Our Top 6 Scariest Places on Earth

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The history of Japan’s Suicide Forest is quite gruesome. Grim Japanese folklore speaks of a practice called Ubasute, which roughly translated means “abandoning the old woman.” Legend has it that in times of extreme famine, clans would lead elderly relatives into the forest to die of exposure and starvation as a means of preserving what little food the younger members of the family had left. Apparently, the forest was one of these places where Ubasute was performed thousands of years ago. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that people started heading into the woods to die, all thanks to a paperback writer.