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Friday, March 30, 2018

dark side of fairytales

Dwarfs, fairies, giants, goblins, mermaids, witches, and princesses – what is so common about them?

Yes, they are our favorite fairy tales' characters. Fairy tales – who does not like them?

Every one of us has enjoyed our childhood by reading stories or watching movies about frogs that are kissed by princesses, wolves that huffed and puffed, and gingerbread men that ran away. Isn’t it amusing?

 But what if I told you that the Disney classics we grew up with are not really telling the whole story? What would be your reaction?  

Whether they're a creation of the Brothers Grimm or the dark, twisted mind of Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tales we know and love came from much darker original stories. 

Get ready because your childhood would be ruined!


1. Cinderella contained blood and mutilation

The story of Cinderella has the perfect recipe for a fairy tale romance - poor little girl, ugly sisters, fairy godmother, handsome prince, and of course, a lost slipper.

cinderella

Disney’s Version:

In a far away kingdom, there was a beautiful girl called Cinderella and she had a stepmother and two ugly step sisters who were very unkind. A special invitation arrived at Cinderella's house, inviting all young maidens to go in a royal ball. They did not allow Cinderella to attend the ball. But her fairy godmother came to help. She went to the ball and met the prince but has to escape before midnight and loses a slipper in her hurry. Then the prince takes the slipper and has young ladies in the entire kingdom to try it on to see if it fits. He finds Cinderella, whom it fits perfectly, and they live happily ever after.

cinderella

Original Version:

In Grimm Brothers version, when the prince arrives at Cinderella’s house, one sister cuts off her toes, and the other her heel in an effort to try to fit into the tiny slipper.  Of course, their plan does not work, and Cinderella gets the prince and a happy ending.

true story of cinderella

But still, the two sisters attend Cinderella's wedding, only to have their eyes later plucked out by crows and spend the rest of their lives as blind beggars.

true story of cinderella


2. Sleeping Beauty was raped

Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairy tale about a prince, princess, an evil witch and how good always triumphs over evil. 

sleeping beauty

Disney’s Version:

Once upon a time, there lived a king and a queen, who had no children for a long time. But at last, after many years, the queen had a daughter. The king and queen looked throughout the kingdom for fairies to be her godmothers but they forget to invite the evil fairy. Offended, the evil fairy cursed the princess and said that one day the princess would have her hand pricked by a needle on a spinning wheel and she would die.

Aurora

But a young fairy stood up and give her last gift, saying, instead of dying, she shall only fall into a deep sleep, which shall last a hundred years, and could only be awaken by a true love’s kiss. On the princess’ 16th birthday, she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle and succumbs to eternal sleep. Hundred years later, a brave prince rescues her with a kiss, and they both live happily ever after.

sleeping beauty

Original Version:

In the Giambattista Basile version, Aurora was raped by the prince and is not waken up with a sweet kiss, but with the birth of her twinsOne sucks her finger, eliminating the curse. Oh, I forgot to mention that the prince doesn’t kiss her here — he gets her pregnant and then leaves, because he’s married. The prince’s jealous wife kidnaps their children and orders the cook to kill them and feed them to the prince. The jealous queen also threatens to burn Aurora, but the prince has his wife burnt to death instead.

sleeping beauty was raped


3. Belle was devoured by the beast

The story of Beauty and the Beast tells us that outside appearance doesn't matter and beauty lies from within.

beauty and the beast

Disney’s Version:

A long time ago, a girl named Belle was dissatisfied with her village life. One day, her father traveled and asked what she wanted as a gift and she requested for a single rose. Her father arrived at the Beast’s castle looking for a rose.  The beast was a handsome prince that was cursed because of his arrogance.

beast

 Belle was kidnapped by the beast in exchange of her father and lived in a luxurious castle with talking utensils, until she discovered the monster’s inner beauty. In love, she kisses him and saves him from the spell that made him ugly, because physical beauty does matter.

beauty and the beast

Original Version:

