Despite great advances in commercial website usability and standarization, the Internet still contains several pages that remain a mistery as to who and why they were created. Strange images and numbers, hidden links and cryptic messages litter these websites and are still often commented in articles and forums. Perhaps theyre just pieces of NetArt, perhaps they actually contain hidden messages and clues to a great secret unrevealed.
We tried to focus on the strange side of things and tried to filter out pages that rely solely in shock value or are known for religious or conspiracy theories . Although some websites might feature some of these attributes, the main adjective for the search was mystery.
WARNING: Some sites may be overall too creepy for some people and most are not up to date with today’s security standards. Enter at your own risk.
fUSION Anomaly. [history ends in green]
This colorful and confusing website dates back to the early 2000’s, and it shows. It appears to be a mashup of psychodelic graphics, conspiracy theories, computer science and music fanzines, with the occasional low-res gif that gives it a truly old school cyberpunk feel. The site is claimed to be thousands of pages long.
Apparently an art project, this website guides the user through a series of rooms, some confusing, some are spooky. Despite the lack of explicit explanation to the journey, several users seem to enjoy the website for its aesthetic value. This site requires Adobe Flash enabled.
Perhaps more an example of Net Art than anything, this site is full of repeating images and surreal gifs. This 21 year old site offers little explanation to its purpose, and feels more like a colorful maze than an informative post. It often contains hidden links and assemblies with little sense. This website was apparently featured in the NetArt installation for the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2000.
Many have heard about Magibon, the Youtube celebrity whose videos consist only of a girl staring at the camera, and somehow earning more than 100,000 subscribers. This very creepy site’s name seemed coincidental until we found one of the videos actually includes a drawing and pictures featuring Magibon. There is a lot of speculation to what Project Magibon actually is, but all agree this is one of the creepiest websites out there. It requires Adobe Flash enabled.
Another site that appears nearly 20 years old. -eht-namuh- (the human, backwards) features lists of numerology and apparent cryptography. It also features sureal art galleries and buddhist quotes, as well as references to the Bible and strange animated symbols. Some claim it’s an artist’s gallery, others the ramblings of a madman. At some point the site even showcases invocations of some sort. There are some Reddit claims that the website is over 3000 pages long.
This strange website appears to dwell into the psychological effects of ‘tanasinn’, a word of presumably Aztec and Sumerian origin. Other, more plausible explanations around the web include “[…] it’s supposed to be an inaccessible secret, or a hidden art”. Perhaps only a product of creepypasta, perhaps the container for a hidden message, the page features a lot of ASCII art and self loading, distorted messages and self scrolling sections including the word. Another strange thing noted from the site, is that an orderbysite search says its age is …48 years old.
This corner of the Internet appears to be the dwellings of an alternative artist or musician. Its uncanny menu features a whole section of strangely designed music on a long, clickable playlist. It however also showcases a series of pages titled ‘treatments’: nonsensical animated videos made from media cutouts and videogame mod animations, some featuring parodies of real world personalities.
Another strange and cryptic website containing symbols and numbers, as well as several password protected PDF’s called ‘sets’, containing sketches, drawings and other cryptic messages. The Internet community has figured out some of these clues and posted some of the passwords online.
With one of the most interesting introductory pages in this list, the best way to describe this one would be ‘bizarre’. It is narrated in first person (with quite an emphasis in ‘I’) and almost feels like talking to someone who got sucked into cyberspace. This proverbial rabbit hole of a site includes several intriguing, if surreal stories.
Another Internet Relic, filled with numbers and ASCII code, some presumably leading to the blueprints of a hidrogen bomb and a map to an air force base. jodi.org appears to have its bizarre not only on the visuals, but on the code itself