The dark web is a place that seems deliciously appealing to some and terrifying to others. It's a place that anyone could enter with the right know-how while also keeping the image of being a forbidden land where very few should tread. So what is the dark web and why are there so many horror stories about it?
The internet is a vast place which contains a mind-boggling amount of information, but not all of it can be readily seen. We break the web up in to three main categories. The surface web, which comprises of all the information you can get to on any search engine. It's the top layer that just sits there ready for anyone to look at at any time they like. The next layer is the deep web. This is where the not so ready info sits. It's the bulk of the internet and contains all kinds of things that are protected by passwords. Most of it is probably things that would make for dull reading. And then there is the web's underbelly: the dark web.
The dark web is not something you can access on your everyday web browser. You need a bit of know-how and a special browser to get on there; most use TOR. It's highly advised that you hide your identity with a proxy if you use it due the lack of security and dodgy dealings that you might stumble across. The dark web is the place where all the illegal stuff goes down as well as some very odd things that will leave you baffled.
If you do peek through the TOR window, it's not all drugs, guns, and killers for hire. You may also stumble upon a wealth of strange sites that contain videos. Some might give you a little information on the background while others offer very little. One thing is for sure though: most of them are seriously messed up.
If you, like me, have no idea how to get to the dark side, then fear not, others have done it for us and brought the fruits of their searches back to the surface for us all the marvel at. Are they real gore videos? Satanic rituals caught on tape? Do they hold a secret message when viewed by the right people? Does it plant an idea in your head or hypnotise you to kill the Claymation dude? (FYI, if that doesn't make any sense to you then go and watch Zoolander right now! Seriously, what are you doing with your life? Your eugooglizer won't have anything to talk about.)
There is a bit of a problem with these videos that must be pointed out. We can't always find where they came from so have no way to tell if they are really from the dark web. Some are on the surface and make their way down and others are down there and make their way up. Then there are those who say they are from the depths but really aren't. It's a bit of a task to make sure what you are watching has actually been pulled up like it claims.
That being said, let's have a look at a selection of strange videos that are often said to have made the long ascent from darkness.
Obey The Walrus
In this video you will find the full explanation on where the footage comes from: a wonderful drag artist with polio having a dance and then looking down the camera in a creepy way. I still don't know who made this or why they did it. It's said to have been ripped from the dark web and it may well have been. If this video gives you the creeps though, maybe I should mention that it's actually one of the more cute ones out there.
The Hamburger Lady
This one is another example of known material being changed into something that looks like a nightmare for reasons unknown. I read a lot of people were afraid to watch this for fear of being cursed. Maybe you would get a phone call telling you when you will die.
One video I really do find creepy is one normally called Blank Room Soup. A YouTuber did some excellent digging and found a good bit of information about the suits seen here, but what is going on and why is still anyone's guess.
Blank Room Soup
So there you have it, a small taste of videos that make you go "WTF?" If you keep on digging it gets a whole lot weirder and some are down right gross.
If you want to see more of what is on the other side and don't want to dive down that far yourself, you can find Some Ordinary Gamers on YouTube. I have given you the earliest episode below but at the time of writing this it goes up to 132.