secret government projects

anonymous asked:

hey! do you know of any mystery (fiction) podcasts i could listen to with my family? (i have some young teen siblings so it's got to be pretty family friendly)

So I’m not sure how young your teen siblings are but I’m going to assume they’re at least old enough to get into a PG-13 movie!

I’ll warn you that most mystery has an element of creepiness/horror. That being said, most of the “Journalists get into Trouble” podcasts would probably be fun to listen to!

1. The Lost Cat Podcast
I’ve just started listening to this myself so I can’t vouch for the later episodes, but so far it’s very promising! A guy loses his cat and gets into some very weird circumstances trying to find it. (The VA has a very soothing voice and there’s some nice music in it)

2. Rabbits
A new podcast by the makers of Tanis and The Black Tapes. A woman searches for her missing friend (who may, or may not, have disappeared after being caught up in a secret game.) It features secret societies and cults. There’s only 1 episode out so far and it’s mentioned that the friend is an escort - so I’d listen to it first to see if it’s suitable.

3. The Black Tapes
A journalist starts off with a slice of life documentary and quickly gets sucked into the world of paranormal investigations with a sceptic who may be part of some sort of demonic cult. (Don’t let this put you off though! It’s creepy, certainly, but in a slow way with nothing too horrifying.) This one is more fun if you pretend it’s real haha

4. Tanis
From the same people as the previous two, some of the same characters investigate a mysterious place that moves around the world. This one is more a mystery wrapped in conspiracy wrapped in secret societies. Again, this one isn’t “creepy” or “horror” but it’s more fun when you pretend it’s real.

5. Passage
A lifeboat from a ship that sank centuries ago washes up at a small port town in the Pacific Northwest. A journalist travels to find out what the story is and ends up stumbling into a murder mystery, reincarnation, and historical small town intrigue.

6. The Bright Sessions
I debated putting this here because it’s not reeeaally a mystery podcast. It’s based around a psychologist called Joan Bright and her patients - people who have superpowers. There’s a secret shadowy organisation who wants to keep track of them all and they do some preeeetty shady stuff. I’m recommending it because it is VERY GOOD at portraying mental health issues and I wish I had it as a teenager because it would have helped so much with my self esteem haha. I honestly think everyone should listen to it. (And if they like any kind of comic superheroes then they’ll probably like this)

7. The Bridge
Again. Is it really a mystery podcast? Debatable. It’s set in an alternate universe of the present day where a bridge has been built across the ocean. The hey-day has come and gone and we’re left with the rag-tag group manning Watchtower 10, sending out radio broadcasts to an empty and dilapidated road. Oh, and there’s a sea monster locked away in the basement. The mystery is finding out what happened to the bridge, and the people on it, and why they’re still there.

8. Archive 81
The first season is your run of the mill - guy gets drafted into a secret government project listening to some increasingly weird tapes. The second season turns away from the mystery slightly and heads more into horror. I’d give the 1st season a shot definitely, but possibly vet the 2nd season before you show it to impressionable younger audiences

9. Drywater
Not gonna lie I love this one. The only problem is that there’s a couple of episodes and they’re put out infrequently. Set in the future 2 guys (amateur radio presenters) find evidence of a government coverup and try and bring it to light. They get shut down at ever turn so decide to investigate on their own (which brings its own heap of problems)

10. Small Town Horror
This is…definitely more in the horror genre. Again, vet it before you let younger people listen to it, but it a good one. A guy goes back home after his dad dies and finds out that the creepy town game he played as a kid (and his subsequent kidnapping) may have more sinister connotations than he realised.

11. The Magnus Archives
Again, more horror mystery than anything else. The Magnus Archives are a collection of short creepy stories about paranormal goings on. There’s a whole larger story about the archivists and the possible murder of the previous head of the department. Definitely vet it, but give it a listen to.

