It’s Halloween at last! My favourite day of the year; finally. To celebrate, my boyfriend and I have booked an entire two days off work to binge watch Stranger Things (it’ll probably only take one day but there’s an extra day just in case…) since we forgoed Halloween parties or anything like that.
When I first upgraded from my 13-year old emo email address (which was something along the lines of suga371 – god help me) and chose a more professional address (Louise.Joy@hotmail.com), I felt super sophisticated and having a near empty inbox with nothing marked as unread was really satisfying to me.
I love Emerald Street, a bite sized daily email curated for savvy young professionals. The newsletter covers lifestyle, beauty, fashion, food and more and also includes restaurant recommendations, book reviews and discounts. There’s also a small round up at the end of each email with more professional reads; think current news, thought provoking features and interesting articles that are worth creating conversations over.
TIME OUT LONDON
Time Out London is my go-to place to what’s going on in London and it’s usually via this newsletter that I get updates about some of the coolest pop-ups in the capital. There’s usually exclusive discount if you’re a member too.
Even if you don’t have the app, the Lucky Trip newsletter is definitely worth subscribing to. Each email is jam-packed with travel inspiration and most recommendations have a theme, too. For example, the latest newsletter included a list of bone churches around the world for Halloween and focus on an abandoned doll factory. There’s also the ‘LOL FLIGHTS’ segment which includes deals on flights ‘so cheap it’s almost a joke…’
These are just five of my favourite email newsletters, but it has taken me a while to find ones I love! Even now I get bombarded with many I forgot I signed up for and have to unsubscribe but these ones have stuck. Do you have any email subscriptions you think are worth signing up for? Let me know!
Also, Tesco do a very delicious hummus and falafel wrap as part of it’s lunchtime meal deal!
Here are some of my favourite creepy finds on the internet; may you end up spending hours scrolling through google and message boards by researching such oddities.
THE TAMAM SHUD CASE
Hold onto your socks because this mystery is a big one. The Tamam Shud case is also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, aka an unidentified man found dead on Somerton beach back in December 1948. Four months after his death, a piece of paper was found in his pocket and written on it were the words tamám shud, meaning ended or finished. The book which the paper was torn from was found later, and in the book police found a local telephone number, another unidentified number and a text that resembled an encrypted message. This is just the beginning though and there are unanswered questions about what was found with his body when it was discovered, who the telephone number belonged to, the discovery of a suitcase apparently belonging to the man and the lead up to his death. The case – still unresolved all these years later – is a fascinating one and you’ll certainly find yourself falling down a rabbit hole reading up about it all.
CREEPY THINGS SAID BY CHILDREN
There are many a great thread surrounding all the creepy stuff that has come out of children’s mouths, from the oddly hilarious to the down right bonkers. These are great to read regardless, but if you really want to be creeped out, focus on things said from kids all about the paranormal and past lives. There have been stories of kids seeing spirits belonging to relatives long passed before then (and often before having even seen a photo of said relative), and spot on ‘memories’ from past lives, including the process of ‘choosing’ their new mum and dad. It’s often said that children’s minds are more vulnerable than ours – therefore making it easier for them to see ghosts as adults tend to disbelieve in the paranormal once they grow up – which makes it even creepier. If you’re a strong believer in the paranormal, you won’t be sleeping tonight after googling creepy stuff said by children – trust me.
You might remember this creepy video going viral a couple of years ago. In the video, a man is shown wearing a plague doctor costume in an abandoned cabin. He says nothing, but the soundtrack is creepy enough. There’s also a whole bunch of hidden images within the video which are both encrypted and gory. At the time, people suspected it was an advertisement for a creepy video game or that it was even a terrorism threat. But, this one you don’t have to fear about for long: it was later debunked to be a piece of art. Still creepy though.
THE BIZARRE CASE OF ELISA LAM
I’ve actually blogged about this one before, but it’s still really disturbing, even if you do chalk it all up to Elisa Lam having mental health issues. Elisa was somebody who went missing and the last found footage of her showed her running into a lift at the Cecil hotel and acting strangely – almost as if she was scared of someone. Her actions almost look like she’s possessed, and you can still view this footage online (although there are theories that part of the footage has been cut out). She was later found dead in a water tank on the roof (with no plausible way of getting there), and even with the suggestion that perhaps her bipolar disorder led her to suicide, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions, such as changes in the autopsy report, how she got into the water tank without anyone elses help and the strange instances in the lift. This is definitely one to read up about online – I’d love to hear your theories – and you can go as far as to finding her old blog entries. As a bonus, the Cecil hotel actually has a gruesome past of it’s own – with many deaths and suicides having taken place there.
CRUISE SHIP DEATHS
Thinking about going on a cruise this summer? Perhaps think again. Did you know there’s a large number of unsolved causes of death on cruise ships, as well as many deaths covered up? From what I know, the laws about dying on a cruise ship are a little less straight forward when you’re sailing the sea’s and between countries, so it makes sense that many have been covered up. One of the most popular cases, however, is that of Rebecca Coriam – who disappeared on a Disney ship! Though she was last seen alive in March 2011, the case still remains under investigation, and it’s rumoured that Disney have failed to handle the case properly to avoid negative press. There are accounts of crew members being told to cover up and lie about her death, further evidence regarding what happened that has yet to come to light and the theory that despite there being cameras everywhere on the ship, there is no proof that she ‘fell’ overboard as previously suggested.
I write about these cases respectfully and I am the first to admit how tough and hard it must be for the family and friends of people like Rebecca Coriam or Elisa Lam to not know the entire truth; however there’s no doubt that cases such as the ones mentioned above clearly need looking into further. Sadly, there are a lot of conspiracy theories and mysteries that may never be resolved.
What are your theories on the above cases? Are there any other creepy internet finds you believe should be on this list? Let me know…