This Pringle-shaped ledge makes for the perfect photo op.
Those who approach the summit of southern California’s Mount Woodson will be rewarded with an unexpected geological surprise. The bizarre rock formation of Potato Chip Rock near the city of Ramona, California appears to be the result of a colossal giant dropping his can of Pringles, and it makes for the perfect photo op.
Potato Chip Rock is a thin ledge jutting off of a cliff on the Mount Woodson Trail in Ramona, which stretches eight miles through the dry landscape. Those who are brave enough to walk across the ledge will appear to levitate above the ground below, as if on a magic carpet made of stone.
Naturally, hundreds of creative photos have been taken atop the rock. One group of friends has replicated the scene of Simba’s birth in The Lion King, while others have attempted extreme yoga positions. Daredevils have hung off the rock’s edge by their bare hands, jokesters have ironically eaten a bag of Lays on the rock, and the ledge has even been the site of a marriage proposal.
These beautiful ruins deep in the Pennsylvania woods are thought to have been a ski lodge or a speakeasy, but no one really knows.
These beautiful ruins near Devil’s Hole Creek deep in the Pennsylvania woods are thought to have been a ski lodge or a speakeasy, but to this day, no one really knows what previously stood at this now crumbling site..
The mysterious ruins are located on Pennsylvania State Gamelands # 221 in Paradise Valley just outside the town of Cresco. There is much to explore, but the highlight is the very large double fireplaces that obviously warmed multiple floors of the former structure. There is also what appears to be a wood or coal furnace and what looks like a water boiler.
While it looks like the original structure was built and remodeled in different decades—there are remnants of stone, concrete and cinder blocks—it’s possible that it was all built at the same time as all these materials were available during the 1920s and 30s. Some locals believe the ruins was originally a speakeasy from the Prohibition era.
Whatever it was, it’s suspected that the building met its demise in the mid-1950s, either by a large fire or possibly a flood. One of the local legends is that there was a bottomless lake in the area and anyone who swam in it sank and went to Hell—hence the name “Devil’s Hole.” The lake is said to have disappeared after the large flood that hit the area in 1955.
The Confederacy is still celebrated by descendants of the thousands of Southerners that fled to São Paulo after the Civil War.
As Confederate monuments are coming down in the Southern United States, even further south, in South America, the Confederacy lives on in a different way.
Every year, the Festa Confederada (Confederate Party) is held in Santa Barbara d’Oeste, north of São Paulo, to commemorate the Confederate ancestry of the approximately 10,000 to 20,000 Southerners who fled the U.S. for Brazil after the Civil War, establishing a colony that became known as Americana.
Known as “Confederados,” they immigrated to Brazil between 1865 and 1885 rather than live under the influence of the Northern states or risk prosecution for treason. The Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II, hoping to boost the country’s cotton production, sweetened the deal by offering cheap land and a consistent way of life: Brazil was the largest importer of slaves in the Western Hemisphere and did not abolish slavery until 1888, the last country in the Americas to do so.
Over the generations, the ex-pats intermarried, became intermixed in the culture, and spread all throughout Brazil, while retaining some of the cultural traditions from the early United States. Portuguese is the dominant language at the Festa Confederada, but the festivities include traditional Southern dress—including hoop skirts and Confederate uniforms—food, music, and dancing on a floor decorated with the Confederate flag.
The celebrations that take place each year at the Campo Cemetery, a.k.a “the Cemetery of the Americans” (originally founded because non-Catholic Confederados could not be buried in Brazil’s cemeteries) celebrate this heritage. However, especially in today’s political climate, the racial implications of celebrating the Confederate South can’t be ignored. Some festival attendees don’t realize that the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery and racism in much of the United States, while others hold that it signifies very different things in Brazil.
Stenciled handprints and wall paintings dating back 10,000 years, some of the earliest forms of cave art.
Las Cueva de las Manos is tucked in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot of the Argentine Patagonia, accessible via long gravel dirt roads. The trip can be rough, but is undoubtably worth it: It leads you to some of the earliest known forms of human art, dating back roughly 10,000 years.