12. Mabel
Still on the horror side of mystery. A carer for an old lady starts leaving increasingly weird voicemail messages for the old woman’s living relative. The 2nd season is when the mystery really kicks in. Definitely vet it as it’s possibly not that family friendly.

13. Hush
A student production that has an interesting storyline (and stuff at the end from their student radio on dealing with school pressures). A teenager comes home one day to find her grandma is missing. She ends up moving in with a family while a hunt is started. There’s also an old mystery where a whole bunch of people (including Andy’s parents) went missing in some local caves - which also seem to be a portal to other worlds. I’m not explaining it very well but I would definitely recommend this one!

14. Return Home
It starts of as sort of horror, but it’s not really. It’s more lite-horror than anything. A guy returns back to his town to find it over-run with secret societies and strange goings on. You’ll find creepy dolls and faeries but also an arc on were-bunnies.

15. Alice isn’t Dead
A trucker tries to find her wife on the long American highways. This is more horror than mystery and there are some definitely creepy moments. I’d listen to it before you let younger members of the family listen, but it’s a good missing person story.

16. Within the Wire
This has some horror moments - like the nurse but at the end - but nothing graphic. It’s mostly creepy in the way everything is so normalised. If you’re a fan of Portal, you’ll most likely enjoy this. The narrator is the voice on some relaxation cassette tapes, speaking to the patient listening to them. The mystery is trying to figure out how and why they’re in this mess in the first place.

17. The Elysium Project
A bunch of kids get experimented on by a shady government agency and gain superpowers. They escape but are left trying to figure out why them, what makes them so special, and why the government is so adamant at hunting them down. This one has a slow release schedule but it is so worth it!

18. Augustine
This one is a short little mystery podcast about the town of Augustine and what happened to it. It’s like a lite version of some of the others on this list and a good one to start off with.

19. The Tunnels
A journalist decides to do a podcast on a local feature. He accidentally stumbles on a conspiracy and possible monsters locked away in the tunnels that run underneath his city. It’s good and not any scarier than others on the list.

20. Help Me
This one is definitely more horror than anything else. I’m putting it down because it’s technically mystery but I don’t know if it’s suitable for the age group you’re wanting. Basically it follows a young girl as she investigates her friends suicide and discovers it may not have been a suicide after all, but the work of a demon that acts suspiciously like slenderman. It’s short but there are some moments that I don’t think would be suitable for anyone impressionable. Definitely vet this one before letting younger family members listen to it.

21. Limetown
Year ago there was a secret government town. Years ago something went horribly wrong and everyone in that town disappeared. You follow one young woman as she journeys to find what exactly happened to the residents of Limetown, and why it was covered up so hard. There’s only one season but it’s a really good season.

22. The Message
This has been renamed LifeAfter, but it’s 2 separate stories and the first of definitely worn a listen. The message follows an intern as she chronicles the first message mankind receives from an alien race.

Yes, this was actually a thing. Coming from McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection of 1973, Ham and Bananas Hollandaise was a secret government project introduced to distract an innocent public with something worse than the oil embargo. To create this potassium horror, I sprinkled the helpless bananas with lemon juice, wrapped them in ham, smothered them in mustard, and baked the lot for 10 minutes, pausing only to douse them in viscous hollandaise.

The finished dish smelled liked a banana slaughterhouse, but for the good of culinary archaeology, I dug right in. The end result was OK going down, but two cans of Coke and a mouthful of Listerine did nothing for the lingering aftertaste. Important note: If your face assumes a thousand-yard stare after eating something, there is something wrong with that food.

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In Defense of a Jewish Howard Stark

When allofthefeelings​ and I were waiting to meet brianmichaelbendis​ at Special Edition, she said to me that the one question she wanted to ask him was whether, in examining Howard and Maria Stark in the new Iron Man run, he would deal with the question of Tony’s parents’ religion, and whether either or both of them might have been Jewish.

