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This Week in Internet Hell: Evil Spirits for Sale and a Good Kind of Stroke

We ruined our browser history to bring you the best the freaky web had to offer.

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Shame, intrigue, and human connection are the pillars of Internet culture.

At least, those are lies we tell ourselves when we don't want to admit that all media is driven by loneliness, sex, and absurdity. While Internet rabbit holes are lovely, dark, and deep—exactly like that Robert Frost poem, an Anselm Kiefer painting, or puberty—some stories just keep on giving. Our ace Popdust staff has curated the best the freaky web had to offer this past week, gladly sacrificing time spent with loved ones, our ability to be appropriate at dinner parties, and our inner peace of mind. Here are this week's Internet gems:

1. Woman Suffers a Stroke Receiving Oral Sex

This story has sexy, life-threatening danger and uncomfortable detail about how nature's most intimate hug can go so terribly wrong. Plus, the woman turned out fine, so after the perverse thrill and vague undercurrent of shame, we all feel relief at the end.

2. www.reddit.com/r/Mirrorsforsale

Here's a fully active subreddit with over 50,000 subscribers entirely dedicated to looking at pictures of mirrors that are for sale somewhere. Mind you; the posters are not necessarily selling the mirrors themselves. They're just sharing pictures of them.

r/Mirrorsforsale


3. Imagine Beta O'Rourke in Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Yes, that's Beto O'Rourke's head photo-shopped onto a frat kid's body. It rocks because people will literally vote for a candidate because he's handsome.

4. EBAY: Wicca Priestess Evil Voodoo Doll Iva Haunted Active

The perks are endless: 100% buyer satisfaction, free delivery in 4 days, and step-by-step instructions how to activate and use your authentic Voodoo Doll, which was "individually handmade by the Witches of the Coven of Rosen who are Witches by birthright. They have not made up some coven or joined one." With "more than 93% sold," this is your last chance to own an authentically evil doll instead one of Mattel's manufactured ones, like creepy Little Mommy or Barbie.

Ebay: aspenfalllimitedllc

5. Florida Man Wearing Spider-Man Mask Robs Liquor Store

Dumb criminals wearing dumpster masks to their crime scenes is as common as celebrities turning out to be criminals, but Edward "Fast Eddie" Wilburn is special. As Deputy Bruce Milne said, "Wilburn might have gotten away with it if he didn't scout the store first and then return wearing the Spider-Man mask to rob the store."

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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Bandcamp is waiving revenue shares today, and you should support POC artists.

Today is another Bandcamp Friday, meaning until midnight tonight, the platform will be waiving revenue shares and letting artists take 100 percent of profits.

Now more than ever, as Black Lives Matter protests occur around the world, it's extremely important to lift marginalized voices. The music industry has repeatedly erased Black voices throughout history, despite the fact that most mainstream genres were invented by Black people.


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The New York rocker releases a haunting debut EP.

With a voice that would put Amy Lee to shame, Case Watson bursts into the New York rock scene with her new EP, The Banshee.

The Alabama native turned New Yorker is a jack of all trades, holding an acting degree despite spending her days as the production editor at Lucid Studios in Manhattan and her nights making haunting, ethereal music. But these interests are perhaps more related than one may first think. When listening to The Banshee, you can sense the theatricality that brought Watson to film and performance. The music is deeply atmospheric and descriptive. It tells a story and transports the listener to another plane.

The EP features masterful instrumentation that transitions suddenly from moments of calm to whirling sections of chaos. The lyrics match these contrasts beautifully, riding between poeticism and tongue-in-cheek frankness.

"Balloons and Moons" is a stand out track, with a lilting lullaby quality and eerie beatific melody. Watson sings of possibility and peace, saying, "So darling go to sleep/Don't mind the sheep/For something deeper/Longs to leap/Whatever drops/Know from the sobs/Hearts don't really stop/And the moon can't pop."

The opening track, "Fall You in Love," is another notable song. Its unsettling in the best way, with a myriad of instruments crashing in to join the creeping, curious cacophony of the song that eventually leads to the explosive chorus: "Oh I'll fall you in love."

Listen to "The Banshee" just once, and we guarantee, Case Watson will keep her promise and "fall you in love" with her music.

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