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Here at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, we love a good April Fool’s Day joke as much as the next ghoul, but then, not everybody has our raucous sense of humor. We advise you to keep this in mind when selecting the target of your seasonal pranks. Here’s an example of a classic prank that nonetheless, was little appreciated by its intended victims.
On April 1st of 2002, two Kansas City disc jockeys decided to play an April Fools prank on their listeners by announcing that the water in the nearby town of Olathe contained high levels of dihydrogen monoxide, a naturally occurring substance which caused side effects such as urination, sweating and pruniness of the skin.
Okay, if you think back to science class, dihydrogen monoxide, or DHMO, is most commonly annotated as H2O — water.
At least 150 listeners who never made it past the sixth grade panicked and called the water department, while a further two dozen dialed 911.
Fast forward to April, 2013, two other DJs at Gator Country 101.9 in Lee County, Florida, decided this was a pretty good prank, and proceeded to tell listeners that dihydrogen monoxide was coming out of their water taps. This time the joke was on them. The station’s general manager didn’t find the joke funny, and pulled the two off the air in the middle of the show. The local water utility was forced to send out notices saying that the water was safe, and there was talk of possible felony charges being pursued against the pair of miscreant DJs. One public official explained “From my understanding, it is a felony to call in a false water quality issue.”
Sheesh, talk about not having a sense of humor!
In the end, no charges were filed, and the pair returned to the air after a three-day suspension. This particular hoax, however, actually dates back to 1983, when a weekly paper in Durand, Michigan announced in their April 1st edition that dihydrogen monoxide had been found in the city’s water pipes, warning that it was fatal if inhaled, and could produce blistering vapors.
In 1994, UC Santa Cruz student Craig Jackson started a parody organization, “Coalition to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide” and posted the following warnings about the pernicious substance on his website:
• is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
• contributes to the “greenhouse effect”.
• may cause severe burns.
• contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
• accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
• may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
• has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
• as an industrial solvent and coolant.
• in nuclear power plants.
• in the production of Styrofoam.
• as a fire retardant.
• in many forms of cruel animal research.
• in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
• as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.
And finally, the hoax gained widespread public attention in 1997 when 14-year-old Nathan Zohner gathered petitions to ban DHMO as the cornerstone of his science project, titled “How Gullible Are We?”
Pretty darned gullible, Nathan, pretty darned gullible.
Have a safe but humorous April Fools Day everybody!
March is Women’s History month, and so we at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth bring you the story of a famous woman in history renowned not only for her evil deeds, but who has also been featured in numerous works of fiction including Countess Dracula, Daughters of Darkness, Stay Alive and Fright Night 2: New Blood. That woman was Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Ecsed.
Born in Hungary in the summer of 1560, Elizabeth was engaged at ten and married at the age of 15 to the son of a baron, and set up housekeeping in a family-owned castle which was their wedding present. Before the marriage, however, at the age of 13, Elizabeth became pregnant by one of the castle servants, whom her husband-to-be promptly had castrated and thrown to the dogs. Elizabeth was secreted away until she gave birth to a daughter, whose fate remains a mystery.
Around the age of 25 — just two years after the birth of her first child with her husband, Elizabeth, left largely to her own devices while her spouse was off at war, began a killing spree that would earn her the label of most prolific female murderer by Guinness World Records.
Charged with the management and protection of her husband’s estates, Elizabeth had tremendous power over a significant number of Hungarian and Slovak people, and quickly discovered a penchant for torturing and mutilating servant girls, sometimes even biting off the flesh of their faces. When she was finally brought to trial in 1611, some seven years after the death of her husband, Elizabeth and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing as many as 650 young girls. The stories of her brutality and serial murders were testified to by more than 300 witnesses and survivors, and confirmed by physical evidence and the presence of horribly mutilated dead, dying and imprisoned girls found at the time of her arrest.
Elizabeth was imprisoned in a set of rooms in her castle until she died in 1614, however her legend lives on. Years after her death stories surfaced around her vampire-like tendencies, including one bizarre tale of how she bathed in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth. Her infamy became part of Hungary’s national folklore, and she is often compared with Vlad III, the Impaler of Wallachia, one of the roots of the Count Dracula character. Appropriately, her nicknames are Countess Dracula and The Blood Countess.
Now who says a woman can’t do anything a man can do?