She didn’t end up asking that, but it’s a question that’s important to me, too, and of course, when I saw this ask and answer yesterday, it’s the one thing that came to mind to me.  I read through the other commentary on the post and noticed some dick jokes, but no one actually talking about the question of what this might mean from a religious standpoint.  In the annals of Marvel Comics history, there’s no real evidence that either of them might be– and to be fair, it’s still quite common for most American boys to be circumcized, Jewish or no, and depending on what year you want to peg as Tony’s birth in the Marvel timeline, it would be likely for him to be circumcized as a Christian, but given that Ultimates Tony has a Latina mother who was also a scientist,  and the nature of Ultimates Tony’s birth and subsequent physical state versus what we know currently about 616 Tony’s adoption, the question of one or the other Tony’s religious heritage was absolutely the one thing that sprang to mind when I saw this.

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“The Montauk Project”  Acrylic on wood panel, 2015

The Montauk Project is a series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero, the old Montauk Air Force Station in Montauk, Long Island for the purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques and exotic research including time travel, mind control, teleportation, time portals, psychic manifestation, contact with alien life, alien technology, underground tunnels as well as connections to the occult. 

Stitch Me In (Part 1/?)

So I’ve never written fanfiction, but after the finale I had so many feels and I had to do something. I have multiple parts planned which means that if you like it let me know and I will post more.

Summary: Set after 1x10 in the hospital while everyone waits for Cameron to wake up. There will be some Camsten and possibly some Camus later on. :)

   Kirsten hadn’t moved from Cameron’s bedside. She wasn’t sure how long she’d been there, but she was hungry so it had to have been a few hours. “Kirsten, we should head home.” Camille’s familiar voice said from the doorway behind her.

   “I’m staying.” Kirsten said, her eyes never leaving Cameron. He was so pale, his lips had taken on a blue tint. His mouth was slightly parted, his long eyelashes casting shadows on his face. He look small and sick, nothing like the  nerd-boy she had come to know in the past few months. She swallowed hard, trying not to think of what she’d seen when she stitched into his brain.

   “Come on, you need some rest. It’s been a long day.”  Camille said, coming further into the room.

   “No. I need him to wake up.” Kirsten replied. “I need him to be fine.”

   “O-kayy. Just try to get some sleep.” She sighed. Kirsten focused on Cameron again, intently watching him breathe. She could still hear him flatlining, the ringing continuously in her ears and her own voice screaming his name.

   “Cameron… I’m sorry I didn’t trust you.” Kirsten said, reaching into her pocket and pulling out the quartz stone he’d given her. To protect your heart, he’d said with a slight smile. She put the stone in his hand and closed his fingers around it. “You need this back. Your heart needs protection more than mine.” She whispered.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: why you should watch it, what you might hate about it, and why you’ll binge it anyway

Douglas Adams had a unique way with words that worked most brilliantly in descriptions rather than dialogue, and a knack for constructing elaborate, endlessly entangled, self-referencing, half-seriously philosophical, quintessentially British (ex absurdum), exhilaratingly confusing stories, that for all the reasons mentioned above are incredibly hard to turn into a successful TV show/movie; in fact, adaptations of his work tend to be varying in quality, but never quite satisfying.

So when I heard they’re (in this case, it’s BBC America) making a new one, I’ve been careful not to get my hopes up too much. Now, with the first season watched (and yes, we’re getting a season 2 next year), I can say with clear conscience: give it a try.

If you’re a fan of the books and you’re counting on an accurate adaptation, don’t. It’s loosely based at best, or not even that. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just a whole new story. It lost it’s Britishness in favor of some good ol’ American-ness like secret government projects, serial killers and life-changing road trips, and it sure as hell seemed wrong at the beginning, but it surprisingly works. Or it just rubbed off on me somehow. Just like the title character, who doesn’t even walk the line between cute quirky and annoying quirky - just repeatedly crosses it back and forth, lingering a tad too much on the annoying side, but I’ve eventually grown somewhat fond of.

