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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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                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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