Why are we so afraid of Friday the 13th? What makes it so different from Thursday the 12th, or Wednesday, the 11th? Perhaps it simply stems from our fear of the unknown. Up until the age of 12, our world is fairly finite. We’re children. We have a home and family. We think we know it all. And then — that 13th year of life, things begin to happen. We start growing hair in places we didn’t know it could grow. Voices change. Body parts metamorphose. Hormones start to ricochet and we become that most terrifying creature of all, a teenager.
We’re simply conditioned to be afraid of the number 13. Everything comes in 10s and 12s. A dozen of something is good; 13, not so good. Sometimes bad things happen and we just can’t explain why. And that makes us afraid. Maybe it will happen to me. Maybe it will happen on Friday the 13th.
Instead of fearing the day, embrace it. Go to the pound and adopt a black cat. Black cats are euthanized all the time because few people want to adopt them. Black dogs, although not considered particularly unlucky, share a similar fate, so how about making Friday the 13th the luckiest day of their life for some deserving fuzzy companion?
Throw a Friday the 13th party and serve Bloody Mary’s, show Friday the 13th movies and hold a séance to contact deceased relatives. Dig out your old Ouija board and interrogate the spirit world. Order a pizza and answer the door wearing a goalie mask when the delivery guy shows up.
Or if you just don’t feel that creative or motivated, don’t worry; we gotcha covered. Come on down to Cutting Edge Haunted house tonight for a Friday the 13th evening that nightmares are made of. What better way to celebrate than laughing and screaming till you cry and wet your pants? Why just watch scary movies when you can be right in the middle of one? Buy your tickets online and save $5 with the code JASON33! And don’t forget to bring a change of underwear…
Top 10 Reasons Why Cutting Edge Haunted House is the Safest Place to Be this Friday the 13th
If you’re inclined at all to be superstitious, you’re probably feeling a little anxious about the upcoming occurrence of Friday the 13th this weekend. You’ve got paraskavidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th; what should you do? Should you call in sick to work? That might get you fired, and that WOULD be unlucky. Should you carry a lucky rabbit’s foot, wear your lucky underwear, carry a salt shaker, eat a clove of garlic for breakfast? Sure, why not do all those things — except the garlic might be a little beyond the pale, but the rest won’t hurt. But come nightfall, rather than hiding under your bed and waiting for the bell to toll midnight, we’d like to tell you why the Cutting Edge Haunted House is the safest place you could spend your evening on Friday the 13th. He’s our top ten reasons:
10. No black cats, ladders to walk under, mirrors to break or cracks to step on.
9. Our mummies all wear OSHA-approved fire-retardant wraps.
8. Monsta Hearse has monsta-sized airbags.
7. Our werewolves get annual rabies and distemper vaccinations.
6. All of our zombies undergo regular chainsaw safety training.
5. No faulty flight controls, exploding oxygen tanks or snoozing pilots involved.
4. Likelihood of a tsunami: zero.
3. No lead-based paint or Chinese drywall used on the premises.
2. No one will shoot you for making too much noise or throwing popcorn.
1. Studies show that 77% of accident-related injuries happen in the home, so GET OUT OF THERE! Save yourself, and come on down to Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, where we take every precaution before SCARING YOU TO DEATH!
Buy your tickets online and save $5.00 with the promo code JASON33!
As IF you needed a reason to load up the pickup and mosey on out to Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth this weekend, we’ve got not just one, but ten good reasons!
10. It’s cheaper than a box of candy and a dozen roses — have you seen the price of flowers lately?
9. It’s Friday the 13th weekend combined with Valentine’s Day; you might as well face all your fears at once.
8. She said she wanted a romantic candlelit evening — you can’t get more romantic than this!
7. You’re not likely to be embarrassed by any sappy proposals or over-the-top romantic gestures.
6. She’s always complaining you never take her anywhere that doesn’t involve an ice chest and a jon boat.
5. The Super Bowl is over and football season doesn’t start back up for six more months.
4. Chainsaw fumes are a known aphrodisiac.
3. If you don’t make Valentine’s Day plans quick — SHE will! (Remember last year? Nuff said!)
2. The “Tunnel of Love” lasts less than five minutes; this is a whole HOUR of groping each other in the darkness…
1. It’s the weekend and we’re open — do you need any more than that?!
So come on out for some Twisted Love, Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Buy your tickets online with the promo code “Twisted 33″ and get $5 off!
