“The Most Alien-Looking Place on Earth”


Socotra Island is the complete opposite of anything that is considered “normal” for a landscape on Earth.

Socotra island dragon blood trees

Socotra Island is the most bizarre place on Earth


This Yemeni Archipelago consists of 4 islands that rest deep in the Indian Ocean. It supposedly split off the horn of Africa about 6 million years ago, leaving it completely isolated from the rest of the world (Most isolated landforms on Earth).

Socotra Island is one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world. Its isolation from the rest of the world has preserved the islands way of life, which hasn’t changed since the middle ages.

The beaches of Socotra Island rise to limestone plateaus, which are full of very deep caves. Above the caves are mountains that reach up to 1525 meters high.

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Snake Island is “The Deadliest Place in the World”


Imagine knowing that you are at least 3 feet away from a deadly snake at all times?

No, I’m not talking about a tropical rain forest or a desert simply because their population of deadly snakes is nothing compared to the place I am going to introduce you to.

It is called Ilha de Queimada Grande.

Snake island, Brazil

Snake Island

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Strange Place: A Beautifully Fake Beach in Japan

Seagaia Ocean Dome is the largest artificial beach in the world.

It is a part of the Sheraton Seagaia Resort in Mayazaki, Japan. The artificial beach is about 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, allowing an estimated 10,000 tourists to fit comfortably in it all at once.

One of the main attractions is its fake flame-spitting volcano, which becomes active every 15 minutes and spits fire every hour. This helps make the artificial waves more powerful for the surfers’ that visit the beach. Obviously, the sand is artificial along with the palm trees, and the retractable roof (largest in the world) has a permanent blue sky. This allows people to go to the beach even on the ugliest days.

These pictures will make any viewer want to visit:

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Strange Place: Villa Escudero Waterfall Restaurant

Villa Escudero Resort

Villa Escudero Resort

Villa Escudero  is a resort  located in Quezon Province, Philippines.

It is a beautiful atmosphere offering customers an amazingly luxurious and comfortable room, and one of the most famous museums in the Philippines to visit. You must be thinking “Why the hell is this a strange place ?”

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The Georgia Guidestones: The American Stonehenge, georgia guidstones, elite, conspiracies

The Georgia Guidstones

On a hilltop in rural Elberton, Georgia stands the Georgia Guidestones, sometimes referred to as the American Stonehenge. The monument is 19 feet 3 inches tall and made from six granite slabs weighing more than 240,000 pounds in all. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. Read more of this post

Strange Place: “Skinwalker Ranch” and its Paranormal Activity

In 1994, Tom Gorman and his wife purchased a ranch in a remotely strange place in the Uintah Basin of Utah.

They probably did not expect to see UFO’s,mutilated cattle, poltergeist  and strange gigantic creatures in the next couple of years, but they did.

The paranormal activity started in 1996.

Skinwalker Ranch

Skinwalker Ranch

The first sighting was witnessed right outside of their house. They reported seeing a “refrigerator looking vehicle” with white and red lights all over it. When they approached the vehicle, it flew away into the sky.

Next, Tom Gorman witnessed orbs floating over the ranch. They were orange and blue and as big as basketballs. He explained that they contained swirling liquid inside of them that affected his lights and melted his animals. Yes, MELTED HIS ANIMALS!

Tom said that he has seen these orbs multiple times. One of the times, there was a blue structure behind the orbs that were releasing other orbs.

Mrs. Gorman also personally experienced some strange activity. When she was in her car one day, a flying object that resembled an F-117 night-hawk hovered about 20 feet over her car. The second she spotted it, it quickly vanished.

All of this would have made you pack your bags and leave, right?

Well the Gormans stayed around for a little while longer, and it got worse.

One day, the Gormans woke up to mutilated cattle. Their ears and genitals were cut off, and some of them were drained of all their blood.

After finding their cattle like this, they started to look out for predators. One night, they spotted something that looked like a gigantic wolf. When the wolf went to attack their cattle, Tom shot at it. The creature ran off and Tom Gorman approached his cattle. When he got closer, he found a large chunk of the creature. Tom explained that it smelt like rotting meat.

This was one of the so-called “Big-foot” sightings.

The Gormans also reported poltergeist activity in and out of the house. Doors and windows would open and slam shut. Furniture would move all over the house and sometimes even disappear.  One day, Mr. Gorman reported 4 of his bulls stolen. The next day, the bulls appeared in a small trailer all cramped up.

