If You Thought ‘The Exorcist’ Was Scary, Wait Until You Hear The Film’s Original Score

Perhaps one of the greatest scary movies of all time, The Exorcist was a horror show before the film even made it to theaters. Several big Hollywood producers of the time turned it down (including Kubrick), the crew became sick with mysterious illnesses, and the toddler of one of the main actors was hit by a motorbike.

Many in the industry believed the film to be “cursed.”

Another setback to production was the fact that the film’s original score made people actually want to vomit. Composer Lalo Schifrin (who also wrote the Mission: Impossible theme) went all out for the original trailer music. The heaviness of the sounds combined with the intense flashing images allegedly caused viewers to run to the bathrooms.

You’ve been warned…here’s the original trailer for The Exorcist, which caused Warner Bros. to demand director William Friedkin fire Schifrin.

And here is more from Schifrin’s expertly creepy score.

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Rumor has it that Friedkin was so distraught about the studio’s reaction that he took the audio reels and literally threw them out of the window. He decided then to use modern classical compositions to score his movie, most notably the track “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield.

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7 Of The Coolest (And Creepiest) Mysteries From World War II

Even after countless books, movies, and TV shows have been written and produced about the Second World War, there’s still so much that those of us on the outside don’t know.

From the lost identity of a man who changed the tides of the war to the disappearance of a high-ranking Nazi, here are some of the greatest mysteries surrounding World War II.

Heinrich Müller

To this day, the German head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller, remains the senior most figure of the Nazi regime ever captured. Although historians found a death certificate that says he died in Berlin in 1945, it’s impossible to prove its legitimacy.

Some reports say that Müller was spotted in Cuba and Argentina long after that. At one point, a man in Panama named Francis Willard Keith was believed to be Müller himself. Even Müller’s wife thought it was him! Unfortunately, fingerprint scanning proved that this wasn’t the case.

U-530

Even after Admiral Dönitz ordered the war’s end, German U-boat U-530 did not surrender. Instead, it traveled to Mar del Plata, Argentina, and eventually gave itself over to the Argentinian Navy. The suspicious thing about this craft is that the sub’s captain, Otto Wermuth, refused to explain why it took them two months to get to Argentina, why they dismantled their own deck gun, why the crew had no identification, or why there was no log on the ship. Some speculate that their secrecy covered up the ferrying of high-ranking Nazis to South America, including Adolf Hitler himself.

The Amber Room

The Amber Room was used by Russian tsars to entertain their guests for centuries. Filled with beautiful amber panels and priceless gold pieces, the room was considered the Eighth Wonder of the World…until World War II, when the room, along with the rest of Catherine Palace, was raided by the Nazis.

While some believed that the room was taken to Königsberg for display, it actually disappeared from the face of the Earth. A replica was constructed in 2003, but the whereabouts of the original are still unknown.

The Body from Operation Mincemeat

When the Allies decided to take back Italy, they figured that the best way to do so was to make the Germans think they were going to Greece. They did so by planting classified documents on a dead body, but those documents actually contained falsities designed to throw Germany off track.

When the fallen soldier carrying the identity card of “Major Martin” washed ashore in Punta Umbría, Spain, the Germans thought they’d stumbled upon a game changer. Operation Mincemeat was a success, but the true identity of Major Martin is still a mystery. There are those who believe he was John “Jack” Melville, a sailor who died in the explosion of the HMS Dasher. Others say it was a homeless alcoholic from Wales named Glyndwr Michael.

Herschel Grynszpan

On November 7, 1938, a young Jewish refugee named Herschel Grynszpan shot and killed Nazi diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris. This assassination provided the Nazis with the pretext to start the Kristallnacht program, which effectively kicked the Holocaust into high gear.

Grynszpan almost escaped, but the Nazis seized him when they invaded France. His trial was supposed to be a symbol of Jewish betrayal, but due to the war, it kept getting postponed. If Grynszpan survived the war at all, he never came forward to family or friends. He was last seen in 1943.

Who betrayed the Frank family?

It may be the most recognizable story from the war, but some parts of it are still shrouded in mystery. The main question is this: Who alerted the Nazis to the Frank family’s whereabouts? The son of Otto Frank’s friend Tonny Ahlers came forward to say that his father betrayed them. There are some who believe it was Wilhelm van Maaren, the warehouse manager. To this day, nobody knows for sure.

Glenn Miller

Between 1939 and 1943, Glenn Miller was a best-selling recording artist whose most notable tracks included “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” While traveling to entertain troops in France during World War II, his plane mysteriously vanished over the English Channel. There are some who believe that the plane crashed due to faulty equipment, but there is another strange theory that says it was accidentally hit by a bomb from an Allied aircraft.

