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Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn’t kill them, since it was toxic in high concentrations. This was before closed circuit cameras so they had only microphones and 5 inch thick glass porthole sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.

The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during World War II.

Everything was fine for the first five days; the subjects hardly complained having been promised (falsely) that they would be freed if they submitted to the test and did not sleep for 30 days. Their conversations and activities were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about increasingly traumatic incidents in their past, and the general tone of their conversations took on a darker aspect after the 4 day mark.

After five days they started to complain about the circumstances and events that lead them to where they were and started to demonstrate severe paranoia. They stopped talking to each other and began alternately whispering to the microphones and one way mirrored portholes. Oddly they all seemed to think they could win the trust of the experimenters by turning over their comrades, the other subjects in captivity with them. At first the researchers suspected this was an effect of the gas itself…

After nine days the first of them started screaming. He ran the length of the chamber repeatedly yelling at the top of his lungs for 3 hours straight, he continued attempting to scream but was only able to produce occasional squeaks. The researchers postulated that he had physically torn his vocal cords. The most surprising thing about this behavior is how the other captives reacted to it… or rather didn’t react to it. They continued whispering to the microphones until the second of the captives started to scream. The 2 non-screaming captives took the books apart, smeared page after page with their own feces and pasted them calmly over the glass portholes. The screaming promptly stopped.

So did the whispering to the microphones.

After 3 more days passed, the researchers checked the microphones hourly to make sure they were working, since they thought it impossible that no sound could be coming with 5 people inside. The oxygen consumption in the chamber indicated that all 5 must still be alive. In fact it was the amount of oxygen 5 people would consume at a very heavy level of strenuous exercise. On the morning of the 14th day the researchers did something they said they would not do to get a reaction from the captives, they used the intercom inside the chamber, hoping to provoke any response from the captives they were afraid were either dead or vegetables.

They announced: “We are opening the chamber to test the microphones step away from the door and lie flat on the floor or you will be shot. Compliance will earn one of you your immediate freedom.”

To their surprise they heard a single phrase in a calm voice response: “We no longer want to be freed.”

Debate broke out among the researchers and the military forces funding the research. Unable to provoke any more response using the intercom it was finally decided to open the chamber at midnight on the fifteenth day.

The chamber was flushed of the stimulant gas and filled with fresh air and immediately voices from the microphones began to object. 3 different voices began begging, as if pleading for the life of loved ones to turn the gas back on. The chamber was opened and soldiers sent in to retrieve the test subjects. They began to scream louder than ever, and so did the soldiers when they saw what was inside. Four of the five subjects were still alive, although no one could rightly call the state that any of them in ‘life.’

The food rations past day 5 had not been so much as touched. There were chunks of meat from the dead test subject’s thighs and chest stuffed into the drain in the center of the chamber, blocking the drain and allowing 4 inches of water to accumulate on the floor. Precisely how much of the water on the floor was actually blood was never determined. All four ‘surviving’ test subjects also had large portions of muscle and skin torn away from their bodies. The destruction of flesh and exposed bone on their finger tips indicated that the wounds were inflicted by hand, not with teeth as the researchers initially thought. Closer examination of the position and angles of the wounds indicated that most if not all of them were self-inflicted.

The abdominal organs below the ribcage of all four test subjects had been removed. While the heart, lungs and diaphragm remained in place, the skin and most of the muscles attached to the ribs had been ripped off, exposing the lungs through the ribcage. All the blood vessels and organs remained intact, they had just been taken out and laid on the floor, fanning out around the eviscerated but still living bodies of the subjects. The digestive tract of all four could be seen to be working, digesting food. It quickly became apparent that what they were digesting was their own flesh that they had ripped off and eaten over the course of days.

Most of the soldiers were Russian special operatives at the facility, but still many refused to return to the chamber to remove the test subjects. They continued to scream to be left in the chamber and alternately begged and demanded that the gas be turned back on, lest they fall asleep…

To everyone’s surprise the test subjects put up a fierce fight in the process of being removed from the chamber. One of the Russian soldiers died from having his throat ripped out, another was gravely injured by having his testicles ripped off and an artery in his leg severed by one of the subject’s teeth. Another 5 of the soldiers lost their lives if you count ones that committed suicide in the weeks following the incident.

In the struggle one of the four living subjects had his spleen ruptured and he bled out almost immediately. The medical researchers attempted to sedate him but this proved impossible. He was injected with more than ten times the human dose of a morphine derivative and still fought like a cornered animal, breaking the ribs and arm of one doctor. When heart was seen to beat for a full two minutes after he had bled out to the point there was more air in his vascular system than blood. Even after it stopped he continued to scream and flail for another 3 minutes, struggling to attack anyone in reach and just repeating the word “MORE” over and over, weaker and weaker, until he finally fell silent.