As if Valentine’s Day weren’t fraught with enough perils and booby-traps for the hapless, lovelorn and completely clueless, this year it follows yet another day of dread and danger, Friday the 13th! To save you from making any grievous blunders on this frightful clash of pernicious tidings, we’ve compiled a short list of things to avoid, aside from the obvious black cats, walking under ladders, stepping on cracks and appearing on reality television shows.
First of all, stay off the computer. Resist the temptation to send your beloved one of those cutesy animated greeting cards. If your computer is infected with the legendary “Friday the 13th” virus, every program you attempt to run on Friday the 13th will be deleted rather than activated. First detected in Jerusalem in 1987 and also known as the “Jerusalem virus,” this program can hibernate undetected for years until the unlucky user inadvertently trips it on a Friday the 13th.
Most definitely DO NOT propose or tie the knot. According to old English folklore dating back to the 1800s, “A couple married on a Friday are doomed to a cat and dog life.” If that isn’t enough to convince you, try surfing around the Internet on the subject. You’ll find a plethora of YouTube videos and tales of woe around marriage proposals gone awry and weddings absolutely decimated on Friday the 13th; and don’t think Valentine’s Day will save you!
Don’t buy lingerie for your sweetie. With the collision of Valentine’s Day and Friday the 13th, it’s more likely to buy you a truckload of woe than a scintilla of affection, when it turns out to be the wrong size (too big or too little — either one is just as bad) or worse, she finds it in your closet and you’ve already removed the tags…
In fact, maybe you should just avoid the whole love-fest thing altogether. Seriously, any romantic Valentine’s Day plans have a strong possibility of backfiring this ill-fated weekend. This would be a good time to leave town; take a trip, just make yourself incognito until the whole thing blows over.
However, if you have a desire to take charge of your own destiny, to look danger in the eye and toss your head back and laugh like a deranged maniac, if you just can’t figure out what to get for your beloved Valentine, we have just the thing! Go online now and get your tickets for a fright to remember, an evening of Twisted Love at Cutting Edge Haunted House, where the screams are delicious and the ambiance is just to die for!
On February 14, 1929, members of Al “Scarface” Capone’s South Side Italian gang ambushed seven members of Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran’s North Side gang in a Chicago garage and executed them, literally decimating their bodies with a hail of rounds from several Thompson sub-machine guns. It was a Valentine’s Day never to be forgotten and was quickly dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Here are some interesting factoids you may not know about that event.
1. Two of the killers were disguised as policemen while the rest wore business attire. After the shootings, the phony coppers emerged from the garage pretending to escort the others at gunpoint, making their getaway and creating persistent rumors that it was the police who had executed the mobsters.
2. Although Bugs Moran was the intended target of the attack, he actually escaped unharmed. He and one of his lieutenants arrived at the garage late for the scheduled meeting, and spotted the phony policemen getting out of a car. Not wanting to tangle with law enforcement, they ducked into a nearby coffee shop and missed the whole thing. Capone’s lookouts probably mistook one of Moran’s lieutenants for the mob boss himself, as he was wearing the same color overcoat and hat.
3. Al Capone claimed to have been at his home in Florida at the time of the massacre. Who knew Scarface was a snowbird!
4. The only two survivors were gang member Frank Gusenberg, who died at the hospital three hours later after telling police “nobody shot me,” and a German shepherd named Highball, who was miraculously unscathed, and he wouldn’t talk either.
5. Despite an exhaustive investigation, no one was ever convicted of the murders.
6. Seven men were killed by 70 rounds of ammunition on that February the 14th. Lucky number seven, anyone?
7. Although Al Capone and his men were never arrested for the massacre, they didn’t get away scot free. Alarmed by an increase in mob-related violent crime that cumulated in 64 related murders that same year, John Q Public put increasing pressure on law enforcement to put an end to the violence. Labeled “Public Enemy No. 1,” Capone soon became the target of multiple federal investigations, which ultimately landed him in the slammer.
8. Capone served a considerable portion of his 11-year sentence in Alcatraz, and after his release in 1939 he remained an invalid recluse at his Florida home until passing away eight years later.
9. The most notorious crime boss of his time, who ruthlessly eliminated his rivals in the illegal trades of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution, was brought down not by the FBI but by the IRS, for failing to pay his income taxes.
