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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Little Happy Update! :D


Okay, it’s about time I post something since it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything here beyond a memorial to those who died on 9/11.


Lately, I haven’t been writing because I was put on a medication known as Vraylar. It’s made me incredibly happy and I’ve actually been functioning like a real person; I’ve gone out shopping, I’ve socialized with people, and I’ve generally been chipper. However, in the process, I haven’t had the motivation to write. I’ve been trying to capture it again, but I’ve found myself largely listening to music and wanting to go out and do stuff with other people.


This doesn’t mean that I will give up writing though, it just means that my reason for not posting here has been due to something. The good news to this though is that I haven’t felt suicidal anymore, nor have I felt sad in a long time. God willing, I will have a Decemystery this year. However, as for regular writing throughout the rest of the year, I doubt I’ll have stuff to showcase.


I’m sorry that this year has been so hectic to anyone who loves my writing, it just is what it is I guess.


Love you all!


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Short Story: 1, 2, 3, Ding!

Welp, guess it's time to share my original fiction. I'm not really sure if it's up to snuff with my regular write-ups, but I hope you all nonetheless enjoy it.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

A Question For You All

 


Howdy, folks. It’s your old pal, Vertigo. Okay, maybe I’m not your pal, but I’m still the writer of this blog. Lately, I’ve been going through a wee bit of real life struggles; nothing major, just your run-of-the-mill “Vertigo is prone to being a dumb 25-year-old man” stuff. However, in-between all of this, I’ve found myself writing a few short stories to pass the time until I feel ready to dive back into the world of mysteries, conspiracies, and whatever else I find on the Internet that I deem worthy of being written about.


This leads me to the point of this blog: would any of you be interested in me posting them to this blog? I only ask because I know content droughts have occurred this year (if I am to be very polite about it) and I’d love to know if anyone would be willing to check ‘em out. They aren’t exactly great by any means, but I figure that content is content and it could be worth at least receiving feedback if I opt to ever try and write something that’s a full-blown story.


Anyways, thank you for reading as always. I should have something worthwhile posted in the next week or so. Again, I understand content has been less-than stellar this year, but 2021 has been a really cruel mistress to me. I’m already hoping 2022 comes around so I can start off fresh and happy. :P

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mystery: Az’-i-wû-gûm Ki-mukh’-ti

 


One upon a time, there was a website called Mystery Archive. I wrote a whopping two articles there, and one is now lost to time. It was the one I wish I could’ve found, but the Internet Archive doesn’t have the page and I am very sad. Lucky for me, I could find this one! So, due to that website appearing to be dead, I will now post it here. Woo-hoo!


Salutations, dear reader. Tell me: are you a believer in the unknown? I know I am. I love to read about cryptids of all types: Sasquatch, Nessie, Mothman, and the reason that gas prices are obscene. However, those creatures are normal; they’re simplistic in their appearance and in their names.


Indeed, cryptids can have some funny names. Whether it’s the Nyagwaiheogwa (Naked Bear) from upstate New York or the ten-legged Qupqugiaq, there’s more than a few creatures that have names that can—and most likely will—make you do a double take.


One of those creatures with funny names is the focus of today’s story. It’s known as the Az’-i-wû-gûm Ki-mukh’-ti. If you’re wondering how to pronounce that, then so am I. Though if you ask me: I don’t think pronunciation is all that important. After all, we must first discover what this creature is and that’s why I’m writing about it. So let’s grab some snow gear and head to Greenland and Alaska!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Mystery: The Murder of Alain Bouzeida


This story is dedicated to my father, whose birthday is today. Happy birthday, old man. <3

I dunno about you, but I think that every village/town/city has “that guy”. The person who’s seen as  a troublemaker, or at the very least isn’t very well-liked by the community. Maybe they’re a drug dealer, maybe they’re a raging alcoholic who tries to pick fights with everyone, or maybe they’re just generally shady and there are shifty individuals who go in and out of their home. Heck, maybe “that guy” is just a bit on the weird side.


Whatever the case may be, there’s usually at least one person who’s like that. Today’s story is one which centers on someone like that; it’s a showcasing of how every community can always have one person who people just don’t like. However, the person here isn’t one who was misunderstood. No, they were… actually kind of a dick.


Before we get to who our central focus is, I want to just say that I’ve only ever seen this story covered by the YouTube channel “Criminally Listed”, back in February of this year to be exact. While I try to steer clear of covering something/someone that a much bigger, much more popular content creator has gone over, this was a story which I couldn’t help but showcase. It’s one of the weirdest and most random murders I’ve ever seen in my life. So let’s go over the murder of Alain Bouzeida.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Mystery: The Pokémon Incubus

Minor content warning: brief mentions of rape.

