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Every year as the nation suffers through the sweltering dog days of summer, high school graduates everywhere are packing their bags with a great deal of excitement and just a modicum of dread, in anticipation of heading off to college. Starting college heralds a whole new chapter in a young person’s life, exposing them to a cornucopia of new experiences, hopefully most good, some bad, and possibly even some paranormal!
In celebration of this time-honored fall ritual, Cutting Edge Haunted House presents a multi-part series of blogs on haunted colleges and universities around the country, starting with Ohio University.
Located on 1,850 acres in Athens, Ohio, this major U.S. public research university was chartered on February 18, 1804 and first opened for students in 1809. As of 2014, Ohio University boasted 39,201 enrollees, equivalent to 30,878 full time students.
According to the British Society for Psychical Research, the town of Athens, Ohio is rated as the 13th most haunted place on Earth, and its famous university is no slouch in the paranormal department either. In fact, there have been so many instances of spooky encounters that the college was featured in an episode of Fox’s “Scariest Places on Earth, hosted by Linda Blair in October of 2000.
One theory for all of the paranormal activity is that five ancient cemeteries form a pentagram around the town of Athens, Ohio.
And while there are a mind-boggling number of places on campus where students and faculty have claimed to see and hear spirits moving about, by far the most famous (or infamous) one is Wilson Hall, said to be located in the exact center of the pentagram.
Room 428 in Wilson Hall has been sealed off, and is no longer assigned out to students. Why? In 1981 a female student reportedly committed suicide in that room, dying in a violent and somewhat perplexing manner. Students who were subsequently assigned to that room claimed to hear footsteps and strange noises. Some purported to witness objects moving on their own, flying off of shelves and smashing into walls.
Campus legend has it that the student who died had spent a good deal of time practicing the occult in her dorm room, attempting to contact the dead and teaching herself astral projection. The circumstances surrounding her death were vague and mysterious, and the subject of much rumor and innuendo.
Deeming the room uninhabitable, University officials finally removed it from service and sealed it off from all access.
That’s just one of many spooky stories surrounding Ohio University; just one of many haunted schools and colleges where not every student has made it out alive…
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As Summer draws to a close in Fort Worth, Texas…
Cue the music — It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, summer is winding down and the kids will soon be headed back to school!
Now’s the time to start getting ready for the haunting season with some end-of-summer Halloween themed activities to whet your appetite. Here are just a few suggestions:
Start planning your costume. It’s never too early to start collecting beer cans to build that giant robot suit!
Throw a backyard zombie barbecue, complete with brain-burgers, slabs of ribs and deviled eyeballs. Instead of flag football, consider a good old fashioned game of zombie tag. Carve jack o’lanterns out of watermelons and bob for peaches and nectarines. Then after the sun goes down, have everyone light the tiki torches and run through the neighborhood screaming, “He’s headed for the castle!”
Put red dye in your decorative fountain and surround it with lighted skulls. Then order a pizza late at night and answer the door in a goalie mask (and maybe a bullet-proof vest just in case the pizza guy is packing more than just a hot pie…)
Beat the heat by lounging in a kiddie pool filled with cubes of black cherry Jell-O. Squirt some ketchup on your neck for good measure and pose for a selfie.
Stuff your mouth full of fresh blackberries and go out to greet the postal carrier with a big smile. Be sure to wear a personal body camera to capture his expression when you let a spittle of blackberry juice dribble down your chin.
Go to the beach and have someone bury you up to your armpits in the sand, then cover you up with a large beach towel. Place a cooler of cold beverages nearby with a sign saying “free sodas.” Then reach out and grab the ankles of anyone who gets near.
Fill a jar with 80 pieces of candy corn and eat a piece every day. When the jar is empty, it will be Halloween!
Don’t worry, your friends at Cutting Edge Haunted House are already hard at work, gearing up for a haunting season that will make your hair pop out, your eyes crawl and your skin stand up on end…
It’s widely known that everything is bigger in Texas, and as the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title of longest walk-through haunted house, we’re rightfully fond of saying, “go big or go home.”
And so it’s no surprise that during the 2015 Zombie Summer, aka Zombie APOC Army, we have once again set some new, if unofficial and somewhat unorthodox firsts here at the old meatpacking plant on Lancaster Avenue. Here are just a few:
o Most zombies under one roof at one time, ever.
o Most zombies killed while eating an ice cream sandwich.
o Most zombies blown away by girls wearing pink sneakers.
o Most recorded instances of a man screaming like a little girl in one hour.
o Most attempts to frag one’s own team members during a laser weapon competition.
o Most times somebody yelled, “Die, Zombie, die!” in a 30-minute time span.
o Most firefights within one square mile outside the set of a “Rambo” movie.
o Most hits taken by one single zombie in one weekend (“One-Eyed Bob”)
And don’t forget the most important one, most fun had on a Saturday night with your clothes on! Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see the scores of the winning teams! And if you missed out on all the fun, hang in there — Halloween is on its way…
Guns don’t kill people — they kill Zombies! At least the super-realistic, military-grade training replicas at Cutting Edge do, but only if you aim for the head!
