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Visit the 4 spookiest ghost towns in the United States — if you dare

They’re littered all along America’s highways — towns that were once thriving but, for whatever reason, have been abandoned.

Sometimes, residents move on due to lack of opportunity. But in other instances, they’re driven away by unforeseen forces, leaving spooky stories in their wake.

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Here are four of the country’s scariest ghost towns. Care to pay a visit?

1. Cahaba, Ala.

Believe it or not, Cahaba (formerly known as Cahawba) used to be Alabama’s capital. In fact, from 1820 to 1826, it was the state’s first capital city. But now, there’s little left to remind us of its prominent history.

Alabama’s capital was later moved to Tuscaloosa. Cahaba suffered a devastating flood in the 1860s, which forced most residents to leave. By 1900, it was essentially abandoned.

Located just 14 miles southwest of Selma, Cahaba is now more of an archaeological site than a town. But there’s plenty to tempt explorers, including a 200-year-old slave cemetery, the ruins of several stately Southern mansions, and even a gorgeous Gothic church, St. Luke’s.

2. Bodie, Calif.

It’s a story that played out time and time again across the Golden State — bustling gold rush towns left to the dust as soon as the prospectors packed up and headed home.

Bodie is one such “boomtown,” a place where nearly $34 million worth of gold was discovered. The last residents moved away more than 50 years ago, and Bodie is now a state park that’s been “preserved in a ‘state of arrested decay.'”

Today, the town, which is northeast of Yosemite National Park and very close to the Nevada border, has roughly 100 structures and welcomes visitors year-round, although its high elevation means it’s only accessible by skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles during the winter.

3. Boston Mills, Ohio

When your city is nicknamed “Helltown,” it’s bound to have a good ghost story or two.

The northeastern Ohio township of Boston was founded in 1806 and quickly became home to several mills, including a prominent paper mill. But concern over forest destruction caused President Gerald Ford to sign a 1974 legislation allowing the federal government to buy land and turn it into national parks. It also gave the government the power of eminent domain, meaning many Boston Mills residents were forced from their homes when the town and surrounding area became Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

So where does Helltown come into play? Boston Mills has been the site of satanic rituals, boasts a “crybaby bridge” (according to legend, if you stop your car on the bridge at night, you can hear the ghost of an abandoned baby crying), and is even home to a mythical mutant snake, the Peninsula Python.

4. Centralia, Pa.

Boston Mills may be Helltown, but the fires of hell are actually burning under Centralia.

In 1962, a strip mine beneath the town caught fire. All attempts to extinguish the blaze were unsuccessful; it still burns today. The fire leaked poisonous gas into Centralia, driving the population down from 1,000 in 1980 to a mere seven people by 2013. And it’s cracking and destroying the roads in and around town.

But that hasn’t kept tourists away, thanks in part to the fact that the “Silent Hill” video game is based off Centralia.

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Accept no substitutes — this is the best homemade chicken pot pie you’ll ever eat

A buttery homemade crust lovingly wrapped around chicken, vegetables, and a savory sauce — who doesn’t love homemade chicken pot pie?

And this recipe puts all other homemade chicken pot pies to shame.

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The video alone is enough to make your mouth water. The recipe itself can be found at Two Peas and Their Pod. If you want, you can even swap the chicken with turkey, which makes it a great way to get rid of holiday leftovers.

You will need: Crust
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup buttermilk, cold
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, cold
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1¾ cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Comfort food doesn’t get more tempting than this!

Let’s Make | Homemade cheesy chicken and spinach-filled ravioli

Are you a pasta fan like we are? If you are (and we know you are), we have one of the best things we’ve made here in our Let’s Make kitchen. It’s our patented cheesy chicken spinach-stuffed ravioli. It’s hearty, filling and has a little something for everyone in it. This would be great for a date night, family fun, or any intimate dinner party.

