We know for sure that the Internet is a dark and wild place, full of people we never even imagined existed…
We fall down what are known as “rabbit holes,” where we can spend hours or days or weeks or longer obsessively researching and reading everything about a topic – no matter how taboo or appalling – before finally coming up for air.
Here are rabbit holes that people didn’t mean to fall down, and the jury is still out on whether or not they’re sorry.
1. This is just weird.
Damn, I wish I remember his name. Years ago I watched a video on YouTube of Elvis’ last phone call which was recorded. In the comments there was this guy who had claimed to know Elvis personally and who went on about how he was in his final days. I grew very suspicious, I clicked his YouTube channel and found more comments on other d**d celebrity videos of him claiming to be a family friend. I searched this guy’s name and found his weird-a** f**king website.
It was the most bizarre sh%t I’ve ever seen. It was full of long posts about how this guy was a lead designer and architect in some important buildings worldwide. It also chronicled all of his celebrity ‘friends’. Guy was definitely schizophrenic, I assume. Finding his website was just so odd, it’s like looking into a portal into his mind. Since then I’ve become very interested in schizophrenia and I’ve happened to stumble upon others who seem to have it.
This one guy on Linkedin is a writer, he goes on these rambles on his LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter about a girl who was k**led. But his sentences are all circular, if that makes sense. Almost like talking with someone with dementia who keep repeating the same thing over and over. Except this guy has been doing the same thing for years.
Just lost in a possible fairytale. The mind is f*cked.
2. Vegans are gonna be big mad.
Plants can exhibit Pavlov’s behavior meaning they remember and can be trained, even though they have nothing that we can describe as a brain or a neural network.
3. There are a lot of crazies out there.
This guy once commented on my girlfriends picture of her and her friends on instagram saying “You b**ches will all burn in hell praise God” or something like that. He had his name listed, but no photos or anything. I screenshotted it and shared it with some friends asking if they knew who the guy was. One of my buddies said he use to ride with him to middle school and that he would duck under the window so people outside the car couldn’t watch him.
I looked him up on facebook and found multiple profiles, all with dozens of bizarre selfies, one having a link to his youtube channel, which had tons of hour long videos. All of them were just total nonsensical ramblings about being perfect, God, virgins, and biology.
There’s something intriguing and disturbing about finding an online representation of someone’s mental illness. It’s public, yet a very private look into their deterioration. It’s like finding an untreated schizophrenics notebook full of ramblings.
4. Who would buy that?
I was a lurker in a car forum for many years, this was probably 8 or so years ago. One time someone posted a thread that linked to an insurance (auto) website that resold accident cars to reclaim money.
There was a whole category of cars labeled “biohazard,” and these are the cars that end up with body fluids in them – giant sh**s from being in an accident, drive-by shootings with blood everywhere, even s**cide cars with brains blasted on the roof. These auto auctions don’t wanna clean that mess up so they will sell the cars cheap.
Some people in the forum even found news articles that corresponded with the m**der/accident/etc in a particular car. It was incredibly creepy. But I admittedly spent hours and hours sometimes looking through these disgusting, tragic cars.
5. Nope. Don’t want to read that.
The Reddit AMA about the guy who had s^x with his mom throughout his teens.
6. This is your reminder to be careful out there.
I once found a fet**h forum for people who collect STDs and deliberately infect others as it turns them on.
Full on discussions about which hookers to bare back to get the complete set…. really freaked me out.
I can’t even remember how I found it, I backed away quickly and never looked back.
7. We all love a good mystery.
Might be between the disappearance of that Malaysia airlines flight a couple years ago.
Its route was tracked into the Indian Ocean and then lost, there’s only speculations as to what happened on board.
8. You can get lost in there.
TempleOS is a trip, worth the read
The guy behind it was pretty genuinely insane, literally and figuratively, he used his home brew os to talk to god, and believed he was married to a youtuber that didn’t talk to him.
9. It’s not as rare as we’d like to think.
I did a bit of research about school shootings around the world, from Columbine to the most recent one in Mexico at the time.
It was terrifying to read the survivor’s testimonies, I just imagined what would I do if that happened in my school, and ended up crying thinking about my little brothers’ fate in those circumstances. Also, the statistical analysis and studies about the topic are unnerving, since they seem to be more frequent globally every year.
And I h**ed getting to know about those groups that praise shooters. I would prefer if I didn’t know those exist, it’s frustrating
10. No, I will not elaborate.
Because someone asked what the creepiest, most disturbing internet rabbit hole was…
11. It’s a stress response.
The public s**cide of R. Budd Dwyer. I was listening to “Get Your Gunn” by Marylin Manson and found out that it included an audio sample of that moment. I was curious and found a video of him (Dwyer) shooting himself in the mouth with a pistol.
I never knew how much blood can come out of someone’s nose. I didn’t know how to react. And I just….. Laughed. It wasn’t funny at all. It was disturbing. I don’t know why I laughed.