Okay, so, get this: I’ve discovered this thing called “not working constantly”. It’s a really novel concept where I don’t sit around on my bed, staring at a blank Google document, trying to force myself to write for hours on end before inevitably having a mental breakdown. I know, really incredible; I am truly ahead of my time and am far more enlightened than the Dalai Lama.

In all seriousness: I’ve actually finally decided that maybe not writing when I don’t feel like I can (whether it be due to feeling under the weather or just not really desiring it) is, in fact, a good idea. This has opened up a whole slew of new possibilities for me, like playing video games and enjoying some time to myself so I can recuperate from writing.


So in short, I’m making progress in living a healthier life!


Anyways, when it comes to video games, I’ve been playing a ton of Pokémon ROM Hacks, so I’ve been going through Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and even Unova (well, that is until the game froze and I couldn’t progress). It’s been a ton of fun, and quite frustrating. Though mostly fun.


At the same time, however, it’s also been kind of a bummer. While I’ve been having a lot of fun, I’ve found myself really unable to write. This is mostly because none of the stories I had in mind really struck the right chord with me. Sure, I wanted to write about them, but nothing I wrote really struck me as “worthwhile”. When I set out to cover something. I always want it to be entertaining and not flat, boring, and unengaging. So for a brief while, I found myself feeling really bummed out.


Well, that is, until I remember a certain story.


Just yesterday, I remembered something that I saw on the good old Paranormal World Wiki. It was a story involving Pokémon and I thought it fit with my recent bingeing of the series. So, let’s take a look at the Pokémon Incubus.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Mystery: The Antarctic Godzilla

 

Let’s take a trip back to the middle of 2019. I’d just lost my girlfriend because of a gnarly break up, I was lonely, but I still had World of Warcraft to play. All was technically okay, except it totally wasn’t. Lucky for me though, I had an ace up my sleeve: writing. That’s why throughout most of 2019, I didn’t write a dang thing. However, I did have a plethora of ideas, one of which is the center of today’s story.


You see, back in 2019, I had been looking into these things called “Ningens”, which were reported by Japanese sailors. They’re basically aquatic humans that live in the Antarctic sea and are said to be really dang big (well over 10 feet/3 meters). If you want to know more, I did a rather short write-up on them for 2019’s Decemystery. It’s minimalistic, but I think it gets the point across somewhat well.


Anyways, while doing research on the Ningen, I came across another story which not only was reported by Japanese sailors, but also happens to take place in Antarctica. It’s called the Antarctic Godzilla, and it was originally slated to be covered during Decemystery 2019….


Then Decemystery 2020.


Then in this year’s Decemystery.


Finally, I decided to cover it today, because there’s honestly next to nothing in the way of information when it comes to this story. So let’s dive into this whale of a tale and see what the truth behind it is.


Spoiler: it isn’t actually Godzilla.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Mystery: Daviess County John Doe (1990)

 

Okay, so, here’s a funny story for you all. Originally, I had planned to write about Septic Tank Sam, the infamous murder victim from Alberta who was tortured, murdered (real shocker there), then disposed of in, well, a septic tank back in 1977. However, as I sat down to prepare for this, I learned he had been identified as 26-year-old Gordon Edwin Sanderson. This took me by surprise since 14 hours prior to this identification, I had told my best friend that he would likely never be identified. So not only did I have to change my plans, but I was also proven wrong and Septic Tank Sam got his name back. Truthfully, I’ve never been happier to be wrong.


At the same time, I was somewhat disappointed I wouldn’t be able to talk about a story like Sam’s. Part of what attracted me to it is I personally think I’ve never really dove into a truly dark, horrific case; something which serves as a sobering reminder to how heartless some people can be. There were a few stories I could fall back on (such as the story of Mary Anderson), but none of them really impacted me the same way that Sam’s story did…


All except for one that is.


As cliché as it is to say there was “just one”, I really do think that Sam’s story was that unique. The amount of suffering he went through prior to his death is shocking to say the least. So I feel it’s really unfortunate there is another story which does affect me the same way Sam’s does. Known as the 1990 Daviess County John Doe, this morbid tale is arguably more unpleasant than Sam’s. So if you’re squeamish, you may find this to be a hard read. For everyone else, let’s take a trip to Kentucky and discuss one of the most (if not the most) violent unidentified persons cases I’ve ever come across.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Megalist: An Introduction and Summary of 500 Conspiracy Theories (Part 2)

 Click here to read the first megalist. It’s highly recommended.


O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,

A home and a country, should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.

Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans. To those of you outside of the United States, I raise a beer and burger to you instead! 


Welcome back to my meager little blog, dear reader. It’s time that I make up for an absurd amount of lost time thanks to mental health issues. I figured there was no better way to do this than to look over another 500 conspiracy theories. Just like last time, I won’t be actively trying to debunk any of these stories, though I also won’t be trying to prove them as fact. I’d rather you come to your conclusions. That said, I won’t be refraining from making some snarky remarks. After all, I want us to have some fun as we go over these theories.