Ravioli is wonderful because it’s so much easier to make than you think, and you can put whatever you like in it. Try our chicken and then mess around with your own creations. We’d love to hear what you come up with!

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Let’s get started!

What you will need:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½-¾ cup water

That’s for the dough.

For the filling, you will need:

  • 2 pieces chicken breast
  • ¼ stick butter
  • 2 more eggs
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 cup spinach (we used 1 can of leaf spinach, but you can use creamed or fresh spinach if you prefer)
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons basil
Let’s make it:
  • Step 1: Grab a large bowl. Pour in your flour and salt and stir them together. As you stir the salt in, create a well in the middle of the flour mix. Take two of your eggs and drop them into the well you made.
  • Step 2: Add your water to the large bowl with the eggs, flour and salt, and stir it all up! What’s that forming? It’s dough! If your dough seems a little too sticky, sprinkle more flour on it. Take your newly made dough, place on a lightly floured soft surface, and knead it. After you’re done kneading, put the dough into another bowl, cover it, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: While your dough sits, start on the fillings. Take your chicken breasts and drop them in a pot with boiling water. Let them boil until cooked through. Boiling chicken makes it nice and plump, and it will make the chicken easy to shred later. While waiting for the chicken to boil, get started on some of the other fillings. It should take 20-30 minutes to cook through at a medium to high heat.
  • Step 4: Put some oil in a small pan and put your spinach on a medium heat. Sauté it so it’s nice and cooked down.
  • Step 5: Take your mozzarella and cut it in half. Dice it into small cubes.
  • Step 6: Take your fully cooked chicken breasts and put them into a large bowl. Take two forks and pull apart the chicken until finely shredded. Add in your sautéed spinach, your diced mozzarella, 2 or 3 tablespoons of Pecorino Romano, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, the basil, and the eggs.  Stir it all together. You just made you ravioli filling! Set aside for a few minutes while you prepare the ravioli.
  • Step 7:  Sprinkle a surface lightly with some flour. Uncover your dough and set it on the surface. Cut it in half. Take one half and stretch it out on the surface; a roller will help you flatten the dough out. Roll it out so that it’s about ⅛ of an inch thick. (If you don’t have a roller, no worries! We used a pint glass in our video.) Take your first half and set it on a cooking sheet you can easily move. Take your second half of dough and do the same. Sprinkle more flour on your surface if needed. Try to keep it the same shape as the first.
  • Step 8: Take your rolled out dough on the cooking sheet and start scooping on your filling. Create mounds of filling and space them 1½ inches apart from each other. Once you’ve filled your  dough, take your second rolled out piece of dough and cover the first with the fillings, just like a blanket. Use your fingers to “tuck in” your mound of filling.
  • Step 9: Cut your ravioli into squares, make sure to leave a little room around each mound so that the dough sticks together. Now that you have your raviolis, boil a large pot of water. Once the water has come to a boil, drop in your ravioli. They’ll sink initially. After about 12 to 15 minutes of cooking, they’ll start to rise up. This is a good indicator that your ravioli is almost done cooking. Once all your ravioli is floating, strain the pot.
  • Step 10: Add your sauce! We chose a 3-cheese pasta sauce because we were feeling particularly cheesy, but you can do whatever you like! Even a butter sauce would probably be delicious with this.

It’s ready to serve!

BONUS STEP! If you really want to wow your guests more:

  • Step 11: We took our cooked and sauced ravioli and put them in a 2-quart oven-safe glass pan, shredded the rest our mozzarella and covered the ravioli with them, sprinkled some more Pecorino Romano on them and popped them into the oven at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes. This really brought our ravioli game to a whole new level.


Let us know what you think and what other recipes you’d like to see us make on Facebook. Check out some of our other recipes and videos in our Let’s Make series. We’d love to see how your food turns out; be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram and show us!

Let’s Make: These light and wonderful lemon raspberry crepes

Have you ever had a crepe? They’re similar to pancakes, but lighter and sweet and savory and made from everything that you like — and they’re absolutely delightful.

