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Black Eyed Children: The Real Mystery Is Why This Topic Is Trending

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Are black eyed children real?

Sightings of black eyed children have been somewhat common since 1988. Most of the accounts are in agreement about most details: Black eyed children are between the ages of six and 16, only show up at night, speak in a monotone voice, don’t seem to breathe, and show up at your front door and ask to be invited in to use your phone or eat some food.

What are black eyed children? Some people think they’re extra-terrestrials, others say that they’re inter-dimensional beings stuck on our plane. Others say they’re of demonic origin, while some claim that they’re out-and-out vampires.

I don’t know how much you know about online journalism, but most of us new media writers get our material by observing trends, i.e., what kind of things the most people are reading about at any given time. “Black eyed children” as a topic is rising ever since, by my measure, the subject appeared on the front page of MSN earlier today under the title “Spooky sightings of black-eyed children.”

Clicking that link brings you to a brief video that looks like an amateur hour version of Unsolved Mysteries, which details the phenomenon and name drops a handful of conspiracy/cryptology websites.

Google “black eyed children” and you’re not much better off. The first handful of results belong to The Examiner and Mysterious Universe, and none of them exactly take what we’d call a fully skeptical view of the subject. Further down, there’s a laughably bad Journal of the Bizarre post that claims to “debunk” the black eyed children phenomenon with pseudo-biological and pragmatic arguments that sometimes seem about as far-fetched as there being black eyed children in the first place.

My conclusion? File black eyed children under the same heading as “bigfoot.” Believe it if you like, but realize that there is no evidence of their existence, just subjective testimony that ranges from reasonable to suspiciously fame-whoring. The real mystery, in my opinion, is why this topic made MSN‘s front page where it started to trend, fooling people into thinking that it’s real news.

Personally, I think this is some kind of viral marketing initiative for a new horror movie. I’ll do some investigating and get back to you.

Then again, if a couple of black eyed children come knocking at your door tonight, don’t invite them in, because Google says you’re not supposed to.

Here’s a video of some silly guy talking about black eyed children:

UPDATE: Hey look, a recent independent film made about black eyed children [Official site & report from The Columbian]. Are we vying for a broader US release, hm?

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39 Responses to “Black Eyed Children: The Real Mystery Is Why This Topic Is Trending”

  1. Brittany Lyle

    Well, call in the Winchesters, get LOTS of salt, and brush up on your Latin.

  2. Jonathan Bonilla

    I have to agree that this is a viral marketing scam
    Dark Skies comes out soon which is about a family being possessed by alien entities. In the film trailer their kid has the same black eyes.

  3. King Browser

    Um, I am black eyed so what of it? My green eyed enemy made a comment about them awhile ago. As long as it's not someone who is giving me a black eye…

  4. The Unexplained World

    my site was number one with that keyword on bing and msn. I woke up with 3000 page views for that post and was scratching my head and wondering why are people typing spooky sightings of black eyed kids. Now I know =) and knowing is half the battle (gi joe).

  5. Alice Lacks

    About two years ago on a city bus B20 in Brooklyn, NY, early afternoon, a young black mother with two toddlers, a girl and boy got on the bus, both children had no whites to their eyes, I thought at first I was seeing wrong, I stared to make sure I was seeing correctly, sure enough no whites to both childrens eyes. I recall the little girl just stared at me for a few seconds. A little scary.

  6. Chris Merry

    Dusten Carlson, the only silly guy is you. LA Marzulli has forgotten more than you will ever know. It is sad you people can't believe in anything other than what you can see in front of your noses. There is a real spiritual world out there whether you want to acknowledge it or not.

  7. Tee To Tha Jay

    So u have no whites in your eyes? Everything is the same committee as your pupil?

  8. Dana Meadlin

    I was just wondering if you were a true black eyes or if the color of your eyes are black, cause I've been looking for another. By the by true black eyes here.

  9. John Smith

    Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus

    omnis satanica potestas, omnis incursio
    infernalis adversarii, omnis legio,
    omnis congregatio et secta diabolica.
    Ergo draco maledicte
    et omnis legio diabolica
    adjuramus te.
    Cessa decipere humanas creaturas,
    eisque aeternae Perditionis venenum propinare.

    Vade, Satana, inventor et magister
    omnis fallaciae, hostis humanae salutis.
    Humiliare sub potenti manu dei,
    contremisce et effuge, invocato a
    nobis sancto et terribili nomine,
    quem inferi tremunt.