In the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Belle convinced the Beast to let her visit her sisters for a week before their marriage. Upon seeing her covered in jewels and hearing about the luxurious life she has, the sisters persuaded Belle to stay longer, with the intention that her delay will drive the Beast mad. The Beast, angered by Belle, ends up eating her after the wedding.

beast ate belle


4. Snow White is not that kind as we thought

The tale of Snow White features one of the most fabulous baddies of all time in the form of the Wicked Queen, vainly peering into her mirror and asking – Who is the fairest of us all?

snow white and the seven dwarfs

Disney’s Version:

Snow White is a lonely princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked Queen. The Queen fears that Snow White's beauty surpasses her own, so she forces Snow White to work as a maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all". For several years the mirror always answered that the Queen was, pleasing her.

evil queen

One day, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart as a proof. For that reason she has to escape to the woods, where she ends up living with seven dwarfs. It is there that a wicked witch poisons her, the dwarfs attempt to avenge her, and the witch falls to her death. While she’s still asleep, a prince comes out of nowhere and revives Snow White, and of course they live happily ever.

snow white and prince charming

Original Version:

In the original ending of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it wasn't a quick tumble off of a cliff that ended the life of the Evil Queen but some sweet revenge acted out by Snow White herself.
After her Prince helped remove the poison apple from Snow White's throat, the two had their quickie wedding ceremony. The Evil Queen is invited, and not to be one to miss a good party, she attends. As an act of punishment, she is forced to wear hot iron shoes and dance until she died. Definitely not an ideal party favors.

dark side of snow white


5. The Little Mermaid will tell you that there is no such thing as ‘forever’

The Little Mermaid is about a mermaid princess who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. You will be transported to the magical underworld gardens of the mermaids.  It will tell you to go after your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem.

little mermaid

Disney’s Version:

Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with underwater life in her kingdom and is curious about the human world. She ignores the warnings of her father King Triton that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden.

little mermaid and king triton

On one of her visits to the surface, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human in exchange for Ariel's voice. Within these three days, Ariel must receive the "kiss of true love" from Eric. If Ariel gets Eric to kiss her, she will remain a human permanently; otherwise, she will transform back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula. 

ursula

Eric finds Ariel on the beach and takes her to his castle and eventually fall in love with her. However, Ursula has her own plans on Ariel in order to get revenge on her father.

prince eric

But Ursula did not succeed with her plans and was killed by Prince Eric. Realizing that Ariel truly loves Eric, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human and approves her marriage to Eric. Ariel and Eric marry on a ship and depart.

ariel

Original Version:

In the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, the little mermaid we all adore suffers a truly horrible fate.

As Ariel made the deal with Ursula, the witch cuts her tongue and stole her voice in exchange for the human legs. Also, the fin-splitting wasn't just a quick, glowing transformation from tail to legs. Consuming the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her body, she will bleed and every step she takes is like walking on broken glass.  

human ariel

If going through all of that wasn't bad enough, Eric ends up leaving her and marries another woman.
As a last resort, the witch tells Ariel that she must kill Eric so she can live on as a mermaid or she will face death. But she loves him too much. 

ursula and prince eric

The story ends with the Little Mermaid turning into a little patch of sea foam.

true ending of little mermaid


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

According to an old Viking belief, the island of Newfoundland, located in Canada, is surrounded by a sea full of monsters. Sounds absurd, right? But recently, a bizarre event might prove that this belief isn't totally absurd at all.

Scott Tanner, a fisherman from Nova Scotia, couldn't believe his eyes when he went fishing in Newfoundland and pulled up a mysterious creature which looks like it came out from ancient biology books.

Strange Creature Caught In Newfoundland, Believed To Be A Monster

The mysterious creature resembles a fish, but has long birdlike beak and shiny green eyes. It was caught in the fishing trawler off the coast of Newfoundland.

The other fishermen are all shocked by the unusual sight, but Tanner isn't convinced that the mysterious creature is a monster, saying that it bears resemblance to the deep-sea fish called long-nosed chimaera.

There is a possibility that Tanner is right, and the creature is indeed a chimaera. But catching a chimaera is not something to sneer about. These creatures can only be found between 660 and 6,560 feet below the surface.


