“DON’T TRY TO STAY AWAKE!” and More Terrifying True Stories! #WeirdDarkness


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Jun 29 2020 36 mins  
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IN THIS EPISODE: In 1959, a radio DJ in New York decided to conduct a publicity stunt – and it literally drove him insane. (Sleepless In New York) *** In December 1963 two boys hit upon an idea for a school science project – stay awake for as long as possible. And it shed new light on what happens inside our tired brains. (The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sleep) *** We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and possibly even death. (Don’t Try To Stay Awake) *** The infamous cursed paintings called “The Crying Boy”. Are all of the terrifying stories associated with the painting true, or have we simply created a fascinating legend we choose to believe? (The Crying Boy Painting)

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“The Crying Boy Painting” posted at Scarely.com: http://bit.ly/2Q4G92t (Video of attempt to burn “Crying Boy” painting: http://bit.ly/2Hremp1)
“Sleepless In New York: The Radio DJ’s Publicity Stunt That Ended In Madness” by Esther Inglis-Arkell: http://bit.ly/2EbPHnw
“The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sleep” by Sarah Keating: https://bbc.in/2Hlt3Lx
“Don’t Try To Stay Awake” by Adam Hadhazy: https://bbc.in/2E6p17F
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