Creepiness can be hard to define. Although the dictionary definition would be something along the lines of “annoyingly unpleasant” if you ask a hundred people you’ll most likely get a hundred different explanations. Keeping that in mind get ready to embark on a journey to some of the more spine tingling (or annoyingly unpleasant) corners of the globe. These are the 25 creepiest places on Earth.
- Aokigahara Forest
It’s not just the dense shrubbery that makes this place so creepy. It’s all the dead bodies. Located at the base of Mt Fiji, ever since the 1950s the Japanese have been committing suicide here in droves. In fact, its so bad that there are now signs scattered throughout the woods with sayings such as “life is precious” and “think of your family”.
- Bird Suicide Grounds of Jatinga
The small village of Jatinga in northern India seems like any other quiet, isolated village in the world except for one thing…every year around the months of September and October hundreds of birds dive to their deaths within its city limits. To make things even stranger the incidents only happen in the evening between 7pm and 10pm across a roughly mile long strip of land. The village has even taken steps to capitalize on the phenomenon by setting up “bird watching tours” around area.
- Catacombs of Paris
Around the 17th and 18th centuries Paris’s cemeteries were getting so full that residue from decaying organic material was getting into the water supply and creating very unsanitary conditions. Hence the creation of the Paris Catacombs.
This town in Southern Brazil holds an interesting distinction – it is the twin capital of the world. In fact, it’s twin birth rate is 18 times higher than the world average. Why? Well according to the locals it was after chief Nazi physician Mengele, who fled to the village after World War II, that the births started happening. Oddly enough Mengele was known to have a strange fascination with twins. Modern scientists, however, propose that it is most likely due to toxic waste or inbreeding. Either way, it’s pretty creepy.
If the name of this English hospital isn’t enough to convince you of its creepiness consider the fact that it’s not really a hospital at all. It’s actually an insane asylum, or rather it was an insane asylum before being abandoned several year ago.
Literally translated as Battleship Island due to its supposed resemblance to the massive vessel, like several other places on this list Gunkanjima used to be a mining facility, and just like those other places it shut down. Since then it has deteriorated even further and even been featured on the History Channel’s show Life After People