The surviving three test subjects were heavily restrained and moved to a medical facility, the two with intact vocal cords continuously begging for the gas demanding to be kept awake…

The most injured of the three was taken to the only surgical operating room that the facility had. In the process of preparing the subject to have his organs placed back within his body it was found that he was effectively immune to the sedative they had given him to prepare him for the surgery. He fought furiously against his restraints when the anesthetic gas was brought out to put him under. He managed to tear most of the way through a 4 inch wide leather strap on one wrist, even through the weight of a 200 pound soldier holding that wrist as well. It took only a little more anesthetic than normal to put him under, and the instant his eyelids fluttered and closed, his heart stopped. In the autopsy of the test subject that died on the operating table it was found that his blood had triple the normal level of oxygen. His muscles that were still attached to his skeleton were badly torn and he had broken 9 bones in his struggle to not be subdued. Most of them were from the force his own muscles had exerted on them.

The second survivor had been the first of the group of five to start screaming. His vocal cords destroyed he was unable to beg or object to surgery, and he only reacted by shaking his head violently in disapproval when the anesthetic gas was brought near him. He shook his head yes when someone suggested, reluctantly, they try the surgery without anesthetic, and did not react for the entire 6 hour procedure of replacing his abdominal organs and attempting to cover them with what remained of his skin. The surgeon presiding stated repeatedly that it should be medically possible for the patient to still be alive. One terrified nurse assisting the surgery stated that she had seen the patients mouth curl into a smile several times, whenever his eyes met hers.

When the surgery ended the subject looked at the surgeon and began to wheeze loudly, attempting to talk while struggling. Assuming this must be something of drastic importance the surgeon had a pen and pad fetched so the patient could write his message. It was simple. “Keep cutting.”

The other two test subjects were given the same surgery, both without anesthetic as well. Although they had to be injected with a paralytic for the duration of the operation. The surgeon found it impossible to perform the operation while the patients laughed continuously. Once paralyzed the subjects could only follow the attending researchers with their eyes. The paralytic cleared their system in an abnormally short period of time and they were soon trying to escape their bonds. The moment they could speak they were again asking for the stimulant gas. The researchers tried asking why they had injured themselves, why they had ripped out their own guts and why they wanted to be given the gas again.

Only one response was given: “I must remain awake.”

All three subject’s restraints were reinforced and they were placed back into the chamber awaiting determination as to what should be done with them. The researchers, facing the wrath of their military ‘benefactors’ for having failed the stated goals of their project considered euthanizing the surviving subjects. The commanding officer, an ex-KGB instead saw potential, and wanted to see what would happen if they were put back on the gas. The researchers strongly objected, but were overruled.

In preparation for being sealed in the chamber again the subjects were connected to an EEG monitor and had their restraints padded for long term confinement. To everyone’s surprise all three stopped struggling the moment it was let slip that they were going back on the gas. It was obvious that at this point all three were putting up a great struggle to stay awake. One of subjects that could speak was humming loudly and continuously; the mute subject was straining his legs against the leather bonds with all his might, first left, then right, then left again for something to focus on. The remaining subject was holding his head off his pillow and blinking rapidly. Having been the first to be wired for EEG most of the researchers were monitoring his brain waves in surprise. They were normal most of the time but sometimes flat lined inexplicably. It looked as if he were repeatedly suffering brain death, before returning to normal. As they focused on paper scrolling out of the brainwave monitor only one nurse saw his eyes slip shut at the same moment his head hit the pillow. His brainwaves immediately changed to that of deep sleep, then flatlined for the last time as his heart simultaneously stopped.

The only remaining subject that could speak started screaming to be sealed in now. His brainwaves showed the same flatlines as one who had just died from falling asleep. The commander gave the order to seal the chamber with both subjects inside, as well as 3 researchers. One of the named three immediately drew his gun and shot the commander point blank between the eyes, then turned the gun on the mute subject and blew his brains out as well.

He pointed his gun at the remaining subject, still restrained to a bed as the remaining members of the medical and research team fled the room. “I won’t be locked in here with these things! Not with you!” he screamed at the man strapped to the table. “WHAT ARE YOU?” he demanded. “I must know!”

The subject smiled.

“Have you forgotten so easily?” The subject asked. “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread.”

The researcher paused. Then aimed at the subject’s heart and fired. The EEG flatlined as the subject weakly choked out, “So… nearly… free…”

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  • A

    Are you kidding me?

