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pretty fascinating article here from aeon magazine:

http://aeon.co/magazine/altered-states/creepypasta-is-how-the-internet-learns-our-fears/

let's discuss this phenomenon. i remember so many of these as a kid, pre-internet, and they were all about the woods around our houses, older kids, weird things on the radio, etc. But as this article points out, so many of the new ones transmute that "otherness" to the depths of the internet, technology, and the like. it's hard, perhaps being too old to grasp it as a part of growing up, to imagine the internet as a kind of place with back doors that go to scary/creepy places, and not just a bunch of nerds talking to each other.

ryan, Thursday, 9 January 2014 22:38 (eight years ago) link

it's hard, perhaps being too old to grasp it as a part of growing up, to imagine the internet as a kind of place with back doors that go to scary/creepy places.

some of the stuff i've accidentally stumbled across taught me there are some internet doors i should never open

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 January 2014 22:41 (eight years ago) link

/r/creepypasta is often dumb but often legit 'can't sleep now'

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 January 2014 22:43 (eight years ago) link

deepweb folklore

ronnie jotten (color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that), Thursday, 9 January 2014 23:39 (eight years ago) link

hey here's our friend

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 January 2014 23:50 (eight years ago) link

wat hoos r u token 2 m

ronnie jotten (color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that), Thursday, 9 January 2014 23:56 (eight years ago) link

ya bro

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:02 (eight years ago) link

i must say the slenderman thing he talks about in that article is sorta disappointing.

ryan, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:25 (eight years ago) link

tho the berwick louisiana monster ain't bad, a little too clearly faked perhaps:

http://www.geekosystem.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/deercammonster-550x412.jpg

ryan, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:35 (eight years ago) link

I read the Mario 64 one and it was just like, Goosebumps

, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:54 (eight years ago) link

I think I remember that one! Vaguely

ryan, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:55 (eight years ago) link

My mind is just creating narratives now but I wonder if the widespread availability of recording devices + the potential for the viewer to become the author, like, in, say, the Blair Witch Project, is underwriting this phenom

, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:56 (eight years ago) link

love this stuff though cataloging it on a wiki etc feels kinda unsporting

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 10 January 2014 00:59 (eight years ago) link

I discovered Normal Porn For Normal People and Suicide Mouse on a recent slog for creepy internet stuff. Decently spooky.

Succulent Shrimp Scampi! (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:03 (eight years ago) link

I remember looking around for Noseybonk online in the early 2000s, asking around on messageboards and finding very little. Now it appears he's a meme and a collective fear for people my age net-wide. I definitely remember having nightmares about him as a kid, or did I? Did someone else tell me they did and I just imagine I did? Hmmmmm...

An embarrassing doorman and garbage man (dog latin), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:05 (eight years ago) link

I've seen these kinds of links shared a lot on FB etc, mainstream creepypasta:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenlewis/the-creepiest-things-a-kid-has-said-about-an-imaginary-fr

, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:06 (eight years ago) link

I remember seeing Suicide Mouse at the time, and initially believing it was real I think!

In a similar vein to this is creepy stuff that *was* real but was pre internet so is remembered in foggy scary ways - the best example I can think of being the cable station hijack in the 80s with the completely freaky Max Headroom masked dude. *shudder*

the Bronski Review (Trayce), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:07 (eight years ago) link

there is obviously a lot of very legitimately disturbing shit on the internet, which i'm grateful for not encountering basically at all except for rare accidents. but it calms me to think that the word "creepypasta" is just so utterly fucking ludicrous

marcos, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:08 (eight years ago) link

i must say the slenderman thing he talks about in that article is sorta disappointing.

