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    Old, Abandoned Mental Hospital Photos That’ll Creep You Out

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    Photos of abandoned places often go viral. They are prime material for photographers and explorers, both amateur and professional, to venture out and get glimpses of the past, anywhere from amusement parks to malls. Abandoned old mental hospital photos are on that list, mainly because they are certified-creepy by many internet users. While it’s interesting to look at the equipment and decor left behind, there’s something haunting (and terrifying) about every abandoned mental hospital.

    Whether it’s the unspeakable horrors done on-site in the past, or rumors of ghosts in the buildings, they can be just as scary as some horror movies. See the phenom for yourself as you click through this list of old mental hospital photos and read the story behind them.

    Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane 

    The Willard Asylum For The Chronic Insane has been shut down since 1995. Its past still lingers — an attic full of suitcases from patients past was discovered, still full of all their possessions: photos, teacups, jewelry. 

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    Divers Discover an Abandoned Underwater Restaurant… and Go Inside

    The best restaurants are those that provide an exciting place to escape from reality. And there’s no greater escape than what you’ll find in the photos of this abandoned underwater restaurant in Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat.

    It’s located under the water, and its photos, history, and current state will get your imagination going.

    The story came to light thanks to Gil Koplovitz, a marine biologist, who was working in the area one day. He told Huffington Post in an email that he found the location while on his dive, swam up to the windows to see what he found, and then took photos of his surprising discovery. Here’s what he found.

    Photo: YouTube

    But this wasn’t just an ordinary restaurant — it was also a fancy club where diners could spend the evening dancing the night away.

    Below, you’ll see another, clearer shot of the dance floor. You’ll also notice the mirrors in the background showing Koplovitz taking the photo. 

    Some tables can still be seen stacked in the background of this shot. (This detail will be important later in the story.) In this case, you can see another swimmer out the window — this time without a camera — so it’s clear that Koplovitz wasn’t alone.

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    Photo: YouTube

    But what was this abandoned underwater restaurant, what were its origins, and what is it today? Clearly that question garnered everyone’s interest, which is why Huffington Post reached out to Koplovitz to learn more. 

    Here’s what he had to say, and what we discovered when we did a deep dive into YouTube.

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    Photos From Abandoned Subways Around the World

    There are countless abandoned subways around the world, where subterranean passages that were used to transport people have become forgotten, homes for the homeless, and even… fashion runways?

    Commuters around the world rely on subways and underground trains as an essential part of their daily routine, with many spending hours a week underground. Thankfully, modern technology has created a subway experience that allows commuters to travel their city’s man-made tunnels in relative comfort.

    But w the lights go out for good or the power turns off for good, these familiar tunnels transform into something much more mysterious and unsettling. Under the ground, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, often closed off from all light, these abandoned subway tunnels offer little in the way of a quick exit, or a comfortable stay. Fortunately, images from urban explorers, city workers, and others in the know have a way of popping up online, giving us surface-dwellers a glimpse at this dark, strange world below.

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    Abandoned Malls From Around the World

    Online shopping is a booming business. While it’s convenient for customers to pick and choose what they want from the comfort of their own homes, it’s resulting in retail locations shutting down across America and the rest of the world. Stores are cutting down on the number of locations they have, and entire malls are closing their doors. Thus, abandoned malls around the world have become a growing problem.

     The malls are left in limbo — no business or any maintenance is done with their walls, resulting in some quite creepy photos. We’ve compiled a list of the craziest photos of abandoned malls, click through to check them out.

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    The Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Parks Ever

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    For a great time with the whole family, it’s hard to beat a day at a good amusement park. The rides, the food, the sights, the characters — there’s something for just about everyone to enjoy. What happens, though, when people stop buying tickets and the gates close forever? Left to languish, those roller coasters and snack shacks take on an eerie new aura that’s a far cry from the sunny sights and sounds of an operating park. These then become the creepy abandoned amusement parks sought out by urban explorers and photographers from all over the world.

    There are a number of creepy examples– many of them even in the United States, which may surprise locals. Yes, some are gone and only preserved here due to archival photos, but remnants of others remain, hidden by overgrown brush and nature reclaiming itself. Seeing these images ignited our youthful imaginations, and we realized that if we wanted, we could actually travel to some of these abandoned parks and explore their empty shells for ourselves. Sure, we would possibly be arrested for it, but that’s part of the adventure.

    So with that spirit of urban exploration in our hearts, won’t you join us for a look at some of our favorite creepy abandoned amusement parks?

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    35 Years After Chernobyl – What the City of Pripyat Looks Like Today

    On February 4, 1970, the Soviet Union founded a new settlement for atomic scientists, workers, and their families commonly referred to as an atomograd. This town would, in time, become a successful model of a Soviet metropolis. It was a river-side utopia with a sandy bank that locals called “The Beach,” complete with various shops, entertainment, schools, hospitals, and residences.

    Residents referred to their city as “The City of Roses,” named for the thirty-three thousand rose bushes planted throughout.

    Its official moniker is Pripyat.

    Photo: Shutterstock

    Seven years later, three kilometers away, construction began on the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant. Or, more famously known as, Chernobyl. 

    Early in the morning on April 26, 1986, reactor number four at Chernobyl exploded, starting a fire that would burn for nearly two weeks, all the while spewing radioactive material into the air. But what happened to the idyllic city of Pripyat, home to almost fifty-thousand people?

    Photojournalists have returned. This is what they found…

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    The Many Reasons to Love Jennifer Garner

    Anyone remotely familiar with pop culture knows of Jennifer Garner. Maybe you’re a fan of rom coms and caught her starring role in 13 Going on 30, or you’re a fan of strong women, loving the elevation Sydney Bristow brought to the small screen during the early noughties. You may have fallen for her girl-next-door charm in all those TV commercials, or came to love her as a mom in movies like Juno, Love, Simon, and the new Netflix movie Yes Day. Whatever the case may be, there are many reasons why one can see the shine behind Jennifer’s smile, so we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on all the Jennifer Garner movies, TV shows, and appearances where the actress and mom made us fall in love with her.