The prehistoric artwork painted on the walls of this desert cave is not only ancient, but beautiful. There are three distinct styles to be seen, believed to have been created by different peoples at different time periods. But the highlight is what gives Las Cueva de las Manos, or “Cave of Hands,” its name: the hundreds of colorful handprints stencilled along the cave’s walls.
The hand paintings are dated to around 5,000 BC. It’s believed these cave dwellers stencilled their own hands using bone-made pipes to create the silhouettes. Most of the prints are of left hands, indicating that they probably held the spraying pipe in their right hands. The artists used different mineral pigments to make different colors—iron oxides for red and purple, kaolin for white, natrojarosite for yellow, and manganese oxide for black.
There are also hunting scenes and representations of animals and human life found in the cave, dating back even further than the stencilled hands, to around 7300 BC. The hunter-gatherers who lived in the caves at this time created art depicting the pursuit of prey, the most common of which was the guanaco, a type of llama. A favorite hunting tool was the bola, where interconnected cords with weights on either end were thrown to trap the legs of the animal. A third category of art was discovered, too, with paintings depicting animals and humans in a more stylized and minimalist fashion, done largely in red pigments.
Through all these varied forms of cave art, studied layer by layer, we get a peek into the lives of those who lived in the caves, thought to have last been inhabited by the ancestors of the Tehuelche people of the Patagonian desert. It was first explored by researchers in 1949, and more extensive studies were conducted in the 1960s. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
A pastime for the paranoid who would refuse to believe they'd tied their own shoelaces unless they had photographic evidence and twelve witness testimonies. Because Youtube is now a super safe space where no bad words can be said we'll have to be careful how we phrase this particular entry. In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden sent 41 Powerpoint slides to journalists at The Washington Post and The Guardian, and in doing so he proved one of the most shocking conspiracies of our generation to be 100% true.Intelligence agencies have been in the spotlight lately with the sacking of FBI Director James Comey and reports of a failed CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un. In 1932 workers at the Johns Manville Company attempted to sue their employer after many of them contracted cancer and life-threatening respiratory diseases due to working with asbestos, which was the basis for many of Johns Manville's products. Throughout the 50's and 60's the CIA used their influence on the press to suppress their many illicit activities, and the most shocking of them all was MK ULTRA.
Where a nun died in mysterious circumstances then you're in the wrong place. This is Strange Mysteries, and we're only interested in genuinely freaky locations where messed up stuff might actually happen to you. Alaska is scary enough due to the likelihood that at any given moment Sarah Palin could shoot you in the face, strip the skin from your corpse and mount your head on her bathroom wall while draped in old glory screaming the word freedom like a brain-damaged hyena.Think monkeys are cute? Think again. To us kinky westerners the word fetish conjures up images of whips, chains and my uncle's gimp mask. But Togo's Akodessewa Fetish Market contains no such items, for here, they trade in nothing but death and Voodoo.The Scottish village of Milton is a place so unremarkable that its Wikipedia entry is shorter than the opening paragraph for the page Geese in Chinese Poetry. If you're not a fan of rodents then the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnoke, India should not be on your itinerary, because this place is home to not just a few rats, but several thousand of the furry little fellas.
From Virginia City and Goldhill to ghost towns like Rhyolite to abandoned mines strewn along the northern part of the state to Las Vegas, ghosthunters and lovers of the paranormal are at no loss to satisfy their supernatural craving. There is one haunted street in Las Vegas that has amassed considerable paranormal legend: the stretch of Sandhill Rd. between Olive Ave. and Charleston Blvd.
Rumor has it that a deceased couple haunts the underground tunnels. Whispers and moans have been heard coming from deep within. As the tunnels are only about three feet high, this makes the idea of an actual moaning person in there quite unlikely and fuels the legend that the tunnels—and the road—are haunted. And then there’s an inexplicable apparition of an old woman who chases motorists on the adjacent dirt road but disappears when cars leave “her” street.