― ryan, Friday, January 10, 2014 12:25 AM (29 minutes ago)

Have you tried the Marble Hornets series? Certainly the first load of episodes I think are great.

emil.y, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:19 (eight years ago) link

I only discovered Suicide Mouse and Dead Bart fairly recently. Pretty good, but really not believable in any way.

emil.y, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:21 (eight years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/9AVoca2.jpg

Lol

, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:22 (eight years ago) link

i love creepypasta even if like 99% of 4chan creepypasta is only creepy if yr 8yo

Mordy , Friday, 10 January 2014 01:25 (eight years ago) link

i like the one about the guy who opens all these doors and shit gets progressively scarier - and the one where the guy rides the subway into the trans-dimensional rift and gets trapped on alien worlds for eternity

Mordy , Friday, 10 January 2014 01:27 (eight years ago) link

i read another good one recently too about cave exploration --

http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/

the best ones remind me a little of house of leaves

Mordy , Friday, 10 January 2014 01:28 (eight years ago) link

i feel like i need the origins of this stuff to be a little muddier older and vaguer than wanky internet teens if i'm gonna be able to get my frisson

Jargon Kinsman (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:35 (eight years ago) link

This thread made me remember a fan fiction story I read as a pre-teen about Barney the dinosaur

All I remember was that Barney was supposed to be a child-killer in the story and he had drums made out of human skin

Googled "barney the purple dinosaur drums human skin" and found it

http://de.jihad.net/lib/bull-dotb.txt

, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:37 (eight years ago) link

i too read that as a pre-teen - remember the whole anne frank prologue where barney gives her location to the nazis? and also something weird about baby bop and brood mothers?

Mordy , Friday, 10 January 2014 01:38 (eight years ago) link

this was like alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die stuff

Mordy , Friday, 10 January 2014 01:38 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I vaguely remember the anne frank stuff now that you mention it

, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:41 (eight years ago) link

Kind of hoping that this essay on creepypasta itself has a creepy ending

, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:46 (eight years ago) link

Creepypasta becomes depressing when you read one and find it implausible / not creepy because you know that much worse things happen in the real world

E.g.

You ever seen someone die on camera?
A snuff film is a recording of the actual murder of human being that is subsequently passed around for entertainment purposes. Suicides and accidents don’t count. According to the MPAA, the FCC, the FBI and the ever-lovin’ Snopes.com, there’s no such thing as a snuff film. Yes, this includes Faces of Death. Anything you think might count is faked, falsified, or not made for that purpose, such as those tasteless videos you find on shock sites.
This is a lie.
There are, as best as anyone can tell, between 30-40 snuff films floating around out there. The earliest is a silent film on decaying nitrate celluloid, simply titled La mort d’une fille, and bears the date of 1896.
The latest, judging by the hairstyles and the presence of a “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirt, was probably made in 1983 or 1984 and is on Betamax.
The films vary in violence, but they all include seemingly ritualized sex, followed by the slaying of a girl with dirty blonde hair and piercing blue eyes who appears to be around 19 years old.
Every film has the exact same girl in it.

, Friday, 10 January 2014 02:31 (eight years ago) link

Fallout 3 contains several in-game radio stations. The most diverse and important station is Galaxy New Radio. Many players of the evil persuasion know that you can kill Three Dog and he will be replaced by the technician Margaret. She is not a charismatic person and has very little it say, seeming to not enjoy her new announcing duties. She also never appears in person, and therefore cannot be killed. Once Three Dog is dead, you're stuck with Margaret.

What most players do NOT know is that under certain circumstances, GNR will become a "numbers station." A numbers station is a station that broadcasts an unusual coded message. Many of these exist in real life and some hypothesize that they are a nuclear retaliation control network. Simply check Wikipedia for more information about these odd broadcasts as they relate to the real world. Back to Fallout 3...

No one is really sure which actions are needed to hear the numbers station in Fallout 3. It appears that you must kill Three Dog, because no one has reported hearing the numbers station with him still alive. It also appears that you have to skip over the quest "Galaxy News Radio" where you help boost the signal so that the station can be broadcast further than just the immediate DC area. This is easy enough to do with either a speech check or simply using the FalloutWiki to look up where to go next and advance the main plot. Finally, you definitely have to destroy Raven Rock. This is the actual trigger to turn GNR into a numbers station, and it will remain such for the rest of the game. However, the vast majority of the players who perform these three actions still continue hearing the standard GNR broadcasts, so there must be several more requirements the community has yet to isolate.

