creepiest

Honestly the creepiest feelings you can get from video games are when you know something is going wrong program wise.

Sure, a lot of times it can be funny to have things glitch out, but issues where you fall through solid floors, enemy models get distorted, or pieces of the game show up without any textures can give off a really eerie atmosphere. 

Why hasn’t anyone made a horror game around that premise, like for real. 

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Creepiest Places on Earth

Aokigahara Forest

Located at the base of Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara is perhaps the most infamous forest in all of Japan. Also known as the Sea of Trees, Suicide Forest, and Japan’s Demon Forest, Aokigahara has been home to over 500 confirmed suicides since the 1950s. Called “the perfect place to die,” Aokigahara is the world’s second most popular place for suicide (the Golden Gate Bridge being the first).

Today’s ‪#‎creepiest‬ thing is not part of our holdings, but archivists might scream when they see them!

This house centipede was found by our Preservation Programs staff  in their work area. House centipedes are not a direct threat to archival collections, but can signal a larger problem since they eat other insects.

These bugs also alarm staff because they resemble silverfish. Archivists find silverfish terrifying–those insects will eat away paper if their presence is not detected and promptly ended.

So why do we have a scary bug in a bag? Insects found in our work and records storage spaces are identified and logged as part of our efforts to monitor insect activity and prevent infestations.

What bugs are you scared of?!

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Today’s #creepiest holding is the death mask of Walter Q. Gresham, who was Secretary of State at the time of his death in May of 1895.

This death mask—complete with a few beard hairs stuck in it—may seem like an oddity now, but at the time it was a mark of reverence for a beloved official.

The cast was made so that sculptors could later create a permanent likeness of the deceased. And Walter Q. Gresham seemed a likely candidate for a commemorative statue. He was enormously popular.

Gresham held several important positions, serving as a general in the Union Army during the Civil War, U.S. Postmaster General, a Federal appellate court judge, Secretary of the Treasury, and finally, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of State in 1893.

An article in the May 29, 1895, edition of the Washington Post covered the events in detail. Gresham was the first member of the Cabinet to have a funeral in the East Room of the White House and the second man to have the troops ordered out for his funeral.

According to the Post, a plaster death mask of Gresham’s face was made by a sculptor called Dunbar, who delivered it to the Department of State.

But the mask was never used to create a statue. Eventually, it came into the holdings of the National Archives, but without any accompanying paperwork on its creation. An intern found some newspaper articles that provided information about the funeral and the mask, but the true “record” of Gresham remains his death mask.

But forgotten or not, he remains a piece of American history, kept safe inside the vaults at the National Archives.