You live in a cockroach-infested inferno pit right above a Peruvian Death Metal bar. One neighbour is a competitive yodeler, and the other runs a herring-fermenting business from his apartment. You think you’ve got it bad. You have no mind how bad it can get …


The Old Folk Who Live In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster detonation the cities of Pripyat with dangerous high levels of radioactivity, forcing citizens to evacuate. It is now situated smack-dab in the middle of hundreds of thousands of square miles of wasteland known as the Exclusion Zone. You’ve visited it before, in both Call Of Duty 4 and your nightmares. It’s every Fallout play neatly rolled into one, minus radscorpions( but with lane more radioactive wolves ).

Oh, and people are fucking living there.

Viktar Dracou
Alcohol is a great preservative .

A mere few months after the accident, over a thousand people returned to their homes. They were mostly older and female — unflappable babushkas who had survived famine, Nazis, and WWII. Throughout all this, they had remained in their farms and homes, so they’d be damned if they were going to let some invisible demise molecules chase them away. The Soviet government initially rejected them entry back into the Exclusion Zone, but eventually chose they didn’t wishes to tangle with a bunch of old dames voluntarily heading to Apocalypse Land to fight radioactive wolves.

“We’ll let the age-old people return home, ” they stated. “They’ll die soon, but they will be happy.”

Ryan Menezes
“You can take my house keys from my irradiated, dead hand.”

Close to 30 years on, there are still around 130 of them kicking about, and anecdotal proof suggests that the people who returned to the Exclusion Zone tend to live longer and more efficient than their former neighbours. It almost stimulates appreciation. Apart from the obvious decompose in urban centres, the Exclusion Zone is by and large unchanged, save for the occasional spirited ticking of the Geiger counter. So all those people who went back got to live a happy if slightly radioactive-wolf-filled life in their homes.

Ryan Menezes
The water’s a little yellow, but it savours like liberty .

Meanwhile, the people who were evacuated and didn’t return had to deal with unemployment, alcoholism, and members of the general soul-crushing depression that comes from having their own lives taken away by forces you can scarcely comprehend.


A City Inside An Actual Graveyard

How do people do it? How do they live in a stink necropolis — a city of the dead, where their neighbors are all but pallid corpses, and decay greets them at every turn? How, oh how, do people live in Spokane?

It could be worse( the official metropoli motto of Spokane, Washington ). You could be living in the literal City of the Dead.

Which should be named Spookane .

The city is a vast 7th-century necropolis located on a four-mile stretch of land right outside Cairo, Egypt. The city’s expanding metro area and the country’s chronic dwelling shortfall contributed to desperate people setting up store amongst the crypt. The arranging is plainly illegal, but the denizens won’t leave unless they’re provided with new accommodations, and the population has grown so big over period that it’s almost impossible to relocate everyone .

An estimated half a million people live in the City of the Dead, often utilizing the existing structures. Here’s a woman coolly inducing dinner in a kitchen put in in a tomb 😛 TAGEND

“Ventilation’s much better than in Cousin Yasmin’s kitchen. She lives in a pyramid.”

And here’s an average City of the Dead shanty, built on and around other people’s tombs 😛 TAGEND

Any zombies that rise will immediately find fresh attire .

The city has stores and cafes, and the person or persons there generally live a moderately normal life. Sanitation sucks, but a nearby mosque ran lines to pipe in energy. Folks use sarcophagi as desks and shelves, and hang their laundry from lines they set up between gravestones. Hey, still thumps Spokane.


The Refugee Camp That’s Also A Minefield

The Gulan Refugee Camp in Afghanistan is one of many places where people displaced by brutal campaigns can live — albeit in shitty, temporary tent-huts — until things calm down and stop exploding back at home. Gulan is a little different than other camps, though. For starters, the entire thing is located on a minefield .

Residents maintain clicking random spots till a large space opens up .

The unoccupied field that refugees settled in 2014 was unoccupied for a very good reason: It was the website of a massive last-resort duel between the mujahideen and the Soviet army in the late 1980 s, and is littered with anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Unfortunately, by the time the refugees found out about the camp’s fun bonus features, it was already too late. They had precious few other places to move, and since no armies were actively shooting at them here, it was a slight improvement from previous circumstances.

So how does life go for 24,000 people in a mine-infested camp? They’ve moved their tents away from the most problematic fields, and laid out cleared tracks and routes for traffic. As for the heavily armored de-mining squads working on the area, well … a human being get used to almost anything.

Even yodeling .

Still, pack animals wander the uncleared areas, because donkeys never devised landmines and have no mind how to avoid them. Likewise, two-thirds of the camp’s population are children, and good luck telling kids to avoid certain areas no matter what — that simply attains it taboo . And then there are the terminally oblivious. After a Guardian reporter visited the camp in 2015, a mine-clearer casually informed her that the route she had taken there was completely uncleared for cars.

Yet somehow, despite the constant fret of unwelcome foot-explosions , not a single person in the camp has died from the ours. And since the Halo Trust de-mining organisation busted its ass, scouring the area for 12 anxious months and removing nearly a thousand explosives, there’s hope that the situation will remain that way.


The Village Full Of Deadly Snakes

The Indian village Musharu is located in an area completely and utterly infested with large venomous serpents. And they’re largely okay with this. A child might sit on the floor read a book and read a huge snake within feet of their uncovered legs, at which point they would casually advise Mom that there’s yet another snake in the house. The momma would respond, “You concentrate on your studies. The snake will go away on its own.’SSSS

That wasn’t a hypothetical scenario .

Villagers view the serpents as an incarnation of the goddess Jhankeswari, and because of the serpent’s inherent holiness , no one but members of a certain Brahmin priest family are allowed to touch them. Villagers insist that the serpents don’t bite them, and if they do, this can be cured with a dip in the local pond, some clay, and a little fasting. We … wouldn’t recommend trying that care, but we’ll have to take their word that it works for them.

Victims die coincidentally, of natural makes. Snakes are natural, after all .

From the snakes’ point of view, this is a pretty amazing bargain. Because they don’t have to regard humans as security threats, they’re generally quite docile toward them, to the point where they have even been known to lie in the same bed as humans. The villagers say that although the serpents like to munch on the occasional chick or duckling, they never harm their dogs or cattle.

All in all, we’ve had worse roommates.


The Village Inside An Active Volcano

200 miles south of Tokyo lies the country’s more remote inhabited island, the peaceful and lush Aogashima. Unfortunately, this little slice of paradise landed frosting-side-down within the outer crater wall of an active double volcano. In fact, back in 1785, an eruption killed half specific populations of the island.

Today the village is home to approximately 200 people, who are all willing to peril fiery demise because Aogashima looks like this 😛 TAGEND

There are practical benefits to living on top of a vast furnish of destructive geothermal energy. The island has a natural hot bath, and free cooking places along the various hiking trails which allows you saute yourself up a hot banquet utilizing the volcano’s heat.

“Mmm. These potatoes taste like brimstone! ”

Even the island’s main exportation is volcano-related. The rare Hingya salt is manufactured there by using the island’s volcanic blowholes to evaporate sea water until simply the salt remains. Scientists reckon the volcano is currently dormant and will be for the near future, leaving the villagers free to enjoy their peaceful lifestyle, connected to the mainland only by helicopter and ferry. It voices kind of beautiful, until you remember the volcano and think about trying to flee hot burning death while only connected to the mainland by helicopter and ferry .

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