If you're lucky enough to have hit upon the right set of circumstances, just after destroying Raven Rock, you will get the message, "Radio signal lost" and a few seconds later, "Radio signal found." You cannot, however, actually listen to GNR just yet because you didn't boost the signal and are out of range of the broadcast at the exit of Raven Rock. Luckily, Raven Rock is situated in the mountains and is right near one of the few places outside DC that you can get high enough to catch the signal. So far, the confirmed location to hear the GNR numbers signal are:

Within the immediate DC area obviously... this is true for the regular GNR throughout the game.
At the top of the ferris wheel at Point Lookout
On the tops of some of the satcom arrays you can climb in the northwestern map area.
On the roof of Tenpenny Tower, though this may be within normal broadcast range anyway. Feel free to playtest and get back to me on this.
On the highest point of the broken bridge around Arefu... again, may be within broadcast range anyway.
On some of the highest points of the mountain tops in the area near Raven Rock. This is obviously your easiest chance to first listen to the numbers station.
When you tune in, you will hear an old familiar voice... Three Dog, despite the fact that you killed him earlier. However, you will quickly notice that he does not seem to be "in character." So I guess it's not technically Three Dog, but just the voice actor, Erik Dellums. He reads a series of numbers in a monotone, depressed sounding voice. He always recites a list of single digits between 9 and 12 characters long. For example, "nine-three-seven-nine-one-seven-two-zero-three-four." He never uses a multi-digit number like "eleven" or "forty." These numbers are followed by widely varying lengths of Morse code. This is then followed by the song "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire". All other music tracks seem to be inactive on the numbers station.

The Morse code was the easiest part of the mystery to crack, as the code is widely available and many people actually know it by heart. We quickly had a list of a great number of messages in English. Some sounded completely mundane and even comical, such as "Washed the car today, maybe Chinese for dinner," or "Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts."

You may be saying, "But wait, YouTube doesn't exist in the Fallout universe," and you are right. As far as we could tell, all of the messages sounded like they were based in our reality somewhere near present day.

Some of the messages, however, are quite sinister, such as, "The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits," or "I can't believe they're actually done it. Not long left. The noise. I can't take the noise anymore. I have a pistol in the attic."

Just recently, a player on the wikiforums noticed a message that brought to light the meaning of the messages. He was reading a thread that collected all known messages, transposed from Morse to English, and saw the line, "one-two-zero-five-five-two-eight-two-zero-one-zero. What are you talkin' about? You'll be missed." He realized this referred to the recent death of Gary Coleman, and then quickly realized the numbers were the time and date of death. He immediately scanned through the messages to try and find more examples of this apparent future telling by a game that's more than a year old. The next message he read shocked him and pushed him to enlist the aid of the others to decipher the codes. The message was "nine-four-five-four-two-zero-two-zero-one-zero. Accident in the gulf, several dead. Oil spill apparently averted." He realized this was the BP explosion and the erroneous day-one assessment that the well was not leaking.

From this point on, all numbers will be transcribed as times and dates. All times were given in game in military format and remain so in this document.

Numerous members of the FalloutWiki message board began looking over the messages to see what else we could learn. We quickly found that most of the dates were after the game had been released, yet oddly some were from the past. "22:15 April 15, 1865 He's dead and blame will probably be placed on that actor, Booth. Johnson better not cheat me out of the payment." This shed new doubt on the official version of the Lincoln assassination.

As the community quickly started piling up interpretations of the messages, the mods of the site summarily banned everyone who had posted in, or even read the thread. All reference to the numbers station was removed from FalloutWiki and filtering software was put in place to prevent reposting of any relevant information. A few people, however, are trading emails and slowly finishing the translation of the remaining messages and putting dates to the existing ones.

