By the time that military scientists realized the disastrous effects of Compound 894, the chemical had already been shipped to various cities across America. They could only watch in horror as their creation—which had been intended to heal—brought civilians back from the dead and corrupted them with a hunger for human flesh. These monsters now stalk the pathways of Louisville's Iroquois Park. Famished and covered in ghastly wounds, they await the chance to hunt for their preferred prey: 5k runners.
This eerie tale is the backstory for The Louisville Zombie Run, an all-ages 5k that pits participants not against the clock, but against a mob of cannibalistic corpses. Of course the zombies are really fellow runners decked out in professional makeup. During the 3.1-mile race, they attempt to chase down the humans and pop their latex-free "life balloons," a clever alternative to biting them or setting up toll booths that only accept brains. The course mimics the set of a Hollywood horror film, and its convincing effects include washable, blood-colored powder and a helicopter flyover. Attendees who make it to the finish line with their balloon intact can claim survival bragging rights before heading to the Quarantine after-party—a celebration complete with food trucks, beer, a DJ, and a zombie-makeover station.
In 1969, aficionados from six midwest states formed the Midwest UFO Network—MUFON for short—to improve and organize their growing reports of UFO sightings. Now known as the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON's more than 3,000 members have formed chapters throughout the United States and various countries around the globe.
More than 900 of those members are trained field investigators who interview UFO witnesses and compose written accounts of sightings. Some of those findings, as well as the latest research findings, are showcased at MUFON's annual International UFO Symposium, which rotates through the United States and is sometimes held on Earth's second moon. MUFON runs similar events throughout the year, and prints more info about sightings and UFO science in its monthly journal.
Led by founder and experienced parapsychologist Carol Haughey, the Oakford Paranormal Society fulfills two objectives: investigate paranormal activity, and teach others how to recognize it. Their members travel to houses, taverns, and even woodlands that are reportedly haunted, bringing cameras and other equipment in order to gather evidence. When on an assignment, they examine the site's history in tandem with their own recordings to document any otherworldly presences—they even have a group solely devoted to interpreting EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, which happens when a ghost gets hold of an auto-tune device. And, in the interest of education and recruitment, they welcome the public to their meetings and workshops free of charge.
Moscow native Ilya Lerner has followed his paintbrush all across the globe, studying and visiting everywhere from New York and Vermont to Spain and Russia. He's taught painting and drawing at several universities, including Oregon State University, Lee College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Now drawing on this experience, an extensive exhibition record, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he shares his techniques out of his eponymous Art Studio school. Ilya's classes aim to empower aspiring artists with an individualized approach to observation-based art education. His instruction involves diverse projects and includes discussion of the masters and critiques by visiting artists.
The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.