I’ve been saving this for Halloween night…
The following video is only 3 seconds long but utterly terrifying. It contains no violence, no dialogue, no gore and no blood. Simply a middle aged suburban man opening a refrigerator and smiling.
What’s so scary about that you might ask? Well imagine if that were your father, or your husband, or your son…
You’re sleeping underneath your covers in the middle of the night and he decides to go down to the kitchen to make a sandwich. But upon opening the fridge he suddenly smiles. Something in his declining middle aged brain has snapped. Is it early onset Alzheimer’s? A mid-life crisis? Demonic possession? Whatever it is, you’re no longer safe in that house.
This clip is from a new TV series called Evil. The show itself is not worth watching, but that commercial made my skin crawl. If I had seen it as a child I would not have been able to sleep for weeks.
I’ve been a horror fans since childhood and despite my love for the genre, I never found them all that scary. Often what scared me the most were the things that weren’t meant to be scary, like a commercial they used to run about Parkinson’s disease in which a middle aged suburban man with Parkinson’s could complete a jig-saw puzzle because his hand kept shaking until finally his young son holds his hand down so it can fit the pieces together. It was a metaphor for hope, but in my pre-school mind it was horrific.
Every night I would have vivid images of the parkison man wheeling himself out of my bedroom closet and shaking, shaking, shaking as he wheeled his way closer to me.
Perhaps my most traumatic experience came during a trip to Alberta to visit relatives. That day my father and/or my uncle mysteriously had his/their camera(s) stolen from the front of my uncle’s house in broad daylight. Well that’s odd, they though. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen in suburbia.
That night I was sleeping in an unfamiliar room and could have sworn I saw a woman standing in the closet. An older woman with red hair, who looked a lot like this.
She was smiling, as if to say “it was me, silly! I stole the camera(s)”.
I suddenly started screaming waking up the entire house, who raced to the room to see what the matter was.
“You just had a bad dream,” they told me.
But it seemed so real, and I spent a big chunk of my childhood being terrified of my bedroom closet.
some people are scared of clowns
anthropomorphic candy commercials scare me
I was scared of clowns when I was a kid.
I remember playing Super Mario World. I made it to the last world and fought Bowser. When you hit him enough times the clown car he’s gets an evil face and starts bouncing around. I thought it was so scary that I stopped playing the game. I don’t recall being scared of clowns in my childhood, other than that one incident.
celebritkes are dumb. said:
here the dead brain cells 30 IQ points bullshit is repeated by dick van dyke.
Funny. I just had a very scary experience an hour ago…
I went outside to close a gate where my car is located.
There’s a plaza/park across my house, (setting:small town in Mexico where I’m currently going to school) and it was completely lit up; but suddenly, the plaza lights turned off (completely dark) so I obviously couldn’t finish closing the gate. I the took out my phone activated the flashlight mode while simultaneously saying stfu out loud because of an annoying whining/cry a kid was making; grow up gosh dang it i thought. (The cry was most likely staged too). Suddenly two dudes with masks came towards me ( one which looked like a devil and the other like the joker masks from the beginning scene of the dark knight) and “tried” jumping the fence to attack me. I was obviously very scared cause because the first thing that came to mind was “we’re these people really mad that I said shut up our loud” and “was that really their kid”. I had sandals on which impeded my ability to run; they inevitably came off😂 half way through my sprint back. I was relieved to find out it was Halloween (yes I didn’t know; it isn’t celebrated in Mexico because it’s considered the night of the “devil”).
Jordan Peterson is right: PAY ATTENTION
I didn’t analyze the plaza for any danger because well wtf is going to happen right? Wrong. Anything can happen at any moment and now i know why there’s aberration among people when it comes to taking measures/precautions for possible unwarranted situations.
The philosopher said:
You may have dressed provocatively and thereby encouraged sexual tension.
Teenager+lack of awareness=attack
King meLo said:
Are you being serious?
He’s making fun of Rahul
The philosopher said:
I am scared of russians in my closet because of cnn.
That wasn’t scary.
PP have you seen “Hereditary” yet or what? You should watch it and blog on it.
mugabe should be awarded the nobel peace prize posthumously. said:
also the excitotoxicity/direct neurotoxicity seems unlikely in most cases (cases without seizures) because this is also the explanation for why hd kills brain cells yet hd+ people with a history of alcoholism do not develop hd earlier than those without such a history.
but people who feel anxious and drink may not understand that alcohol causes upregulation of glutamate receptors and therefore their anxiety may just be withdrawal.
so i’m going with the mainstream but not universal theory that short of severe withdrawal, like DTs and seizures, the irreversible damage alcohol does to the brain is 100% mediated by nutritional deficiencies, and “alcoholic dementia” is actually just a type of WK or hepatic encephalopathy or whatever.
another thing is that the area of the brain most atrophied is the cerebellum. so if someone has no cerebellar symptoms whatever non-cerebellar symptoms are likely small and reversible.
in other words: if an old drunk isn’t slurring his words and walking funny, he’s not going to have damaged other parts of his brain very much.
getting mike with high. said:
marijuana has no effect on dementia risk up or down apparently. (cue peepee claiming mj kills brain cells and makes people ‘tarded.)
i’d switch to mj, but my little experience with it is it has no effect on me.
Marijuana is significantly more potent than it used to be, just a heads up.
Alzheimer’s is basically a lack of confidence, plain and simple. There was an article in the Daily Mail saying people who retire early (my dad did) end up having greater cognitive deficits in later life.
A lack of cognitively demanding tasks as well as the lack of necessity you play in people’s lives seems to be the main reason why cognitive ability deteriorates in dementia-ridden people.
This is different from the dementia related to biological circumstances such as beta amyloid build-up, though I think even that can be triggered by a lack of social relationships, personal importance, and interpersonal experiences.
association doesn't equal causation except in the case of smoking and islam. said:
a yuge problem with assessing the effects of long term substance abuse of any kind is that the abuser is abusing because he has other problems and his abuse may add to them.
people do drugs for good reasons. said:
and unlike peepee my goal in life is not to die with a high IQ.
i wish i were dumber in some ways.
people drink for many reasons.
my reasons are very good reasons…
but if mj could do the same thing for me i’d do mj, as it’s basically harmless.
we all have to die...the most heroic thing is to die with hope....ala socrates... said:
the more obvious way that alcoholism or any other substance abuse might lower IQ is that the addict doesn’t develop, he doesn’t read. he doesn’t study, he doesn’t get a promotion, etc.
it’s funny (to me) how the label “alcoholic” is so bad that or was so bad that people will deny it even though they should embrace it. i’ve never lied to a doctor about how much i drink…and no doctor has been alarmed by how much i drink…maybe because so many doctors are devotees of the sauce themselves.
according to wikipedia burton died 4 years later from causes related to alcohol.
99% of medicine is just that the provider is smarter than his clients. said:
but it’s really a class thing i imagine.
if the doctor senses you’re stupid he’ll be strident in his temperance promotion.
if the doctor senses you’re not stupid he’ll let you fly.
box cutter jazz politics said:
the idea that someone who drinks himself to death is a loser is gay halloween.
why not die happy?
because oscar the grouch's genes didn't change. said:
other brain damage (as long as after age 25)…
maybe the ACTUAL/REAL-LIFE non-effect of alcoholic brain damage on IQ supports hereditism.
but HBDers are lower class and have low IQs so this never occurs to them.
The Philosopher said:
Puppy I have a question. If a man and a woman are madly in love but the woman comes to identify as a man, and then the man becomes a woman, can they still get pregnant?
the shit stinks said:
So scary I shat my pants…. Ooooh!