And just like the plot itself, being one hell of a beautiful chaos: we have a guy whose life is in shambles, and his distraught sister whose weird mental illness might just be a bit supernatural; a self-proclaimed private detective, working on a premise that everything is connected, and thus he can solve a case just by kinda doing random stuff and going with the flow of the universe; a hired bodyguard who is every bit as kick-ass as prone to incidental paranoia and panic; a strange woman hell-bent on killing seemingly random (oh, but there are no real coincidences here…) people; a mysterious cult; secret agents chasing a gang of punks with paranormal powers; some confused policemen, a time traveler, a millionaire and his kidnapped daughter, a rock star, a kitten, a shark, and a corgi. And it all, I swear, eventually fits together.* Somehow. Hats off to the writers for that.

And if on the way it feels, as many people complain, messy, noisy, irritating and hella confusing… well. It is, sometimes, and I guess it could’ve been done better. But when I sat down to it expecting something absurd, crazy, highly quotable, compiling an improbable number of subplots, getting philosophical (the kind of philosophical your friend might get after a few drinks and just before he finally calls it a night) only to laugh it off, and yet not entirely… (check out this exchange between Dirk and Todd: “Something I’ve learned is that when I’m looking behind me… I can’t see ahead of me.” “Are you saying that dwelling on my past is holding me back?” “No. I… literally cannot see over there when I’m looking back there. Which is why it’s good to have you here. Together, we can look at two places at once.”) - I can’t say I was all disappointed. It’s not perfect, but it does not for one second let you pause for breath and a second thought on why the hell are you actually getting into it so much. It’s not a 10 out of 10, frankly, I don’t know what it is; but I know this: I got so hooked on, I just couldn’t stop watching.  I pressed on to get the answers, ‘cause it kinda makes you want to grab and shake someone (or your computer/ TV screen) in frustration and yell, what’s going on??!! (Don’t worry. You’ll find out.)

So if you’re looking for under 8 hours of mind-boggling entertainment - I say go for it. You really might like it, even if it leaves you wondering what exactly do you like it for. And oh, just wait ‘till you get to the finale…

*Except for the kitten. What happened to the kitten?!

If you were a brilliant geneticist, working on a secret government genetic engineering project, and your fiancee dumped you because your sperm were not viable, what would you do to resolve your mid-life crisis? Dr. Gino Conti creates his own son by combining reptilian and human DNA, but discovers fatherhood an extraordinary challenge when his son’s anger management issues include eating people.

So … this is a thing.

mountmultimuses has approached

The 15 year old walked through the streets thinking it was gonna be a normal day. But her usual days weren’t exactly normal. Hunting down and taking down villains and criminals. Helping in top secret government projects. You name it, she’s done it.

What will today hold for her….

anonymous asked:

What's funny about the blue eyes thing (& I am one of those white babies who had blue eyes right up past the toddler stage before they turned an olive green) - is that no one - INCLUDING THE BABY'S ALLEGED MOTHER - ever connects the blue eyes to Banana's own blue eyes. In fact, no one ever remarks on any resemblance to her. No "Freddies," no one from B's own family. It's like Louis immaculately conceived a clone baby as far as they're concerned & B only carried it.

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Different (Steve Rogers)

“Y/N.” Steve called out as walked into your room. You didn’t hear him because you had your favorite song on blast. You then felt him tap your shoulder and you gasped out of shock and took your headphones off. “Steve, you fucking scared me.” You told him, turning off your laptop and turned to look at him. “I wanted to ask if you want-”

“Wait, what time is it?” You interrupted him. “Almost 4, why?” He asked you. “Shit.” You cursed, jumping off your bed, quickly put on your boots and jacket. “I’m late.” You told him. “For what?” Steve asked you, following you into the bathroom as you brushed your hair. “I was supposed to meet Tony for lunch thirty minutes ago.” You said.