We wanted to bring variety to our kitchen so we’ve been doing some digging. And we started experimenting with these simple and fun lemon raspberry cream-filled crepes. Our food experts here at Let’s Make had a lot of fun creating these and we’ve gotta say, they’re perfect for any weekend morning.

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Feed the family, impress your friends at brunch, make some lemonade to pair and eat them all yourself — you might not want to share, and we really do not judge.

Bonus: they’re really easy to make too!

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Let’s get started!

What you will need:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 lemons
  • whipped cream
  • ¼ stick butter
  • raspberries


Let’s make it:
  • Step 1:   Grab a medium sized bowl. Add your cup of milk (we chose vanilla almond milk, yum) and cup of water.
  • Step 2: Melt the butter. Add to the mixture in your bowl. Add your vanilla extract, drop in 2 eggs, and add your sugar. Then add the flour.
  • Step 3: Take one of your lemons and slice it into thick slices. We’re going to squeeze roughly one lemon’s worth of juice into the mixture in the bowl. (Be careful to pick seeds out first; you won’t want them in your batter.)
  • Step 4: Use a whisk to stir up the mixture.  Mix it well. Cover it up after with some plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight to make it nice and easy.
  • Step 5: Grab a medium sized pan, cover its surface in butter, and set to a medium heat on the stove top.
  • Step 6: Take your mixture, or “crepe batter,” and pour in the pan enough to cover the surface of the pan evenly (about 2 tablespoons).
  • Step 7: Making sure you’re not burning the crepe, cook evenly on one side. You can tell when your crepe is done cooking by looking at the top. Once it starts to solidify, flip it and cook the other side for another minute or two. Repeat this until you’re out of batter. Ours made about 8 crepes! They should be light and golden and fluffy. Yum!


  • Step 8: Fill a small bowl with whipped cream. Squeeze 3 thick slices worth of lemon juice into the cream and stir. (Be careful to avoid lemon seeds again!)


  • Step 9: Take a crepe and generously cover it with your lemon cream. In our video, we did quesadilla style, but you can also roll it up like a little burrito! Sprinkle on your raspberries or place them inside your crepe and bite in. Heavenly, right?


These are a fun and light breakfast. We ate two or three before we could stop ourselves and have been wanting to make them every morning since.

Let us know what you think and what other recipes you’d like to see us make on Facebook. Check out some of our other recipes and videos in our Let’s Make series. We’d love to see how your food turns out, so be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram and show us!

If this is one of your go-to snacks, you may have prevented heart disease without even realizing it

What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.

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Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive people.

“We hypothesized that long-term yogurt intake might reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems since some previous small studies had shown beneficial effects of fermented dairy products,” the authors wrote in a statement.

For the assessment, they pulled from a study that examined 55,000 women, aged 30-55, with high blood pressure, and they looked at another that analyzed 18,000 men, aged 40-75. The participants, which were followed for up to 30 years, completed a questionnaire that asked about their diets and any physician-diagnosed events, like strokes or heart attacks, that might have occurred.

After analyzing the results, they found that higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of cardiac arrest for women and a 19 percent decrease for men.

Furthermore, men and women, who ate more than two servings of yogurt a week had about a 20 percent lower risk of major coronary heart disease or stroke.

“Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains,” they said.

While they didn’t note whether one type of yogurt was better than the other or why it could be beneficial, they said the treat may help prevent clogging of the heart’s blood vessels.

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“In fact, higher dairy consumption has been previously linked to positive effects on “cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance,” they wrote.

Now the researchers hope to continue their investigations to confirm their findings and to help doctors better treat hypertensive patients.

The child death toll from October until now shows just how dangerous this flu season has been

As of Friday, 84 children in the U.S. have died from in the flu since October, according to the CDC.

