Linda Sharps

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I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.


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    If you type “black eyed children” into Google’s search, you get over 500,000 results. Black-eyed children, according to Wikipedia, are a paranormal phenomenon that started becoming prevalent in pop culture during the 1990s. Black-eyed children look anywhere from 7 to 16 years in age, with eyes that are solid black from iris to pupil. These children “seem to give off an eerie aura of menace merely by their very presence,” and according to one paranormal investigator, one of these creatures has recently reappeared in Staffordshire, England.

    Of course, once you read the term paranormal investigator, you have to take this story with a grain of salt, but Lee Brickley says descriptions of this girl are identical to the firsthand accounts that circulated 30 years ago. Not only that, but there’s something different about this particular ghost that has him dishing out the following advice for anyone who sees her: start running while you still can.

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    While we count down the days until the Walking Dead season 5 premiere — just two weeks away! — let us turn our attention to the upcoming spinoff show for a moment. I know, you totally forgot there was going to be a spinoff show, didn’t you? I did too, I’ve been so focused on what our current survivors are going to get up to when the premiere airs, it slipped my mind there’s going to be a whole new cast of characters to obsess over.

    TV Line has revealed who we can expect to see when the new show lurches to life, although no official casting announcements have been made yet. If you like to speculate over character descriptions, check out this latest scoop, which frankly has me more than a little worried that the Walking Dead offshoot is going to be annoying as HELL.

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    A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding four families that wanted to adopt children. Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, admitted she concocted a devious scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant in order to fool adoption agencies and families who wanted to adopt. Rippey told these people she was willing to give up her unborn child and went on to bilk them for rent, utilities, gifts, food, and living expenses. In the case of one family, Rippey went so far as to move into their house and allow them to bring her on a two-week vacation.

    After all that heartbreak, what Rippey actually ended up pleading guilty for was a single count of wire fraud. If you ask me, this horrible woman is getting off way, way, WAY too easy.

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    If you enjoyed the Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading video that was released back in May of 2013, have I ever got some great news for you. The folks who turned that whole dramatic Governor battle from season 3 into a silly musical number have created a hilarious new parody of season 4.

    For those who need a refresher on the Bad Lip Reading phenomenon, it's a YouTube channel created by an anonymous music/video producer who dubs nonsensical -- yet perfectly timed -- vocals over existing footage. Bad Lip Reading has famously spoofed Twilight, Hunger Games, the NFL, Game of Thrones, and more, but for us zombie fans, their Walking Dead series may be the best of all.

    Wait until you see Daryl arguing with Beth about his turtle. His turtle named Anthony.

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    Whoooooooo likes a good ghost story? (See what I did there? Ha ha ha ha ha I'll be here all week, try the veal.) There's a video circulating from a New Mexico police station that's been sending tingles down people's spines, because the murky image caught on camera is reportedly a spirit from beyond the grave.

    That's according to one of the police officers, anyway, who's convinced he saw a phantom-like figure walk across a fortified sally port area on Saturday morning. The spooky sighting is now preserved on video for us all to speculate over, so put on your best ghost-busting proton pack and take a look at the evidence.

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