All posts by Clinton A Walker

This Is The Insanity That Happens When You Are High On Crack

I’m sure we’re all aware of the dangerous effects that drugs can have on our brains.

Paranoia, delusions, and the inability to think rationally are only a few, but apparently being immune to feeling excruciating pain is one of them as well.

When a man in Brazil got high on crack cocaine recently, his altered state of mind made him think that it was a good idea to play in traffic. However, running in front of cars wasn’t the craziest thing he decided to do. You really have to see this to believe it.

This is so painful to watch.

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Well, if you weren’t already convinced to never do drugs, I’m sure this has definitely done the trick.

If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, please get help here.

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21 Awesome Ways To Style Your Box Braids And Locs

Show your hair some love with these easy as 1-2-3 styles.

1. Goddess Braid

Turn your braids into one mega braid. See the tutorial here.

2. Bow Locs

If you can make a ponytail, you’ll have no problem creating this bow with an easy tutorial.

3. Twisted Updo

Go for an elegant updo thanks to this step-by-step guide from Jasmine Rose.

4. Side Swept Braids

Call it a bun or a pompadour, but it’s an effortless ‘do you can complete in minutes. See how here.

5. Updo with Bangs

Got a hair tie and a few bobby pins? Then you can achieve this look. See the tutorial.

6. Braided Pompadour and Bun

Similar to the look above, but just braid your bang back and it only takes a few steps.

7. Bantu Knots

Get twisted (and get your hair off your neck) with bantu knots. See the tutorial.

8. Double Bun

What’s better than one bun? Two! See the steps here.

9. Pinup Style

Add your favorite scarf for a retro style. See more here.

10. Loc Petal Bun

If you’re looking for a go-to style, this may be it. See the video tutorial here.

11. Low Bun

Achieve this simple, yet chic style with your locs or braids.

12. Petaled Loc Fro

Create a faux fro with this tutorial from Chescalocs (her channel has tons of other how-tos for those with locs).

13. Faux Bangs

See how to create a flipped bang and other looks here.

14. Scarf Updo

Twist it up and wrap around your favorite scarf for fall. Check the easy tutorial.

15. Box Braid Bang

This is seriously a look you can do right before running out the door. See more.

16. Roll and Wrap

This is a classic style for all loc wearers. See the tutorial.

17. Fishtail Braid

Braid your locs for this easy look. See more style inspiration here.

18. Pipe Cleaner Curls

Add cutesy curls to your locs. Tutorial here.

19. Front Bun

Another elegant updo to add to your arsenal. Watch the 5-minute tutorial here.

20. Side Swept Locs

This is a little combover action that works. See the tutorial here.

21. Add a Scarf

This isn’t really a hairstyle, but the scarf is a chic way to cover up any new growth. See more.

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If You Eat A Handful Of These Every Day, You Can Lower Your Risk Of Chronic Disease And Even Death

It’s hard to know just what will keep us healthy these days.

With all the different advice on carbs, sugar, and protein out there, knowing what to eat can be so confusing. Multiple studies, however, are now showing that people who eat nuts experience a surprising number of health benefits. Here’s what you need to know.

If you eat 20 grams of nuts high in antioxidants per day, your risk of dying can drop by up to 20%.

The nuts with the highest amount of antioxidants are walnuts and pecans.

Eating an ounce of nuts each day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 33% and cut your cancer risk by 15%.

There is some evidence that eating them can lower your chances of developing respiratory disease and diabetes.

Dr. Dagfinn Aune of the School of Public Health at Imperial said: “We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication that there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes.”

“It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food,” the doctor continued.

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Will The “Female Viagra” Ever Get It Up?

Flibanserin, a drug that revs up women’s sex drives, has been battling for five years to get the FDA’s stamp of approval. Some feminists say flibanserin is a victory for women’s rights, but scientists question whether the drug really works.

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed News

At 45, Amanda Parrish had been divorced for nine years, and spent most of her free time in her hometown of Nashville, running after her four kids. She was, in her words, “your typical Southern Baptist soccer mom who didn’t really talk about sex.” Then she met Ben.

Ben was a lawyer, also divorced, with two kids from his previous marriage. Their shared experiences in failed marriages made it easy to connect, and they soon were married. Parrish describes the sex during their first few years together as “consistent, active, and awesome.”

