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If you’re looking for something spooky to do in Europe this Halloween, there are many eerie sights to see…if you dare. While there are no grand tours for the scariest sights across the continent, you can easily plan a trip for yourself. These are some of the best places to visit if you’re looking to shake in your boots.
1.) The Crypt Of Santa Maria
gapyear This creepy crypt is located in Rome, Italy. Thousands of bones line the walls, including skeletons left fully in tact and placed in traditional robes for everyone to get spooked.
2.) Maunsell Forts
gapyear In the U.K., these abandoned forts from WWII are enough to give anyone the willies.
3.) Skull Chapel
gapyear Poland is home to this intricate arrangement of bones known as Skull Chapel. The main chapel with made of the remains of over 3,000 people, and this was built by ONE MAN.
4.) City of the Dead
gapyear This Russian hillside seems like a nice little cottage community, but those little houses are really tombs. They are filled with possessions, clothing, and of course, bodies.
gapyear In the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, this Ukrainian town was abandoned due to the dangerous radiation levels. It is one of the spookiest and most dangerous ghosts towns you can visit.
6.) Sedlec Ossuary
gapyear Thought to contain the remains of up to 70,000 people, this creep show in the Czech Republic was created in 1870. The bones were exhumed over 300 years, when the current church was constructed and bodies were taken from a mass grave of 14th century plague victims.
7.) Bran Castle
gapyear Transylvania, Romania. Ring a bell? It should, because that is the fictional hometown of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The castle where he got his inspiration is the one seen above, the castle of the cruel leader, Vlad the Impaler.
8.) Miranda Castle
gapyear Belgium is home to one of the creepiest old castles in the world. This foreboding Gothic castle served as an orphanage for much of the 20th century. Since 1990, it was totally abandoned and is now (perhaps unsurprisingly) said to be haunted. Children’s dolls lay scattered throughout some of the rooms – a ghoulish reminder of the castle’s history.
9.) The Catacombs of Palermo
gapyear This Sicilian monastery buried their monks beneath the church…until one day, when they began mummifying and hanging them on the wall in their Sunday best.
10.) Old Jewish Cemetery
gapyear Established about 600 years ago, the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague contains more than 12,000 tombstones. However, many more thousands of people are thought to be buried there. The reason for the extreme overcrowding is due to Jewish religious law, which prohibits the disturbance of graves.
11.) Hill of Crosses
gapyear No one is quite sure how or why this small patch of land in northern Lithuania became a site for hundreds of thousands of crosses. Yet the tradition is well and truly cemented, as thousands more appear each year (these days mainly from Catholic pilgrims). At first glance, it looks like an incredibly crowded burial ground, but as far as anyone knows, there isn’t a single grave here.
12.) SS America
gapyear This magnificent vessel was built in America in 1939 and served as a cruise liner and US Navy ship for half a century. At the time of its construction, the SS America was the pride of the U.S. maritime industry and a pinnacle of ship design. As the years passed, the competition from newer and faster ships led to its demise. It was eventually sold to a Thai company planning to renovate it into a floating hotel off the coast of Phuket. However, when it was towed from Greece, the SS America was caught in a thunderstorm. It was eventually wrecked off the coast of the Canary Islands in Spain.
13.) Capuchin Crypt
gapyear This recently discovered crypt is another creepy place to visit in the Czech Republic. This ghoulish crypt beneath the Holy Cross Church in Brno is home to 24 former monks and churchgoers, who were entombed hundreds of years ago. Each of their heads is propped up by a pillow of bricks, and they all clutch an ancient rosary in their folded arms.
If you were planning a Halloween trip to Europe, hopefully these can help get you in the spirit. If you’re looking to avoid Halloween, now you know where you shouldn’t go! Either way, maybe it’s best to stay out of a place made entirely out of skeletons at all times.
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— AW (@ArtbyAWOHS) December 26, 2013
‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the White House … OFA creatures were passing the hat for the fundraiser in chief:
You own this movement. Chip in: http://t.co/EFKVNb8OmO
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 26, 2013
Dude. Can’t these people take a break?
Let’s get this straight: President The-Buck-Stops-Over-There is placing this “movement” squarely at our feet. And we can make things right by throwing even more of our money at him.
Sure, guys. We’ll get right on that.
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M is for Mood Elevators.
Assface [noun]: a person whose face looks like a butt.
Beaverhausen [noun]: where the beaver lives; handy to use as part of an alias.
Chanel [noun]: rich people clothes.
Designated Drinker [noun]: a friend who is never sober.
Emotions [noun]: feelings only weak people experience.
Frosted Glass [noun]: the ideal vessel for a cocktail.
Gin [noun]: broth for drunks.
High Road [noun]: the route you take when you’re high.
Immortal [adjective]: the ability to live forever, usually through a pact with the devil.
Juice Boxes [noun]: cheap wine for adults.
Karen Walker [noun]: the oldest, drunkest, most fabulous woman on Earth.
Look [noun]: the exhausting act of directing one’s gaze toward something.
Mood Elevators [noun]: happy pills.
Nobody [noun]: any person who is not Karen Walker.
Outside [noun]: a location separate from your mansion.
Pretend [verb]: the act of feigning interest in Grace Adler’s life.
Quack [noun]: harsh sound used to shut people up.
Regret [verb]: a feeling often associated with alcohol.
Slap [verb]: to hit someone with an open hand in order to show them who’s boss.
Tact [noun]: sensitivity in dealing with humorless people.
Under the Sink [noun]: a place to store and find prescription drugs.
Vodka [noun]: alcohol, for when there is no gin.
What’s This [phrase]: a question to which Grace rarely has an answer.
Xanax [noun]: anxiety medication used by Karen as a security blanket.
You Know [phrase]: a way to clue your friends in on your hobbies.
Zoo [noun]: a place to poke bears.
.@piersmorgan So what you are saying is that CNN got it all wrong.
— Grayhammy (@Grayhammy) September 17, 2013
Maybe that’s not what he’s saying; not anymore, that is. As Twitchy reported earlier, Piers “Musket” Morgan, the nation’s undisputed authority on AR-15 shotguns, suddenly stopped throwing around the term once authorities confirmed that accused Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis didn’t use an AR-15, but rather a shotgun and two stolen handguns.
A couple of Morgan’s tweets citing Aaron Alexis’ AR-15-that-wasn’t seem to have disappeared down the memory hole. Fortunately, Twitchy is forever.
This tweet is still live, though:
The Wash Navy Yard shooter had 3 guns including AR-15 assault rifle – same killing machine used at Aurora and Sandy Hook.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 16, 2013
Any guesses how that one survived while the others vanished? A possible clue: the first “credits” Morgan’s employer, CNN, for breaking the news that Alexis did most if not all of the shooting with the AR-15. The AR-15 he wasn’t carrying.
The second tweet lives on through the power of retweets, like these particularly perceptive ones.
WHY AMERICA HATES U! “@piersmorgan: PREDICTION: America will respond to this latest mass shooting by going out and buying even more AR-15s.
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) September 17, 2013
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