Every country – heck, every town – has its scary places. That house everyone's afraid to go to. The town where everyone disappears once daylight comes.
The road no one ever finds their way off. Here are 20 facts about the scariest ones.
1. Suicide Forest
Called the “Sea of Trees,” Japan’s Aokigahara forest is purported to be a home to yurei, or Japanese ghosts.
At least 100 people wander into the forest to commit suicide each year.
2. Snake Island
There’s an island off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil called Snake Island that’s home to extremely ferocious golden lancehead pit vipers.
Not only have they evolved to climb up trees and snatch birds out of the air, but their venom is also so strong it can dissolve flesh.
Even worse, there are at least five of these beauties per yard on the Island.
3. The House That Winchester Built
Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester Rifle company, was a spiritualist who believed in ghosts and evil spirits.
Even worse, she thought she was haunted, so she had her house continuously built with false doors, dead-end hallways, stairways to nowhere, and other traps to keep out the spirits of all the people Winchester rifles.
4. The vortex that eats helicopters
The long-abandoned Mir diamond mine in Mirny, Siberia is so deep that the air in its pit is warmed by the earth’s core.
When this warm air reaches the freezing cold Siberian air, the resulting vortex is powerful enough to suck down helicopters.