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  • Jake

    I really enjoyed this pasta. Good one.

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    • Anonymous

      I like pasta

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      • a guy

        i like pasta too!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Now no-one can say first!

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  • Anonymous

    Creepy, gave me shudders. Keep up the good work!

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    Rating: +21 (from 31 votes)
  • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

    inb4 this is oldpasta. Yes, we know, but it’s good and we didn’t have it archived yet on this site, so up it goes.

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    • http://instagram.com/fatcakes2123 TheForgotten1

      derpbutt you’re amazing :D

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  • Greta

    Yesss, people, beware Russians – we have wayyy more secrets than you think! LOL
    By the way, KGB was formed in 1954 :/

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    • alex

      OR WAS IT??

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      • russian ganstar boy

        ill blow you all up im with the cheka

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        • ireadcreepypasta

          your funny

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    • Serenity

      It didn’t say this was the KGB…
      As far as the commanding officer, so what?
      Maybe KGB was already in existence until we just barely heard of it in 1954.

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      • Matrim

        It said that the commander was ex-KGB.

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        • Anonymous

          Might of been Putin from the present gone back in time? I don’t know its fake.

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    • Anonymous

      thats what the government wants you to think

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    • Yakov Smirnoff

      In Soviet Russia, 1954 forms KGB!
      :/

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    • ireadcreepypasta

      Thats when KGB was revealed

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  • Jack

    it goes from having only 2 live survivors from the chamber to having 3 this is clearly fake and was good up until the story got messed up do more editing

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    • Anonymous

      Of course it’s fake it’s on a fucking horror story site of all fictional stories

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    • Mike

      I don’t understand how everyone is getting this confused. There were 4 patients when they opened the chamber, the 5th one being dead. In the struggle to remove the patients from the chamber, the 4th one died from a ruptured spleen. The last 3 were put into surgery and it was decided to put them back in the chamber. As they were getting prepped, the 3rd patient fell asleep and immediately died. The 2 are now in a room with 3 RESEARCHERS, when they decide to close the doors and put the gas on, so the last 2 don’t die. One of the researchers (or soldiers, w/e) shoots his commanding officer in the head, as well as 1 of the patients. The last researcher runs. Leaving one researcher (soldier) and the 1 final patient. At no point is the math off. Learn to read guys XD

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      • Delirium

        But didn’t one of the patients die in surgery? From the anesthetics?

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  • TheAyatollah

    Eh. Mostly good, but the ending is really melodramatic. Not my favorite.

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    • Austin

      I kinda agree on that. Should’ve gotten rid of the whole “We are the blah blah blah…”

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  • sum dude

    i dont get it

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    • russian ganstar boy

      thats because your not russian

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      • http://www.youtube.com Russian Rainbow-Dash

        I see where you’re going with this…..

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        • Anonymous

          I don’t

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      • Kamillla

        Can u explain it?????

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      • Anonymous

        im not russian but i get it just fine

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    • Anonymous

      What happened is that there were 3 guys that were being kept prisoner to see if they couldn’t sleep for 30 days. They went mad, and then they started mutilating themselves because of not sleeping. It says at the end that sleeping is why the madness I suppressed. I believe it is an extended metaphor for when you are tired that you get mad easily.

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      • Anonymous

        That’s actually not it. The story is a reflection of sleep psychology. There is a theory that we have an “unconscious mind”, the more animalistic portion of our minds that is all that is considered “mad”. Our conscious mind (The one you are reading with right now) is what we use everyday. Our unconscious mind is only seen when we are asleep, giving our conscious mind a break. (This could explain why dreams are sometimes violent or crazy.) The fact that the patients could not sleep, perhaps broke the conscious mind and left the unconscious mind in control and free.

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        • ND

          That’s not a theory. It’s a hypothesis. And that’s not what actual scientific studies of sleep have found. Not sleeping makes you fucked up, but it won’t make you super strong, immune to pain, or psychopathic. Try it some time. Lots of students do it regularly; very very very very very very few of them try to hurt anyone or themselves.

          Also, just as an editorial matter: this story needs some grammar and spelling work, as well as some extra plausibility in story structure. As some other commenters point out it is really liberally melodramatic, both in terms of the plot devices and the goofy monologue at the end. It’s a good start but it doesn’t hold together and it ends very weakly. Please edit.

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  • kaprice

    Yeeeah this kinda sucked.

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  • Pyromania

    I’m almost certain I’ve read this somewhere else before XD
    Can’t think were those since I don’t read creepypasta anywhere else but here..
    Still i always liked the story but i did notice that the amount of survivors increased and decreased in multiple parts of the story.