Then, out of nowhere, came an increasing sexual malaise. “I was one of those ladies who would try to figure out how to go to sleep early,” Parrish told BuzzFeed News. “I started to do anything to avoid having sex — and when we did, it felt obligatory.”

The issue wasn’t physical attraction: Ben was as good looking as ever, and in great shape. And the problem didn’t extend to Parrish’s enjoyment of sex, since she could still climax. “The issue was getting me started,” she said. She felt off, like she’d lost an integral piece of her femininity.

Despite having an otherwise communicative relationship, she avoided talking to Ben about her plummeting sex drive. She didn’t even know how to think about it — was there something wrong with her body, or was it all in her head? And was there even a difference?

Afraid of what their waning intimacy might do to an otherwise healthy marriage, Parrish began desperately searching for solutions. She ordered bottles of libido enhancers online, but threw them away after getting “too freaked out” about where they came from. She asked her doctor to write an off-label prescription for testosterone, which has been shown to rev up female sex drives. The hormone shots made her feel physically energized in a way she hadn’t felt in years. But her libido remained flat. “It ended up working out better for me in the weight room than the bedroom,” Parrish laughed.

Her doctor asked about the obvious culprits: her full-time job, her six kids, the predictable dimming of the post-honeymoon period. But Parrish swore it was something deeper.

Less than a year later, she found herself enrolled in a clinical trial for a new drug called flibanserin, the so-called “female Viagra.” That was 2009. In the years since, flibanserin has sparked a national debate over the nature of female sexuality.

Last week, the drug was given its final shot at being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after being rejected twice before. If approved, it will be the first drug authorized by the agency to treat sexual dysfunction in women, compared with nine prescription drugs available for men. Its manufacturers have been battling with regulators over whether female sexual desire should be treated with drugs. Can something as elusive as desire boil down to biology?

Low libido is the most common sexual complaint among women — and it’s not just Parrish’s middle-aged cohort feeling the squeeze.

About 10% of pre-menopausal women in the U.S. are diagnosed with “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” (HSDD), first defined in medical literature roughly 30 years ago.

People with HSDD are uninterested in sex regardless of mood or occasion, capped off with a heavy dose of distress and anxiety over doing the deed. Most importantly, their problem exists in the absence of any other notable culprits — psychiatric problems, for example, or drug side effects, or an inattentive partner.

The biological contributions to female desire are no better understood than the social ones, but they have the advantage of potentially being tweaked with drugs. While a testosterone patch for women was tested in 2004, it never made it to the U.S. market. A handful of other hormonal and non-hormonal drugs owned by small companies are now at various stages of clinical testing.

The drug farthest along in this category, by far, is flibanserin. The drug was originally tested, in 2006, as an antidepressant. It didn’t work well as a mood-lifter, but researchers noticed it had an intriguing side effect: Unlike most antidepressants, which squash libido, flibanserin seemed to do the opposite.

So in 2007, the drug’s manufacturer, a large German company named Boehringer Ingelheim, remarketed it as a sex-enhancing drug. The company ran two clinical trials in the U.S. and Europe testing the drug on 5,000 premenopausal women, and in 2010, submitted flibanserin’s application to the FDA.

If approved, the company knew, this drug could be big. Viagra, after all, had been a blockbuster drug for a decade, prescribed to more than 30 million men across 120 countries and raking in roughly $1.6 billion a year. Viagra works by increasing blood flow to the penis so men can have and maintain hard-ons during sex. Viagra’s manufacturer, Pfizer, also tested the drug in women with HSDD to see if — like in men — the female sex impulse could boil down to sheer hydraulics. And though Viagra did increase blood flow and circulation down south, it didn’t do anything to actually turn women on.

Although flibanserin is often referred to as the “female Viagra,” the drug doesn’t work at all like Viagra does. Instead, it has a much more elusive target: the brain. Specifically, flibanserin alters serotonin and dopamine levels to affect the brain circuitry that somehow drives pleasure and desire.

Advocates of flibanserin say that for too long, women’s sexual desires have been reduced to social and psychological factors. It’s time to stop ignoring female biology, they argue.

