Weird Tourism

Death Festivals Around the World

  Mexico isn’t the only country that sets a date with the dead. Around the world, different countries, cultures, and religions have unique relationships with their dead. And yet, there are plenty of festivals of the dead—which take place over the course of days, or...

Going, Going, Gone… See the Gettysburg Dime Museum While You Can!

  A refreshing change from Gettysburg’s plentiful Civil War museums and memorials, this delightful cabinet of curiosities is (unfortunately) in its final season.   Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a town whose claim to fame is history. The quaint streets and...

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe… or Did She?

  How a notorious 19th century (accused) axe murderer became today’s pop culture icon   “Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother Forty Whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father Forty-One.”   Thanks to the schoolyard rhyme, even little children...

The Cecil – Downtown LA’s Creepy Hotel of Horrors

  The Los Angeles landmark that inspired American Horror Story: Hotel! The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles has seen more than its fair share of suicides, murders and mysterious disappearances since its opening in 1927. Built on Main Street, an up-and-coming area...

The Mysterious Child Eater of Bern

  In the middle of the city of Bern, Switzerland, there is a fountain above which stands a statue of a man eating a sack full of babies. No one knows why it’s there or where it came from. The fountain sculpture towers above the ground, one baby half stuffed into the...

Jeremy Bentham’s Bones are Visiting New York… Nearly 200 Years After His Death

  One day toward the beginning of March, an unusual object arrived at a New York City airport. Carefully encased in a foam-padded, specially built wooden chair and strapped in with a bright-blue sash, it was the stuffed skeleton of one of Britain’s most famous...