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Like Thrills and Chills? These are 12 Of The Spookiest Places In The United States

Like Thrills and Chills? These are 12 Of The Spookiest Places In The United States

As a huge fan of the show Supernatural, you’d think I’d be immune to scary stuff. I make an exception, however, when it comes to the places on this list. There are just some patches of Earth living humans aren’t meant to visit…lest you wish to face the consequences.

Read on below if you dare.

1. The Moundsville Penitentiary, Moundsville, West Virginia

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    There’s a reason why most ghost hunter shows spend multiple episodes perusing the terrifying hallways of decrepit penitentiaries: tons of people died in them. Not only that, but they’re usually eerie to look at and their interiors are poorly lit. Moundsville is a prime example of this, being both creepy on the outside and inside, and having had more than a handful of folks die excruciating deaths within its walls. Best steer clear unless you want to come face to face with one of the old inmates…

    2. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia

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      Anything built in the 19th century is haunted (according to movie and television logic), and so it makes sense that this building, assembled in 1864, is rife with ghost activity. Apparently, there are so many poor souls wandering its deteriorating hallways that locals host overnight ghost-hunting sessions there for visitors and locals on a daily basis.

      3. Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey

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        Unfortunately (or fortunately), the scares here don’t have anything to do with the former President. This stretch of road in New Jersey is apparently so haunted that drivers see everything from ghosts and phantom vehicles to the spirit of a boy who tries to lure you to your death. At the very least, don’t try to traverse this stretch of asphalt with a bicycle…

        4. The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio

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          Built in 1896 (no surprise there), this prison was finally closed in 1990 after years of outcry in regard to the horrific conditions within its crumbling walls. Though it’s now devoid of living inmates, it is said that those who died within still roam its rusted corridors. The hauntings become more terrifying the closer you get to the solitary confinement section, a region within the Reformatory where people report seeing the emaciated visages of former prisoners flickering in and out of their vision.

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          5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky

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            Sanatoriums, asylums, reformatories, oh my! This facility was built to deal with tuberculosis, and many experimental procedures were tested here (unsuccessfully, I might add). This led to a host of untimely deaths among the sick, who reportedly still reside where they died, waiting to exact revenge on those whose ill-conceived treatments killed them.

            6. The Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts

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              Another haunted building straight out of the 19th century. Lizzie Borden’s parents were killed by an axe murderer, who, after some investigating, seemed likely to be Lizzie herself. She was never convicted, living out her life alone, ostracized by the community. To this day, it is believed that the ghosts of her mangled parents remain in her childhood home, which was later converted to a bed-and-breakfast (you’d have to pay me to stay there). I went with using the slightly grainy era-authentic photo over a modern day one for added spookiness.

              7. Mission San Miguel, San Luis Obispo, California

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                In the sleepy medium-sized town of San Luis Obispo lies Mission San Miguel. At one point in its history, the mission was secularized and sold to a civilian named Reed. Unfortunately for Reed, word got around that he carried a sack of gold with him at all times, which attracted robbers to his property. They looted his gold, killed him and his family, and left their remains scattered around the mission. These bodily remnants were later gathered and buried in the mission’s cemetery. Reed and his family continue to inhabit the ancient structure, seeking retribution.

                8. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

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                  This is the place featured in The Shining, but that alone isn’t what makes it haunted. Many report strange incidents occurring throughout the structure, especially in the ballroom, where such inexplicable things take place that even the most experienced ghost hunters are left bamboozled. This is one hotel that might end up becoming a permanent residence.

                  9. The Grave of the Female Stranger, Alexandria, Virginia

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                    19th century people were spooky, as I’ve pointed out several times now. This grave was given its name because the women buried there wanted to remain entirely anonymous, for an unknown reason. The story goes as follows: a man and his wife reached the United States by ship in 1816. They disembarked in Alexandria, Virginia (before their intended destination) because the wife was deathly ill. Here’s the unsettling part: from the moment she left the ship and stepped foot on Alexandrian soil, to the hour of her death, the wife donned a thick veil that obscured her face. Even local physicians (who were unable to help her) were sworn to secrecy in regard to the woman’s identity. When death inevitably came, the husband took it upon himself to bury his wife, ensuring her anonymity. A veiled figure is said to haunt the surrounding area to this day, her identity still unknown.

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                    10. The Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

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                      About two months after the Titanic sunk in 1912, eight people (a family of six and two guests) were found chopped to pieces within their home. Several suspects were questioned, but none were convicted. Today, the tiny home offers guests tours as well as the option to stay overnight, presumably in one of the rooms where murder was committed.

                      11. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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                        A  battlefield that remains mostly untouched nearly 150 years after the climactic battle that resulted in more than 50,000 deaths. Of particular interest is Devil’s Den, a place where bodies and body parts were discovered even years after the war. In some places, you can even see where blood dried on the rocks (I was there, I’ve seen it with my own eyes). Let’s just hope these ghosts aren’t equipped with working rifles.

                        12. Stepp Cemetery, Benton, Indiana

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                          A haunted cemetery in Indiana that’s said to be the site where several cults congregate. Not only that, but you can apparently spot a handful of ghosts among its crumbling headstones. One in particular is a mother who went to Stepp Cemetery to visit her dead infant. She was so distraught that she exhumed her child, gazed upon its corpse, and killed herself on the spot. It’s said she can still be seen weeping over the site where her child was originally buried. Best not to disturb her.

                          If you’re the sort of person who likes that cold feeling running down your spine as you glance over your shoulder at something half-seen, check these out for some eerie possibilities. Happy hauntings!

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                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                          The result: no more mental stress.

                          2. Unplug

                          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                          3. Easy on the Caffeine

                          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                          The result: mental stress will be gone!

                          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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