“Sex is complex,” Cindy Whitehead, CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the North Carolina company that now owns the drug, told BuzzFeed News. “We bring our religion, how we were raised, and what’s going in our lives into the bedroom. But men and women alike bring biology into the bedroom.”

But that leads to a sticky scientific question: How do you measure a drug’s effects on something so elusive as sexual desire?

Parrish came across the flibanserin clinical trial by accident, after seeing a pamphlet advertising it in her doctor’s waiting room.

She picked it up and began mentally answering its questions about low libido. “One by one I started thinking, This is me,” she said. She flagged the issue to her doctor, who eventually diagnosed her with HSDD. She signed up for the clinical trial right away.

One day about two weeks after starting on the once-daily drug, Parrish was driving and suddenly felt “the flutter,” she said. “For lack of a better word, I felt horny.” She pulled over and sent Ben a text while he was still at work: “Would you like to have me for lunch?”

From that point on, Parrish said, sex was totally invigorating. Rather than avoid it, she initiated it — often. Rather than go to sleep after a long day, she gladly stayed up for sex. She felt more spontaneous. She even sent Ben a pantygram.

“Within a month we were back to the point we were at when we first started dating,” Parrish said. She was relieved, she said, to find that the problem hadn’t all been in her head. “I’m not sure if, without the drug, Ben would have understood that it was my body doing this, not me.”

Every morning, she recorded and quantified her sex life in graphic detail in an e-diary — whether she initiated, used lube, or orgasmed, along with a numerical rating of the experience. This constant logging, along with sporadic headaches, were the only downsides of being in the trial, she said.

Parrish was one of 1,600 women in the trial. The results looked good: The women taking a full dose of the drug every day for six months seemed to show an increased sex drive and less distress over sex. But there was a strong placebo effect as well: The e-diary scores of sexual desire were no different in women taking flibanserin and those taking sugar pills. Interestingly, similar placebo effects had cropped up in some Viagra trials. When it comes to sexual desire, regardless of gender, it’s hard to draw the line between changes in the body and those in the mind.

Parrish didn’t know (and still doesn’t know) whether the pills she popped every night were the real thing or a placebo, even though she was invited to check once the trial was over. Given her total turnaround, she decided she didn’t need to check: She was convinced they were flibanserin. Had the trial doctors let her, she would have taken them forever.

But in 2010, after being on the drug for eight months, Parrish had to send the drugs back. The FDA had rejected Boehringer Ingelheim’s application to market flibanserin.

Part of the problem, the FDA said, was how to measure an increase in libido in the first place.

While Viagra has a shining beacon of an indicator in men — the undeniable presence of a hard-on — female sexual desire is more difficult to quantify. Parrish had felt totally changed by her experience, but when the results from all of the participants were tallied, it wasn’t enough to prove the drug worked.

Although it rejected the flibanserin application, the FDA wasn’t dismissing the importance of HSDD: In 2012 the agency highlighted female sexual dysfunction as one of 20 disease areas it was prioritizing.

“The FDA has acknowledged it’s a problem — that’s not up for debate,” Anita Clayton, a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia who conducted some of the flibanserin trials, told BuzzFeed News. “But how do we measure that, and how do we say what’s meaningful?”

After the failed trial, Sprout Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to the drug and launched a clinical trial with more rigorous surveys to quantify sexual desire. This final trial tested over 1,000 women looking at three factors in particular — increased desire, lowered distress, and a higher number of “satisfying sexual events.”

Although Sprout’s new trial showed promising results, flibanserin was by no means a cure-all. About 10% of women dropped out of the six-month trial because of side effects. Women on the drug showed a 37% boost in sexual desire, a 37% increase in satisfying sexual events, and a 21% decrease in sexual distress, and all of these were significantly different than the results of the placebo group.

Despite these encouraging results, in 2013 the FDA again rejected flibanserin, this time due to side effects such as sedation, dizziness, nausea, and rare respiratory infections. Long-term safety concerns are crucial for a drug that is a once-a-day pill (as opposed to an on-demand libido booster, like Viagra). But the safety question has made many women infuriated at a government agency they view as making sexist decisions about the nature of sexuality.

