Every culture has scary stories about mysterious beings, and Native Americans are no exception. The Navajo legend of the skinwalker is particularly chilling because so many individuals claim to have had real-life encounters in the present day. Modern stories of encountering a skinwalker mostly take place in the American Southwest, but they’ve also been reported as far away as Australia. You may be wondering, what is a skinwalker and why are they so scary? According to legend, a skinwalker is a witch or medicine man who specializes in shapeshifting and wields supernatural powers to prey on others. Commonly confused with other myths, such as werewolves or wendigos, the legends of skinwalkers tell a different a tale in which evil humans can change into any animal just by using that animal’s skin. Some say the legend of the skinwalker is very real, and others refuse to speak of them in fear of tempting them to appear. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, stories about skinwalkers can be terrifying. If you’re looking for a new nightmare or two, keep listening for some scary skinwalker stories and decide for yourself whether the legends are true.
Remember E=MC2? This was Einstein’s precursor to his General Theory of Relativity that describes how mass affects space and time, which are fundamentally interconnected. Stephen Hawking said, “It is a theory not only of curved space but of curved or warped time as well.” The big question that physicists have been pondering for decades is, can space and time warp so dramatically that certain points in time touch or overlap, making time travel possible? The story of Santiago Flight 513 is an intriguing tale that highlights our fascination with the idea of time warps.
People who go to horror movies, or visit haunted houses each October… or first-time thrill seekers such as bungee-jumpers or sky-divers, will often tell others afterwards that they were “scared to death” during their experience. But obviously they weren’t truly scared to death if they’re telling you about it – unless they’re now among the walking undead, at which point that’s a much better story than them being scared to death and you should get me an interview with them ASAP. But that phrase – we use it all the time – “scared to death”. Is it even possible to be scared to death? Literally?