Top 10 Scariest Places on Earth
10. Mines of Paris
Thought we meant the catacombs of Paris? No – we mean the mines of Paris. The catacombs, although scary, don’t compare with the mines. Why? Well, consider the legends. People say that the mines consist of ancient cults and creatures that patrol these mines. Added to that are the spirits that roam free within its walls and reports of people getting lost forever. Now, these legends are based out of fear, however, the reality is equally scary. These mines are about 600 kilometers long and most of them are unknown. So, once you enter the area, your chances of making it back out are bleak. Being underground, these mines completely kill any sound from the outside, making it impossible for anyone to hear you, or vice versa. Among the mines, you will find many human bones to give you company and a lot of narrow passages that will test your claustrophobia even if you don’t have one. Clearly not the best place to go to, if you love the idea of living.
9. The Door to Hell
Located in Turkmenistan, Ahal Province, the Door to Hell is a crater that is about 230 feet wide. What is so unique about this crater? The fact that it won’t stop burning and that it has been burning for over 40 years now. Back in 1971, Soviet scientists were trying to find oil in this particular location when they hit a methane reserve and their drilling platform collapsed. This led to the crater being formed and the dangerous methane gas being released into the air. To counter the effect the scientists decided to burn the methane off and it has been burning since. One thing is clear, going there is out of the question.
8. The Island of the Dolls
Julian Santa Barrera apparently found the body of a dead girl at Xochimilco, Mexico, in a nearby canal and in her hand was a doll. So, what did he do to remember her? He decided to hang her doll on the branch of a tree. The problem is, he didn’t stop there. The Isla de las Munecas or The Island of the Dolls is literally an island filled with dolls hanging off trees. These dolls are all disfigured and that only adds to how scary this island gets. Let’s get this straight, even a doll that isn’t disfigured is scary and that’s all thanks to Chucky.
7. Snake Island
As you guessed it, this island is full of snakes, anywhere from 1 to 5 per square meter. Of course, if you are a snake lover, you’d think this was paradise, right? Well, this island is deemed as one of the world’s scariest places and is completely banned for the public. The inhabitants of this island are the golden lancehead vipers whose venom actually adapted over time to suit the needs of the island. Since it’s surrounded by water, the island hardly has any pray on the ground, so the only pray they have are birds. To avoid the trouble of tracking down the birds and waiting for the poison to kick in, these snakes have their poison enhanced five times over. That means, they can kill their prey instantly and even melt human flesh.
Nagoro, located in Japan is a small village from which the word creepy was probably derived. Why do we say that? Well, imagine walking into a village that has a population of life-sized dolls that outnumbers its human population by about 100 to 1. The credits go to one Tsukimi Ayano who made replicas of her neighbors after they had died or moved away. What is creepier is that these dolls are placed in various positions as if they were alive. Try sleeping in a place like that.
5. Riddle House
Named after its owner Karl Riddle, this house was privately owned and had been rebuilt in Yesteryear Village, South Florida Fairgrounds. This Victorian house was originally a funeral parlor in Palm Beach County, Florida. So, what is so scary about the riddle house? Think haunted. Yes, many of the stories related to the Riddle House claim that it is haunted. The story of the house is a weird one too. One of Riddles former employees named Joseph ended up hanging himself in the attic of the house. Apparently, Joseph hates men so much that he attacks anyone who enters the attic. One man even had a lid flung at his head, and from that point on, the attic is beyond limits. Wish to go there?
4. Hanging Coffins
Yes, you read it right, six feet under is not a term that the people of Sagada are familiar with. Sagada is in the Philippines and it has a unique custom. The dead are buried in coffins and these coffins are attached to the side of cliffs. Walking into a cemetery is already scary, imagine walking along these cliffs in the nights. Further, these coffins were actually made by the very people who occupy them!
3. Aokigahara Forest
The Aokigahar Forest also known as the Suicide Forest can be found in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As the name suggests, this forest is known for suicides and in fact is the world’s second most popular site for suicides. Everything about this forest is creepy and scary. Its legends link it to demons, people believe that the density of the forest makes it easy to get lost in it, you can find clothes and letters in the forest that make it completely repelling. You don’t want to go there.
2. Myrtles Plantation
Possibly among the scariest places in America, Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana is Haunted. Period. On two occasions, ghostswere caught on camera. One is the ghost of a slave that was caught in a picture taken back in 1992 and another was of a girl who was seen near a window of the house. The thing is, you can stay there the night if you wanted to. But, would you seriously want to?
1. North Yungas Road
Roads on mountains are always scary due to the fear of falling off. Well, at a height of about 15,000 feet, the North Yungas Road runs through the Amazon rain forest with limited visibility due to rain and fog. To add to this, the road is just 12 feet wide. No wonder then, that this road is called the Death Road. 50 miles of pure nervousness while remembering that it records about 200 to 300 deaths annually. Dare to drive on this road?
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