"The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits." 4:2 March 19, 2014

"Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts." 24:16 December 24, 2012

"I can't believe Britney's actually won an Oscar!" 21:33 February 27, 2023

"I can't believe they've actually done it. Not long left. They were warned, but they just had to keep pushing the boundaries of science. The noise. I can't take the noise anymore. And the light, dear God! The Universe is slowly unraveling around us. I'm not going to wait for death. I have a pistol in the attic." This is actually the only message not preceded by a string of numbers.

It may be worth noting that the latest date on any of the messages is 1:27 July 6, 2027.

Mordy , Monday, 20 January 2014 03:58 (eight years ago) link

Numbers stations stuff is always cool

ryan, Monday, 20 January 2014 04:18 (eight years ago) link

^^^^

i have the new brutal HOOS if you want it (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:06 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

^Slenderman-related attempted tween murder.

how's life, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 12:57 (seven years ago) link

This story is very unsettling to me, partly because I used to live in that area of Wisconsin and partly because the idea of kids being *that* impressionable , having that tenuous of a grasp of reality, is terrifying. Maybe they're making it up as part of an insanity defense.

Treeship, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:36 (seven years ago) link

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51K08EMP17L.jpg except less whimsical

adam, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

There's no way two TWELVE YEAR OLDS saw some meme and thought it was real enough to commit murder, don't be such a pearl-clutcher, Treeship. Especially since the exact same internet that taught them about Slenderman has like wikipedia and snopes.

troy na'vi (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:39 (seven years ago) link

children being creepy and terrifying is pretty timeless, internet influenced or not.

ryan, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

like kids stop believing in Santa at age 7 or 8, i really doubt some junior high girls thought some scary doge wanted them to kill

troy na'vi (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

Maybe they're making it up as part of an insanity defense.

Treeship, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link

Is Whiney calling Treeship a pearl-clutcher sexist??

, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

Yeah i agree, Whiney. I work as an assistant teacher at a middle school and the kids I've dealt with seem to live in reality, for the most part, and have a degree of critical thinking skills. But the prospect that these kids were actually that "out there" in their thinking is still disturbing. The police etc seem to be treating that as a possibility.

Treeship, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link

Adults can get trapped inside their own heads and focus on something so much that it affects their perceptions of reality, so I don't see why it couldn't happen to a 12 year old.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:49 (seven years ago) link

how might these girls be different from other junior high girls

mikelovestfu (wins), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link

Beautiful creatures was one of the first things I thought of too even though it's different.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

Also, God that's a great movie.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link

An article I read really made it sound like one of the two was definitely the leader and the other sort of went along with it not thinking it would really happen until it was too late.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 5 June 2014 16:59 (seven years ago) link

enbb otm

goole, Thursday, 5 June 2014 17:01 (seven years ago) link

probably been fucking with the poll results, too

rip van wanko, Thursday, 6 August 2015 01:01 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

yes

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 21 August 2015 14:02 (six years ago) link

fuuuuuuuu

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/slender-man-stabbing.html

goole, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 02:27 (six years ago) link

oof, tough read

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:40 (six years ago) link

well, good to know my childhood roller-rink is still around.

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:37 (six years ago) link

finally, a positive angle on this tragic story

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:23 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Hmmmm.

http://imgur.com/a/WDwyW

pplains, Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:19 (six years ago) link

Alt link: https://storify.com/yomike/a-wild-weekend-in-florida

I don't know if I'm in the right thread, but it's the closest I've seen to that cave exploring thread from 2003.

pplains, Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:22 (six years ago) link

is cave exploring the one where the guy finds the camera in the woods? that one actually managed to terrify. internet was good for some scares.

balls, Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:59 (six years ago) link

Haha, how IN THE FUCK is this thing still online: http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/page1.html

pplains, Thursday, 29 October 2015 01:16 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/hO7cPDy.jpg

pplains, Thursday, 29 October 2015 01:17 (six years ago) link

good read

fetty wap, kombucha, where is max read (rip van wanko), Thursday, 29 October 2015 02:34 (six years ago) link

