Who Is This Mysterious Woman Making Videos in Chernobyl?

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, established after the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, is one of the most infamous nuclear sites on the planet. The zone’s purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas in order to reduce radiation exposure, but that hasn’t deterred one woman from traipsing all over the contaminated space and documenting it on YouTube.

Atlas Obscura caught up with the woman, known only as “Bionerd23,” via email. This young lady, quoting Marie Curie, seems to have no fear of the hazards around her: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” She has shown herself eating radioactive apples from a Chernobyl tree, going head-to-head with a possibly rabid fox, and even picking up fragments of nuclear waste with her bare hands.

With a collection of over 60 videos documenting her trips to the plant, Bionerd23 shows no intentions of stopping anytime soon.

For more on Bionerd23’s excursions, check out the full piece from our friends at Atlas Obscura. 

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Smart—and Scientific—Reason Freddy Krueger’s Sweater Is Red and Green-Striped

A sweater-clad cosplayer at Long Beach's Comic and Horror Con in 2012.
A sweater-clad cosplayer at Long Beach's Comic and Horror Con in 2012.

In 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and its numerous sequels, Freddy Krueger typically prepares for a round of trademark depravity by donning a red and green-striped sweater. The details of this routine are a little foggy. Perhaps his dreamworld drawers are bursting with identical sweaters to ensure he has a clean one for each murder spree; or maybe he owns a single sweater, which he only throws on when there’s slashing on his schedule. Either way, if the classic killer shows up in your neighborhood, you can bet he’s decked out in red and green.

Since those two colors so often evoke images of Christmas, the sight of them in such a terrifying context is definitely unsettling. But director Wes Craven wasn’t trying to be subversive when he chose to clothe his villain in holiday hues—he was trying to make us uncomfortable in a much more subliminal way.

According to ScreenRant, Craven landed on the color scheme after reading in a scientific article that humans have an especially hard time processing the colors red and green together. As Live Science explains, red light causes retinal cells called opponent neurons to fire—thus alerting our brain that we’re seeing red—while green light doesn’t cause them to do anything (a lack of motion that our brain knows to perceive as green). Since these actions cancel each other out, seeing certain shades of red and green simultaneously can be a little optically confusing.

The same phenomenon happens with yellow and blue, so we’d probably be just as unnerved if Freddy Krueger was dressed like the IKEA logo of our nightmares.

[h/t Screen Rant]