    Love at First Sight

    Photo: YouTube

    We fell in love with Jennifer Garner when she became America’s sweetheart playing Sydney Bristow ABC’s Alias

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    The Disturbing History of the Paris Catacombs

    Beneath the beautiful and romantic city of Paris, France lies the Paris Catacombs — a burial ground where millions of remains are stowed away. What remains intact today has become the subject of countless folk tales, documentaries, and movie plots. But what is the real history of the Paris Catacombs?

    Nearly 500,000 individuals descend into the Catacombs every year to see the legendary haunting site with their very own eyes. Not all have the chance to embark on the journey, but lucky for you, we’re diving into the history of the Catacombs. 

    Be warned, however, if you get queasy at the mention of death or sight of human remains, this article is not for you. 

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    31 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Adopted

    Adoption impacts everyone in the United States. According to the website Adoption Network, there are approximately 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which is 2% of the population, or one out of 50 children. Those numbers include some famous faces as well — celebrities you didn’t know were adopted.

    While every adoption story is important, it’s always a welcome addition when a celeb talks about their experience. That public admission takes away the societal shame of adoption, the stigma many people feel about it, and shows the beauty behind giving a child a good home. 

    So, with that in mind, we created a list of 31 celebrities who weren’t raised by their birth parents. Some of them may surprise you!

    1. Steve Jobs

    Photo: Shutterstock

    First on our list of celebrities who you didn’t know were adopted: the late Apple CEO. Steve Jobs’s biological father was Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim. Jandali’s girlfriend at the time was Joanne Schieble, but her parents objected to their mixed relationship, resulting in Steve Jobs’ adoption at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs.

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    How to Find Your Lost Government Money

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    According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, every U.S. state, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta, Canada have unclaimed property programs that actively and continuously find owners of lost and forgotten assets. So, how do you find your lost government money (if there is any)?

    First, Some Background

    Unclaimed property laws have been around since at the 1930s, but have become much broader and more strictly enforced in the last 25 years. Unclaimed property is one of the original consumer protection programs.

    Over 2.5 million claims totaling $2.25 billion dollars was returned to rightful owners in 2011; with the average claim around $892. Currently $41.7 billion is waiting to be returned by states unclaimed property programs. Claims can be made into perpetuity in most cases – even by heirs.

    Could some of those billions be yours? Most states participate in MissingMoney; start your search there.

    What Is Unclaimed Property? 

    Sometimes referred to as abandoned, unclaimed property refers to accounts in financial institutions and companies that have had no activity generated or contact with the owner for one year or a longer period. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed dividends or payroll checks, refunds, traveler’s checks, trust distributions, unredeemed money orders or gift certificates (in some states), insurance payments or refunds and life insurance policies, annuities, certificates of deposit, customer overpayments, utility security deposits, mineral royalty payments, and contents of safe deposit boxes

    What Happens to These Accounts?

    Acting in the best interest of consumers, each state has enacted an unclaimed property statute that protects your funds from reverting back to the company if you have lost contact with them. These laws instruct companies to turn forgotten funds over to a state official who will then make a diligent effort to find you or your heirs.

    Most states hold lost funds until you are found, returning them to you at no cost or for a nominal handling fee upon filing a claim form and verification of your identity. Since it is impossible to store and maintain all of the contents that are turned over from safe deposit boxes, most states hold periodic auctions and hold the funds obtained from the sale of the items for the owner. Some states also sell stocks and bonds and return the proceeds to the owner in the same manner

    How Do I Begin My Free Search? 

    Companies are required by law to send funds from lost accounts to the state of the owner’s last known address. That means you could potentially have unclaimed property in every state that you have resided in. The MissingMoney website contains the official collective records from most state unclaimed property programs so you can find lost government money.

    NAUPA will link you to every state unclaimed property program Web site where you can search. Both sites are free.

    Why Do I Charges to Search? 

    If searching is free, why are you being charged to search for funds?

    Several business firms have used the states’ freedom of information acts to obtain owner information. These firms notify individuals that they will conduct a search for unclaimed property in their name for a fee. Many states do not even provide complete records to these firms to protect your privacy.

    The bottom line is that you may pay them to search if you wish, but all the information is accessible free of charge by searching the state databases or MissingMoney, or by contacting any state unclaimed property office.

    Property Is Found, But There’s a Fee

    There are many businesses, sometimes called finders or locators, which find legitimate lost property for owners and offer to inform them of how to obtain it for a fee, usually a percentage of the total (some states limit the fee to 10 percent). Sometimes, companies will hire these firms to find you before they turn the funds over to the state. Ultimately the finder will ask you to sign a contract.

    The majority of firms that provide these services work within the law, but there are also many unclaimed property scams across the United States. Before signing any contract from a firm of this type, we recommend that you be cautious and contact the unclaimed property office in your state for more information.

    Keep Property from Becoming Lost

    Remember, property becomes lost due to a company having no communication with the owner. You don’t need to find lost government money if you contact institutions that hold your money or property every year — especially when there is an address change or change in marital status. For security reasons, most financial institutions do not forward mail. Keep accurate financial records and record all insurance policies, bank account numbers with bank names and addresses, types of accounts, stock certificates, and rent and utility deposits.

    Cash all checks for dividends, wages, and insurance settlements without delay. Respond to requests for confirmation of account balances and stockholder proxies. If you have a safe deposit box, record its number, bank name and address, and give the extra key to a trusted person.

    Finally, prepare and file a will detailing the disposition of your assets.