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6 Tips On How to Survive An Alien Invasion (As Taught By Hollywood)

6 Tips On How to Survive An Alien Invasion (As Taught By Hollywood)

Stephen Hawking, a British theoretical physicist, whose scientific career spans over forty years, recently stated that he believes that intelligent life exists on other planets. He warns that we should avoid contact with these aliens, though. He says that we only need to look as far as Native Americans to see what happens when two cultures clash. I do not have such a bleak outlook on our potential contact with extraterrestrials, but it does not hurt to be safe. I believe that we all need a plan to survive an alien invasion, and there is only one place we can look for this plan: Hollywood! Here are 6 tips on how to survive an alien invasion as taught by the entertainment industry.

Five Magic Word Origins

Five Magic Word Origins

So, sure. We’ve all had those days where we wish we could say a couple words, wave a wand, and all our problems would be—hey presto! Gone. And we’ve all probably wished this when our mom/grandparent/sibling/aunt/father/annoying boss patronizingly asked us to “use the magic word….!” (No? Only me? Well, work with me here). Below is a list of magic words and their origins you might try for the next time you’re feeling intrepid (or more than a little ticked off).

The Evolution of the Zombie

The Evolution of the Zombie

There is nothing so typically terrifying, nothing that so perfectly contains all the characteristics of the nightmare, of revulsion, and very little that has the same history in horror and Gothic as the zombie. The zombie is the perfect embodiment of the abject; a term coined and developed by literary critic, Julia Kristeva. According to her the abject represents anything that is removed from or situated outside the symbolic order, and being forced to face it is an inherently traumatic experience. This includes such things as a corpse, along with rot and excrement, reminds a person of their own fragile mortality. It puts us face to face with the stark reality that we are to die. But it doesn’t stop there with the zombie. The walking, groaning, disease and death spreading walking corpse takes abjection even further. It is a corpse, a body that once was alive and to us should be alive, however it is dead and yet it is a corpse that remains animated and without any trace of humanity. It is a million miles away from the symbolic order. Not only does it remind us of our own mortality, but it also threatens to bring our mortality to an end.

10 Famous Ghost Pictures And Their Story

10 Famous Ghost Pictures And Their Story

Ghosts are notoriously camera shy. More times than not when someone claims to have photographic evidence of a ghost it is usually a Photoshop job, trick photography, or it is “orbs”. Orbs are actually just a light source reflecting off dust, bugs, or precipitation that is in the air and the only way your camera knows how to deal with this reflection are the balls of light that one often associates with orbs. Some photographic evidence of ghosts does exist, however. This photographic evidence has stood up to scrutiny and stood the test of time.

Aliens Over Britain

Aliens Over Britain

Roswell and Area 51 are synonymous with Alien activity, and as such most stories of visitors from other worlds seem to come from the United States. With what is believed to be a specialist facility containing Alien material and hundreds of reported stories, most of the focus for extraterrestrial goings on solely lies on America. However, it isn’t just the American government and intelligence services that seem to have an interest in strange and unexplained occurrences.

Zombie Intelligence Scale

Zombie Intelligence Scale

The flesh eating animated corpses of the dead or recently dead have taken on the name “zombie” in Western culture. The stories actually originated from the Afro-Caribbean spiritualistic religion of Voodoo where people were sometimes reportedly controlled as laborers to a powerful sorcerer. The idea that bodies of the dead can be reanimated, if not exactly brought all the way back to life, is still one of the foundations of Voodoo. However, popular horror fiction loves the ideas of zombies as well. Ever since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was released in cinemas all over American in 1968, people have been fascinated with the idea of a body that was brought back to life without the higher reasoning skills of the human brain. Older legends and mythology of the Western world depicted flesh eaters as vampires or ghouls who while not necessarily were Einstein knew at least what was going on and tactics to get what they really wanted—flesh. Taking the reanimated corpses of Voodoo and adding these flesh eating attributes really created the zombie archetype of the modern age—a rotting corpse that walks around with a hunger for flesh or more particularly brains. However, the past several decades have seen an explosion in the already steady fan base of zombies. With this explosion are of course different takes on what a zombie actually is and how they act and respond to living humans. Intelligence is always an issue of concern that must be firmly established in anything featuring a zombie as even the stupid corpses can be scary in masses but smart ones are especially horrifying. The zombie intelligence scale really has developed its own range with this popularity explosion that goes from completely feeble minded to something resembling very closely to human level smarts. Either way, if you are faced with a hungry mob of zombies, run to safety before trying to assess their mental capacity.

5 Historical “Vampires”

5 Historical “Vampires”

With the advent of such excellent literary contributions as the Twilight series and The Vampire Diaries in recent popular culture seems to have come a worldwide obsession with the nosferatu. The positive following resulting from the new breed of vampires marketed to pining tweeners necessitates a look at the historical basis for these fictional creatures. The idea of the vampire has been around in folklore and legend for hundreds of years, continuously gathering a deranged cult-like following (although they have previously been armed with stakes and crucifixes instead of t-shirts and fan-fiction). It is interesting that, although the following historical figures are incredibly fascinating in their own rights, vampire hunters and dedicated paranormal advocates feel the need to nonetheless add to each person’s considerable resume the additional burden of being a vampire. Yet, any time a person seems to cheat death, acts sadistically psychopathic, or is just plain crazy, they are also bestowed the honor of vampire.

Aunt Beulah

Aunt Beulah

The year was 1976 and summer vacation was on its way. My dad worked at the old Cannery just over the bridge while my mom stayed home to take care of my younger brother Jesse, he was ten at the time and me. I was twelve.

Paranormal news for the week of May 24, 2010

Paranormal news for the week of May 24, 2010

Heidi Montag Sees The Future

Heidi Montag, who is most known for her role in the MTV semi-reality series The Hills, has let Spencer Pratt go and hired a psychic to be her manager. Her new manager is name is Aiden Chase and he claims to use his heightened sense of intuition to help Montag get roles and says that he even speaks to spirits. He claims that he frequently speaks to the ghost of Gene Kelly to get advice, who strangely never informed him that his cliental should actually have talent and not just be plastic surgery disasters. Montag recently landed a cameo appearance in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie as a result of Chase’s work.

4 Strange Cults

4 Strange Cults

Cult-like behavior (read, religion) is one of humankind’s oldest preoccupations. Whether centered on God, gods, aliens, or energy forces, people have always been willing to believe and subsequently sacrifice for what they believe in. Here are a few of the strangest yet on record:

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