The chimaera most likely died before it was pulled up to the surface by a net meant for catching cod, due to the pressure change. Although the questions surrounding the mysterious creature have mostly been answered, remember that 95% of the ocean is still unexplored. The sea monsters that the Vikings have warned us about are still there, waiting to be discovered.
Bronchitis is a respiratory illness wherein the mucus membrane of the bronchial passages inside the lungs becomes inflamed. The irritated membrane swells and grows thicker making the airways in the lungs become narrow. As a result, coughing spells that may be accompanied by phlegm and breathlessness follows.

Effective Remedy For Chronic Cough and Bronchitis


This homemade remedy is an effective treatment for chronic cough, bronchitis, and helps breathing become easier.

What You Will Need:

  • 250 ml of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ of a cup of baking soda

What You Will Do:

  1. First, boil the milk and let it cool down to 35 degrees centigrade. Add the butter, honey, baking soda, and yolk.
  2. Drink this remedy before going to bed for at least 5 days.

This next recipe will help cleanse the lungs and get rid of the deposited mucus.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What You Will Do:

  1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients and drink the resulting mixture.
  2. You should consume this beverage early in the morning on an empty stomach for at least 5 days.

If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

A woman in Poland met a horrible accident in her workplace. Beata's hand was caught in metal sheet rollers that were spinning 6 m/s. The skin of her arms peeled away in a single piece, leaving a dreadful sight, as it was left dangling by a strand of flesh. The doctor tried to save her arm using a bizarre medical procedure: a massive skin grafting through sewing her arm into her abdomen.


Viewers of sensitive nature are advised NOT to continue.

(The ff. videos were posted by Bizarre ER - www.youtube.com/user/OfficialBizarreER)





Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's a common knowledge that Victorian people had a strange fascination with death. In fact, their fascination was so strong that they believed they could communicate with the departed. Some mediums took advantage of this strange fad by taking people's money and offering them a false sense of comfort through seances. On the other hand, others tried to prove their so-called "abilities" through the practice of spirit photography.

The Disturbing Truth Behind Victorian Era's Spirit Photography

Spirit photography in its simplest form began to gain attention in Europe during the 1850s.

Spirit photographers used light tricks and film manipulation during the development process in order to make the photos look convincing. While the more skilled photographers inserted realistic faces of people's departed loved ones into the images.

The Disturbing Truth Behind Victorian Era's Spirit Photography

Spirit photography didn't reach America until the end of Civil War in 1865. It was pretty much exclusive in Europe before the post-war era. The grief-stricken Americans seek comfort in buying these photographs, although it's likely that they already knew the photos were fake. 

As the next century rolled in, Europe and America faced the conflicts of World War I. This resulted to more entrepreneurial opportunities for the spirit photographers.

The Disturbing Truth Behind Victorian Era's Spirit Photography

The popularity of spirit photography challenged its photographers to frequently change their techniques to avoid being exposed as frauds.

The Disturbing Truth Behind Victorian Era's Spirit Photography

It was already obvious to many people that the realistic faces in the photographs were bogus. 

That's when spirit photographers started using the 'ghost stamp' technique. With this technique, the photographers were able to manipulate the photos to look more authentic. And yes, people still bought it.


The Disturbing Truth Behind Victorian Era's Spirit Photography

By the end of 1920s, spirit photographers were already inferred as nothing but photo manipulators. When the Great Depression took place, the art of spirit photography became history.

If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and lived during the 1920s, you've probably wore this strange-looking device known as "The Isolator." This device was invented by Hugo Gernsback and was designed to help the sufferers improve their focus.

This Torture-Looking Device Was Used To Treat ADHD Symptoms During 1920s

The wearers were rendered deaf and pumped with oxygen from a tank. They could only see through the small openings in the helmet. This will allow them to focus solely on the task in front of them. It actually resembles a human version of horse-blinders.

People with ADHD show signs of inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. It can be an exhausting condition both to the sufferers and the people around them. Fortunately, breakthroughs in modern medicine now help combat its symptoms and pinpoint the problems. ADHD patients can now live fulfilling lives without having to wear the torture-like device.