    Ab insidiis diaboli, libera nos, Domine.
    Ut Ecclesiam tuam secura tibi facias libertate servire
    te rogamus, audi nos.
    Ut inimicos sanctae Ecclesiae humiliare digneris,
    te rogamus, audi nos.

    Terribilis Deus de sanctuario suo.
    Deus Israhel ipse truderit virtutem
    et fortitudinem plebi Suae.
    Benedictus deus. Gloria patri.

  10. Roy J Lores

    But a marketing campaign for a movie that i released in 2013 but the viral campaign started decades earlier? That just makes no sense.

  11. Michael Blinkwitz

    Assuming this phenomenon is real. Which I do not assume at all. Then a person should consider the origins of such creatures. Is it possible the reason they exist is Karma? We as a nation participate in the brutal and cold hearted practice of abortion. Maybe, these creatures are the spirits of these dead babies, come back to haunt the guilty. After all, they're cold, they're dead and they seek vengeance upon the living, do they not? Or are they just harbingers of death and ill fortune? Just a thought.

    P.S., heaven forbid I mention the ultra sensitive national right of abortion, as part of a silly sci-fi subject!

  12. Margot DeNies Collins

    And they've been fooling people like you for centuries whether you want to believe it or not.

  13. Zach Grays

    Why are you on here looking at these topics if you do not believe in these things?… kinda like a basketball player ending up in a football stadium bein all like " oh hell, fuck this place, my sport is better. ".

  14. Kaley Moskal

    Look i am 19 yrs old my daughter is 6 months and both of us had almost died after my blood transfusion my husband started getting ready for me a bath while the tub was filling up i went to get undressed wen i turned tword to shut the door there was a lil girl about 8 in looks with pitch black eyes all i could feel is fear and wet myself with in seconds as my husband went to turn to see if i was ok she vanished when i told the nerse she told me i was crazy and on meds that it was my imagination but sence then i have seen her in my hotel room and in my new appartment diffrence in my experiance is she's never talked and seems to vanish and i never once invited her in idk what she wants idk y she is here all ik is I'm scared for my children and myself and i just want this thing to leave me alone. all else that ik is i have messed with ouija boards black magic and have had several weird shit happening to me sence i wass a young child please somone help me

  15. Robin Trawick

    Dont know much about this toppic, but it sounds like this vision is trying to give you a message! I would try and talk to some one in this line of work, some one that deals with the paranormal!

  16. Chris Hall

    from what ive herd its usaly not parnormal its usaly extertteristrial i dont belive in it but if your scaired then mabeyyou should call the men in black or somthing or a priest if you thank its a demon

  17. Rebecca Wilson

    Congratulations on injecting your politics into an urban legend. It was kind of a stretch, but you made it. That said it would make an awesome horror movie, and finally a different story.

  18. Anonymous

    These black-eyed children should visit the homes of pedophiles.

  19. Trisha Maria Lenart

    Lol you are funny. Some silly guy. And if by chance some Black eyed kids knock, I won't let them in… but I've never heard of anyone who has… a video tape would sure come in handy! I would maybe toss out a bottle of visine… if it gets the red out, maybe it could help with the black too 😉

  20. Mike N Brooke

    I had very large, black eyes with barely visible whites when I was a child. It does look somewhat "otherworldly." My mother says that everywhere we went everyone commented on my eyes… I did grow into them so the whites of my eyes are now visible, but if you saw a picture of me when I was a child you'd be like "woah!" lol I am not a ghost, vampire, etc. So, rest easy, guys.

  21. Wolf Safko

    o.o genius….. you have just made my day good person

  22. Randall McNeely

    When I was in my late twenties, I had a beautiful six year old daughter named Amber McNeely. One day Amber's mother Teresa, who had two other children vanished. No one, no relatives, friends or any of Teresa's children's fathers ever saw them again. Now we find out that in 1996 Teresa married BEK Author David Weatherly. David and Teresa Weatherly gave the children fake names. And constantly moved around the country so as not to be found. Even knowing this, no one can find any of our loved ones. Why is there no trace of any of them anywhere? If they are hiding, what are they hiding from?

  23. Dave Rose

    NOt that i entirely believe these stories how can it be viral marketing for a movie when there has been reports since the 80's ??

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