Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Are Eternal Nightmare Fodder

In 1890, the phonograph company helmed by Thomas Edison began producing talking dolls for children. The product was initially a flop because kids “found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly,” according to the New York Times. Look at and listen to the dolls and you’ll see exactly why they were so… »5/05/15 2:40pm5/05/15 2:40pm

Man Proposes to Girlfriend by Romantically Kidnapping Her at Gunpoint

Sadly, every creative marriage proposal idea has already been taken, so if you're planning to propose to your partner anytime soon, you have two choices: Either ask them the old-fashioned way or plan an elaborate three-week kidnapping which you hope will convince them of your love. Just...don't do the second one. »2/13/15 1:50pm2/13/15 1:50pm

Terrifying PSA Turns Drunk Parents Into Literal Monsters

If fear is a great motivator, then hopefully this PSA for children's charity Fragile Childhood will get its share of alcoholic parents to stop drinking. The ad, created by Finnish agency Euro RSCG Helsinki, asks "How do our childen see us when we've been drinking?" and shows several terrified children being haunted… »9/14/12 3:40pm9/14/12 3:40pm

Woman's Shorts Burst Into Flames After She Picks Up Some Nice Rocks on the Beach

A nice walk on the beach with your family sounds so lovely doesn't it? Strolling by the sea, all of you picking up shells. Heck, maybe your kids even pick up some pretty rocks to take home. You just stick them in the pocket of your shorts and move on, distracted by a little crab or a piece of seaglass. Then an hour or… »5/17/12 11:55pm5/17/12 11:55pm