Sprout, Clayton, and an advocacy group called Even the Score (partially funded by Sprout) say there is a troubling disparity between FDA-approved treatments for sexual dysfunction in men versus women. Men have nine medications on the market to treat erectile dysfunction issues — and more than a dozen others if you include generics and various combinations of treatments. Besides two drugs that treat post-menopausal women who have pain during sex, women have no drugs for boosting sexual pleasure.

As far as safety, these advocates point to the long list of side effects attached to Viagra: blindness, perma-erections that can last over four hours, and hearing loss. In comparison, the side effects of flibanserin seem tame.

“Flibanserin’s top risks are the same as taking over-the-counter Claritin, something considered by 99% of people to be completely safe,” Susan Scanlan, Even the Score’s campaign chair, told BuzzFeed News. “Men are willing to take risks that the FDA, in their paternalistic way, won’t allow women to take.”

Scanlan also points to Europe, where until 2012 a testosterone treatment called Intrinsa was widely available for women with low libido. Intrinsa hit a wall with the FDA when the agency asked for further safety tests over a period of five years. These extra tests would have cost too much, so the company abandoned the U.S. market altogether.

“We have deeply entrenched sexism in the U.S., and it goes into our institutions like the FDA as well,” Clayton said. “This idea that women somehow need to be protected from a decision that they might make with their doctors doesn’t make sense to me.”

Sprout appealed the FDA’s rejection, and last Tuesday submitted two additional clinical safety trials testing next-day driving abilities — part of concerns about sleepiness — and the drug’s ability to be metabolized in women with rare genetic disorders.

The FDA is expected to deliver its final verdict on flibanserin by August. Because the drug is currently under review, the agency declined to comment on any of the specific allegations about its effectiveness. However, in a statement about its actions toward female sexual dysfunction drugs in general, the FDA strongly defended itself.

“The agency evaluates drugs based on science and strongly rejects claims of gender bias,” a spokesperson said.

Some women vehemently disagree that the success of flibanserin is a women’s rights issue.

They argue that HSDD is a matter of personal responsibility — that it’s up to women themselves to fix the likely many-layered issues leading to problems in the bedroom. In an age of overmedicalization, detractors add, pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in profiting from low libido, which shouldn’t be labeled as a disorder in the first place.

“There’s a major problem with the blurring of the boundaries between the range of what it means to be a normal human being, and whether this is actually a medical treatment that requires pharmaceutical treatment,” Barbara Mintzes, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, told BuzzFeed News. “You get a sort of selling of the condition in order to sell the drug.”

These sentiments were echoed last October at a two-day HSDD workshop hosted by the FDA. Along with scientists and doctors, hundreds of patients were invited to share their personal experiences of living with the condition. But some also spoke out against what they saw as a shaming approach to low libido that encouraged women to stay quiet and pop a pill, sometimes just to keep their rocky marriages afloat.

One woman — who was not diagnosed with HSDD — stood up to the podium and listed the various ways she had overcome her low sex drive — without any help from a pharmaceutical drug:

“Switching boyfriends, chocolate, coffee, certain episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, pornography, upgrading my vibrator, the phrase ‘A little to the left,’ the phrase ‘Not so hard,’ the phrase ‘I love you,’ reading Fifty Shades of Grey, a removable shower head, having tips from my girlfriends, having backrubs, back scratches, a good night sleep and absence of judgment from my boyfriend and an absence of judgment from my friends, a defiance of judgment from society, and an acceptance of myself and the libido I came with.”

On that last point, of libido “acceptance,” some contend that drugs like flibanserin do more to stigmatize female sexuality than support it.

“This approach assumes that there’s a certain sexual drive that’s normal and that if a woman is interested in sex less than that, then that’s abnormal,” said Mintzes. “It seems to me that that’s wrong. That certainly isn’t the way that you work towards sexual equality.”

That’s not how Parrish sees it. She and her husband were also at the FDA meeting. “I was offended, frustrated, and angry at a lot of stuff said at that meeting by women who were not diagnosed with this dysfunction,” Parrish said.

What they said reminded her of arguments used by opponents to antidepressants, who claim that Big Pharma is exploiting people who should be pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. HSDD, she said, doesn’t deserve that stigma, either.

“People are out there who have conditions who don’t seek treatment because they are afraid to,” she said. “Why deny people that?”