I must also clarify that a fair number of the theories may come across as “meme theories” or closer to urban legends. This briefly deterred me from even making this list, but I figured it would be worthwhile since a fair number of these theories have been asked about on 4chan and as such, there are likely people on Reddit and other websites who are curious as to what they’re about. So, consider this megalist to be the “word soup edition” of the previous one’s more serious, down-to-earth theory… soup.


Now, I would like to echo something I said in the update I posted in the middle of last month: yes, I’m aware that a lot of what I’m going to cover has already been covered by Wendigoon. To amend that, I did what I could to expand upon his research (though I don’t think I did that great of a job, but I tried). If you’d like to watch his content by the way, click here. It’s ridiculously good.


As for the icebergs I used, click here and here for them. The latter is the one used by Wendigoon himself; it’s also the one I first came across roughly two years ago. The former one is a lot more expansive, but is also littered with more meme theories. Despite that, I would consider both to be the gold standard for conspiracy icebergs.


Also, I decided to do something a bit different and added some images throughout the write-up. Hopefully, this will create a more lively feeling that I seldom feel is created in other posts on this blog; the words can only go so far until they begin to feel like they’re as repetitive as concrete in a major, metropolitan city. So if the images do help to brighten up the write-up, please let me know in the comments section down below and I’ll consider doing it for other write-ups! If it doesn’t work, then I’ll write this off and never consider it again.

On one final note, this megalist will differ from the first one a fair bit. It’ll have a much more lighthearted, comedic tone. This is simply because I wanted to spice things up by playing this closer to heart; a much more personal, upbeat, silly way of bringing information to you, the reader. My attempts to word a lot of these topics in a way similar to that of the first megalist really didn’t work, so I felt the best way to go about things was to be me. So, if that doesn’t sound appealing… well, I’m sorry. I just wanted to be as I feel that, when I’m me, I win at life.


Now then, enough dillydallying. Let’s get into the meat of this write-up; it’s time to go over another 500 conspiracy theories. Tally-ho

Monday, June 14, 2021

A Kinda-Sorta Midyear Update (Because I'm Bad At Keeping Promises)


 

Hello there, dear reader. Welcome back to my blog—which has been as active as a sloth is. I did say at the end of last month that I was working on something, and I am! It’s nearly complete, but I want to make an announcement first. It’s both about the write-up and about what’s in store for the rest of the year. So, click the jump button so you know what’s going on!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Writing Hiatus

 


Okay, this is a decision I should’ve made over one month ago, but I was hesitant to do so because I swore I would get the help I needed.


I need to put all writing on an indefinite hiatus because of my emotional state. I’ve been in a very deep depression lately. I’ve been playing video games dang near all day, but not because I’ve felt lazy. Truth be told, I’ve felt awful no matter what I do. Read, talk to my friends, watch movies, play the aforementioned video games, sleep, anything. I’ve tried to seek out medical treatment, but the local hospital turned me away because apparently, taking five Xanax and going around accusing friends of conspiring against me isn’t bad enough to warrant hospitalization. Nice work, New York.


Despite this, I went ahead and tried to find other forms of treatment. However, local therapists are booked up until October and changing my medication would be difficult due to how long I’ve been on it. So where does that leave me? Well, writing has been difficult; I can’t really do much without becoming immediately exhausted or depressed. This actually helped me to realize how Noah “The Spoony One” Antwiler must feel in his attempts to make a video, but I digress. I have found a bit of solace in working out, so I’ve taken that up in place of writing. I’ve gained a bit of weight and I don’t want to become overweight, especially since I’m at a great risk of that with how much more I have been eating.


So where does that leave me overall with this blog? Well, I don’t want to abandon it. Writing is the one thing I feel I’m really good at in life. However, I don’t want to self-destruct like Spoony has and become a 24/7 whiny twit[ter user]. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should just not write and focus on self-improvement in whatever way I can until I get proper medical treatment. I know this may seem like cowardice to some, but I don’t want to devolve into a worse mess than I’m already in. Suicidal thoughts are anything but uncommon as it stands and if I stress myself out too much, I worry I actually will harm myself—especially when I have a history of attempting it.


The most that I may post on this blog are movie and video game reviews in the meantime. I think that would at least let some people know the blog isn’t dead. Alas, other major write-ups aren’t going to happen until I can get back on my feet. Which I should say: I promise I won’t give up on getting better. Trust me, nothing hurts more than not being able to write. I feel like I’ve let everyone who’s a fan of this blog down by not putting out that megalist or anything else. I’ve beaten myself up to no end for letting my bipolar go unchecked. I feel like a disgrace and for that: I apologize—a lot. You all deserve more from me than a lack of content.


