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Christian Science Monitor

Slender Man stabbings: Why are we so fascinated by horror?

Police say a gruesome attack by 12-year-old girls on a friend was to please the Slender Man — a mythical, online monster linked to a horror site. His popularity touches on deeper questions about why people embrace the disturbing.

In Iran, no room for ‘Happy’

Young Iranians who filmed a version of the viral hit ‘Happy’ were arrested, then released. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once said, ‘There is no fun in Islam.’