In 2015, Yik Yak was the app to have on any college or high school campus. Now, in the closing months of 2017, Yik Yik is no longer a downloadable app in the App Store, and the anonymous grasp Yik Yak once had on its young and curious users is gone.
Yik Yak was first started in 2013 by Tyler Droll and Stephen Buffington, up-and-coming entrepreneurs and long time friends. After it’s creation, Yik Yak’s popularity grew like wildfire. It was, at one point, on the top 10 most downloaded app list and was even estimated at one point at being worth somewhere around 400 million dollars, according to Business Insider.
The idea behind Yik Yak was being able to anonymously post a thought, and chat with all of the people in your area. It has been described as an anonymous Twitter. But instead of favorites and retweets, your post received votes from other people in your area. If people liked what you posted then they woul...
When looking for a good fright, Stephen King is no doubt your guy. But, with the release earlier this year of the movie adaptation of his 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, Stephen King has transformed into your give-you-the-down-right-CREEPS guy.
This new-to-Netflix flick, directed by Mike Flanagan, is about Jessie, a woman seeming to be in her early 50’s, and her husband, Gerald. The married couple had planned a weekend away at their lake house in one final attempt to spice up their love life and save their marriage.
To Gerald, this means isolating themselves for the weekend so he can handcuff his wife to the bed and try to role play his long-time developing rape fantasy. However, life had another plan for Gerald, who collapses from a heart attack and leaves Jessie handcuffed to the bed with no means of reaching help. Trapped and seemingly alone, Jessie begins to fall further and further into her subconscious as dehy...
Trypanophobia, or simply put in medical literature “needle phobia”, is defined as an extreme fear of any medical procedure involving a needle or injection of any kind. However, trypanophobia is often confused with aichmophobia, which is the general fear of needles or pointy objects. Trypanophobia is a very real fear. It is an anxiety-inducing fear and as someone who openly admits to suffering from this phobia I often get a follow up question of: “if you’re so afraid of needles, how come you were able to get tattoos?” Well, simply put, I wanted them.
Having received professional tattoo’s, and given myself one stick-and-poke, I can confidently say that I have
wanted each and every one of those needle-fueled experiences. However, I have never once wanted to endure a situation in which a syringe has injected something into, or drawn something out of, my body. No, thank you.
Madison Forsberg is a current junior at the University of New Hampshire, and a Digital Editor for Main Street Magazine. She is studying journalism and aspires to one day become a photojournalist.
In photography, Forsberg is drawn to leading lines and utilizing natural light to display emotion. She enjoys practicing Documentary style photography when reporting, but also loves to experiment with Conceptual/Fine Art photography, as well as subject-driven Feature photography.
With all of the It hype lately due to the recent release of the 2017 version of this Stephen King classic, I decided to finally see the 1990 version, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, after years of pushing it off. And I have to say, It was not what I was expecting.
The 1990 It movie has a bold open. Immediately the viewer is faced with the death of two separate children in the town of Derry, ME, and the introduction of Pennywise, a creepy clown played by none other than actor Tim Curry. As the movie progresses it follows a group of seven friends across two separate time-lines, their pre-teen past where they first meet Pennywise and their return to Derry in the present; they attempt to save their own lives from Pennywise and his many mind games.
The 1990’s It was scary at first, and then just got kind of (really) bad by half-way through. Once the movie finally gets into the thick of its plot, it can...
When looking deep into the life of someone other than yourself, you often get lost in a treasury of stories other than just the one you’re looking for. Paul La Farge captures this ‘falling down the Rabbit Hole’ of stories effect perfectly in his latest novel The Night Ocean.
The novel, which was first published in March, follows multiple characters through life crisis, secrets and extraordinary scandal. At first, the reader is introduced to Marina Willet, a successful psychiatrist, who recently lost her husband Charlie, a curious writer, to suicide. Though after years of profiling not only her patient’s minds, but also her husbands, she is not fully convinced that Charlie would take his own life. Prior to Charlie’s supposed death, the reader follows him on his obsessive journey deep into the life of famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Tormented with finding...