If you wish to beat me up—or to simply keep in contact with me so we can talk one-on-one about various things, I do have a Discord account. Vertigo#0022. If not, that’s fine too.


So, until next time (which will probably be next month when I post what I hope to be monthly updates on my condition), I hope you all stay happy and healthy. God bless you all.



  • Vertigo

Monday, April 12, 2021

Video Game Review: Raid: Shadow Legends


Why hello there, dear reader. Welcome back to my blog; so great of you to be sticking around with me. I have been absent for a while now and there is a reason for that. To put it simply: I’ve been going through a great deal of mental health related troubles related to my bipolar. It’s gotten so bad that I’m contemplating checking myself into a hospital for quick and immediate care. However, before I do that, I’m looking into a therapist. Whichever ends up being the course of action, I’ll let you know in a future update.


In-between all of this though, I have written a little bit of my megalist (which I now have no idea when it will be finished) and been checking out mobile games to kill the little waking time that I have (I’ve been sleeping a great deal). One of these is a notorious game that I’m sure a great many of you are familiar with: Raid: Shadow Legends. It was—and I guess still is—all over the Internet, especially YouTube. A great many influencers were paid quite well to promote it and say how it’s the most incredible mobile RPG on the market, though is it really?


To some: it isn’t a bad game. To others, it’s terrible. I decided I’d take a gander myself and see what all of the hubbub was. So come along, dear reader! Let’s take a dive into the world of Raid: Shadow Legends!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Happy Birthday to Me



Hello, hello. Once more, I’m deeply sorry for the drought in content; I’m hoping it’ll be done by next month and that you’ll all adore the project that I’ve been working on. As a side note: it’s my 25th birthday. Yay for me.


Erm, well, anyways, that’s all I really have to say. I’m gonna get back to work on the project. Just thought I’d drop in and say what’s been up. If you’d like to lambaste me for not doing anything, please leave a comment below.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Valentine's Day Special: Simping and You


 A brief warning: this write-up contains discussion on sex, nudity, and having less self-respect than someone who would roll around in fecal matter for five bucks.


Why hello, dear reader. As I’ve said in the whole one other write-up I’ve done this year (which was a movie review; just look below this post), I’ve been working on a megalist. No idea when it’ll be done, but hopefully soon! However, given the past few years I’ve done a Valentine’s Day special, I thought I would do one this year too. So come along, let’s take a trip over to the wonderful of Discord to explore simping.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Movie Review: The Banana Splits Movie

 


Before we begin, I’d like to begin by saying that I’m sorry for the lack of any content. I ended up getting very sidetracked with other things related to real life, so I haven’t paid much attention here. However, I’m pleased to say that the first big write-up on this blog will be a new megalist! So, woo! I’ll also be posting more reviews like I said I would, starting with today’s story.


If you or a family member (or a friend’s family member) grew up in the 1960s, or you grew up watching Boomerang like me, you likely know of a show called “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour”. If you don’t, it was a show featuring four “funny animal characters” named Fleagle (a dog), Bingo (an ape), Drooper (a lion), and Snorky (an elephant). These four characters made up a fictional rock band called “The Banana Splits”. In the show, the Splits generally performed a variety of skits, played their instruments, and did other things one would expect from the late 1960s. Well, at least within the realm of legality, though I imagine Hanna-Barbara were one some strong LSD when they greenlit this show.


The show lasted for a grand total of 31 episodes, though there were some shorts too. Since the show aired, it’s garnered a cult following (I guess), though in the time I watched it—which is to say I watched it while feeling unnerved by the costumes—I never found it to be particularly noteworthy. The costumes are nifty, but the show itself isn’t the strongest of the creations from Hanna-Barbara. Though the theme song is one of the most infectious and catchy I’ve ever heard.


Tra la la tra la la la


Anyways, in spite of my criticism towards the show, I need to be fair. The show was popular enough to earn a TV film, some educational films, a 2008 revival (which floundered I think), After that though, there wasn’t anything on it; the show remained one of the many intellectual properties that saw no interest—until 2019. It was in that year that, at San Diego Comic-Con, a horror-comedy film was announced. It was met with laughter and statements that it looked terrible. Though is it really? Ehh, kinda. Let’s go over the specifics though—with minimal spoilers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A Kinda-Sorta-Maybe Plan for 2021

 


I found that image on a swanky marketing site. So, all credit goes to them.


Anyways, hello, hello. Apologies for the absence, I've needed a break from writing. I hope your new year has been treating you well, oh dear reader. For me, it has been—to the best of its extent anyways. I've been planning out what I'd like to do this year in the way of writing and I would like to share with you what I've got in mind. Just know that things are subject to change (which may as well be the slogan for this blog). Anyways, let's get to it!