12. Truly depraved.
I read about the Japanese concentration camps being especially horrible on Reddit and that was extremely depressing and f**ked up but I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading.
Yeah, I fell down the Unit 731 rabbit hole for a while back in 2018. I think I felt weird for a full week afterwards. One thing that stuck with me was reading an interview with a surviving scientist who when asked if he felt guilty, he responded: “No. We did nothing wrong. This was war, and in war, you have to win.”
13. I think this is why people like m**der shows.
Uh, this isn’t really that great of an answer as it’s the first thing that comes to mind, but I watched a lot of To Catch a Predator footage early in COVID. Those people are disgusting, and it’s so weird to see some plain dude be otherwise totally normal seeming, but have disgusting desires, and then turn into a lying machine when they get caught.
That moment when someone realizes they are exposed, millions of people are going to know, and they are also going to lose their career/job, family, friends, etc… is just a very complex, interesting and gross human reaction to see.
14. You’ll wish you hadn’t.
Ever hear of a guy named John Rabe? He’s known as the Oskar Schindler of China, during the R**e of Nanking he organized what was known as the International Safety Zone, which was a refuge where hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals were able to find safety during the massacres. Today you can find statues of him in the city.
So what was this westerner doing in Nanking in 1937? Running the cities Nazi party. That’s right, the Empire of Japan committed acts so atrocious that an actual Nazi, with the swastika armband and all, stepped in to do what he could to stop them.
15. Just say no.
A straightforward guy wrote down his experiences with heroin. Basically he wanted to try it for fun and he was sure that he had enough willpower to stop after that.
Well he was wrong. Probably someone can remember the name of the guy or the Reddit post, it’s fairly well known I believe.
16. Too close to home.
I bought my brother a taser from Amazon for his birthday one time.
Looking at some of the questions there was one asking if it hurt, the answer went something like “It does not I’ve tased myself in the neck 30 times.”
Very very interested in this I go to his amazon profile where you can see what else he has reviewed and he reviewed a katana and stuff like that of similar nature.
Still interested so I type his name into Facebook and find a profile with a picture of him holding his katana. The first thing I notice is that HE’S FROM MY CITY.
Second thing is there are soo many people posting to his Facebook saying he’s the devil and they can’t believe what he’d done and that they hope he rots and stuff like that!
EXTREMELY interested at this point I google his name and find news articles that he stabbed a guy in the chest in his apartment with a KATANA. Then fled and was later caught by police.
Turns out he was very delusional and really needed help. He’s now in jail, and according to the article looks like he getting the help he needs.
It was a very wild ride from just looking at the stupid questions people ask about products on Amazon.
17. Who would think this could possibly help?
Researching attachment therapy, as used on kids diagnosed with attachment disorders (aka holding time, compression therapy, coercive restraint therapy, rebirthing). I don’t feel like typing out the details but a quote from wiki and link is below. It’s messed up and has resulted in several child d**ths and lots of long lasting trauma.
I have no idea why I kept reading and watching videos, etc., but I spent an entire night researching it. It was horrifying. Maybe I felt like I owed it to the victims to read their stories. I don’t remember.
“A central feature of many of these therapies is the use of psychological, physical, or aggressive means to provoke the child to catharsis, ventilation of rage, or other sorts of acute emotional discharge. To do this, a variety of coercive techniques are used, including scheduled holding, binding, rib cage stimulation (e.g., tickling, pinching, knuckling), and/or licking. Children may be held down, may have several adults lie on top of them, or their faces may be held so they can be forced to engage in prolonged eye contact. Sessions may last from 3 to 5 hours, with some sessions reportedly lasting longer.”
18. In need of a hook.
Blogs by people who are obsessed with losing limbs and/or having them replaced with hooks etc.
Some went through with “accidents” where they mashed their hands beyond repair in order to achieve their goal.
19. This makes me panic.
Cave diving accidents. They’re always tragic and sad and insanely common in the community due to the dangers of cave diving. But they have been to some of the most untouched areas of Earth and I kind of get the need to keep exploring even if it’s dangerous.
I read about a pair of blokes who realized their line had snapped and they were trapped in an air pocket with only enough oxygen for one of them to try and escape for help. Dude had to wait in the pitch black for hours not knowing if his friend had reached help or d**d along the way.
Scares the crap out of me, I can barely bring myself to swim under small stuff in safe swimming pools. I’ve never tried diving and I really don’t think I could conquer that fear.
20. Don’t Google alone.
Elan School. It’s pretty famous but for those who never heard of it : American school that lasted for 40 years that was as close to a concentration camp for children as you could get.
21. It seems impossible.
I have fallen down 2, both lasted about a week.
First was John/Jane Does who have never been claimed or identified.
Second was people who have disappeared without a trace. I feel this one tugged more on my emotional strings, especially stories involving kids. One that has stuck with me is a little boy who disappeared on a Scout hike, Jared Negrete. That is one of my greatest fears when I take kids hiking.