That zolarmoon thing blew up!

fetty wap, kombucha, where is max read (rip van wanko), Friday, 30 October 2015 18:16 (six years ago) link

Forks, nice find. The name / TB test thing is quite a coincidence ...

calstars, Friday, 30 October 2015 18:50 (six years ago) link

four months pass...
five months pass...

http://vengeanceact.tumblr.com/post/147874302922

, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:31 (five years ago) link

nice!

calstars, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:50 (five years ago) link

oh god

goole, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:41 (five years ago) link

haha

marcos, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 20:45 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/zr1HXQe.mp4

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 17 September 2016 17:07 (five years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/zr1HXQe.gifv

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 17 September 2016 17:08 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Has there been any discussion of the 'Channel Zero: Candle Cove' TV show anywhere on ilx? Just watched the first episode, thought it stood up quite well though wasn't as ~mindblowing~ as some critics seem to want it to be. Definitely the sort of thing I'd watch the whole series of, though.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 01:13 (five years ago) link

I don't remember which station, but I do remember it was on at a weird time, like 4:00 PM.

that sure is a weird time for a children's show to come on the tv right after school

andrew m., Wednesday, 2 November 2016 20:38 (five years ago) link

five months pass...
six months pass...

i love the jezebel creepypastas

, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:11 (four years ago) link

vaporpasta: a subgenre of electronic music concerned with copying and pasting together perverted renditions of other musical styles

calstars, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 01:09 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

My curiousity got the best of me after reading those descriptions of the Momo. Went AGh out loud when I found the picture.

Kinda like if the bathtub lady in The Shining had also been played by Shelly Duvall.

pplains, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 05:02 (three years ago) link

yikes you're not kidding.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 06:29 (three years ago) link

sounds completely fake to me

the late great, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 06:45 (three years ago) link

the whole story i mean

the pic is good and creepy though, isn't it?

the late great, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 06:45 (three years ago) link

did we ever talk about the 'mother horse eyes' / interface series creepypasta on ilx? read the whole thing a few weeks ago and i thought it was great

you can read the whole novella-length thing here: https://www.reddit.com/r/9M9H9E9/wiki/narrative

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:33 (three years ago) link

oh my, that *was* creepy, thank u

the late great, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:29 (three years ago) link

glad you liked it!

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:32 (three years ago) link

I dunno, I guess it's not as creepy when you grow up in a household where flesh interfaces and random segmentation are part of the fabric of everyday life.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:38 (three years ago) link

not all of us enjoyed your life of privilege, it's true

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:39 (three years ago) link

I got about 20 posts in and had been sort of enjoying it but then I couldn't buy it any more

imago, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:41 (three years ago) link

I guess it might pick up again, I'll persevere

imago, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:48 (three years ago) link

Do - it goes to other places. The more human bits, the addiction stuff and the fucked up children's story were the most impressive/disturbing for me.

Winner of the 2018 Great British Bae *cough* (ledge), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 08:20 (three years ago) link

yea I'm impressed by how far out it goes...I read it all like a year ago and a lot of it has stayed with me

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 11:22 (three years ago) link

I noticed my 5 yo named a ghost “momi” apropros of nothing an hour after I read the Momo thing above.

calstars, Monday, 17 September 2018 01:50 (three years ago) link

“Momo” means “peach” in Japanese for those who don’t know

calstars, Monday, 17 September 2018 01:51 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Long, but worth reading:

The Haunting of 657 Boulevard

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:00 (three years ago) link

audio on yt is here

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:36 (three years ago) link

creepy but mostly infuriating that some jackass LARPer can ruin a family's life w/ just some anonymous letters.

Mordy, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:39 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfu39l0kxg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 31 October 2020 22:56 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

LOOK AT WHAT SHE FOUND IN HER NYC APARTMENT pic.twitter.com/gmU3w5jRxU

— Chey the Shooter (@CheyMillz) March 4, 2021

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:12 (ten months ago) link


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