They reported Loud noises coming from beneath their house as well.

Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman

Lastly, Large chunks of soil (hundreds of pounds) were dug up off their ranch, creating crop circles.

Finally, the Gormans had enough and sold the ranch.

Who the hell would want to own this property?

The National Institute for Discovery Science.

After hearing all of the stories and reports, they wanted to do some investigating so they purchased the ranch for $200,000. Some Paranormal activity still occurs there after the Gormans sold the place.

So what are the explanations for all of this activity?

Most people come to the conclusion that the Gormans were hallucinating, or even delusional. Others say that maybe it was military activity because of the remoteness of the ranch.

Some even believe that the Poltergeist activity is the actions of parallel universes crossing paths, or even time travel.

Utah locals explain that it is in fact a curse. ” The ranch is in the path of a Skinwalker” they claim. This has to do with an ancient curse of the Navajo.

The Skinwalker Ranch is one place that we will NOT be visiting in the future.

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An Amazing Strange Place Collection

When we first started the ZazenLife movement, our main focus was to entertain our followers while informing them with the truth.

Our Strange Place Collection has been one of many ways of entertaining our followers. Some of these places we have never heard about until we started doing our research, and we were almost positive that a majority of you have not heard of them either.

Eventually, some of our ZazenLife team members plan on visiting a couple of these destinations to get a first person perspective on them.

So for all of you new followers and/or followers who love our Strange Place collection, here is a glance back at some of the weirdest destinations.

Strange place #1:  The Oak Island Treasure Pit   

“Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada is home to the world’s most mysterious booby trap. The Oak Island treasure pit has been the focus of the world’s longest and most expensive treasure hunt and one of the world’s deepest and most costly archaeological digs.”

oak island treasure pit

Oak Island treasure pit










Strange Place #2:  Socotra Island 

“This is the most “Alien Looking Place on Earth.” Socotra Island is one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world. Its isolation from the rest of the world has preserved the islands way of life, which hasn’t changed since the middle ages.”

dragon blood trees

Socotra Island







Strange Place #3: The “Door to Hell”

“Yes, it is exactly what it looks like. A gigantic burning hole on the surface of Earth. In the 1950′s Soviets started to dig out a mine in the desert of Turkmenistan.

Unfortunately, their project was unsuccessful and they abandoned it. In 1971, locals of Turkmenistan witnessed a team of geologists digging at the site again, trying to find gas deposits. They eventually stumbled upon a large underground cavern (created by the soviets in the 50′s).”

door to hell

Door to Hell









Strange Place #4: Geothermal Spa powered by Lava flow

“One of the largest attractions in Iceland is powered by Geothermal energy.

Blue Lagoon is a  spa located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula (which rests between two continents as the Euro-Asian and American tectonic plates meet at Blue Lagoon) and it is powered by 100% geothermal energy.”

Geothermal Spa with bridge

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa








Strange Place #5: The Easter Island “Moai” has Bodies Underground

“Believed to be carved around 1250 and 1500, the moai are monolithic human figures carved from rock. Located on Easter Island, a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the origin of these figures is still questioned to this day.

It’s believed that the moai were either carved by a distinguished class of professional carvers who were comparable in status to high-ranking members of other Polynesian craft guilds, or, alternatively, by members of each clan from territories around the island.”

easter island Moai has body structures

Easter Island "Moai"










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Strange Place: “Suicide Forest” Hosts 100 Suicides a Year

Clothing on the ground at this strange place

Clothing of dead people rests all over the ground at "Suicide Forest"

In Japan, there is a place where at least 100 people go to a year to kill themselves.

It is called Aokigahara Forest or “Suicide Forest.”

Tourists have traveled to this strange place to get the best view of a nearby mountain called Mount Fuji.With this good view comes other terrible views…of dead bodies, and this is why I call it a strange place. Remains of decayed bodies are sprawled all over the floor with their accessories ripped and torn by animals.

Some of these suicidal people decided to hang themselves from the trees, and their bodies stay there until authorities clear the forest  occasionally.

Visitors have described this forest to be one of the scariest places they have ever been to. As you walk through the forest, you are completely swallowed in darkness. Trees gape over you, letting streams of light sneak in that help direct you. The silence is supposedly “overwhelmingly terrifying.”