The stretch of Sandhill Road between Olive Ave. and Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas is, perhaps, the most haunted street in all of Nevada
The view of the tunnels from Sandhill. Legend has it that a couple driving down Olive St. crashed into some construction debris for the tunnels and died at the scene
Most People Don’t Know There’s A Fountain Of Youth Hiding In Oklahoma’s Woods
Did you know Oklahoma has a fountain of youth that’s been recognized for its “healing powers” since the 1800s? Nestled in the forested woods of Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Oklahoma flows a multitude of clear, cold sulphur springs that have therapeutic qualities. Here’s a look at Oklahoma’s Fountain of Youth that may (or may not) restore your youthfulness:
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area was established in 1902 and includes the Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area. The ancient Natives called the land "the peaceful valley of rippling waters" due to the abundance of water in the area. The strong-smelling mineral water led them to believe in the healing powers of the water…
The town of Sulphur grew in popularity because of these mineral springs, and with more than 30 springs in the park, it's an oasis that continues to draw in thousands of visitors every year…
The springs, streams, and lakes range from fresh water to sulphur water, and have always been a relaxing place for visitors to come and enjoy the peaceful waters. But many people believe there's something special about these springs… an energy in them that brings healing and youthfulness to all who drink from them…
One of these springs known for its healing properties is Pavilion Springs. Its healing waters have flowed before the park was ever established in 1902. In the late 1800s, people would visit this spring to gather its highly valued water. It even became so popular that they had to limit visitors to only a few gallons per day..
These springs are located in the Arbuckle Mountains – some of the oldest mountains in the U.S. – and out of them gushes these sacred waters. There has never been a bathhouse or resort built around these springs, like the one in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Early tribes didn't want to lose access to the healing waters, so when the land was sold to the U.S. government, the town of Sulphur had to relocate farther away..
Lost River Cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky is a seven-mile long river that flows mostly underground. The river begins outside of the cave and then disappears under an extensive cavern. The cave's extensive history dates back to over 10,000 years ago and many incredible artifacts have been discovered within the cave and the land surrounding it.
Before the river flows into the cave, there are a few sections that can be viewed from the surrounding woods. The most notable is the "blue hole" – a bright blue pool that is 16 feet deep. Today, the area on the edge of the cave and river is used as an event space and the starting location for tours. But this appealing spot was once used as a night club, from the 1930s until it closed its doors in 1962. Unfortunately, the river and the land around it then became a dumping site until 1997 when Lost River Cave was brought back to life by its new owners and a non-profit.
Lost River Cave can now be explored by boat tour, kayak or even on your hands and knees, crawling through the cave above the water. While on the boat tour, you have to duck down until the space opens up into a cathedral-like cavern.
It's equally as exciting to tour the river and cave by kayak. The water is calm and you'll get an up close look at this Kentucky phenomenon. The cave was once a hiding place for civil war soldiers, so if you look closely you may even see carvings in the walls, left by former inhabitants.
Kentucky's underground river is an unexpected adventure and one of the state's most unique geological features. Western Kentucky University, along with Friends of Lost River have worked hard to restore and preserve this piece of history to ensure visitors can continue to be amazed for years to come.
Have you floated along Kentucky’s underground river? Tell us about it in the comments below! Lost River Cave can be found at 2818 Nashville Rd. Bowling Green, KY 42101
Located along old Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona is the Hotel Monte Vista. Opening on New Year’s Day, 1927, this historic hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places has been fully restored to its former glory and continues to serve the traveling public today. Along with playing host to numerous famous figures over the years, such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, and Harry Truman, it also apparently is home to a number of unearthly figures.
The Bank Robber
In 1970, three men robbed a nearby bank. During the robbery, a bank guard shot one of the men. Despite their injured comrade they decided to celebrate by stopping in the lounge to have a drink. The wounded man bled to death while enjoying his last drink. Since then both patrons and staff have reported being greeted by an anonymous voice saying "Good Morning!" There have also been reports of barstools and drinks that seem to move on their own.
