Some Creepy Wikipedia Articles That Could Give You Chills

October 17th, 2012

Wikipedia is a rich source of information for the common netizen and primarily where most people get first-hand information for Internet “flaming” and preview studies. However, Wikipedia plays host not only to the knowledgeable, but also for people trying to find entertainment or curiosities from the simple whims to the actually gratuitous ones. Here are a few creepy articles you can find about in Wikipedia.

1. Roanoke Colony

As mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle incidents, the Roanoke colony, an English-led expedition in the name of gaining resources and spreading religion and belief throughout the world, is one of the early mysteries in the world today. It starts with the story of colonists settling in modern day United States and establishing a seemingly-untouchable fortress, which, suddenly disappeared without any trace. It was claimed not to be destroyed as remnants would have remained, but it suddenly vanished without a trace.

2. Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic

In the Tanganyika village of South Africa, a laughter epidemic spread all around the village, which began with students finding it difficult to control their laughter. Soon, the laughter epidemic spread throughout the entire village. It is often called mass hysteria by sociologist. The incidents spread across other villages, with people unable to control bursts of laughter at certain points. It took at least half a year to finally end the mass hysteric epidemic.

3. Unit 731

Unit 731 is probably the most controversial war atrocity committed by the Japanese against the Chinese during World War II. The Japanese Unit used a formerly medical institution in the country to perform experiments on biological and chemical warfare researchers using prisoners of war and Kempei Tai-declared “enemies of the state”. Some experiments including live dissection, chemical experiments on humans and other torturous pursuits to science.

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UK’s Biggest Financial Problems List

October 15th, 2012

Financial problems aren’t new to any country, business and individual but they come and go. The United Kingdom, the home of the banking industries worldwide, are now having problems of their own with regards to financial practices. Decades-old financial systems are now showing signs of breakdown and incurring consumer wrath. Here are a few of the UK’s biggest financial problems to date.

1. The PPI Problem

If you’re from the UK and you don’t know about PPI reclaim, then better click that link provided. PPI has become notorious throughout the United Kingdom because of the manner it was mis sold by financial advisers, who were chasing after huge bonuses in selling the insurances. After the High Court of the country decided in favor of customers for repaying all the customers who can’t make a claim for the insurance, the numbers from 2011 surged 150% to 2.2 million in six months in 2012. The UK Consumer Group Which? CEO Peter Vicary-Smith was astounded, stating that it is “the biggest financialscandal in the United Kingdom”.

2. Libor Rates

Libor, or the London InterBank Offered Rate, has become controversial this year as it was found that some high street banks, such as Barclays and RBS, have been found to rig the rates for their trader’s personal purposes. Libor is actually the guideline of every bank in the world as it determines the amount of money banks can borrow from each other. The exchange rate’s market amounts to trillions of pounds, which makes it quite one of the most expensive financial scandals to date.

3. 2007-2009 Depression

The United Kingdom itself fell from its economic pedestal and was slumped during 2007 and 2009. Taxpayer money bailed out many of the high street banks of the United Kingdom. The Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom stated that it “reacted as it should”, but wasn’t able to perform pre-crisis management properly. The money involved were millions of pounds. Makes you think how did the UK manage to still host the Olympics and the Paralympics this year.

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Civilizations That Might Terrify You

October 4th, 2012

History is a great player when it comes to explaining the culture and society of a country. Why America is a country for freedom is because it had fought for hard-won freedom against its colonizers in the past. However, history also comes with civilizations. Primal urges and sub-modern ideas in the past have made the law, which made these civilizations terrifying, so read on.

1. The Celtics

Not to be confused with the NBA basketball team, the Celts are a civilization of bounty hunters. Their “signature”, in which they place the heads of their victims or targets on their chariots and in front of their homes, make them an enemy to be feared. Most celtics fought naked. They carried long and sharp swords. They embalm the heads of the enemies they had the honor of killing and display them for visitors to their home to see.

2. Maori

The peaceful country of New Zealand from down under hides a very horrifying tribe. Once, the Maori civilization lived in New Zealand. They practiced cannibalism during warfare. During the year 1809, a European Convict Ship was attacked by Maori warriors for killing their chief’s son. They carried their victims off the boat and cooked their bodies, while hiding survivors watched in horror.

3. The Mongols

You’ve head of Genghis Khan in the famous Disney movie Mulan. But that is not how it really happened. Genghis Khan was the leader of the Mongols. These barbaric and savage men dominated Europe and Asia eons of years ago. Highly disciplined in the art of war and formidable hunters with the bow and arrow on horseback, they were enemies to be feared. They struck fear in the hearts of their enemies and Genghis Khan ruled over the world’s largest empire in the history of mankind.

4. The Aztecs

The Aztecs are a religion-based civilization during the 1300s. They offered human sacrifices to their religion’s gods. They leveled the sun god as the highest of gods in their hierarchy of deities. However, the sacrifices weren’t always burned or killed instantly. Some were drowned, some were beheaded, some were dropped from high places. They practiced cannibalism during sacrifices; they ripped the heart of their sacrifice out while he is alive and his flesh is eaten ceremoniously.

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