We’ve all had those “internet marathon” nights. You know, the ones spent exploring weird web pages, fascinating Wikipedia pages, and the depths of Youtube for hours at a time. Before you know it, the sun is up and you wonder why you didn’t just sleep.
Either way, one thing we can all agree on is that the internet is a gateway for users to access virtually limitless information.
That being said, there is a lot of WEIRD stuff out there.
For the past few years, my friends and I have gathered a collection of internet pages, articles, videos, groups, etc. that we found fascinatingly out of the ordinary. Here’s the thing: most of these sites are not very well known.
Therefore, I have decided to compile a list (along with links) of some of these strange, fascinating, bizarre, and eerie pages. Some of them are simply Wikipedia pages that not many people ever think to search for, while others are impossible to find without spending hours following internet rabbit trails.
I won’t go into any deep descriptions of them, so you’ll have to check ‘em out if you want to learn more. Remember, this list was made for you to spend an entire night on, but don’t blame me if you miss an important exam.
Anyway, here they are. Have fun!
- The SCP Foundation (Secure, Contain, Protect)
I had to mention this one right off the bat because it’s also one of the first sites I mention when anyone asks me for an interesting concept.
The SCP Foundation is a fictional facility whose agents secure and contain items, entities, locations, events, and even ideas that defy the natural laws of our universe. Each object contained is referred to as an SCP, followed by a number.
The site consists of specific instructions on how to contain the SCP, along with its description, records of any incidents it caused, and threat level.
There are literally thousands of SCP’s, so here’s a small list to get you started:
SCP-013: Cigarettes that, once smoked, make you believe that you are a specific lady.
SCP-173: One of the most popular SCP’s. Pretty much it’s a scary statue that, when in at least one person’s line of sight, is harmless, but rushes towards you if you break it. If it reaches you, it kills you.
SCP-1875: Probably one of the most unsettling ones I’ve read. It’s pretty much a sentient chess board with disturbing features (links at the end of the page will force you to turn on the lights).
SCP-426: A toaster that, for one reason or another, can only be referred to in the first person (no matter how hard you try).
SCP-005: Anyone who encounters this SCP forgets everything about it immediately, so literally everything else except that quality of it is unknown.
A survival horror game has been made from this concept. I’m not usually a fan of this genre of games, but this one legitimately freaked me out.
Plus, if you think you are able to contribute, you can submit your entries!
- Wikipedia descriptions for the following terms…
This one is hard to explain so I’ll cut to the chase. Go to Wikipedia and search the following words (or just follow the links below them):
Human (This one will make you feel like an alien studying humans)
Have a fun existential crisis!
- Future timeline
Future Timeline predicts events that may (or may not) happen in the future based on past and current global trends (environmental, social, political, technological, astronomical, etc.). The gap between each page can range from a decade to millions of years!
The timeline is both fascinating and unsettling, as it extends all the way out to the end of the universe.
That’s basically the gist of it. Simple, yet addicting. Plus, it links to some pretty cool photos and videos!
- Man After Man (PDF)
Have you ever wondered what evolutionist believe will be the fate of human kind? Author Dougal Dixon gives his own opinion in his book “Man After Man.”
This is by far one of the most interesting yet unsettling publications I have read. Not only did Dixon go into detail about it, but he had it ILLUSTRATED as well.
This book, which is available online as a PDF, is full of eerie depictions of the evolution, genetic separation, mechanical modification, and enslavement of man. Peppered throughout are illustrations of how such events change the appearance and genetics of humans. It’s a bit of a read but I don’t want to ruin anything by summing it up, so I’ll let you check it out.
- WWII Lobotomy Pamphlet
If you don’t know what a lobotomy is, look it up. If you do, keep reading.
After WWII, many soldiers returned home psychologically traumatized from the horrors they encountered. During that time, lobotomies (also called leukotomies) were considered a simple fix. Looking back, this may not have been the best idea, as it left many patients mentally impaired.
Lobotomies are illegal today, but seemed to be highly encouraged a few decades ago. The following link will take you to an image of the pamphlet issued to families of lobotomized veterans. Notice how nonchalant the tone feels as the lobotomies effects are listed.
- Nuclear EAS Simulators
Before I go on, I must warn readers that this can be emotionally disturbing. If you have a strong fear of nuclear exchange, I do not recommend researching this.
Youtube is full of all kinds of videos, but Nuclear EAS Simulators are like nothing I’ve ever seen (and hopefully will not have to see outside of Youtube).
The EAS (Emergency Alert System) is that unsettling emergency notification (or test of one) that pops up in the middle of your TV or radio show. Usually, we see then before a severe storm or Amber Alert. However, in the event of a nuclear exchange, the same system will be used to alert us. Thankfully, no such broadcast has been relayed so far, but it could happen.
The following links are some of my favorite Nuclear EAS Simulators. Again, these are INSANELY REALISTIC, so exercise discretion.
- Real Nuclear Blast Noise
While we’re still on the topic, why not learn how to identify the sound of such a blast? You know, besides the sirens and people complaining about it. Ugghh…
Most movies depicting a nuclear blast have “corrected” the audio so that it not only occurs right as the blast becomes visible, but also lingers as the cloud rises. Apperantly, this isn’t how it really is.
This video contains raw footage of an atomic test. No audio or video editing. Just 100% nuclear fission. Pretty fascinating if you ignore its devastating potential.
- Droll Pranks for Rich Boys
We’ll take a break from the disturbing content for a minute and talk about Droll Pranks for Rich Boys!
Droll Pranks for Rich Boys describes itself as “The Wealthy Young Gentleman’s Guide To Horseplay.” Basically, it is a collection of prank ideas for pampered young men who come from old money, usually taking place in a country club-type environment.
Here are some examples:
“Board another fellow’s sailboat and replace each bowline knot with a round hitch. His frustration at the regatta will be a cause for levity!”
“When another fellow’s ear is vulnerable, introduce him to your friend ‘Wet’ William.”
“Put a kink in another fellow’s weathervane. The poor chap will part his hair to the east, oblivious to the prevailing westerly winds.”
This site gets me every time.
There is really nothing complex about this site at all. It’s basically just a page that plays a short video clip (most of them odd), finishes, and then automatically plays another random clip. You can change the video by simply clicking.
If you’re one of those people who likes to leave a screen playing in the background for ambiance, this site is perfect for you. (Keep in mind that it only works on actual desktop devices).
1o. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice website provides citizens with a plentiful amount of information on their services, including who they put to death. That right. Information on both future and past executions are readily available to everyone. Photos, crime data, and last words make this website one of the most depressing in my opinion. I don’t have much else to say about this site. The last statements from inmates speak for themselves.
That’s it for this list. I have many more sites that I can include, but start with these for now.
Know of a web page that you think should be on the list? Post a link in the comments. Maybe it’ll be on the next one.