Afterall, the said device wasn't successful in battling concentration problems. Hugo Gernsback's "The Isolator" sounded good in theory; however, it failed in real-life and had done more harm than good.
A lot of weird things can be found inside a human body. Just like the case of 26 year-old Yamini Karanam, who experienced something so bizarre, it was like a nightmare.

Yamini is a PhD student at Indiana University. She always had trouble in reading and struggled with listening comprehension, especially if multiple people were involved in a conversation.

Feeling that something was really off, Yamini decided to seek medical help.

Indian Woman Discovered Her Evil Twin Sister Inside Her Brain

The doctors initially didn't know the exact cause of Yamani's problem. They thought is was a brain tumor, so they performed a keyhole surgery in her brain. What the doctors discovered, after the surgery, was really shocking.

Within Yamani's brain was her "evil twin sister" which never developed - a tumor called teratoma.


This type of rare tumor have the appearance of an underdeveloped fetus. It usually has organ components like teeth, bones, hair; and in some cases, eyes, hands, feet, limbs, or torso were also present.

The young woman lightheartedly said that she'd been tortured by her "evil twin sister" in the past 26 years.

Dr. Hrayr Shahinian of the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles admitted that out of the 8,000 brain tumors he had encountered, Yamani's case was the second time he had come across such. 

The teratoma was removed from Yamani’s head, and her full recovery had been expected.


Monday, January 8, 2018

McDonald's foods have been the subject of numerous controversies over the past years. Lately, a really nasty speculation about McDonald's meat factory has been going around, leaving those who hear it aghast.

According to a controversial audio recording, McDonald's “100%” beef burgers aren't 100% beef at all. McDonald's been using meat fillers on the said burgers, including worms and human meat.\\

Beware: McDonald's Burgers May Contain Human Meat

Because of this, FDA inspectors investigated the matter and ended up at McDonald’s freezers in Oklahoma city. Unfortunately, what the inspectors found in the freezers proved the speculations to be true – there were human and horse meat, and some are already loaded in trucks ready to be delivered on the fast food chains.

Other restaurants were also inspected in the country and almost 90% of them have presence of human meat, while 65% have horse meat. “The worst part is that it’s not only human meat, it’s child meat. The body parts were found across the US factories and were deemed too small to be adult body parts. This is truly horrible,” says Lloyd Harrison, one of the FBI agents involved in the investigation.

Beware: McDonald's Burgers May Contain Human Meat

Cannibalism, the practice of consuming another individual of the same species as food, has been in existence for over thousands of years. Some tribes are still practicing it today, and sadly, it seems the modern society is into this ancient practice as well.

All of McDonald's facilities are under investigation, as authorities try to find answers to the befuddling questions: How long they've been using human meat in their products? Where did those human meat came from?

In the meantime, people are sure to avoid their restaurants.
A snake breeder, known as Mr. Huang, discovered a two-headed baby Chinese cobra on his farm in the abominable town of Yulin, Southern China. People's Daily Online reported that the mutant snake was able to stay alive even without drinking or eating. 

Two-Headed Chinese Cobra Discovered In The Infamous Town of Yulin

The snake's second head moved independently since both heads had their own brain. This resulted the two heads often trying to move in opposite directions. Sometimes, they would even attack and try to swallow each other.

Mr. Huang handed over the venomous Chinese cobra at Nanning Zoo, and hoped that it will live longer. However, a zookeeper at Nanning Zoo, named Li Keqi, said they cannot assure the survival of the snake.

Two-Headed Chinese Cobra Discovered In The Infamous Town of Yulin


According to Keqi: "The snake has been alive for 10 days now and has been with us for two, during which time it has already changed its skin once. But even though the snake is stable condition now, there is no way of telling whether it will be able to live on, as it still does not eat or drink water."