Supposedly, the reason why people commit suicide in the area stems from the 1960 novel, ‘Wave of Trees’ by Seicho Matsumoto. At some point in the book, the main character commits suicide in Aokigahara forest. Since the book was published, the rate of suicides in the forest (and Japan as a whole) has drastically increased.

People have blamed this book for influencing many Japanese people to commit suicide in this forest. They thought that it was a peaceful place to die, and it positively affected their spirits.

human skull on the ground

100 people commit suicide at this forest per year.

The increase reached a peak in 2004 when 108 people committed suicide in the forest.

As of now, Aokigahara is the second most popular suicide location, losing out  to the Golden Gate Bridge.

This bridge has the highest suicide rate in the entire world.

Signs have been put up at the entrance of the bridge to help reduce the suicide attempts. There is a number to a suicide hotline advertised on a small sign at the beginning of the bridge. I am pretty sure that most bridges in the United States have these signs at their entrance now.

Similarly, “Suicide Forest” uses the same strategy. Authorities have placed signs all over the forest with warnings saying “Please reconsider” and “Think carefully about your children, your family.”

Sadly, the signs have not decreased the suicide rate at all, and Aokigahara Forest remains to be the resting place of thousands of Suicidal people.

Aokigahara forest is one of the freakiest places in the world, and is an easy add to our strange place collection.

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Professor Buries His Students Alive

Professor Qiu Daneng has a very bizarre method of teaching his students how to appreciate life.

He treats his medical students as if they are actual dead bodies, and buries them. He believes that this will make them appreciate every aspect of their lives.

This practice takes place at Taiwan’s Rende Medical College.

On the first day of class, professor Daneng makes his students write out their testaments. He then puts his students in a casket one at a time and lowers them into cavities under the floor. They are left in the ground for 10 minutes. In these 10 minutes, the students are supposed to gain insight on death.

Professor placing a female student into a coffin

Professor Qiu Daneng buries his students so that they will appreciate life more

His main goal is to have his students appreciate life so much that they will do their absolute best job in keeping their patient’s alive.

According to some of his students, his insane method works.

“I felt like I was reborn when I came out and now I know that every second counts in life.” said Xiao Lin, a student who agrees with his professors insane teaching methods.

10 minutes may sound like a short amount of time, but imagine being in a closed casket in the ground for just one minute?

This practice would obviously not fly in a majority of the United States.

I honestly don’t agree with this psycho. How can burying someone make them appreciate their life more?

Personally, I would panic from being in such a small box in the ground and I wouldn’t last for more than a minute. That class would immediately be dropped, and if it was too late I would take the Withdrawal mark (or even an F).




Strange Place: “Island of Dolls” is One of the Scariest Places on Earth

Dolls are hanging on the trees in the forest

"The island of Dolls"

“La isla de la Monecas” or “The Island of Dolls” is one of the scariest places  in the world.

It is located within an extensive group of canals, south of Mexico City, Mexico. Almost everyone’s inital reaction is “it must be beautiful because it’s an island off of mexico.”

This is completely wrong. This strange place is actually the opposite of beautiful.

Tourists explain the island as dark and silent with a feeling of chill. Almost every single tree is decorated with deformed and mutilated dolls. The dolls almost seem evil. As you walk the island, it supposedly feels like you are being watched at all times.

Scared yet?

I haven’t even told you the creepy part.

The island is supposedly haunted!

50 years ago, a man named Don Julian Santana left his wife and kids and moved to this island to live the rest of his life alone. When he was living there, the body of a dead little girl came floating up in one of the canals. Don Julian thought he had become haunted by her spirit.

the head of a baby doll hangs off of a tree

Tourists heard the dolls whispering

He began to collect dolls and decorate the island with them. He would trade vegetables and fruits in exchange for any dolls. The dolls were believed to be used by Don Julian as a shrine for the spirit that haunted him. Over the 50 years that he lived there, he continuously collected dolls and decorated them all over the island, until he died.

Some natives of Mexico believe that Don Julian went crazy. They think that Don Julian would throw the dolls into the canals and save them as if they were real babies. His family said this was not true. They continue to tell people that it was a way of him coping with the haunting of the little girl.

In 2001, Don Julian was found dead by his nephew. He found him in the same canal that Don Julian supposedly found the little girl.