CORRECTION: The testosterone treatment Intrinsa was widely available in Europe until 2012. An earlier version of this post said that it was still available.

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This Song Is For Everyone Who Thinks They’re Forever Alone

Colleen Green’s “Deeper Than Love” is so accurate in describing what it’s like to feel insecure and terrified of intimacy that it’s kinda terrifying.

1. Colleen Green’s second album I Want to Grow Up is basically a quarter life crisis set to catchy ‘90s-style alt rock.

Hardly Art

She starts the record off with a bold resolution to change — “I want to grow up / because I’m sick of being immature / I wanna be responsible / and I’m so sick of being insecure” — and the rest of the album shows how that’s easier said than done. She sings about dating fickle dudes and dealing with crushing anxiety, and trying to break out of bad habits and negative thought cycles. The album is brave in its unflinching honesty and inspiring in its commitment to changing toxic patterns.

3. “Deeper Than Love,” the centerpiece of the album, is the darkest track on the record, and the one that delves deepest into the root of Green’s insecurities.

It’s about wanting to experience love and have a real relationship, but knowing that you’re absolutely terrified of true intimacy because you’re convinced no one would ever love you if they knew who you really are.

Hardly Art / Lyrics by Colleen Green

It’s a painfully honest song, and Green holds nothing back — the music is stark and cold and brutal, and it’s actually kinda terrifying to listen to it. She sings “I don’t wanna think about it, it’s too scary” in the first refrain, but that’s before she even gets to the really agonizing stuff about bad sex and self-loathing. The song is like those those times when you can’t fall asleep and your mind just starts running through disaster scenarios and picking apart everything you hate about yourself. It’s like picking at a mental scab.

Admitting to these thoughts is not easy, but it’s so common to feel this way. Green is obviously pretty horrified by being this emotionally unavailable, but this song is clearly coming from a place of wanting desperately to fix this problem. In the first verse of the song it seems like the question she’s asking is whether she’ll ever get it together enough to have a real romantic partner, but by the third verse it’s a bit more complicated. She’s scared of intimacy because she wants to protect herself, and the distance she puts between her and other people has become a sort of survival instinct. At the end of the song the question becomes more like — is it worth “surviving” and keeping yourself “safe” to live like this? The answer is definitely no.

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Eating Chocolate For Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight — 5 Recipes To Try

According to Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group, it’s very possible that chocolate cake will become a regular breakfast food because of all the health benefits it offers.

The Denver food expert recently told Food Business News that a Syracuse University study found that dark chocolate improves cognitive functions like abstract reasoning, memory, and the ability to focus — all of which make your workday much easier. Moskow also mentioned another study from Tel Aviv University which found that eating dessert in the morning can even help you lose weight, as our metabolisms are most active during that time of the day.

That said, if your breakfast desserts contain a ton of fat and sugar, you won’t reap any sweet benefits. Don’t worry, though — we’ve got you covered. Here are five deliciously healthy chocolate recipes.

1. There’s no need to give up Nutella when you can make your own healthy homemade version!

2. It’s pretty much impossible not to drool over this amazing chocolate banana bread.

3. Not only are these double chocolate muffins low on calories, but they’re chock-full of protein!

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4. If you want an especially decadent breakfast without the guilt, this dark chocolate avocado mousse is the only way to go.

5. And of course, you can have your dark chocolate zucchini cake and eat it in the morning, too!

Get ready for a new revolution, chocolate lovers. We’ll never have to feel shame about starting the day with chocolately goodness ever again!

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20 Social Media Posts That’ll Make You Wonder Why Humans Are The Way They Are

Remember the good old days when it was understood that people were just inherently stupid and humanity was devolving without needing any physical proof?

In case you weren’t aware, as technology advances, it seems like our own natural instincts and intelligence have gone right down the drain. And rather than just forgetting about our lapses of judgement and truly stupid acts, instead we choose to let YouTubers and selfie queens influence the way we think and act. But social media influencers aren’t the only ones aiding in turning back the clock on humanity as we know it. Average Joes are all too generous with their social media antics, sharing some truly embarrassing moments for all the world to see.

If you’re one of the lucky few who hasn’t asked “WTF is wrong with people” while scrolling through your social media accounts, consider this a gift from me to you. These 20 social media posts will make you wonder where it all went wrong.

