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Shock sites, also known as shock media or shockers, are any piece of media on the internet that use disturbing content, commonly pornography, gore, and other graphic imagery to shock viewer(s). Just like traditional screamers, shock sites have a goal to shock their viewers with unexpected content. Some good examples of shock sites are 2 Girls 1 Cup, Jarsquatter, 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, Kekma.net, and Goatse. These websites have gained a high level of popularity and are often used as a way to prank people. The first shock site ever created was Rotten.com, a website that featured pictures of dead people, disgusting diseases, deformed bodies, and a lot more. In addition, the website was also the first gore site ever created.
In 1996, Rotten.com was registered by Thomas E. Dell (Soylent) after he wrote a program that could guess domains with one word, and "Rotten" was one of the unclaimed words. Rotten.com hosted a gallery of gore videos and images. One file submitted, "motorcyle.jpg", concerned many people and resulted in tons of emails being sent to the creator. The file name suggests that it may have been a motorcycle accident, although the website claimed it was likely an "attempted shotgun suicide".
In 1999, the domain Goatse.cx was registered. Its front page showed a picture, titled "Hello.jpg" which depicts a man stretching his anus using both hands. It was originally named "gap3.jpg" in the .zip file called "Gap.zip", a file with images of Kirk Johnson "using dildos and butt plugs to stretch his anus". A shock image, Tubgirl originally took place there.
In 2000, Ogrish.com was registered to cover uncensored news and videos. Ogrish.com was best known for its publication of war videos and caused controversy by not asking for consent from any victims' families to upload a video. The site later rebranded as LiveLeak in 2006.
Meatspin, which was created in 2005, shows a looping video of two people having anal sex while the receiving partner's penis spins. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive plays while the viewer watches the penis spin. The website also has a counter of how many "spins" the user has watched. The owner followed the website with Meatspinnetwork.com on February 2nd, 2006.
Mr. Hands is a nickname given to a man named Kenneth Pinyan who's a video of himself receiving anal sex from a horse, alongside a man named James Michael Tait, and dying afterward went viral in July 2005.
2 Girls 1 Cup was the one-minute trailer for the scat pornographic film Hungry Bitches directed by Marco Fiorito and produced by MFX Media. The trailer for the movie went viral and sparked the golden age of shock sites.
In 2007, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs' video of the murder of 48-year-old Sergei Yatzenko was leaked and was dubbed 3 Guys 1 Hammer. The teenagers behind the video, Viktor Sayenko, Igor Suprunyuk, and Alexander Hanzha, had killed 20 other people prior to making this video. All three boys were found guilty, and Sayenko and Suprunyuk were sentenced to life in prison, while Hanzha received nine years.
In 2008, Bestgore.com was registered by Mark Merek and received media attention in June 2012 when Luka Rocco Magnotta posted a video of him stabbing and having sex with 33-year-old Jun Lin's corpse. Magnotta posted three videos one year prior of him suffocating his kittens in different ways. One of his videos, titled "1 Boy 2 Kittens", went viral and angered many "cat lovers" who hunted him down. When the "1 Lunatic 1 Icepick" video was uploaded, they pointed out that it was Magnotta.
In 2013, GoreJunkies received 4 million unique visitors after its launch.
In late 2014, a video titled 2 Friends 1 Fish was hosted under 2friends1fish.com, where it showed a fish giving oral sex to a man. The Metro said that the video had circulated "hundreds of thousands of times." Daily Star also said that it was first uploaded by Facebook user Florin Rada. A year later, Glory Hole Foundation and its sister site Desk Corporate IT were created to prank a user who was looking for warranted goods.
Spritecranberry.net was created in 2019, and originally redirected the viewer to a graphic YouTube video titled "How to express your dogs anal glands at home (Veterinarian recommended way)", in which a veterinarian inserts his fingers inside a dogs anus. The site now redirects to an image of a bloody hair transplant.
On April 23rd, 2019, Kekma.ga was released. Kekma.ga, also known as Kekma.net, was a shock site that once opened displayed an 18+ age warning and a giant button that says "ENTER" in the middle. Once clicked, the website would chang to extreme gore with a center video of a man squatting in a pool of semi-clotted blood, forcing a large, bloodstained industrial screw down his urethra. A 41-minute video titled "The Kekma movie" was released on September 11, 2020, and contains several YouTube Poops, various parodies, offensive jokes, and numerous statements about the September 11 attacks. The owner of the website, Obok Meatgod, followed up with another site called WomensAlliance.xyz in October 2020, which shut down a few months later. The site shut down in February 2022, on its final domain Kekma.net, and now redirects to a video on tube.kekmahub.com.
A viral graphic shock video titled Duckpack51 was uploaded to TikTok by user Mayengg03 in June 2021, who was banned after moderators found his post. The video was named after the Blogspot page where it originated from, and shows a clip of a girl dancing before cutting to a video of a man named Rodolfo Belluci being beheaded by a drug cartel. The same year, a formerly lost snuff film made in 2015 titled Necropedopheliac, which is commonly referred to as Snuff R73, was found after a horror cinema iceberg chart mentioning the film was posted onto Reddit. The film is a 10 minutes 55 seconds compilation of extreme medical gore from the Syrian civil war involving children and babies, as well as security footage from China of a man stomping on a toddler. Youtuber Tuv described the film as "The most banned video on the internet".
Because of their popularity, shock sites have been mentioned or featured in some works of fiction. Lemon Party has been mentioned in a sketch on Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Archer, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and 30 Rock. 30 Rock made three allusions to "Lemon Party".
The website has also been described by Jimmy Fallon on the Opie and Anthony radio show, on Chelsea Handler's TV show Chelsea Lately, Michael J. Nelson from RiffTrax.com during the RiffTrax for Avatar, by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, American Dad, and by Michael Cera and Jonah Hill during promotion for the 2007 comedy film Superbad.
In the Family Guy season 6 episode Back to the Woods, Brian asks Stewie for help getting unhitched to a pole, but Stewie refuses in retaliation for "making him watch that video with the 2 girls and a cup!" The episode then cuts to Brian filming Stewie sitting on the computer and watching 2 Girls 1 Cup. Stewie then proceeds to become surprised and shocked by the video.
As shock sites made surface on the web, more reaction videos were being posted and eventually became a trend on the Internet. The concept of a reaction video is to get someone to visit a shock site while recording their reaction. A good example of this is the Marines 2 Girls 1 Cup Reactions video, which has accumulated almost 11 million views since it was posted to YouTube in April 2008.
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