Don’t Be Such A Wuss, Visit The Scariest Places On Earth

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Finding destination not overrun with fanny-packed tourists is getting harder by the day. After sharing Luke’s recent Paris Catacombs post with a friend of mine, his inner sissy erupted with, “dude, I would go the opposite way of that place.” That led me to think: What better way to avoid tourists than to head to those places most others are afraid to go?

A few searches online led me to listopia’s list of the 10 most scary and weird tourist attractions in the world. At first glance, yeah, there are a few that I would probably not visit. Then I began to realize the fascinating, albeit dark, stories surrounding these destinations.

We’ll start our own virtual Tour de Darkness by heading to the Sonora Witchcraft Market in Mexico City, where locals go to buy dried hummingbirds and rattlesnake blood for “taming the luck.” Also, people seek the market to get their fortunes read. I’m not sure about that idea, seeing as you’re in the middle of a witchcraft market. I’m just saying . . .

Next stop on the tour is the old Sicilian farmhouse of Aleister Crowley. It’s full of dark, pagan wall-paintings and echos of past satanic orgies. Rumor has it, Marilyn Manson recently befriended Aleister on Facebook.

Continuing along, we find ourselves at Mary King’s Dead End, under Old Town Edinburgh. Just opened to tourists, this underground lair is where 17th-century plague victims were locked up and left to die. And you thought your desk job was bad.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, for the final stop: Chernobyl.  Yes, let’s take a walk in the hasty footprints left by those lucky enough to flee the Chernobyl accident. In 1986, thousands scrambled from the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. Today you can visit the ghostly, abandoned exclusion zone for your very own tour of a nuclear winter (a town classroom is pictured above).

What’s missing from the list? How about Disney World? Come one, someone dropped the ball here I think.

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