1. Nothing to see here, just a man walking his pet kangaroo.

2. For all the haters out there, body mutilation isn’t so bad when you can use your earlobes as doggy muzzles.

3. They never taught us this in sex ed class, but apparently cactuses need protection, too.

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4. Doesn’t everyone show off their extensive gun collection and guitars in their underwear?

5. They say you are what you eat. Apparently the same thing goes for what you drink.

6. That feeling when you’re into a weird fetish but can’t help but show it off for all your family and friends.

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7. So many things wrong with this photo, so little time.

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8. If this isn’t a testament to our priorities, I’m not sure what is.

9. His phone isn’t smart and neither is he, but that won’t stop him from trying to take a selfie.

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10. Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

11. If you can’t tell you opened a pizza box incorrectly, you might need to seek serious help.

12. No fabric, no problem. Just patch up your clothes with a fried egg!

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13. So this is how stupidity is spreading from generation to generation.

14. Work harder, not smarter.

15. Americans love grilling as much as apple pie. And when times get tough, they’ll use just about anything to grill up a delicious treat.

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16. Would it hurt them to tie a string around a carrot stick?

17. When you’re incapable of growing a mustache, just paint one on….or do this.

18. Starting them out young, I see!

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19. Our technology dependence has gone too far.

20. Never forget that we’ll fry just about anything.

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17 Of The Creepiest Things People Have Come Across In Cemeteries

Have you ever gone to a cemetery and found something that gave you the absolute chills?

I’m disappointed to say that the only creepy things I’ve seen are the graves themselves — which aren’t actually all that scary. I know it’s strange to want to have a disturbing experience, but just imagining the awesome stories I’d be able to tell keeps me hoping that one day it will happen.

If only I could have been in these people’s shoes, because they made some seriously unsettling discoveries while walking through graveyards.

1. This apparition showed up right after a funeral.

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2. The hair makes it even creepier.

3. There’s no doubt that this is foreboding, but I’m really curious about what’s inside.

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4. Who just casually brings a severed animal’s head into a cemetery?

5. This tree is growing out of a grave.

6. Those are supposed to be below the ground, not above it.

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7. Well, that’s just lovely.

8. This horrifying sight is a cow’s tongue.

9. Great, someone’s been performing voodoo rituals in the cemetery again!

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10. What a nice way to commemorate your loved one.

11. We all knew it was inevitable that a creepy doll would show up in this list.

12. How is this at all respectful to the dead?

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13. I can’t help but feel terrified looking at this poor creature.

14. This is what’s thought to be a voodoo-practicing witch’s tomb in New Orleans.

15. What an interesting (and unsettling) choice for a headstone.

16. Does anyone else feel like she’s going to get up and start walking around at any second?

17. I have no idea why, but the person who found this actually took it home with her.

I really need to start taking more trips to graveyards. Maybe then I’ll find something worthy of a horror story. But for those of you who aren’t as weird as me — you might want to avoid them whenever possible.

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She Looked Out Onto This Front Lawn. What She Saw Lying There Left Her Stunned.

At around 1:30 a.m. on April 3, a woman was walking home in Lakewood, Washington, when she thought she heard an animal crying out.

But when she got closer, she realized she had been hearing the cries of a baby. The three-month-old infant was lying in the cold grass in the front yard of someone’s home with no parent or guardian in sight. That’s when she called 9-1-1.

The little boy could have easily gotten hypothermia, but police say that besides being cold and distressed, he’s fine. He was taken to a hospital shortly after and placed with Child Protective Services.

Finding his parents proved to be a challenge until a patient at the St. Clare Hospital called and identified herself as his mother after seeing his picture on the news. She admitted that she took drugs that Sunday night, got paranoid, and then left him in the yard.

“In my 26 years of law enforcement I don’t think I’ve seen a child abandoned in a yard like this,” said Lt. Chris Lawler. “It’s extremely fortunate that somebody was going by and got to the child before his core temperature dropped or something else happened.”

The woman’s husband was detained for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant when he showed up at the hospital, but claims he didn’t know the baby had been abandoned. The mother will be charged with abandonment in the second degree when she is released from the hospital.

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