After his death, tourists have said that they heard dolls whispering as they passed them. People have become so superstitious with this island that they believe you must bring a gift to the island for the dolls in order to ease the spirits.

This was an easy add to our strange place collection, and probably our scariest addition to the strange place collection.

a baby doll hangs on a tree in the forest

Visitors feel like the dolls were watching them

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Top 5 Most Shocking Images

Since the beginning of the human existence, our world has seen some terrible things happen. Sadly, most of these things were the acts of humans killing other humans.

It’s extremely sad to think of what our own race has done to each other. It shouldn’t be happening; think of what our world would be like if it was full of peace and happiness.

The following pictures are reminders of the horrors that our world has seen in the past. They are some of the most shocking and upsetting pictures ever (viewers discretion advised).

5. The Last Jew of Vinnitsa

A jewish man waits to be killed by nazi

The Last Jew of Vinnitsa

This image shows a Jewish man on his knees preparing to be executed by the SS Paramilitary Death Squad. Below him is the grave of thousands of murdered jewish people who he soon joined.

4. The Child and the Vulture

A tiny african child lays on the floor and a vulture watches her

The Child and the Vulture

Kevin Carter, South African Photographer caught a picture of a starving Sudanese child. She was resting from a long crawl to a United Nations Food Center. Behind the child is a vulture just watching her. It seems as if the vulture is waiting for the perfect time to grab the child.  Carter won a Pulitzer Prize for this picture.

3. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The atomic bomb explosions over hiroshima and nagasaki

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

At the end of the World War II, the United States retaliated with two atomic bombings in Japan. One was in Hiroshima which killed 100,000 – 166,000 people, and the other was dropped in Nagasaki which killed 60,000 – 80,000 people. These images show the only active use of atomic bombs ever.

2.Lynching of Young African Americans

two african american men are hung over a crowd of white men

Lynching of Young African-Americans

This horrific image shows the lynching of two African-Americans. The worst part of this picture is not the lynched men, but the joy of the men below them. They are so happy and satisfied that these two African-American men are hung dead above them. It’s disgusting.

1. September 11th, 2001

The second airplane crashes into the world trade center

Attacks on the World Trade Center

On September 11th 2001, Terrorists struck the World Trade Center Towers with two passenger airliners. Both buildings were struck, bringing them both crashing to the ground. Almost 3,000 people were killed in this attack. There are various photos taken of this incident showing people jumping to their death.

RIP all of the people who lost their lives in all of these tragedies.

Strange Place: “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan

A giant hole of fire in Turkmenistan is a strange place

The "Door to Hell"

Yes, it is exactly what it looks like. A gigantic burning hole on the surface of Earth, making our strange place collection.

In the 1950’s Soviets started to dig out a mine in the desert of Turkmenistan. Unfortunately, their project was unsuccessful and they abandoned it.

In 1971, locals of Turkmenistan witnessed a team of geologists digging at the site again, trying to find gas deposits. They eventually stumbled upon a large underground cavern (created by the soviets in the 50’s).

These geologists concluded that the cavern was full of toxic gases, so they decided that they should light the cavern on fire to burn off all of the excess gases.

What they did not realize is that this hole would burn for the next 40 years.

Since then, locals have come up with a lot of names and theories about this hole.

Most famously, locals and visitors call it “The Door to Hell.”

After looking at this picture, you probably can’t think of a better name for it. This cavernous flaming pit rests right outside their town of Darvasa, and it is the size of a football field.

The entrance to the underworld has become Turkmenistan’s main attraction, and an amazingly strange place to visit.

The only problem is that it is very hard to get to. First off, the government does not want people around it. They don’t specify a reason, but I would have to guess that it has to do with safety precautions. The heat is said to be unbearable, and visitors have experienced skin burns and recommend not getting to close.  Secondly, traveling there is very difficult. The roads are supposedly very rough and many cars have gotten stuck while trying to reach this pit.

A giant hole of fire in Turkmenistan

This cavern has been burning for over 40 years

There are similar places like this around the world, but not nearly as big. There are small fires that have been burning for thousands of years, such as the Flames of the Chimaera, near Olympos / Çıralı in Turkey. Both of these craters will burn for a while due to large amounts of gases beneath the Earth’s surface.

