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Mapped: The Sites of the World's 200 Scariest Horror Movies

"The Geography of Horror," a Halloween-themed interactive map by the software company Esri, plots the locations of 200 horror movies, from Psycho (which evidently took place along California's interstate 10, somewhere between Blythe and Indio) to Nosferatu (set in a small German town along the Baltic Sea).  

The full-frame presentation of the map allows users to filter the films by decade, making it possible to observe the spread of horror across the globe, over time. Before the 1960s, for example, most horror movies took place in Europe, the birthplace of Frankenstein, Dracula and other classic monsters. Over the decades, Asia gradually became a more popular setting for paranormal horror. The U.S., with its wealth of lonely highways and woodland cabins, has consistently dominated the slasher film genre.

The map draws from IMBD's list of the highest rated horror films, so it's a good resource for movie buffs in search of obscure but well-received films, particularly those set in unusual, exotic locales.  

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Is the Muslim Brotherhood Using Puppies as Bombs? (Spoiler: No.)

Here's a story fit for Halloween from CBS's New York affiliate (hat tip to journalist Patrick Galey): According to reporter Amy Dardashtian, Muslim Brotherhood members marching on Tahrir Square were caught "using puppies as gas bombs -- dipping them in gasoline and lighting them on fire."

This tale was from a pet rescuer in New Jersey, who received a Facebook message from an Egyptian activist claiming that two pups had been rescued just before being turned into flammable weapons by Islamist protesters. The claim was the latest in a line of sometimes outlandish claims about the Muslim Brotherhood -- including reports that the group has infiltrated the Obama administration, or that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is tied to the group. 

Happily for Cairo's canine population, there is virtually no chance this is true. Not only would weaponizing puppies be wildly impractical, there is no documented evidence of this occurring -- nor has the Brotherhood been able to stage protests in Tahrir Square since Morsy was toppled this summer. The rescue worker who relayed the story, when contacted by Galey, said that she did nothing to verify the allegation.

CBS removed the claim without explanation from the latest version of its story, but it still lives on in the Examiner and Israel National News.

 

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