10. All but 100 of the bricks from the garage wall against which the gangsters were lined up and executed are now on display at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, a step up from their previous engagement in a Nightclub men’s room in Vancouver. The other 100 bricks were sold to gangster buffs over the Internet.
Remember — nothing screams Valentine’s Day like murder and mayhem. Come join us at Cutting Edge this Friday the 13th of February and Saturday, the 14th for a Valentine’s Day Fright to Remember!
That’s right, folks, there’s no place more romantic than the Cutting Edge Haunted House for a Valentine’s Fright to Remember, and no better way to make your sweetheart cling to you like a wet T-shirt.
We’ll have candle light, black roses, chainsaws and more to get your heart pumping and your fear-amones flowing.
And, if you’re really brave, if you really want to tempt fate and dance with the devil, you’ll get your tickets now for the Friday night performance. You guessed it, it’s Friday the 13th of February, 2015! It’s hairy! It’s scary! It’s creepy and freaky! It’s the most fun you’ll ever have on a Friday night with your clothes on! So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay — get your tickets online and come and be our guest for the evening – we devil-dog dare you!
Well, it’s been nearly a month since the NightScare Before Christmas, and already the natives grow restless at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas. In an effort to keep busy, some of the zombies put together a musical quartet, and are polishing up their act with the hopes of competing on American Idol or America’s Got Talent. Unfortunately, zombies can’t count.
Not all zombies have musical talent, however (okay, not really any, but don’t let on), so the “jocks” of the zombie population organized a scratch football team, and have been hosting some local contenders from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Things were going well for the team from Cutting Edge, known as The Blocking Dead, and so last week they went on the road for some away games against the True Bloodsuckers in Irving.
Unfortunately, sportsmanlike conduct quickly went the way of the unbiased news report, with the True Bloodsuckers complaining that the Blocking Dead were bloodless, leaving them feeling dried out and dehydrated. The Blocking Dead, in turned, quickly tired of the Bloodsuckers turning into bats and flying away with the ball. After the Blocking Dead resorted to lighting the ball on fire, all hell broke loose and that’s when the earthquakes started.
For the record, Cutting Edge Haunted House categorically denies any connection whatsoever to the mysterious series of tremors experienced in the Irving area that just coincidentally occurred while their zombie football team was visiting.
Fortunately, the first Friday the 13th of 2015 is but five weeks away, on February the 13th. Hmm, sounds like a joint Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day Extravaganza at the Cutting Edge. Is it possible? Check back and find out!
Contrary to popular belief, New Year’s resolutions are not just for the living. The undead, including zombies, also have a desire to improve their lot in life, and although they seldom keep them, they do come up with goals for the New Year, just like the rest of us. And what are the most popular New Year’s resolutions for a zombie? Here at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, we took a survey of our resident zombie population and came up with our last top 10 list of 2014. And here they are, the top 10 zombie New Year’s resolutions:
10. Eat less brains. Brains are high in cholesterol, and even zombies are prone to clogged arteries. Ever try getting a triple bypass when you’re already dead?
9. Keep the chainsaw oiled. Can’t have the thing jamming up when you’re hacking somebody up, after all.
8. Stay out of the bubble room. The soap bubbles (temporarily) wash away that exquisite aroma of decomposing flesh.
7. Eat more white meat. We zombies have to watch our weight, too. Eat less brains and fat, more lean protein, particularly cats, the other white meat.
6. Get TiVo, so we stop missing new episodes of The Walking Dead.
5. Hit the gym and pump some iron. Those chainsaws are heavy, and by the end of the night our arms are killing us!
4. Take up yoga. Scaring the crap out of people night after night can be very stressful. Yoga is a great way to relax and decompose — I mean, decompress…
3. Get a makeover. Even zombies like to change things up every once in a while. You know, some new threads, maybe a haircut and some new makeup.
2. Clean out the closets. Between the bats, the spiders, the snakes and the evil clowns, the closets at Cutting Edge are just packed to the gills.
1. Quit smoking, drinking and chasing women. Nah — just kidding! That’s the best part about being undead!
Whatever your goals are for 2015, we at Cutting Edge wish you a fruitful and productive New Year. Or, just do like the rest of us and blow it off in a couple of weeks…