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In a news conference Thursday, the CDC said that of those who died, three-fourths of them did not receive the flu vaccine.

“We continue to recommend parents get their children vaccinated even though it’s late in the season,” Dr. Anne Schuchat told CNN. 

Health officials on Friday said about one in every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. 

The flu is currently widespread across 47 states except for Oregon, which is reporting local flu activity.

In Massachusetts, there was a slight increase in flu-like illness this past week.

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Medical professionals continue to encourage people to get the flu vaccine, even though researchers have found it to be 25 to 30 percent effective. To find a flu shot near you visit

Memphis teen goes viral after busting a move dressed as “Ghetto Spider-Man”

While Spider-Man may reside in New York City, your friendly neighborhood Ghetto Spider lives somewhere else.

A Twitter user who goes by Mille Batson (handle @lokivy) tweeted out a series of videos of a person jamming out to a-ha’s “Take On Me.” The person behind the mask, who Batson later explained calls himself Ghetto Spider, is reportedly a 16-year-old who hails from Memphis, Tennessee.

this really happened — mille batson (@lokivy) February 16, 2018 awesome hahahahahaa — mille batson (@lokivy) February 16, 2018 that guy calls himself ghetto spider and he has a youtube page and an instagram — mille batson (@lokivy) February 17, 2018

Both Ghetto Spider’s legendary moves and Memphis culture were appreciated by all who saw them.

This is my favorite thing on the entire internet. Full stop. — Jordan Shipowitz (@JordanShipo) February 18, 2018 Memphis has culture and this is it. — Jordan Shipowitz (@JordanShipo) February 18, 2018 Everyone else: *watching ghetto spider*Me: *trying to figure out what game Jeremy's talking about* — hannah | DK, Vernon & Hobi Day !! (@svtdelight) February 17, 2018

Some were appalled that no one rushed to Ghetto Spider’s side in an effort to hype up his stunning performance.

this man had a whole choreography why was no one hyping him — jduh (@ewjayda) February 1, 2018

Others wondered how amazing it would be if they watched the same video, but with Deadpool.

Can imagine @VancityReynolds In full Deadpool mode doing this. — Colin Morrison (@rugbystarcm69) February 17, 2018 OMG THIS WOULD BE AWESOME — mille batson (@lokivy) February 17, 2018

Well, @rugbystarcm69, you no longer need to wonder what that might look like.

Ghetto Spider teamed up with Deadpool late last year in a dance-off that reached the corners of the internet — though we’re guessing the person behind this Deadpool’s mask was not Ryan Reynolds.

More of Ghetto Spider’s moves can be found on his YouTube channel and Instagram.

(H/T Twitter)

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Delta passenger caught on video complaining about baby has been suspended from her job 

The woman accused of screaming at a mother and her baby on a Delta flight last week has now been punished at work.

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According to Fox News, Susan Peirez, who claimed to work for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the incident, has been suspended from her job with the New York state government.

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“State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally,” said Ronni Reich, a spokesperson for the New York State Council of the Arts, where Peirez works. “We were notified of this situation and have commenced an investigation. This employee has been removed from the office and placed on leave until further notice and until the inquiry is resolved.”

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Mother Marissa Rundell captured the incident on camera, and the video quickly made its rounds on the internet. The footage shows an annoyed Peirez complaining about having to sit next to a “crying baby” on the plane even though it doesn’t appear the child was crying at the time. When a flight attendant informed her that she couldn’t change seats, she threatened to have the employee fired and was soon removed from the flight. 

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Delta responded in a statement, saying Peirez’s actions and behavior failed to meet the airline’s standards for passengers:

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"We ask that customers embrace civility and respect one another when flying Delta," the statement said. "This customer’s behavior toward a fellow customer on a flight from New York to Syracuse was not in keeping with those standards. We appreciate our Endeavor Air flight attendant’s commitment to Delta’s core values and apologize to the other customers on board Flight 4017 who experienced the disturbance."

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