10 Terrifying Wikipedia Entries To Shriek Over

What's that? You've already watched the entire section of cerebral, gritty horror movies with a strong female lead on Netflix? Well, you'll be needing something new to occupy your time this Hallows Eve. Luck for you, there's the Internet, which is full of terrifying stories.
Some of them are true, some of them not so much, but all of them are on Wikipedia — which means they're worth spending several hours procrastinating. Enjoy these 10, and if you're hankering for more scary stuff, may we suggest /r/nosleep?
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Trepanation

Drilling a hole through someone's brain sounds like an excellent remedy for all manner of diseases, right? It's important to let your brain air out every once in a while. Technically speaking, the process of trepanation is still used in some modern-day surgical procedures, but its most gruesome uses were intended to cure all kinds of illnesses, from migraines to epilepsy. It's one of the earliest examples of surgery known to man, having been found on skulls dating back to 6500 B.C.E.
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Self-Cannibalism

It happens from time to time in mythology, like this friendly Ouroboros pictured here, as well as in Game of Thrones. But, the worst part about autocannibalism is that you yourself are guilty of it. Every single day you swallow dead cells from your tongue and cheeks! And, if you bite your nails, it's even worse! Look at you! You're awful!
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Thoughtography

We all know that The Ring, in addition to being terrifying, is a highly scientific film. So, it makes sense that there's an official term for the psychic "burning" of images onto various media. There have been several examples of people able to do this in real life; although, of course, none of them are exactly substantiated by independent, scientifically creditable parties.
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Ronald DeFeo, Jr.

The credibility of the Amityville Horror stories has never been without scrutiny, but the murder that happened in the house and supposedly caused subsequent hauntings is 100% true.
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Premature Burial

Presumably, there is no need to explain why being buried alive is a terrible nightmare. However, we will take this opportunity to point out one example, which only lives on the Spanish-language side of Wikipedia: Rufina Cambaceres. Her grave in Buenos Aires' Recoleta cemetery is a haunting to behold. She died on her 19th birthday — or so doctors thought. Nowadays, the story goes that she was suffering from a temporary condition that made her completely rigid and unresponsive. After coming to a few days after her "death," she attempted to escape but eventually died from asphyxiation. It's said that area residents heard screams coming from her tomb and thought it was haunted.
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Unit 731

This chemical warfare research facility operated during WWII in Northeastern China. It sounds like the stuff of legend, but sadly, it's all true. Experts estimate that over 3,000 people were killed during the experiments that went on during the top-secret program, and victims ranged from prisoners of war to civilians and members of marginalized groups in Japanese colonies.
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The Mary Celeste

This British vessel had only been at sea for a matter of weeks when the entire crew disappeared. Not died. Disappeared. The ship was found abandoned with one lifeboat missing; though, there was ample food aboard, and no known storms or other natural anomalies had occurred to explain the crew's absence.
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Ediacaran Biota

You may have to be a major nerd to be interested in this one, but much like the crew of the aforementioned Mary Celeste, this fun-loving organism disappeared entirely from Earth's gene pool after flourishing for some hundred million years. What happened? We're not going to say aliens were involved, but you know we're all thinking it.
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The New England Vampire Panic

Who needs a witch trial when you've got a vampire panic? This was one of many occasions when a lack of medical explanation led to pseudoscientific persecution. In the late 19th century, people in towns suffering from an outbreak of tuberculosis decided that the disease was being caused by "undead vampires" sucking the life out of their living relatives. They then proceeded to exhume said vampires' bodies, extract their hearts, burn them, and mix them up in a cocktail, which was then fed to the ailing. Needless to say, it didn't work.
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The Bloop

The NOAA has been baffled trying to explain a low-frequency sound detected emanating from the deep ocean off the tip of South America. Much louder than whale calls, scientists did not believe the "Bloop" to be coming from any man-made machinery, nor did it seem likely that it was related to earthquakes or volcanoes. Clearly, they need to see Pacific Rim.

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