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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg seem pretty hell-bent on covering every single aspect of the war in a slew of Oscar-nominated films, but the fact that there are still so many unsolved mysteries from this dark time in history suggests that there’s really no way to examine everything. After all, dead men tell no tales.

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This Abandoned Facility Was Once Home To Weapons Capable Of World Destruction

In movies, we often see men in suits pushing the “red button” that launches a missile at an enemy nation, but rarely does the camera show us the facility where the missile was launched from.

Urban explorer Jim Sullivan managed to sneak his way into an abandoned Titan I ICBM missile complex in Colorado.

And he took some pretty eerie, but interesting, pictures. ?

At one point this facility was state of the art…

But now, it looks as if it’s from an alternate universe where the Cold War erupted into a nuclear street fight.

This is a map of a typical Titan launch complex.

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In recent years, the Titans have all been decommissioned.

They were replaced by what is currently the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile, the LGM-30 Minuteman.

There are about 450 LGM-30 Minuteman silos hidden in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Hopefully, the Minuteman silos are in much better shape.

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And, of course, an urban exploration journey wouldn’t be complete without an eerie shot of a black silhouette hiding in the corridors…

To see more of the abandoned places Jim explores, check out his website!

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When Left Alone, This Pooch Decided To Leave Its Mark…All Over The House

When you have traditional Chinese calligraphy ink in your home for whatever reason, it’s probably smart to keep it out of your dog’s reach.

That’s what one family learned when they came home and found a million black paw prints covering every inch of their home.

While they were at the movies for 3 hours, their dog showed them who’s boss.

Judging by these photos, I’m going to assume that this family likes to keep 30 gallons of calligraphy ink on hand at all times.

The canine culprit needs a little practice when it comes to lettering.

That being said, the pooch would not be defeated by a stupid pot of ink!

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No room was spared.

That’s just cold.

Okay, what the dog did is horrible, but how could anyone possibly stay mad at that face?

Fortunately for everyone involved, the ink was non-toxic and easy to clean up!

Again…the face. Just look at that face.

Huskies are definitely active dogs, so if you have one in your house, you can’t really blame them when madness like this goes down. They need to run free (while covered in ink, I guess).

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6 ‘Harmless’ Things That Are Actually Signs Of Major Health Problems

WARNING: if you’re a hypochondriac, you probably shouldn’t read this!

In movies, sometimes a character will interrupt a conversation with a cough that seems innocent at the time, but sure enough, a few scenes later, everyone’s at that character’s funeral lamenting, “We should have seen the signs!”

This is, of course, just a plot device, and it doesn’t bear any resemblance to the real world…or does it? One might think your body would tell you if it’s dying — “HEY, LISTEN UP! GO TO THE DOCTOR” — but oftentimes, it warns us in the most frustratingly subtle ways. Here are some symptoms that may seem harmless at first…but could end up spelling your doom.

Weak teeth = bad stomach

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Despite brushing, keeping soda out of your diet, and doing virtually everything your dentist tell you to do, is your enamel still too weak? Well, then you might have an acid reflux problem in your stomach! While sugary treats wear down the enamel on the front of your teeth, acid from your stomach may be eroding the backs!

Hair loss = prostate cancer

There may be a link between hair loss and prostate cancer in men. Studies show that men with moderate balding are 83% more likely to get prostate cancer down the line. But how does hair protect you from prostate cancer? It doesn’t! The real culprit is testosterone. Too much of it is the true cause of balding AS WELL AS problems with the prostate.

Changes in handwriting = Parkinson’s disease

Write a sentence down on a piece of paper. Now write it nine more times. Notice any noticeable differences? If you see that each time you wrote the sentence the words got smaller and more crowded together, it could be an early sign of Parkinson’s. You see Parkinson’s causes the nerves to stop producing dopamine, which causes stiffness in your hands. This can affect your handwriting.

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Long pointer finger + shorter ring finger = schizophrenia

If your pointer finger is longer than your ring finger, it may be an indicator of schizophrenia. A recent study confirms that men with this sort of digit ratio are likely to have a disturbed hormonal balance that could also lead to schizophrenia.

Inability to calculate tip = Alzheimer’s

Is the reason you’re not tipping well enough not the fault of the service you received, but because you’re too afraid to do the calculations? The inability to perform simple math equations could be a early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. One brain fart might not mean much, but if it happens on a regular basis, it could be a signal for memory problems later in life.

Snoring = heart disease

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If you snore, you may actually be keeping up you partner with your weakening heart. Sleep apnea is linked to the thickening of arteries in the neck, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks more than commonly thought heart detriments (smoking or increased weight).

Of course, these symptoms can be caused by any number of things, so don’t go buying a plot in the cemetery just yet. Consult a doctor if your symptoms are really troubling you, no matter how small. You might come off looking like a crazy person, but a little piece of mind is better than freaking out over it.

