Creepy crawlers, weird animals and chilling scientific studies. We've got your nerdy Halloween reading material right here.
OH HELLO THERE, FANGED DEER.
Did you know deer could have fangs? Well now you do. Sweet dreams.
In November, scientists published a study about ghosts. Robot ghosts. They wanted to study the neurological mechanisms behind the hallucinations that occur in conditions like schizophrenia, and they built an apparatus designed to create the sense of an extra "presence" in the room.
If that doesn't make you feel uneasy enough about the fragility of your perception of reality, check out this study about scientists who made their subjects feel literally invisible.
The human brain can be super weird.
One man got more than he bargained for when severe seizures led doctors to remove part of his amygdala. While most of his fears remained the same, his fear of spiders disappeared.
Speaking of fear: Meet a woman who just plain doesn't feel it.
It might sound like a super power, but it turns out that living without fear is, well, kind of terrifying.
Haha, bet you thought the fanged deer was the creepiest Halloween animal.
Why do screams strike fear in our hearts? Scientists tried to figure it out in this recent study.
And their findings could be use to make movie screams just a little bit scarier.
Om nom nom.
Look, these beetles are actually really cool: Museums use them to clean the flesh off of specimens so the skeletons can be stored safely. But that doesn't mean they're not creepy as heck.
I mean, in case you were wondering.
This post features some great resources for learning all about the science and culture of your body's afterlife. Just keep one thing in mind: If you donate your body to science, your arms might end up hanging in an elaborate automated punching apparatus — which is an awesome place for your arms to end up, given most of the alternatives.
Okay, so, these are the "Blood Falls":
Just, like, tons of stuff that looks like blood oozing out of Antarctica. Pretty chill.
Find out what's really going on here.
Sometimes fish fall out of the sky, which is pretty unsettling. Sometimes those fish look like this:
THAT IS A MOUTH. THAT IS THE MOUTH OF A FISH THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.
Never leave the house.
If you need more proof that fish can be deeply unsettling, check out the ones that basically have human teeth.
Parasites that turn their hosts into zombies are really, really scary.
The dementor wasp isn't the only insect that uses mind control to get others to do its dirty work. Other wasps turn spiders into web-building slaves. And fungi can create zombies, too: This one makes infected ants turn themselves into booby traps to infect the rest of their colony.
This one isn't creepy, exactly, but it is happening on Halloween.
Slightly creepier: There's some unidentified space junk hurtling toward Earth, and it's going to hit us on Nov. 13 — which is a Friday. OoooOOooOoooOOoh.
But seriously, neither of these events should worry you at all. They're just cool things.
Is there anything creepier than a creepy doll?
The answer is no. No, there is not. Thomas Edison, who invented several things that were not creepy dolls, created some truly terrifying talking toys. Do you want to hear what they have to say?