The Woman of the Night
Years ago Flagstaff's Red Light District could be found just south of the railroad tracks, just two blocks from the Monte Vista. In the early 1940's two prostitutes were brought to room 306. During their "visit" they were killed and thrown from their third floor window to the cold street below. Over the years, numerous guests have reported being awakened in the middle of the night and unable to return to sleep due to a feeling that they are being watched. The majority of the time, our male guests report the feeling of having a hands placed over their mouths and throats, and awakening unable to breathe.
The Phantom Bellboy
Hotel guests have reported a knock at their door and a muffled voice announcing "room service". When guests open the door, no one is present. However some guests have seen the figure of a bellboy standing outside of room 210. John Wayne experienced this ghost during a few of his stays. Mr. Wayne reported that the ghost seemed friendly and that he did not feel threatened by its presence. Our housekeepers frequently experience the antics of the Bellboy. One report states seeing a young male in an old fashioned red coat with brass buttons walking up and down the halls.
The Little Boy
Some guests have seen the image of young boy wandering the halls of the hotel. Few people even say that they have had this young ghost touch their hand! His voice can sometimes be heard as if he is walking behind you. Guests who have seen this ghost have said it looks as though he may be speaking with his mother. Children have even reported seeing him, though always in a friendly manner. Perhaps he is just looking for a friend to play with.
The Meat Man (Room 220)
This bizarre long-term boarder was known by his strange habit of hanging raw meat from the chandelier. In the early 1980's, the lodger was found in his room three days after his death. Not long after, a maintenance worker was working on a few repairs. When in need of a new fixture he left the room, turned the lights off, and locked the door. Returning only a few minutes later, he found the television on at full volume and the linens on the bed had been ripped and scattered around the room! Today, it is common for the television to act on it's own accord as well as reports of cold male hands touching guests in their sleep.
The Rocking Chair (Room 305)
Once featured on the television show "Unsolved Mysteries," room 305 is by far the most active room in the hotel. There are numerous reports of seeing a woman in the rocking chair near the window. Guests and housekeeping have reports of seeing the chair move by itself and knocking coming from inside the closet! History tells us that years ago an elderly woman who was a long-term renter would sit by the window for hours on end. No one knows what she was looking at or looking for. Could it be she is waiting for someone to return, even in death?
Baby in the Basement
The disturbing sounds of an infant crying in the basement have been heard again and again. Reported primarily by maintenance & laundry personnel, this is possibly the most disturbing encounter that has been reported. Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained this phenomenon.
The Dancing Couple
On several occasions lounge staff & patrons have witnessed a transparent couple dancing in the Cocktail Lounge. They are seen in formal dress laughing and smiling, eternally dancing.
The Shadowed Man
An unknown resident of the hotel seems to be haunting the basement more recently and has been spotted standing behind several employees and delivery guys. He stands over six feet tall and has a menacing, uncomfortable presence. Perhaps he has emerged from the tunnel entrance in our basement after years of searching for a way out.
The Elevator Attendant
Many people, particularly housekeeping and front desk agents, have reported a polite attendant assisting their ride in the elevator despite it being self-service. He can be heard requesting, "which floor may I take you to" or even a phantom hand seen closing the elevator's 'gate.' Keep an eye on the mirror when you exit to your floor, you just might see him standing behind you!
Poltergeists and the Voices
For years housekeeping staff have reported problems with light bulbs being unscrewed or, on some occasions, completely removed! While this may be frustrating for the staff this is rarely a problem for our guests. However, if your lights don't work, check the bulbs, you might be surprised! Next to the hotel, staff at the Old Post Office building have heard voices and seen figures moving within the building. Nobody is sure who these shadowy visitors might be.
Subway Cave is a lava tube that was formed during volcanic events just twenty thousand years ago, but today it offers an unusual hiking experience in an area of very interesting and recent geologic activity. The trailhead is located less than half a mile from the junction of Highway 89 and Highway 44 in Old Station.
