'Oddly Terrifying': 40 Of The Most Unsettling Images To Give You The Creeps (New Pics)

You’ve probably already heard of the internet’s beloved corner of Reddit known as “Oddly Terrifying,” which is home to a whopping 2.5M members. The community is dedicated to sending chills down people’s spines by sharing images that are hard to look at, yet tempting to watch, in a strange way.

“It’s hard for us to look away from unsettling photos and videos because they challenge our usual ways of perceiving and cataloging the world, disrupting our sense of ordered reality and even suggesting that reality might be something other than we thought it was,” Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, previously explained the phenomenon to Bored Panda.

This time we wrapped up the newest batch of oddly terrifying images, so pull your seat closer! After you’re done, more of the same goodness awaits in our previous features here and here.

While we may feel completely safe while watching uncanny images, glancing into weird and terrifying-looking objects, places, and people, encountering something odd and terrifying in reality is rather different. So in order to find out how terrifying experiences and events affect our personalities and behavior, as well as ways to build resilience to them, we spoke with Dennis Roberts, an American clinical psychologist based in Paris from the Paris Psychology Centre.

Roberts explained that frightening experiences can be challenging for us, but it’s important to remember that they don’t really change who we are. “Sometimes people can experience events that are so overwhelming that they feel that they will never be the same again. And that’s understandable,” he said.

According to Roberts, what really changes, though, is our sense of security in our environment. “Someone who has been in a severe car accident, for example, might say that they have trouble feeling safe in a car following the accident. Their personality hasn’t changed, but their sense of safety in that environment is now different,” he explained.

It is perfectly normal to feel distress after any terrifying events. But you may wonder why some people get PTSD after these events and some don’t. Roberts said that it’s hard to answer because we really aren’t completely sure. “There seem to be some possible answers, but there is more research to be done. It might be a mix of previous experiences, underlying beliefs about ourselves and the world, and maybe even genetic predisposition.”

According to Roberts, “what matters is the idea that if someone feels that their reaction to a traumatic event has become problematic, perhaps they are having trouble sleeping because of nightmares, or they are experiencing intrusive memories, or they are having trouble with severe emotional reactions, then they should seek help.”

The psychologist argues that there are good treatments available now, based on good research, and help is available. “If someone is in this position, perhaps a conversation with their primary care physician might be in order, or a talk with a psychologist or other mental health provider would be the best place to start,” Roberts said.

Roberts argues that it’s most important to acknowledge to ourselves that something frightening or overwhelming has happened, and to remind ourselves that it’s ok to feel scared in those times. “I can accept that I was scared and it was a frightening experience. That sounds obvious, but a lot of people get themselves into mental health trouble by deciding that they can never let themselves think about what happened. A thought, a memory, is just that.”

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What Has He Done

What Has He Done

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I’m guessing this was to prevent grave robbing, which was very common years ago.
Edit: Just Googled these. Apparently they’re called mortsafes and were common in Victorian Britain to prevent body snatchers. Back then medical schools and such would pay good money for a dead body for research so people would dig up and steal the bodies of recently dead people to sell. Like Burke and Hare, but they didn’t rob graves but killed people to sell instead.

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Body Riddled With Parasites As A Result Of Eating Raw Pork For 10 Years

Body Riddled With Parasites As A Result Of Eating Raw Pork For 10 Years

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Trichinosis I guess. Though the patient having eaten raw pork for 10 years doesn’t really make a difference. You just have to eat the wrong raw pork once to catch this little bugger and then the severity of the decease depends on how your body handles things. The worm larvae are encapsulated so they’re protected from stomach acids and only come out after they’ve moved to the intestines.

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The psychologist reminds people who went through difficult things that “it isn’t dangerous to remember, and if we make a big effort to avoid thinking about or remembering something, we are probably not going to get the results we want. It is often the struggle to control our thoughts and memories that makes things worse,” Roberts concluded.

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Last Night I Hear A Tapping And Snaps. Looked At The Window And..this Is On The Outside. Not The Inside.(I Am In A Two Story House, Second Floor. Under The Window Is A Roof Above The Front Door)

Last Night I Hear A Tapping And Snaps. Looked At The Window And..this Is On The Outside. Not The Inside.(I Am In A Two Story House, Second Floor. Under The Window Is A Roof Above The Front Door)

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That is one seriously fat palm… (no offense ghost)

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Our Hr Team Just Received A Stapelia Flower As A Thank You From A Candidate. There’s A Note Warning Not To Touch It Because It Will Sting And Not To Smell It Because It Smells Like Rotten Flesh

Our Hr Team Just Received A Stapelia Flower As A Thank You From A Candidate. There's A Note Warning Not To Touch It Because It Will Sting And Not To Smell It Because It Smells Like Rotten Flesh

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Did someone tell this candidate “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Seems pretty aggressive?

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I Live On Part Of An Old Rice And Cotton Plantation. I Know A Slave Cemetery Is Somewhere In The Area But No Records Survive Showing Precise Location. We Got A Ton Of Rain A Few Days Ago. This Was Uncovered By The Water After A Few Feet Of Erosion

I Live On Part Of An Old Rice And Cotton Plantation. I Know A Slave Cemetery Is Somewhere In The Area But No Records Survive Showing Precise Location. We Got A Ton Of Rain A Few Days Ago. This Was Uncovered By The Water After A Few Feet Of Erosion

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Would a wooden coffin really survive this long in the ground? Or is that not what I’m seeing?

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The Lower Dungeon Of Warwick Castle. An ‘Oubliette’, Where Prisoners Were Dropped And Forgotten About

The Lower Dungeon Of Warwick Castle. An 'Oubliette', Where Prisoners Were Dropped And Forgotten About

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It is very likely this was never used as a cell but as a latrine instead. To post an excerpt:
“An example of what might be popularly termed an “oubliette” is the particularly claustrophobic cell in the dungeon of Warwick Castle’s Caesar’s Tower, in central England. The access hatch consists of an iron grille. Even turning around (or moving at all) would be nearly impossible in this tiny chamber. However, the tiny chamber that is described as the oubliette, is in reality a short shaft which opens up into a larger chamber with a latrine shaft entering it from above. This suggests that the chamber is in fact a partially backfilled drain. The positioning of the supposed oubliette within the larger dungeon, situated in a small alcove, is typical of garderobe arrangement within mediaeval buildings. These factors perhaps point to this feature being the remnants of a latrine rather than a cell for holding prisoners.”

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