“For what?” He asked. “It’s about a new project we’re going to work on. Super-secret government project.” You explained vaguely. “Can’t you just re-schedule?” Steve asked you. “No, just tell me what you wanted to ask.” You demanded, putting your hair into a loose bun and turning to look at him. “It can wait.” He smiled. “Alright, I’ll see you when I get back.” You told him, getting on your tippy-toes to give him a goodbye kiss on his cheek.

His face flushed red and cleared his throat. “Have run.” He told you and you walked out.

You and Steve have been roommates since the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D and Hydra. You had been assigned to look after him, after he woke up. Steve became a close friend and you soon had asked Fury to dispatch you from the mission and assign Sharon.

During your time together, Steve’s feelings grew stronger towards you and knew that he was screwed. He slowly fell in love with the smallest things you did. He fell in love with your smile, your laugh and the way your eyes twinkled with happiness.

While you were on your lunch date with Tony, Steve was thinking of the right way to explain how he feels about you without making things awkward.

It was almost seven when you came back. “That was a long lunch.” Steve said as he paused the movie he was watching. “Well, he took me bowling and we played laser tag after that. It was amazing.” You smiled, taking off your jacket and sat down next to Steve.

“So, what did you want to tell me?” You asked, resting your head on his chest. You could feel and hear his heart beat begin to race and you sat up straight. “I’ve been practicing this for three hours and I still don’t know how to tell you.” He said and you knew where this was going. ‘Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.’ You thought, not wanting him to say what you know he was going to say.

“I think I’m in love with you.” He said and looked at for, waiting for a reaction. You stayed emotionless, not knowing how to react or tell him that you don’t feel the same way anymore.

“Look, Steve. I think it’s time for me to move out.” You told him. “What?” He questioned, almost as if he couldn’t believe what you said. “I…don’t feel the same way, towards you…” You admitted, not looking directly at him. He didn’t say anything, feeling embarrassed and you felt terrible. Steve just stood up and walked into his room. You sighed and pulled out your phone to call Tony. “Whaddup, beautiful?” Tony answered. “Can you pick me up?” You asked. “Sure, why?” He questioned. “I’ll explain later.” You told him. “Alright, well I’ll be there in like ten minutes.” He told you and he hung up.

When you got into his car, he turned to look at you with a smile. “What?” You asked. “You rejected Cap.” He told you. “How do you know?” You questioned. “Well, Steve called Natasha, Nat told Clint and Clint told me.” He explained. “In the span of ten minutes?” You asked. “We work fast.” He told you.

“And who did you tell?” You asked. “Rhodey and Pepper.” He said and you sighed. “I feel terrible.” You admitted. “Why didn’t you tell him you liked him?” He questioned. “Fear of commitment.” You stated. “Seriously?” He exclaimed. “Go up there and tell him you like him.” He demanded. “Or what?” You asked.

“Or I’ll post the video of you have a break down.” He told you. “You wouldn’t.” You said. “You’re right, I won’t. But I will go up there and tell Steve that you truly, deeply love him.” He teased. “Nobody says that.” You rolled your eyes. He opened his door and ran out of the car. You ran out after him, but he was faster than you.

“Tony. I. Will. Murder. You!” You shouted. “Love you too!” Tony shouted. “People are trying to sleep!” Someone shouted from their apartment as you and Tony ran through the halls. “It’s seven in the afternoon!” Tony shouted back.

When you caught up to Tony, he was banging on Steve’s door and you tackled him before Steve opened the door with the look of sadness and confusion on his face. “What are you doing?” Steve asked and you stood up. “Y/N loves you.” Tony said and ran off laughing. “What’s he talking about?” Steve asked and you stuttered. “He, uh, he’s drunk.” You lied. He nodded and walked back into his apartment, “Steve, wait.” You called out and walked after him.

He turned around and you quickly slammed your lips on his, and he immediately kissed you back. You pulled away and he smiled, causing your heart to flutter.

anonymous asked:

Psst... Donald Trump is HYDRA, pass it on

Psssst….we know already. It was a secret government project from Baron Strucker that we weren’t supposed to speak about online.

- Bloom