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pßalm.comFeb 8, 2020 7:15 AM

From ghouls to goblins to vampires and werewolves. Majority of the things that make us scared or go bump in the night seem to be made up.

(Apart from those based on a true-life story horror movies).

Well, these are some places on the surface of this earth that transcend more than just scary these places are officially frightening. From death rates ranging from 300 a day to churches made of bones to places were people grow extra limbs due to overexposure to radiation.

These are the scariest places on the surface of the earth.

The island of dolls, Xochimilco:

Ranked as one of the most beautiful world heritage sites by UNESCO. The island of dolls is a place littered with scattered dismembered doll parts. All over the island, there are doll body parts hanging in various odd positions on the island.

Hidden among the boroughs’s many canals, the tiny island is famous for the hundreds of dolls—and doll parts—hanging from trees and scattered among the grass.


Although it looks more like a horror movie set than anything else, the chinampa (akin to an artificial island) used to be the actual residence of a now-deceased man named Julian Santa Barrera. After finding a dead girl’s body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits. Daring souls can hire their own boat, try to convince the driver to pay it a visit, and view it safely from the water.

The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan:

Whilst, not a literal door to hell back in time a while ago some scientist came drilling for oil and hit a methane deposit. And the fire does not ever stop burning.

Hence the name.

Located in the middle of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan is the “Door to Hell,” a name locals gave to a 230-foot-wide crater that simply won’t stop burning. When Soviet scientists began searching for oil back in 1971, they accidentally hit a methane reserve and the drilling platform collapsed, forming the crater and releasing dangerous gas into the air. The scientists decided to light the crater on fire to burn off the methane, creating a Dante-Esque anomaly that has remained lit for the past 40-plus years.

Snake Island, São Paulo, Brazil:

Well from the name you should already know what this is about. There are snakes here people. I don’t think anyone is able to live there for up to a day.

Located about 90 miles off the coast of São Paulo, Ilha de Queimada Grande (also known as Snake Island) is one of the most dangerous islands in the entire world. The site earned its moniker due to its insanely high density of golden Lance Head vipers; some studies report an average of one to five snakes per square meter. When sea levels rose some 11,000 years ago and separated Snake Island from mainland Brazil, the newly isolated snakes became hyper-evolved—and hyper terrifying—to adapt to their changing environment. Without any ground-level prey on the island, the snakes learned to hunt in the treetops and strike at birds from the air.


And because they couldn’t track down the birds and wait for the poison to kick in, their venom adapted to become five times stronger than that of their mainland counterparts—capable of killing their prey instantly, as well as melting human flesh. Because of their potency, the Brazilian government bans the public from ever setting foot on the island (as if you would want to).

Aokigahara Forest, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan AkA the suicide forest:

This seemingly serene forest at the bottom of Mount Fuji has an extremely tormented history. Colloquially known as “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara is the world’s second-most popular site for suicides (after the Golden Gate Bridge)—in 2010 alone, 247 people attempted to take their own lives here, and 54 of them were successful.

Some blame this phenomena on the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology. Others point towards the density of the trees, which muffles sound and makes it extremely easy to get lost. Many hikers even mark their path with tape or string to make it easier to find their way back out again. This, combined with the sprinkling of clothing and letters throughout the labyrinthine woods.

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