That’s right, slide your safety switch to Zombie and get ready for a grueling, high-energy Zombie hunt this weekend at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth. Four-person teams of apocalypse survivors will be sweeping through the legendary house of horrors, looking for Zombies to put out of their misery. May the best team prevail!
It’s like an interactive video game on steroids, only it’s LIVE, and you’re right there in the middle of it, down and dirty, fighting for your life against Cutting Edge’s massive horde of rabid zombies! Can you survive? Can you find extra lives? Can you distinguish friend or foe in time to react appropriately? Do you have what it takes to make it out alive?
Only time will tell. The invasion begins Friday, July 17th and plays out over two weekends, culminating on the 26th. If you haven’t yet staked your claim, do it now, before it’s too late! These events have sold out quickly in the past, so don’t miss out.
Zombie Summer is drawing to a close. Come and join the adventure while it lasts!
Ah summer, a time for lazy afternoons, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and zombie hunting. As the pungent smells of sizzling burgers, suntan lotion and exploding firecrackers waft on the afternoon breeze, all thoughts turn to the upcoming Zombie APOC Army at Cutting Edge Haunted House, just two weeks away on the 17th and 18th of July.
And why not? What better way to spend a sultry summer evening than racing through a nightmarish post-apocalyptic landscape on a real live, honest-to-goodness zombie hunt? Grab three of your best buds and get your tickets now, before they’re gone! You’ll be equipped with military grade training weapons, complete with live bang, recoil and muzzle flash as you flush out the zombies, encountering other survivalists along the way. Are they friend or foe? You decide. Your life could depend on it.
The zombies will be wearing cutting edge head-shot targets that will flash to indicate a hit. Beware! Some zombies may need to be hit more than once to be killed. Always aim for the head!
Don’t forget to wear your end-of-days survivalist clothing to enhance the experience even more. Listen closely to your orders if you hope to make it out alive. This is the most fun you can have with your clothes on, on a hot summer night here in Fort Worth. So skip the boring nightclubs, pass on the lame summer blockbusters and monster truck rodeos. It’s time to save the world and kill some zombies!
Tickets went on sale yesterday so don’t delay! If you missed the 17th and 18th there will be another apocalypse on the 24th and 25th. Go to http://bit.ly/shootzombies to get your tickets before they’re sold out.
Happy Independence Day from Cutting Edge Haunted House!
In honor of Mother’s Day, which we here at Cutting Edge Haunted House like to call “Mummies Day,” we go all out to pay homage to our beloved mummies. We take them to brunch, shower them with roses and get their wraps freshly dry-cleaned. And now, for your enjoyment, here are ten things you may not know about mummies.
1. Ancient Egyptians started making mummies around 3400 BC, however they were not the first to do so. People in South America beat them to the punch by about a millennium, give or take. Rather than developing elaborate processes like the ancient Egyptians, however, early South Americans often left their dead to mummify in naturally dry or frozen areas, although some did perform surgical preparation when mummification was intentional. Hmm, saves the cost of a burial plot…
2. Why mummification? People had their bodies turned into mummies because they wanted to preserve them forever. By preserving them, they believed they could still use them in the afterlife. Nowadays they just freeze them.
3. It wasn’t only kings and pharaohs who were mummified. In ancient Egypt, anyone could be mummified when they died, as long as they could afford it. I wonder if someone will discover an Egyptian Donald Trump…
4. Pet Cemetery? Some animal mummies have been discovered in ancient Egyptian ruins, including cats, jackals, baboons, horses, birds, gerbils, fish, snakes, crocodiles, hippos, and even a lion.
5. In Victorian era England, unwrapping mummies was a popular party event. The party host would purchase a mummy and invite guests to amuse themselves by unwrapping it. Not exactly a pinata…
6. England’s King Charles II was under the delusion that the dust that came from mummies harbored the secret to greatness. Accordingly, he kept mummies on hand around the palace, and he would gather up the dust that fell from them and rub it on his skin. Maybe just a little talc would be better for the chafing, Chucky boy.
7. In the 1800’s, those who so desired could purchase “Mummy Wheat,” said to be grown from grains of wheat found in mummy coffins. I wonder if you could use it to make “Mini Mummy Wheats” cereal?
8. Using x-rays and cat scans, scientists can tell what kinds of diseases mummified people had, from cavities to spinal deformities, and even nutritional deficiencies. King Tut, for instance, was found to have been suffering from a broken leg, brittle bone disease and malaria at the time of his death, at the ripe old age of 18. And HE was the KING. Talk about crappy medical care!
9. Modern uses for mummies: Mummies have been used in hospitals for calibrating CAT scan machines, at levels of radiation much too dangerous for a patient.
10. The world’s tallest mummy was found not in Egypt, but in the Ying Pan region of China, and is a perfectly preserved 2000-year-old Caucasian man with a blonde beard and a 6 foot 6 frame. Keep digging fellas, there’s got to be a basketball hoop in that dig somewhere!
