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Somebody is tracking down the sources for those creepy Cursed Images
The curse is broken, if you want it.
“Cursed images, to me, leave you with a general uneasy feeling,” the anonymous operator of the account told Gizmodo, “There could be certain qualities, like someone looking directly at the camera or an orb floating in the background.”
But where does Cursed Images find so many unsettling little treasures? A new account called Uncursed Images has started to ruin the mystery (and credit the original photographers).
“i enjoy @cursedimages but wanted to know the sources,” reads the account’s bio. Thus far, it has “uncursed” 56 of the more than 300 images posted by the original account.
That includes this infamous photo of a peeping Santa lurking outside a sad Christmas dinner:
“Please credit the artist,” someone replied to Cursed Images.
Turns out the photo was part of a Vice spread by photograph Chris Maggio, aka “The Male Chef.” Now Uncursed Images has credited him.
The uncursing project has its detractors, though, who believe the mysteries of Cursed Images should stay mysteries.
But others don’t believe citing sources does anything to relieve the ominous feeling behind most of the photos. You can name it, but you can’t destroy it.
Ultimately, it’s probably a good thing that someone is crediting the artists who created these images that we… well, don’t “enjoy” exactly, but feel uncomfortable about in a satisfying and human way.
And if you really don’t want to break the curse, you don’t have to look behind the curtain.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.