Atlanta's Doll's Head Trail May Be the Creepiest Hike in the Country

Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Occasional snakes and spiders are normally the creepiest things hikers encounter on the trail, but at Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta, Georgia, there's something else lurking in the woods. The park is home to Doll's Head Trail: a path decorated with—you guessed it—doll's heads, and it's just as unsettling as you might imagine.

Before it resembled a scene from a nightmare, Constitution Lakes Park was home to a 19th-century brick factory. The brickworks shut down more than 50 years ago, according to Atlas Obscura, and the area has since been overtaken by the surrounding wilderness. The abandoned clay pits have filled with rainwater and are now manmade ponds called the Constitution Lakes. In 2003, Dekalb County, Georgia purchased the 125-acre site and installed trails and boardwalks so the public could explore the preserve and enjoy its natural beauty.

But trees and wildlife aren't the only things you'll find in the park. Venture down Doll’s Head Trail and you'll see dozens of disembodied doll heads, many displayed artfully with signs and accessories that only add to their fear factor.

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Local carpenter Joel Slaton was inspired to create the trail after noticing discarded junk while hiking through the park. Every piece that's displayed along the path is made from objects recovered from the site: That includes doll parts, as well as bottles, hunks of old brick, and even appliances. Hikers are invited to create art of their own—Slaton just asks that they only use "found" materials and leave the existing displays undisturbed.

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

If you're looking for a unconventional tourist destination, you can hike Doll's Head Trail by visiting Constitution Lakes Park at 1305 South River Industrial Boulevard SE in Atlanta—and if you'd like to keep some distance between you and the dismembered doll heads, you can take a virtual tour of the trail below.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

You Can Now Turn Your Cat’s Adorable Face Into a Slightly Terrifying Wearable Mask

Seregraff/iStock via Getty Images
Seregraff/iStock via Getty Images

Whatever alternate dimension coughed up the digital fur technology for Cats (2019) almost definitely also blessed (or cursed) us with these eerily realistic cat masks.

shindo rinka cat mask
Shindo Rinka

According to Kotaku, all you have to do is send in a few photos of your cat, and designers will sculpt its likeness—piercing gaze, bristly fur, and all—for you to wear to Sunday brunch or, more wisely, somewhere not populated with people trying to enjoy their weekend. Part of the reason the mask looks so authentic is that it doesn’t just cover your face; it’s attached to a length of fur-covered cloth that hides your entire head. It’s not altogether unlike what Hermione Granger looked like when she accidentally transformed herself into Millicent Bulstrode’s cat with Polyjuice Potion in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

NextShark reports that the masks are a joint venture between Japan-based companies Shindo Rinka and Workshop 91, and you can place your order by filling out a contact form on Shindo Rinka’s website. If you don’t read Japanese, you’ll have to translate the page first, and make sure you check the box next to “About ultra-real pet mask ‘My Family.’” Personalized pet merchandise of this ilk doesn’t come cheap—you’d be shelling out about $2700, not including shipping costs.

As for how your cat might react to the mask, it’s difficult to predict. Rui, the Bengal cat from Kyoto shown in the photos, doesn’t seem totally averse to the idea—but it’s been scientifically proven that cats’ facial expressions are hard for humans to read.

[h/t Kotaku]

Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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adogslifephoto/iStock via Getty Images

At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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