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The Mafia Is All Around Us…Do You Know Who Your Local Mobsters Are?

From The Godfather to the The Sopranos, it’s pretty clear that mafia members are just as important to American pop culture as Expansion-era cowboys.

Hollywood seems pretty keen on focusing on the Five Families of New York City and the Chicago Outfit, but there are plenty more mafia groups around the U.S. that are just as dangerous.

The Licavoli Crime Family of Cleveland

When the Lonardo and Porrello brothers moved to Ohio from Licata, Sicily, in the early 1900s, they began as legitimate businessmen, but soon started dabbling in illegal activities. Their main focus was supplying bootleggers with the corn sugar they needed to produce alcohol during Prohibition.

After a feud with Irish gangster Danny Greene in the late 1970s, the gang’s power slowly declined. As of now, the FBI considers this group to be inactive.

The Pirano Crime Family of Dallas

Carlo Pirano grew up in the same Sicilian town as Giuseppe Morello of the Morello Crime Family, and he started his own crew when he moved to Dallas in 1921. He ran several gambling rackets in the city. A rising gangster named Joseph Civello took over when Pirano died. Interestingly, Civello was a longtime friend of Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas.

The Smaldone Crime Family of Denver

Colorado was full of several highly successful liquor bootleggers in the 1920s and 1930s, like the Carlino brothers and the first Denver mob boss, Joseph Roma. From 1975 to 2006, the family was overseen by the elderly Smaldone brothers. Clarence “Chauncey” Smaldone died in 2006, and it is believed that the grandson of Eugene “Checkers” Smaldone is the only surviving member of the group.

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The Detroit Partnership

The Detroit mafia scene was plagued by war between several different gangs until the 1930s, when the local families came together to form what is now called the Detroit Partnership. The group has remained fairly strong, and it is considered one of the most active mobs in the country, dealing in gambling, extortion, and narcotics. The current boss for the Partnership is Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone .

The Civella Crime Family of Kansas

After Prohibition had come and gone, the Kansas City mob scene maintained its power by extorting local bars. Boss Nicholas Civella was key in their expansion in the 1970s, allowing them to forge alliances with other mobs and helping them fund casinos in Las Vegas. The current boss is believed to be John Sciortino, Civella’s great nephew.

The Philadelphia Mob

The Philadelphia Mob is known for its violence and ceaseless internal warfare. There was a time of peace between 1969 and1980 under the reign of Angelo “Gentle Don” Bruno. But after his death came the chaotic Scarfo years, during which Nicodemo Scarfo got the family involved in narcotics. Scarfo ordered the deaths of 30 of his own men, drawing so much attention that the FBI had to step in. Between 1993 and 1994, another war broke out between the Stanfa and Merlino crews, but when John Stanfa was arrested, Joey Merlino became Philly’s mob boss.

The New Orleans Crime Family

The New Orleans family is arguably the oldest mafia group in the country, with activity going as far back as the 19th century. In the 1870s, they began extorting local businesses. Carlos “The Little Man” Marcello, their most powerful boss, gained the position after befriending Frank Costello of the New York Mob and unifying the underground gambling markets in Louisiana.

He has been accused many times of being a conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but he was eventually arrested for a different crime. Since then, the New Orleans mob has been much less active.

While these guys may seem big and bad, most of the smaller mobs of American are part of a joint union of mafia heads from the New York Five Families and the Chicago Outfit. Formed in 1931, this committee was designed to oversee goings on in different groups across the nation, but it hasn’t held a meeting since the death of New York mobster Paul Castellano in 1985.

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For Some Strange Reason, There’s An Airplane Inside Of This Hotel

In every hotel, there are some mysteries that are…well…best left unsolved. But Redditor yasbo found something inside his hotel that defies all explanation — a room designed to look like the interior of an airplane, complete with first-class seats and compartments to store fake luggage!

And you thought the sounds coming from the next room over were weird…

I looked it up, and Cloud 9 is not a real commercial airline. Not at all. Yet the Cork International Hotel in Ireland keeps a room designed to look like the inside of one of the fictitious airline’s planes.

The plane-themed room is filled with seats that are also massage chairs. For your entertainment, they always have a movie going.

It is eerily detailed.

There are even overhead compartments.

You can pretend to adjust the air on the fake console above, or even have an oxygen mask dropped on you!

I wonder what the view is like.

Why? Just…why?

A few Redditors believe that an airline may use it as a training facility for flight attendants, but this isn’t actually true. The Cork International Hotel says that the space is merely an airplane-themed room designed for businessmen to “relax.” Because what’s more relaxing after a long flight than tricking yourself into thinking that you’re still on an airplane?

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