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  • Revolution666

    I really liked it. Definitely original and quite disturbing. The ending is a bit cliché, but nothing that truly ruins the rest of it. Also, the graphic detail in the middle of the story made me a little light-headed, haha. Very well done, whomever wrote this.

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  • Jivy

    BUT WHO WAS SLEEP?

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    • Test subject #6

      me

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      • Insanity…..

        We are free.
        Insane for eternity.
        With hearts of stone.
        And brains of the dead.
        They are the ones going home.
        The ones who will bleed red.
        They say they are free by being sane.
        But one day they will find out.
        That we were right all along.
        And that they shall pay…..

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      • Scientist with Gun

        No! Not You!!!!!!!!

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    • Sleep

      Um haha no me…..

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      • Scientist with Gun

        No! Not you either!!!!!!!!!

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  • New Techno Leader

    not bad, reminds me of one i read on the CREEPY TALES app on my phone called Gateway to the Mind, I’m new here so i’m not sure if that one is a creepypasta, i assumed it was as the app also has Candle Cove

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    • Anon

      Its on Creepypasta LOL.

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  • Len Lye

    I’d rather the last survivor not say anything at all, or at least something so vague it leaves an eerie aftertaste. For it to say it’s their “inner demon” is sadly cliche, however the rest of the story (such as it’s setting, style, and fantastic description) was wonderfully appreciated.

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    • That Guy

      Agreed.

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  • seeyoucreepin

    There’s an inconsistency with the amount of subject and multiple times. Sometimes there 3, sometimes 4. There 3 survivors when they first open the tank, then one of the 3 dies on the operating table but then there are 3 left to be put back in? Ruined the whole thing for me.

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    • http://Killthekillers.tumblr.com Ahriannah

      Asexual reproduction? Its a story so why the hell not?

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    • Anonymous

      u obviously lost count with the story

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  • Alfredo

    Yes, they open the tank; there are 4. One bleeds to death from a broken spleen. There are 3 then. Go to surgery; one dies by anesthesia. There are 2 then; oh wait! next paragraph, there are still 3; who was resurrected?

    The ending could have worked with a little more detail added. Feels a little bit rushed.

    Sorry for the bad english; it’s not my first language.

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    • Suzanne

      Yeah! I agree….:)

      And as far as your English? It’s fine.

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    • Anonymous

      Your english is better than most people whos first language is english

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      • Anonymous

        U DAM RITE

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  • Olivia

    all yous shut your mouth! so far this has been the scariest pasta i’ve read in a while. most pastas should be crappypastas but arnt.
    this should be one of the best creepypasta stories i’ve read in a while i really think that this story shouldnt be on crappypasta.
    its well written and i loved it and anyone who dosnt STFU!
    and my friend is russian hes nice extremly nice. somtimes so nice you’d think he was hitten on me….
    o.O

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    • Anonymous

      So someone who doesn’t like part of the story shouldn’t talk? Your logic is skewed.

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    • bugsbunny

      So someone who doesn’t like part of the story shouldn’t give their opinion? Your logic is skewed.

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    • bugsbunny

      Is friend nice enough to teach you English?

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    • Anna

      You must be some 10 year old reading some random pastas. Everyone here is free to express their opinion.
      And by the way, no one ever said anything about your beloved Russian friend.
      Just freaking grow up.

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  • Len Lye

    Yea… people we get it. He made a tiny mistake now shut up it’s not that deep

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    • Not So Jolly Boy John

      Or she…a twist in the tale

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  • Olivia

    You put disgrace on the name Olivia. Please, PLEASE… take time on proofreading. Here, I’ll do it for you:
    *All of you *So *I’ve *aren’t *This *I’ve *I *It’s *I *doesn’t
    *My *Russian. *He’s *nice… *extremely *Sometimes *hitting
    That hurt my brain.

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    • bugsbunny

      She won’t get it.

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  • Paeton

    This tapped into the darkest part of my mind. Its scary, and makes you think. Kindof like Psychosis. 10/10

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  • Hamy~

    Nice~ it really sucks you into the story and gets your heart pumping~

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  • lol

    i can make a better one

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    • atlol

      then do it don’t say you can and not do it. stupid.

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    • Anonymous

      Then freaking make a better one..
      I bet you can’t.. If you don’t like it then you should give your opinion not say shit like that..
      Grow up!!

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  • jeff

    wow i never realy knew what kind animals we realy were on the in side, but what do you realy expect someone to do in that type of systuation

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    • Wayne

      Well clearly you rip your guts out and scream until your voice chords are torn in half lol that would definately be most of us :P

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  • shadowlurker

    Damn scary…

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