Subway Cave was created when large amounts of lava were flowing across all the area around the present-day location of Hat Creek. The lava on top, exposed to the air, cooled and formed a hard cap while molten lava continued to flow beneath. Eventually, the molten lava drained away but the hollow tubes remained. This hike lets you follow in the footsteps of these relatively recent lava flows.
The parking area features picnic tables and toilets and the entrance to the cave is a short walk away and well marked.
A flight of stairs descends into a gaping hole in the ground and meets a fairly level floor of the cave that runs its entire length. The floor is rough in many places, so sturdy shoes are recommended. The walls and ceiling of the cave are smooth and lead into the complete darkness that greets hikers on this walk.
Be sure to bring a flashlight if you want to walk the less than half a mile length of the cave. The temperature inside the cave remains a constant 46 degrees year round, so you might want a light jacket even in the middle of the summer. Interpretive signage can be found at the trailhead in some locations inside the cave, which help explain the unusual site.
Hidden Castle In Northern California That Almost No One Knows About
Everyone has heard of the famous Hearst Castle down in San Simeon, but barely anyone knows about this famous family’s secret estate in Siskiyou County. Wyntoon, as the magnificent residence is called, is closed to the public and people can not tour it like Hearst Castle, which is now managed by the California State Park system. It’s located right on the McCloud river however, and as long as you stay off the shore, it is okay for curious but respectful visitors to paddle on by.
While famed publisher William Randolph Hearst’s most famous architectural jewel was his castle in San Simeon, California, he also built a semi-secret Bavarian-styled estate using materials he stole out of Europe on land he had to wrestle from his own cousin.
The area known as Wyntoon in the northern tip of California has existed as a remote hunting and fishing center as long as it has been inhabited by outsiders at all. While the lodges that were originally built in the area were of modest, rustic proportions, portions of the land were eventually purchased by Phoebe Hearst (mother of William) who changed all of that. The elder Hearst built a massive European-styled castle on her portion of the land in direct opposition to the deal she had worked out with the original owners.
When she died, Phoebe willed massive land holdings to her son William, but Wyntoon was left to his cousin Anne Flint, much to the chagrin of William himself. Never one to not get what he wanted, Hearst withheld valuable artworks from his cousin in an effort to get ahold of the estate, and eventually reached an acrimonious settlement where he bought the land from the embittered woman.
A few years after acquiring the land, Phoebe Hearst’s castle burnt to the ground thanks to a kitchen fire. Undeterred, Hearst decided to build a bigger castle using historic materials taken right from Europe to give it a medieval feel. The publishing magnate had men dismantle and ship a 700-year-old monastery from Spain despite having no legal grounds to do so. He also had the remnants of an ancient barn he had previously acquired brought to the site. Realizing that his original castle plan would not work, Hearst shifted his vision to the construction of a Bavarian-style village comprised of a number of smaller structures. Thus quaint (by Hearst standards) cottages were built with names such as The Cinderella House and The Fairy House, each one invoking traditional “black forest” fairytales.
Today the strange village still stands and remains the private property of the Hearst Corporation. The public is not allowed on the property but intrepid kayakers can catch a glimpse from the the Upper McCloud River.
The haunting and hauntingly beautiful Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena was completed in 1913, claimed its first suicide in 1919 and has been racking up the bodies ever since.
“There are 102—and counting—documented suicides of people jumping off the bridge. Pasadena doesn’t like the notoriety, so when the count would get too high they would knock off some numbers,” says Carradine. “The number of suicides is actually much higher, even with the fences that are up now.”
And Carradine has heard ghost stories aplenty. “People have seen a man leaping off a rail, but when they go to help, no one’s there. There’s also a woman seen crossing the bridge, cars swerving to miss her, but then she vanishes.”
Carradine’s even had his own spooky brush with the bridge. “It was nighttime, and I was walking with a friend in the tunnel underneath the bridge," he recalls. "There’s a series of six lights illuminating the path, and as we passed the first light, it went out. The second light went out as we passed. Each light went out as we passed by. By the time we got to the end, it was just total darkness behind us.”