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There are a number of spooky tales from Louisiana, but one of the most enthralling is that of Manchac Swamp. First of all, Manchac is rumoured to be haunted. It’s also rumoured to be the haunt of Rougarou, the Cajun werewolf. As well as that, it’s said to be haunted by Julia Brown, a once practising voodoo priestess, who put a curse on the entire town the day she died. Legend says that on the day of her funeral in 1915, a deadly hurricane ripped through the town, destroying three villages and killing a number of people. A number of curious visitors to the swamp have reported hearing shrill screams from a disembodied woman.

19-year-old Jeremiah Burke from Cork, Ireland, was given a holy water bottle by his mother as he boarded the Titanic. As the ship was sinking, he wrote a note which read “From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork” placed it into the bottle and threw it overboard. The bottle washed ashore a year later in Dunkettle and was given back to his family. The bottle and note remained in the family until 2011, when they donated it to the Titanic exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Centre.


When every day is Halloween one can never have too many skeleton-shaped housewares. These awesome skellingtons are the work of artist and metalsmith Simon Fearnhamm at Skelemental, a branch of the Raven Armoury. Pictured here are coffee table, bookends, candleholders, and a three-piece set of cutlery. Each piece of functional art is painstakingly sculpted in wax and then lost-wax cast into steel, bronze, or silver.

Visit the Skelemental website to check out more of their morbid metal marvels.

[via Haute Macabre]


A large sign on the edge of Aokigahara, Japan’s famous suicide forest, which translates to: “Let’s think once more about the life you were given, your parents, your brothers and sisters, and children. Don’t suffer alone first please contact somebody.”

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout. (Source)