Two-Headed Chinese Cobra Discovered In The Infamous Town of Yulin

Polycephaly, or the condition of having two heads, is quite common among snakes. Although polycephalic snakes have short lifespan which usually lasts for only a few months, there was a two-headed rat snake which allegedly lived for 20 years.
In 1996, Russian police officers came across the body of a small creature in the town of Kyshtym, in the Chelyabinsk region. Due to its minute size and unearthly features, it was dubbed as the ‘Kyshtym alien’ by the media. When a local doctor performed an autopsy on the body, he found out it was neither human nor animal, and it might be a previously undiscovered life form.

Mummified Body Discovered In Russia Belongs To Extraterrestrial Race

Dr. Stanoslav Samoshkin, who was in charge of the anatomy department at the local hospital when the strange body was brought in for analysis, made the following conclusion after a thorough examination: 

"The creature was not by any means a human being. The human skull consists of six bones. The skull of that creature was made up of 4 bones. There were other differences in the skeleton structure. Those anomalies didn’t look like any congenital malformations known to date."

The mummified creature was almost 10 inches in length, had an enlarged and disfigured head, and its huge eye sockets occupied a lot of its face. It was presumed that the Kystym alien must have looked different from humans when it was alive. However, it greatly resembles another bizarre mummified body called Ata, who was found in the Atacama Desert in 2003.


The international media named the mummified creature — Uralian Alien. It became a sensation and people expected more stories to come. 

One story was about an old and illiterate woman named Tamara Prosvirina who found the small alien while it was alive. She discovered the tiny creature inside a tomb, she took it home, gave it the name 'Aleshenka', and nearly raised it like her own child. But the creature died when Prosvirina became very ill and couldn't take care of it anymore.

The exact origins of the Kyshtym alien were still unknown, nevertheless, it has been a very interesting discovery. Analyst and paranormal researcher Vadim Chernobrov had traveled from Moscow to study the body and determined through genetic analysis that it was definitely not human:

"No gene samples available at the laboratory match the gene. The experts in DNA research haven’t come across any creatures with such an elongated DNA molecule."


Unfortunately, because of the frenzy caused by the discovery, the mummified alien body suddenly disappeared, thus, making it impossible for other independent laboratories to perform further research on the Uralian Alien and confirm Chernobrov’s claims. Investigations were made but not completed; there were reports that the body must have been stolen from the hospital morgue where it was held.


Numerous attempts were made to recover the alien body, but all have been unsuccessful. Strangely, rumors about the mummified alien body being cursed started to spread. Series of fatal accidents and tragedies struck the researchers and people who were involved with the creature, including Prosvirina and Chernobrov. 

Verifying the truth on any of these accounts could be difficult due to lack of evidences. But the fact will still remain that twenty years ago, someone found a mummified body of an unearthly creature, which vanished without a trace.

Friday, January 5, 2018

"Health is Wealth" is one of the most important motto we should apply in our lives today. All those heaps of cash or pots of gold will be rendered useless if you won't be able to live long enough to enjoy them.

However, a Chinese family had taken this motto into another level. Miss Chen, 26 years old, and resident of Fuzhou in Fujian Province Southeast China, was forced to consume what would be one of the most outrageous breakfast ever.

Chinese Woman Forced To Eat Braised Mice By Her Own Mother For Nutrition Boost

Miss Chen's mother believes that consuming one mouse is equal to consuming three nutritious chickens. Therefore, she decided to prepare what she thought would be a healthful breakfast for her daughter who had been looking worn-out lately. 

On the breakfast table, Miss Chen thought that she was served with braised rabbit, only to find out that they were actually mice! She refused to eat them but her mother forced her to finish the 'highly nutritious' meal which will help her get back in shape.

In the end, Miss Chen shut her eyes and unwillingly ate all the braised mice before going to work and she felt sick all morning.


As weird as it may sound, mice are one of the 'Eight Treasured Delicacies' in Western Fujian, and dried mice jerky being the most popular. Locals believe that consuming rodents can treat hair loss.

But local experts think otherwise and warns the public against consumption of rodents. 

According to Miss Chen, teacher in School of Life and Science at Fujian University: "The small mammal can be the carrier of more than a dozen of germs and this might harm diners' health.