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15+ Unsettling Pics That Take Some Courage To Learn The Backstories

When we see something supremely messed up, our first reaction isn't usually to think, "Gee, I'd sure like to know more about whatever the hell that is."

Most of the time, it's a hearty "NOPE" and a desperate search to find the fastest route away from it. But we'd also be lying to ourselves if we claimed we don't get morbidly curious sometimes.

We may ask ourselves why we're doing it, but some intense sights just transfix us enough that we know we won't be able to stop thinking about them until we answer those nagging questions in our minds.

But rather than look for this elusive context in places that may show us even worse things, it's better just to get it all here.

1. Not only is this the last thing a lot of drivers want to share the road with, but it was parked in a place that brings out all the creepiest things about it.

Reddit | GooberGrape79

Specifically, it was parked facing a cemetery in the Deveraux area of Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, I don't know enough to tell you whether its owner is just a particularly edgy goth or someone more mysterious. So I share where it was found to give you the best possible chance to avoid it.

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2. It's hard to explain what exactly this statue depicts, but it's found in a rather macabre museum in Sosua, Dominican Republic.


More specifically, Castillo Mundo King, which is known to feature a lot of Haitian art that features voodoo imagery.

The uploader said the museum had an H.R. Giger vibe to it and describes the owner as "an interesting fellow."

I think that much is clear.

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3. If there's any comfort I can give here, it's that nobody in this picture was really dead at the time.

Reddit | Davinan38

As for why they're pretending to be, it's because they are portraying the seven wives of Bluebeard.

This was a villain from a European folktale known for marrying women just so he could lock them in his castle and then kill them. Folktales tend to be pretty dark like that.

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4. Oddly enough, the bizarre growth on this fence isn't the part of this photo the uploader should be worried about.

Reddit | Oldmate81

He refers to this sight as a "tree root demon hidden under capping of my asbestos fence," which made most commenters stop worrying about the roots and start expressing concerns about the fact the fence has asbestos in it.

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5. This sign would be an odd sight to see while underwater, but it makes sense in context.

Reddit | breathholding_nick

That's because this eerie space used to be a mine and the fact that it's now completely submerged offers a lot of insight into why it stopped being one.

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6. Although it's difficult to uncover the origins of this old photo, it's certainly taken on a life of its own since it was taken.

Reddit | Jojo1001101011

Namely, as one of the images that people like to use to sum up their travels within the deep web.

Although this was likely just someone experimenting with various costumes during the early days of photography, the fact that it's monochrome, involves imagery that at least seems "occult," and is difficult to pin down in terms of place and time makes it fit the "dark web's" sinister reputation well.

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7. Although it's obvious that this was never depicting a Care Bear, this image actually turned out more evil looking than anyone intended.

Reddit | garridonon

For anyone who's worried, this is definitely not going to put any curses on anyone because it's just an ordinary Joker T-shirt turned inside out.

Honestly, the uploader might make more of an impression if they kept wearing it like this.

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8. Although this makes for a pretty unsettling sight, there's actually a very caring idea behind it.

Reddit | magic_king_

These are actually face prosthetics made by a woman named Anna Coleman Ladd, who had intended to help soldiers who experienced facial disfigurement in combat.

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9. If this seems like some kind of bizarre cult activity, you'll be relieved to hear that this isn't what's going on.

Reddit | kyle-inator

As the uploader explained, he and his friends took a broken mannequin from a Forever 21 store as it was going out of business and one of them has kept it in his trunk ever since.

One night, they trespassed into a sewer tunnel and decided to take some "dumb" pictures with it. At least they're honest about it.

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10. We all know that some gross things can end up clogging our sinks, but this one is sure to bring about those skin-crawling feelings.

Reddit | Glitch27

Apparently, this wasn't just random sludge, but rather the remains of a decomposing snake.

Lovely, isn't it?

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11. This has been labeled as a Bible bound in human skin, but it thankfully seems like that isn't the case.

Reddit | RhinoVanHorn

Instead, the consensus seems to be that this book is actually bound in the skin of a pig.

Granted, that's pretty creepy as well, but it at least makes me less concerned that there's a serial killer on the loose.

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12. Unfortunately, the most distressing part of this image is that someone had to exist in what seems like an unimaginably painful state.

Reddit | SourCynic

This was identified as a "medical oddity" exhibit in Philadelphia's Mütter Museum.

The museum prides itself on being equally as informative as it is disturbing and we can already attest that it's right about at least one of those things.

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13. If this catches someone's eye enough to ask about it, they may not like the answer.

Reddit | hairybooger

Apparently, it's a section of skin bearing a moon tattoo that was surgically removed and cast in resin.

While there are less worrying reasons why someone might own something like this (a keepsake of a fallen friend or family member, for instance), it's unclear who this tattoo once belonged to or why this person has it.

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14. While there aren't many good contexts for a sudden brown patch in your sink, this would still be a lot of people's worst nightmare.

Reddit | Pomps8a

It turns out that the sink was full of so many spiders that they appeared to be one solid object.

For some reason, the person recording this video reacted to this news by trying to throw them at his friends. I think I know who we should really be afraid of in this situation.

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15. These piglets were found at an abandoned hog farm, but it's unlikely that they survived long after these pictures were taken.

Reddit | 94sdime

As we can see, they suffered from a form of cyclopia that occurs when the eyes and nasal cavity don't finish forming during the pregnancy.

Although it can occur in many species, including humans, it's often fatal before the creature even makes it this far.

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16. While it's not unusual for birds to fly into windows, this one in Arizona left a ghostly imprint after it made its impact.

Reddit | ismellcatpee123

Although this was likely the result of a particularly painful collision, the imprint is so detailed due to the oily substance birds produce to coat their feathers.

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17. Although this could very well serve as the thumbnail for some video about the deep web, this photo's origin is a little easier to determine.

Reddit | whitenwordsayer69

Simply put, this was probably taken on Halloween. It's just that in the early 20th century, there weren't really any party stores you could visit to grab a costume.

Instead, they were homemade. And back in those days, they were a lot more likely to actually be scary. Again, it's not like there were any superheroes or Disney princesses at the time.

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18. There's something very unsettling about a scene where all the trees in a dark forest have something deliberately placed on them.

Reddit | eduardo0917

But it's obviously scary when they turn out to be pieces of paper with stuff like "he's watching you" or "you're already dead" written on them, it's still pretty weird when we discover they're actually slices of bread.

After all, just because our tone when we ask why this is happening is less anguished than bewildered, that doesn't make the question any less valid.

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19. When we see a grave fall into disrepair, there usually isn't much of a story to tell.

Reddit | Celt9782

After all, this was only the result of the ravages of time, right?

Well, one commenter drew on their own experiences and raised the possibility that given the size and the number of the breaks here, it's not out of the question that the body in this grave had to be exhumed.

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20. Apparently, a corpse's eyes don't necessarily stay closed on their own when we attend a visitation.

Reddit | awh_schnapp

And that brings us to what these these small plastic caps in this person's hand are.

It turns out that they're eye caps that are inserted into the departed's eyes both to keep them closed and to help maintain their shape.

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