In 1997, popular children’s television show Teletubbies released a short sketch entitled The Lion and Bear. It is one of seven “magical events” featured on the pre-school show, but it received a huge backlash.
Thousands of parents complained about the sketch, which features lifeless cardboard cutouts of a lion and a bear chasing each other accompanied by sinister music, being too scary. People even wanted compensation for sleepless nights, as children were too afraid to go to sleep in case they were chased by the figures. The feature was eventually banned from TV in four different countries, while many other countries resorted to replacing the music with a much jollier theme. Interestingly, recordings of the original scene were reportedly taken down by Youtube, making an unedited version hard to find.
Two Chinese philanthropists have created a “death simulator” allowing willing participants to experience cremation.
Samadhi Game, located in a corner of the Window of the World amusement
park in Shenzhen, opened in September 2014 and for roughly £26 simulates
players’ deaths by placing them in a coffin and then transporting them
to the incinerator.
Once inside, players are then blasted by hot
air (up to 40C) and light to create an “authentic experience of
burning,” according to its creators, Huange Weiping and Ding Rui.
the “burning” is over, volunteers see a womb projected on the ceiling
and must crawl until they reach a large, white padded area – supposedly
representing a womb – where they are “reborn”.
Approximately 50 per cent of Chinese elect for cremation upon their deaths, and the creators told CNN
they went to extensive lengths to ensure their simulation was accurate,
including visiting a real crematorium and being placed inside.
of the start-up costs were covered by Jue.so, China’s version of
kickstarter, with more than $65,000 raised. Similar operations have
successfully opened in South Korea and Taiwan.
Begotten is a 1991 Experimental/horror film, directed and written by E. Elias Merhige. The film heavily deals with religion and the biblical story of the Creation. This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.
Nábrók- The name given to a style of Icelandic pants found by historians, believed to be from the 17th century. The name literally translates to “Necropants” for a very creepy reason; They are made from human skin. Sorcerers and witches would wear the trousers all day and night under their clothes as a sort of underwear in order to bring them wealth.
Politely being asked by your sorcerer friend to be used in a pair of Necropants after your death was a great honour in 17th century Iceland, but making an authentic pair of Nábrók was a difficult practice for the witch. They would only bring prosperity if the maker/wearer stole a coin from a widow and placed it in the scrotum of the garment. When the wearer died, if they did not pass the Nábrók down to their children they would be infected with lice as soon as they passed away, but if the trousers were passed on, they could bring wealth to future wearers. Above is the only surviving pair of Necropants, and is on display at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik, Iceland.
In New Haven, Vermont lies a unique grave. Because of the prevalence of accidental burials in the 1700s & 1800s, many people used preventative measures such as bells should someone find themselves buried alive. Dr. Smith decided that wasn’t enough, and deemed that a window be installed on his grave in the event of his death. When he did eventually die, a secret vault for his wife was also built under his grave. Today the window is blurry with condensation and mold, but if a person shines a flashlight down into the grave at night, the body is still visible. Tales of hauntings also follow this grave, and the surrounding cemetery. People have made reports of an eerie green light within the grave at night and peering into the window and seeing a living face staring back at them. An old urban legend also says if you knock upon the window three times, you will hear screams and the doctor himself will appear.