People did once believe that this hole was a symbol of the coming apocalypse, but they were immediately shut down when they were told the truth about the soviet era cavern.

There is nothing miraculous or bizarre about this hole, but when something is called “The Door to Hell,” it will get a lot of attention, especially if it has been consistently burning for 40 years.

Being that it looks like an entrance to the underworld, this gigantic hole is easily one of our coolest strange place adds.

If you are interested, but too scared(or lazy) to visit,  you can find the “Door to Hell” on Google Earth.

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Strange Place: Geothermal Spa Powered by Lava Flow can Cure Skin Disease

geothermal spa with a bridge.

Blue Lagoon Spa

Geothermal Energy has become an increasingly important element in today’s world. This type of energy is generated and stored in the Earth.

Its odd source of energy has given it a place in our strange place collection.

One of the largest attractions in Iceland is powered by Geothermal energy.

Blue Lagoon is a  spa located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula (which rests between two continents as the Euro-Asian and American tectonic plates meet at Blue Lagoon) and it is powered by 100% geothermal energy.

Guests bath and relax in Blue Lagoons geothermal sea water which is known for its positive effects on skin. In some cases, the Blue Lagoon Spa was said to have cured people of various types of skin disease. So this strange place is also a miracle working place.

It has also proven to relieve stress from everyday life. About 400,000 people come to this spa annually because of its positive effects on the body,mind and spirit.

So how exactly does this spa use geothermal energy to power it?

It’s pretty complicated, but learning howthis energy works is essential to our planets future.

First off, steamy waters are part of lava formation, and this large swimming pool is heated with the run-off water from a nearby geothermal power plant.

This super heated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and is used to run turbines that generate electricity.

After passing through the turbines, the steam and very hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system.

This is when the water is fed into the lagoon for users to bath and relax in. The water reaches 104 degrees farenheit, but it is obviously safe for people to swim in. The water is also VERY rich in minerals.

The Blue Lagoon Spa also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using this mineral rich water.

400,000 people a year swimming in this pool may have you thinking that it might be dirty, but this is not the case at all.

people relaxing in the geothermal spa

Blue Lagoon helps heal the body and mind

Iceland has a strict code of hygiene, making guests shower without clothing in the communal shower area before and after they use the spa.

A couple of other places in Europe and asia are now using geothermal energy to power places like Blue Lagoon, and it is slowly saving the world.

If you are into spa’s and are also into exploring some of the most amazing places on Earth, many people suggest visiting Blue Lagoon.

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Strange Place: Was the “Eye of The Earth” Created by Extraterrestrials?

Imagine being in space and looking down at Earth.

the richat structure

Looking at the Richat Structure from space

That image is simply amazing, but now imagine seeing an eye on the surface of the Earth that is looking back at you.

This is what Astronauts see when they are looking down from space at the Richat Structure, an amazing add to the strange place collection.

The Richat Structure is a prominent circular feature  in the middle of the Sahara Desert of West-Central Mauritania. It is deeply eroded, and stretches 40 km in diameter.

Scientists originally thought it was a crater formed by a meteorite, but this was ruled out. The flat middle and lack of shock altered rock made it obvious to scientists that a rock from space did not form this structure.

Its perfectly circular shape is still a mystery today.

Advocates of the EU model claim that:

” craters like the Richat were not formed by impacts but were “machined” by electric discharges, Birkeland currents that rotate around a “sticking” point and excavate material by electrically accelerating it upwards without disturbing the surrounding or underlying strata, unless the whole area is raised in a fulgamite blister–hence Rampart Craters. Specific effects will depend on a wide variety of soil conditions including chemical composition, material type, density, moisture, and conductivity.  Discharge factors, including diameter, voltage, current, and duration will also affect the crater configuration.”

 All of these claims  sound nice and fancy, but what if it was all false?

What if this was the work of some being from a different planet?

Some alien believers have come to the conclusion that this “dome” was created by extraterrestrials as a target  for when they want to attack or land on Earth.

There is a theory that this “bulls-eye” was lasered into the Earth by aliens from another strange place.

The richat structure strange place

The Richat Structure resembles an eye

Astronauts have made it clear that it is the most visible part of Earths surface from space, and it has the most perfectly circular shape out of any landmass on Earth.

Sounds like a pretty nice target to me.

So since there are no definite facts about the creation of the Richat Structure, why not take all theories into consideration?

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