It’s hard to be a musician today and ignore everything that is going on. “Get Numb” was born from that frustration. We’re partnering with Make the Road New Jersey to help as much as we can. Make The Road New Jersey are helping make it possible for those who are often left out of the process to have a stronger, more unified voice and be part of the decision making process.
i made a list of cryptids (and other folklore creatures) in preperation of inktober since i’ve decided to participate this year! some are well known, while others are the silliest things ive ever heard of. (the weirdest ones are my favorites honestly. i’m very excited to draw a squonk) feel free to use this if you want to!!!
Marcel Kittel wins Stage 10 of the Tour de France 2017, his fourth of this year’s tour and thirteenth career TDF stage victory. I believed he could win but honestly thought it would be too good to be true, but he did it and by quite a large margin. A stage win is also a incredible contribution to his advantage in the race for the green jersey. It’s fantastic to see him so happy and his joy was evident in his interview.
1. The man on the country road selling Jersey tomatoes and corn has piercing blue eyes that never blink and a wide toothy grin that doesn’t flinch. He never speaks. You always leave with more in your bag than you remember picking up. If you do not eat them by the stroke of midnight in three days, they putrefy, stinking of rotting flesh.
2. “What exit?” is not just an inside joke. Those who do not know their exit are trapped in a crack between dimensions, driving eternally on a Turnpike that never ends. They are never seen or heard from again.
3. There are diners everywhere. You see one on every highway, in every sleepy town, every bustling city center. It is the same diner. The customers sit in booths and at the counters, moaning as they pour scalding coffee down their throats with trembling hands. Enter, and the waitress at the front, with her sunken eyes and hollow cheeks, will say: “Room for one more, honey.”
4. On Memorial Day, people across the state load into their cars and head down the shore. They drive in a trance, as if guided by an unseen force. The highways are bumper to bumper for miles. Something is pulling them there. They flock to Wildwood, Seaside Heights boardwalk, Asbury Park. When they reach the sea, they abandon their cars and walk hand in hand into the ocean, toward the humming black orb that hangs in the sky.
5. Look outside your house in the winter and you’ll see a million glowing eyes staring back at you - hundreds of whitetail deer. Their jaws are moving, as if they’re chewing something. You think they might be speaking to you, but you are too afraid to open the door.
6. On the eve of their 18th birthday, every New Jerseyan is given: a copy of Weird NJ; a map of the state; a flashlight; and a crucifix. “Your journey begins at sundown,” their parents say, smiling with pride and worry as tears spill down their cheeks. “Godspeed, my child.”
7. On the Garden State Parkway, the radio plays only one song, no matter which station you flip to: “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. He is telling you to run, get out while you can. But once you can hear it, it is too late.
8. New Jerseyans are blisteringly proud, defiant in their love of their home state. The best pizza, best bagels, honest and tolerant people, especially compared to their neighbors in Pennsylvania. But there’s nothing to be proud of in crime, corruption, pollution, bigotry, ignorance - the things that make us change the channel when they come up on News 12. Scarier still than looking outside is looking within ourselves.
9. Everyone claims to know someone who knows someone who’s seen the Jersey Devil. The legend is laughed off as campfire talk. But when they remember the bright red eyes from beyond the trees, the inhuman screech coming from somewhere deep in the woods, the laughter turns to anxious silence.
I am laughing out loud in the car to myself about how I can’t pump my own gas upon my departure from my home state or arrival at my final destination but everywhere else across the entire country I can.
Clinton Road is a notorious haunted stretch of land in West Milford New Jersey. The road is known to have many hauntings and urban legends surrounding it. One legend is of a ghost boy who haunts a bridge. The boy supposedly will throw a coin back up to you if you throw it into the river. He can also be heard crying. Other legends include a phantom girl, and reports of kkk meetings. Clinton Road’s most famous landmark is the Druidic Temple. The temple is supposedly where local Druids come to worship at a small stone structure. Another landmark is Cross Castle, a 20th century building where visitors feel ill and experience eerie feelings. The road is also known for a ghost truck who chases drivers off the road, as well as a stretch called Dead Mans Curve, where many car accidents are said to have happened. Reports of hellhounds, satanic symbols, and other odd phenomena are associated with the road.