Posts Tagged: Horrible Things

How a Meme Becomes Myth

What could drive two 12-year-old girls to allegedly stab a friend in a methodical, premeditated fashion? If you take their word for it: Slender Man, a character conceived on an internet forum in 2009 and subsequently featured in countless amateur stories and a series of low-budget games. Here is the local paper's account: Both suspects explained the stabbing to police referencing their dedication to Slender Man, the character they discovered on a website called Creepypasta Wiki, which is devoted to horror stories.

Weier told police that Slender Man is the "leader" of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication.

Contrast that [...]


The Second Worst Supergroup Of All Time

I remember the first time I heard the term "supergroup." It was 1981 and my older brother Kevin, an avid Styx and Kansas fan, had just brought home a copy of a record with a blue sea monster on the cover. He was sitting on the end of his bed checking out the lyric sheet, the album jacket resting on his stonewashed jeans, and nodding his head along to "Heat of the Moment." He kept a badminton racket beside the stereo for occasions that demanded heavy riffing. And this was most assuredly one of those occasions.


Act of Valor: "The film has no politics in it and it’s not a war movie"

Here's a look inside the rationale behind the single most disgusting cultural event of the year! Yes, it's Act of Valor, the bloody shoot-em-up starring "real life Navy SEALs" (but only hot ones, and apparently mostly white ones) that is opening in a theater near you quite soon. This quote by one of the film's two directors (two!) is amazing: "The film has no politics in it and it’s not a war movie." Nope, how could such a thing be political??? Just Navy SEALS, stylizedly blowing stuff up to protect your homeland, hugging their little angel children, blowing down the doors of some Arab-looking dudes. On the plus side, [...]


Woman Escapes Execution In Laos For Horrible Reason

"A British woman who had been facing possible execution in Laos will escape the death sentence because she is pregnant." But wait-it gets much worse.


The Endless Drone War in Pakistan

"A group of Pakistanis met in Islamabad late last month to discuss the impact of U.S. drone strikes in their communities. One of the attendees was a 16-year-old boy named Tariq Aziz who had volunteered to learn photography to begin documenting drone strikes near his home. Within 72 hours of the meeting Aziz was killed in a U.S. drone strike. His 12-year-old cousin was also killed in the Oct. 31 attack." U.S. drones have killed 175 children. (via)