August 25, 2022

Steak Knives & Spirits

For decades, unexpecting guests with reservations at the Keg Mansion, a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, have found their expensive dinner dates often interrupted by a sudden chill in the air– goosebumps prickling across their skin as the unsettling feeling of being watched by more than just their waiter takes hold. For some, a meal in this historic Torontonian building becomes hard to enjoy when the restless ghosts and spirits inside decide to invite themselves to dinner.

Once known as Euclid Hall, the Keg Mansion is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto but it wasn’t always a place that you could make Friday night reservations for: it was once a family home.

It would seem that the family has never left.

August 24, 2022

The Unliving Plague

Modern medicine and the ever evolving scientific discoveries of this age have brought about the answer to many questions concerning human anatomy and the incalculable number of diseases and ailments that can appear in the body. But despite the strides and accomplishments that have been made (as well as the old beliefs that have been debunked) there are still diseases that we don’t fully understand. 

Or, for that matter, know how to cure. 

Amongst these incurable ailments is a category of diseases that are unique in their cause. While many known illnesses have their root in bacteria, viruses, and microscopic parasites, this particular class of diseases results from the spontaneous folding of proteins in the brain. There is no live organism causing the illness, and with no pesky bug to blame we can only look to the natural proteins found on a cellular level.

So what happens when these proteins start to fold like infinitesimal origami pieces?

August 23, 2022

A Boulder Endeavor

Amongst the sprawling Last Chance mountain range and the hiking trails of the Cottonwood in Death Valley is a dry lakebed known as the Racetrack. This stretch of desert domain grows no vegetarian yet folks often venture out to witness the ongoing races that have given the area its name. 

No need to start your engines. You can leave your four wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles parked in the driveway; the contestants here require no automotive assistance as they sail about the track. The vehicles? A motley crew of hundreds of stones and boulders (some as heavy as 320 kilograms or 700 pounds) that seemingly move about the flattened desert region all on their own, leaving a trail of dust and dirt behind them.

They are known as the sailing stones of death valley

August 18, 2022

Hotel Hauntings

One of the first questions that often arises when planning a vacation or a work trip is: where are we going to stay? A themed vacation rental? A towering hotel with a rooftop pool? Maybe a roadside motel, but some are a little too reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to actually provide a good night’s sleep…

If you’re heading to Dallas, Texas,  the Adolphus Hotel might be one of your options. Its doors have been open to guests for over a century, with celebrities, former presidents, and even the Queen herself having spent a night or two under its roof. But despite all the glitz and glamour, there’s a dark and eerie history that starts right in the lobby. 

Would you spend the night in the haunted halls of the Adolphus?

August 17, 2022

Dear New Owner

Imagine someone handing you the keys to your dream home; a beautiful house in an idyllic little neighbourhood that you’ve just spent 1.3 million dollars on. You’re excited to move in, to bring your children, and to start the next chapter of your life amongst the other families on the street. Sure, there’s a few touch ups to be done but it’s nothing a few contractors and some helpful hands can’t take care of. Soon enough it’ll be the perfect home. 

But then a letter arrives in your mailbox, unaddressed and unsettling.

“Dearest new neighbor at 657 Boulevard. Allow me to welcome you to the neighborhood.”

August 17, 2022

 Edison’s Spirit Phone

Following the First World War, spiritualism and the study of the afterlife saw a surge in popularity as desperate families searched for ways to hold onto those taken from them. The war had left people with a sense of uncertainty and a fear of the future. It made sense that many turned to those who claimed they could reach a world beyond— and even make contact with the loved ones they had lost. Mediums and mystics emerged at all corners of society, offering to commune with the deceased. For a price, of course. 

Amongst those attempting this contact with those no longer living, emerged a man of science, someone you might’ve not expected to be associated with the study of the afterlife. Phonographs and lightbulbs sure, but what in the world did Thomas Edison have to do with the dead?

 August 16, 2022

Well, I rejoined Facebook, much to my chagrin. But I figured it was necessary to reach the most people.

August 16, 2022

Something in the Water

Despite making up seventy percent of the surface of our planet, much of the ocean is unknown to us. It is estimated that over eighty percent of the earth’s watery depths have yet to be explored by mankind. Really, it’s no wonder that there are so many stories about monsters lurking beneath the waves. 

But the untraversed waters are not the only places in the ocean where mysteries have confounded the human mind. Divers and explorers of the deep have often stumbled upon things they couldn’t immediately explain. I’m sure you’ve heard many stories of lost shipwrecks and giant squids, fantastical wonders of the sea– but a lesser known phenomenon of underwater crop circles discovered in the 1990s left scientists puzzled for years. 

Was there some sort of ritual happening on the ocean floor? Maybe. But not the kind you might be expecting.

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