July 6th, 2000

A big thanks to Joel Quinn from Corneluis, North Carolina for the freaky pic you see above. I'm not positive that simians have any real feelings for my website, but if they did then I'm sure they would express those feelings just as Joel has rendered.

But you're not here for pictures of monkeys; you're reading this in hopes that I will explain that whole Fearsum thing. Well I am . . .sorta . . . in a way.

I got about 10 zillion e-mails in the past month or so, all asking me to explain what Fearsum was. To tell you the honest truth, I had no idea at the beginning. It was just a word I made up to attract attention for the website in my commercial. But then facts and rumors started appearing.

One group of freaks on the discussion board are sure that Fearsum is a codeword for activity the government started sometime in the 1950's. They're not sure what the government is doing behind this code word but they're sure they are doing something. I'm calling this the "Vague Threat Theory."

A second theory that cropped up on the discussion boards and in my e-mail is that Fearsum is a code word for an NSA computer virus that goes into your computer and then sets up a watch dog program. This nasty little bug records everything you do on your computer; from what your e-mail says to what kinda porn you're surfing and then uploads the info straight to some government supercomputer that monitors your activity for antisocial behavior. I'm calling this one the "Big Brother Theory."

And then there's this little bit of computer wizardry. (And this is where it gets interesting) I got e-mailed this program from a nameless fellow who saw the commercial, surfed in, and couldn't find what he was looking for. In his words, "Yo Derek, Couldn't find anything on Fearsum so I went out and found it for myself. You gotta give the people what they want and they want Fearsum. Here it is."

Send A Postcard So that's the facts. (What there is of them) Vague Threat? Big Brother? Strange video footage that makes me feel uneasy? Of all of them I like number 3 the best but you can check it out my little Sherlocks and tell me what ya think. Lan is whipping up a little postcard so you can e-mail a link to the clip to your friends and freak em out.

Hurdy gur,

Derek "nothing to hide" Barnes

July 17th, 2000

Freakylinks reader Shade Night went all out and did some research on the rune images you see in the Fearsum vid . . .Here's what Shade found out.


The symbols in the top right corner of the anonymous Fearsum picture are runes. Runes have been used by many ancient cultures, including the Vikings. Cave drawings dating back to the pre-historic era resembling runes have been found.

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magick. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 300 C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions of great age have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.

"Runestones", pillars with engraved runes, have been found in North Carolina. The runes on the Fearsum picture are as follows:

Laguz: Phonetic equivalent: L
emotions, fears, unconscious mind, things hidden, revelation, intuition, counselling
enhancing psychic abilities, confronting fears, stabilizing mental or emotional disorders, uncovering hidden things
Old Norse: Logr
Gothic: Lagus
ProtoGerman: Laguz, Laukaz
Old English: Lagu

Fehu: Phonetic equivalent: F
prosperity, money, wealth, concern with physical and financial needs, goals, promotion, self-esteem, centredness, karma
for money, business, promotion, finding a job, achieving a goal, starting new enterprises
Old Norse: Fe
Gothic: Faihu
ProtoGerman: Fehu
Old English: Feoh

Algiz: Phonetic equivalent: X, Z
protection, assistance, defence, warning, support, a mentor, an ethical dilemma
for protection, hunting
Old Norse: Ihwar
Gothic: Algis
ProtoGerman: Elhaz
Old English: Algiz

Eihwaz: Phonetic equivalent: ei
change, initiation, confrontation of fears, turning point, death, transformation
to bring about profound change, to ease a life transition (note: in image this is reversed, meaning this rune in a negative sense or bad omen)
Old Norse: Ihwar
Gothic: Eihwas
ProtoGerman: Ihwaz
Old English: Eoh

Uruz: Phonetic equivalent: U
energy, passion, vitality, instinct, wildness, sexuality, fertility, the unconscious, primitive mind, irrationality, shamanic experience, rite of passage
to strengthen the will, increase sexual potency and energy; for hunting
Old Norse: Ur
Gothic: Urus
ProtoGerman: Uruz
Old English: Ur

Othola: Phonetic equivalent: O
property, land, inheritance, home, permenance, legacy, synthesis, sense of belonging
for aquiring land or property, to complete a project, to strengthen family ties
Old Norse: Odhal
Gothic: Othal
ProtoGerman: Othala
Old English: Ethel

Gebo: Phonetic equivalent: G
gift, offering, relationship, love, marriage, partnership, generosity, unexpected good fortune
to find or strengthen a relationship, for fertility, to mark a gift or offering, to bring luck
Old Norse: Gipt
Gothic: Giba
ProtoGerman: Gebo
Old English: Gyfu

Note that the symbols which resemble a lowercase h and a capital D are not shown, because they are not convential runes. Also, some of the symbols are repeated. It was impossible to tell the order in which they were diplayed because of the speed. Perhaps someone with expertise in Shockwave can tell you that.


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I belive that the anonymous sender created these images from scratch, and sent them to you as evidence.

"Yo Derek, Couldn't find anything on Fearsum so I went out and found it for myself."
This sounds a bit odd. Either he has little command over the english language, or he is hinting that the photo is fake.

"You gotta give the people what they want and they want Fearsum. Here it is."
This is just plain suspicious. Sounds like someone who wanted to perpetuate the Fearsum rumor and didn't really belive in it, to provide a little entertainment and dangle something in front of the freak's noses. It is entirely possible that some shockwave newbie threw this picture together, though of course that doesn't disprove the Fearsum theories.

I hope this information will be helpful in discovering what truth there may be.

Walking through the mirror house of intruige,
- Casey Coco

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