottage. It is believed that he then scawled the words "DIE JACK HA HA" on the wooden door, a macabre inscription that can still be seen to this day.

So next time you find yourself in Australia and you want a bit of adrenaline, you can definitely visit the eerie Monte Cristo Homestead. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Haunted Places: I - Castle Stuart in Scotland

If you are planning your vacation for this summer and you really want something memorable, perhaps a trip to a haunted hotel or place might just give you that kick you need to go back to work (or be happy that you are safe at work, working). While I don’t really believe in ghosts, I find myself truly fascinated by these stories and places with such a rich history. 

Castle Stuart in Scotland

A beautiful castle in a magnificent country, Castle Stuart is not your average pretty castle fairy tale
castle stuart, haunted castle, haunted place, creepycastle. It used to be, but now there are ghosts there. It all began when 3rd Earl of Monray married Anne Gordon. One might think that this was a more than average marriage and love since his father was stabbed to death by her father. But love conquers all, they say, so they went off to live there. Some might even suggest the castle was built by the Stuarts to protect themselves from their crazy in-laws (since both previous Earl of Monray were killed), so next time you might be upset on your mother in law badmouthing you, think again.

The castle saw many horrible things: soon after being built it was attacked by the Clan McIntosh but they were paid by the Stuarts and they left them alone. However, twenty years later the Stuart king, Charles I, was beheaded at his London Palace of Whitehall. King Charles I and the Lords of Castle Stuart were descend from the Royal House of Albany, who were rulers of Scotland.
The castle was unfortunately left to ruin. 

In 1977 Stuart descendents bought and restored the castle as it was in 1625. 

Ghost story as it was found here.

During the 1930s repairs to the East Tower, John Cameron, one of the workmen stayed after other workers gone home to work some more. He tells how he was up on a ladder, working alone when he noticed some of the plaster looked different. He realized after tapping the wall this was where the doorway was to the sealed off wing of the castle. This raised his curiosity so that he stayed and continued working, needing to know what was behind the wall when he uncovered some steps. Then his chisel struck through into a void behind the wall. At that moment he heard a voice cry, No! in half a strangled wail.

His heart started to hammer, but he stood there, chisel in hand at the top of his ladder. He managed to convince himself that the voice was his imagination and he worked on. But then as he struck again, he was pushed full in the chest and fell backwards off the ladder.

The air was filled with a strange force and a fetid smell. He ran out of the building to where his car was. But as he stood there, breathing heavily, he knew he had to go back in; he’d left all of his tools there, including his torch and all the temporary electric lights were blazing. What would people think if he admitted he’d fled because of ghost? So, he went back in, wedging the door open. He’d left his car’s headlights on, pointing at the door so that when he switched out the castle’s lights, he wouldn’t be left in complete darkness. The castle was silent. Mr. Cameron soon found his tools, and his torch, broken as he’d dropped it or kicked it. He took a few breaths and then switched off the lights.

Instead of still being in the bright beams of the headlights, he found he was in utter darkness. In a panic, he felt his way, stumbling towards the door. It had closed, despite the wedge. Suddenly he felt icy fingers grab him and pull him back into the castle. His fear gave him strength and he pulled away, making it to the door and outside. He never entered the castle again.

On the same website we can also find some stories regarding a certain haunted room in the castle.
castle stuart, haunted room, ghost sighting

The room can be found on the top of the East Tower. Here’s the legend:

“One of the Earls of Moray came to live in Castle Stuart, but didn’t stay long. Though he didn’t see the ghost himself, he heard enough blood curdling noises to convince him he didn’t want to live at Castle Stuart.He offered a reward of 20 to any man who would stay the night in the castle and find out what was behind the haunting. Even though it was a hefty sum for most, no one was eager to take him up on his offer.

Needing to prove his castle was not haunted the Earl asked the minister at Petty Church if he would offer the reward. The minister finally got three other men to accept the challenge, a Shoemaker, a Church Elder and a Highlander who was known to be a very strong and brave man. The minister’s plan was for each of them to spend a night in the haunted room. They wouldn’t speak a word of what they saw until all four were together again afterwards. If their stories corroborated each other, then there was obviously something in the ghost story.

Each man would be locked in the room overnight and a couple of them in particular the Shoemaker, did not like that idea but took part when the minister pressured them.

The Minister was the first to stay the night. He fell asleep and dreamt that a gigantic blood splattered Highlander walked into the room and sat down next to him. He awoke with a start to find nobody there.

It was the Church Elder’s turn to stay the next night. He was sitting reading the Bible when the Highlander walked into the room. He just sat there paralyzed by his fright. The huge Highlander was standing right in front of him and behind him the Elder saw a the image of a skull face grinning back at him. The Highlander wanted to know what he was doing in the room, but the man was so terrified he couldn’t speak. This infuriated the Highlander so that he whipped out his dagger and lunged towards him at which point the Elder fainted dead away.
The story continues with more eerie elements:

Next it was the reluctant shoemaker’s turn to spent the night. He tried the locked door, then looked out the window but saw there was no escape that way - the drop was certain death.

So he sat by the fire and prayed. It was well past midnight when he silently watched in terror as the door knob turned. With his heart nearly beating out of his chest he could only stare wide eyed, shaking to the bone as the door slowly opened. In the doorway was a large dark shape that just stood there staring at him the shoemaker knew at once that this was the Devil himself. Watching in horror as the Devil walked towards him on cloven hooves and sat in the chair next to him. The Shoemaker sat there, rigid, hoping to die. Too scared to look the Devil’s way, he glanced at a mirror where he saw in its reflection, a skull face directly behind him. As he was desperately trying to convince himself that there was nothing in the room behind him, there was the sound of cloven hooves hitting the floor, when the Devil, all of a sudden, leaping out of his chair, just about scared the poor Shoemaker to death, he passed out cold.

The fourth night, it was the turn of Rob Angus. This big, kind highland man was afraid of nothing. With good humor he waved off the servant who was there to lock the room. The servant was an old drinking companion of Rob Angus and as he closed the door, he said he would see Rob in the morning Rob replied, You will find me as I am, or dead.

He was the last person to see Rob alive. The next morning he went up to the Tower to unlock the door and could not believe his eyes. The room was completely ransacked, everything was tossed about, with the furniture broken and the mirror in pieces and no sign of his friend Rob. Seeing that the window’s glass had been broken out the man ran to the window, as he looked out he saw Rob’s body lying twisted and broken on the ground below, with a look of horror frozen on his face.

The end...was told by a drover who’d been looking after his sheep late around the castle. About half past midnight, he’d heard the sound of a terrible struggle. He’d looked up at the window of the Haunted Room and by the light spilling out from it, he saw the body of a large man, explode through the glass, but even more so, when he looked up again at the window he saw the face of the Devil grinning down at him.”

So if you ever find yourself in Scotland, visit the Stuart Castle. Even if you don't find ghosts, you will be impressed with the beautiful view.
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