Happy Mummies Day from Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas. Everybody, hug your mummy!
It’s coming! The Zombie Apocalypse is coming!. It’s just a matter of time, so for the uninitiated, we’ve come up with the top ten ways to kill a Zombie. Print it out and stick it on your fridge, so you’ll be ready!
10. Run them over with your car. It’s best to back into them, so you don’t risk damaging your engine and get stalled out like the ninnies in the movies. If you’re not good at backing, don’t worry, Zombies are slow moving targets, so you can just keep trying until you manage to squash him flat.
9. Slice one in half with a razor-sharp Japanese Samurai sword. This will look really cool and impress your girlfriend.
8. Cut off his head with a chain saw. Just remember to wear your personal protective equipment. Safety first!
7. Toss him in a wood chipper. Then you can use him to fertilize your lawn.
6. Pretend her head is a baseball and hit one out of the park with a very sturdy bat.
5. Douse him with gasoline and have a bonfire. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
4. Build a Zombie catapult and see if you can, actually, hit the side of a barn.
3. Cast her in a television soap opera and then kill off her character.
2. Tie him to a chair and force him to watch a marathon of “Keeping up wth the Kardashians.”
1. If you’re at Cutting Edge Haunted House this weekend, just shoot ’em in the head with your super high-tech laser rifle!
If you missed out on tickets to this weekend’s Zombie Apocalypse Live, we have it on good authority that the Zombies may be back for another session later this summer. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information!
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In thinking about this — today being the last day to timely file income taxes, and with the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse Live at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, we got to thinking, what about the UNdead. Do THEY have to pay taxes?
According to Law Professor Adam Chodorow, the United States Tax Code — and indeed the entire system of law in the U.S. is completely unprepared to deal with a full blown Zombie Apocalypse. The fatal flaw in the system hinges around the basic assumption that once one is dead, one ceases to exist for all eternity. We here at Cutting Edge know that that simply is not true.
In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, as Professor Chodorow stresses, a large portion of the nation’s living taxpayers would be either killed or converted to Zombies. Accordingly, the government, already struggling mightily to remain fiscally viable, would immediately dissolve into chaos.
Clearly, then, there needs to be a system of taxation that includes Zombies, witches, vampires, ghosts and all other forms of undead beings, in order to help keep the country running smoothly in the event that we all turn into Zombies or vampires or whatever.
The problem here lies in the definition of undead verses deceased. Does a person die before they turn into a Zombie, in which case, should they be subject to a death tax? If they are undead, do they retain ownership of their estate?
Professor Chodorow does a deep dive into the fine details of the various tax laws and how they could or should be applied to Zombies and other undead beings, but to our thinking there’s an even bigger, more important question at hand. Do Zombies earn money? Sure, the independently wealthy might resort to deliberately becoming Zombies in order to exploit this gaping loophole in the tax code, but what about the rest of the population? Can Zombies hold jobs?
It doesn’t seem likely there would be a robust job market for Zombies. What kind of work could a Zombie do, after all? Forget anything that involves any sort of intelligence or reasoning skills. Maybe they could be a bouncer at nightclub, or a doorman or a bellhop. I’ve seen the occasional cab driver I thought was a Zombie. But even if there were jobs for Zombies, would they be willing to do them? Nevermind getting them to report to work in the first place, the first whiff of human scent and they’d walk off the job and go looking for brains to eat.
Even if we could tax Zombies, and they could hold down a job and figure out how to fill out an income tax form, it wouldn’t be of much help once the whole infrastructure became infested with Zombies. For instance, a Congress and Senate full of Zombies wouldn’t be able to develop and pass a federal budget… Hey, WAIT A MINUTE…
Adam Chodorow is a Law Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. Download his complete thesis at: http://www.law.asu.edu/portals/31/chodorow_death_taxes_zombies.pdf
And if you missed out on tickets to the Zombie Apocalypse Live at Cutting Edge Haunted House, you still have a chance to shoot Zombies at Thrillvania Haunted House Park on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Help! The zombies are running amok at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas, and it’s up to YOU to stop them!
Get your tickets now for Zombie Apocalypse LIVE! April 24th, 25th and 26th and join the adventure!
You and your team will go on a mission to clear zombie-infested areas of a post-apocalyptic nightmare world. You’ll need to listen closely to your orders and rely on your wits and reflexes to sort the zombies from other survivalists. Pull the trigger of your state-of-the-art military-style training weapon and experience a live bang, recoil and muzzle flash. Aim for their heads! It’s the only way to kill them!
Zombies will be wearing cutting-edge head-shot targets that will flash to indicate a hit. But beware! Some zombies need to be hit more than once for a kill.
It’s Dawn of the Dead meets Rambo in this exclusive action-packed thriller and YOU are the star. Except there’s no retakes, no stunt doubles and no breaks in the action. It’s up to YOU to survive and bring your team out alive. Get your tickets now before they’re sold out! Then gather your posse and start putting together your best Walking Dead style post-apocalyptic survivalist clothing and gear! See you there!
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!