22. Too sad for me.
There’s a doc called The Bridge, which captured 23 of the 24 s**cides from the Golden Gate Bridge in SF in 2004. Apparently the bridge is wildly popular s**cide site. By 2004, there had been more than 1200 s**cides, with a 98% d**th rate. Anyway, it’s really dark and sent me on a little research expedition of the s**cides.
Apparently, the 2% that survive say they instantly regretted jumping midair. And that starts to make you think about s**cides and how much pain people are in to take that step, and YET there is a shock of clarity once they’ve done the irreversible.
Just reading about that desperation and sadness triggered so much in me, I really can’t go down those rabbit holes anymore.
23. An escape into fantasy.
A sci fi timeline pdf I found awhile back, I think it was on the world building sub. It was a timeline of humanity that started it off relatively normal detailing human evolution as they colonized mars and the stars beyond.
It descended into body horror when they came in to contact with a advanced race that for some reason I forget gene modded the majority of humans into non sentient species and seeded them across the galaxy. It then went into great detail with each of these species separately and their climb back to sentience.
It ended with one of the new humans that evolved back to sentience standing beside a original human skull. I haven’t been able to find it since but s**t got dark.
24. I would like to never know more.
Reading about John Jones, the spelunker who got stuck upside-down in a narrow crevice at Nutty Putty Cave in 2009, scared the h*ll out of me.
Rescuers got to his feet, talked to him for hours, but just couldn’t get him out. Ultimately the cave was sealed with his body inside.
25. I, too, have fallen into this hole.
D**ths on Mt. Everest and how a lot of the bodies are still up there. This was a wiki rabbit hole I fell into after listening to the Casefile episode on David Sharp. Read not only about him but also green boots, this couple that got separated, etc. Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the bodies aren’t that decomposed so they still look recent even though it’s been years or decades.
t’s creepy and sad. Some bodies have been there so long they are used as markers for climbers. What is also sad is that there have been efforts to remove them, but doing so is extremely dangerous because of the altitude, temperatures, and uneven ground.
People have d**d attempting it in the past. Not sure if they’ve managed to succeed since I last read about it in 2018.
My brother k**led himself with a friend last Halloween while hiking Mt. Rainier. Their bodies were discovered by some hikers who proceeded to upload pics of their bodies to a gay d**th fetish site. I guess some info got out, but now every week I get people contacting me about his body, asking me if I have more pics or blaming my family for his d**th through whatever social media they can find (mostly his memorial page), it can be extremely mean.
It doesn’t bother most of my family much (we know how to deal with trolls and perverts), but it destroys my mom.
Never forget the purpose of the communities you visit. To you that celebrity site is just a passing curiosity, but this is a site with an active community that seeks out corpses to wank to, they are highly f*cked up at best, and are likely extremely dangerous considering some of these threats I’ve gotten.
27. It’s apparently a thing.
There’s this guy on Facebook that married his s** doll and has photos together of them everywhere at first I thought it was a troll account but the more I looked the creepier it got.
The dates on the photos dated back years and he showed off his dolls wardrobe and all the Possessions he had of hers and then… there were multiple “friend” accounts of different s^x dolls on his page that’s completely public but genuinely the weirdest part to me was that he lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere like imagine if someone accidentally ended up there…
I spent an hour last night looking for it and surprisingly it’s apparently more common than I thought wtf is wrong with people anyways I’ll look some more today because it was a viral share
28. It’s just a job.
Saudi Arabia’s leading executioner: Muhammad Saad al-Beshi. He mostly decapitates people with a sword. I watched/read interviews with him. I wanted to know if that sh%t haunts him. No, it doesn’t.
He’s already teaching his son to follow in his footsteps. His children also help him clean the blood off his sword. Then I started looking into what was considered Capital Offenses and other punishments used. Stoning is one. Certain crimes will get the beheaded body crucified.
29. Don’t Google it. You’re welcome.
The m**der of Junko Furuta.
They weren’t even charged with m**der, just “bodily injury leading to d**th”. They’ve all since been released.
The “ringleader” Hiroshi Miyano got 20 years. Since being released, he’s went back into gang activity and been arrested for fraud, but has managed to avoid any convictions.
Jō Ogura got 8 years. Since being released, he’s boasted about his involvement in raping and m**dering Furuta, and he wound up serving another 7 years for kidnapping and t**turing a guy he thought his girlfriend was cheating on him with. During that kidnapping (which lasted 4 days), he threatened to k**l the guy and told him that he had gotten away with m**der before. He’s currently free again.
Nobuharu Minato got 9 years. Since being released, he went back into gang activity and is currently on trial for attempting another m**der.
Yasushi Watanabe got 7 years, and is the only one to have not reoffended since his release.
None of the family members who helped them house and hide Furuta were charged in any way, and several of them have actually tried to blame it all on Furuta.
30. What kind of curiosity is that??
Looking up pictures of people who hit the ground after falling from great heights. I looked it up mostly out of morbid curiosity.
Definitely would not recommend for anyone with a weak stomach.
As a true crime buff, I’ve fallen down too many of these that made it hard to sleep at night.
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