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GS Question of the Week

Do you believe in the healing properties of aromatherapy?

Saturday Guest Post - Ghost Song

Here is a personal ghost story sent in from Jeff Knabel:

This is the story of a song I wrote about an experience I had with the ghost of a woman actress from the 1800's. I was staying at a friends place in Longmont, Colorado last April 2006. It used to be called 'The Times Call' building years ago.

The upstairs where I stayed had been closed off since 1964. There is a calendar hanging on one of the doors in the apartment looking over Main St. The page is still on April 1964. In the late 1800's they used to print one of the local newspapers, 'The Times Call', on the 1st floor. There was a big explosion from a gunpowder barrel, in the basement next door in the 1870's, and the building and the adjacent buildings had to be rebuilt as a result of the fire that ripped through walls of half a city block. 'The Dickens Opera House' at the end of the street was spared. A bystander, who was standing on top of the opera house at the time of the explosion, was blown off to the roof of a building below. He was spared with an injured leg. A business across the street had all its windows blown in from the shock wave. The woman inside was frantic, and ran out of her shop screaming with the blood streaming down from her cuts and bruises.

After the dust settled, and a couple of years went by, the block was rebuilt and ready for action. 'The Times Call' building started printing again, but used the 2nd floor as a boarding house, instead of the owners living there. They rented out rooms, a hot bath, and a meal for people coming and going on the old locomotives and stage coaches. One of the patrons happened to be a semi-famous actress, who must have traveled across the country performing in various venues for the general public. I wish I knew her name.

These days the interior of the upstairs looks like something from an old western movie. There are old sky lights on the ceiling, the wall paper is slowly peeling off, and the hard wooden floors are warped as if everything is sinking into the middle of the main living room. In fact the water in the fish tank, against one of the walls, leans toward the center of the room. Watch out for the staircase that leads down to the street level. It leans one side higher than the other as well from old age.

Last spring while I was playing guitar and working on some new music, I thought I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. In fact, I'd been staying there for a few weeks by then, and thought I felt some sort of presence there. That night when I went to bed, I put on a video. 'The People Who Live Under the Stairs'. I fell asleep and I felt a cold whisper in my ear. I woke up to find the movie still playing and the face of a woman on the TV. screen. I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. That was about 2 a.m. in the morning. I tried to go back to sleep, but my mind was on high alert.

A few hours later I made some coffee, and started to play my guitar. I felt a presence in the room again, but it felt friendly, as if it liked what I was playing. As I played, I came up with a nice chord progression, some lyrics, and a cool chorus line. An hour or so later I finished writing my song called 'U Don't Know'. The vibe in the place was electric.

My friend Joe, the present owner of the building, came home around 10 a.m. I told him about my experience the night before, and the song that I wrote about it. He told me he knew about a presence in the building, but didn't want to scare me. He said he had had some friends over in the past that felt the same sort of energy that I did. He asked me what the ghost sounded like. I said 'A woman in her 30's maybe'. He asked me what she looked like. I described her and his jaw dropped to the floor.

Joe asked me to wait in the room while he went to get something. He came back ten minutes later with an old photograph he had been keeping in storage with other old artifacts. These things where still upstairs when he first bought the building a year before. Remember the upstairs had been locked up for years. When he showed me the photo, it was a black and white picture of a lady in her late 20's, dressed in an old western theater outfit. She was the same lady I had seen the night before. I was shocked!!!

I stayed there for a few more weeks, and every time I played guitar and sang she would let her presence be known. It was a friendly presence as it turned out. So now when I go to visit my friend Joe, at 'The Times Call' building, she lets me know she's still there.

Here's a link to the song I wrote about her

http://www.mp3.com.au/track.asp?id=135016 and http://www.wintersteel.com/Ghost_Song.html

Anyone who likes can use the links to the song 'U Don't Know' on their website.

Thanks Jeff for sharing! If you have a ghost story you want to see here, email it to paranormal_stories2004 @ yahoo.com (without the spaces). Please put "GS" somewhere in the subject line.

Preparing for an Alien Invasion

When it comes to the subject of UFOs and aliens, there is much uncertainty. Are they hostile? Or could they be friendly? Maybe there are several races that fit into either of those categories. Basically, we just don't know. Authors Travis Taylor and Bob Boan along with R. C. Anding and T. Conley Powell have written a book to help prepare us for the possiblity of a not so pleasant alien encounter entitled "An Introduction to Planetary Defence".

Ladies and gentlemen, this is no joke. these four writers are anything but alien obsessed paranoids. Taylor holds advanced degrees in astronomy and physics, and is an associate at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He and Boan have done consulting work for the Defence Department and the U.S. space agency NASA. Their credentials are legit as well as the publishing company, BrownWalker Press, who has published such books as "The Science and Lore of the Plant Cell Wall" and "ESP and Psychokinesis".

Taylor acknowledged alien invasion is hardly a mainstream concern but said it is naive to assume -- as scientists like the late Carl Sagan did -- that any beings advanced enough to master star travel will have evolved beyond war.

They revisit two issues that frequently pop up in the debate about whether homo sapiens is alone in the universe: Drake's Equation (The formula drawn up by U.S. astronomer Frank Drake in 1960 tries to estimate how likely contact with an alien civilisation is given factors such as the number of habitable planets.) and Fermi's Paradox (But if there are so many aliens out there, why haven't we heard from them already? A question famously posed by the physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950 to dismiss speculation by his colleagues that intelligent life should be routine.).

Taylor and Boan are convinced Fermi got it wrong. Even if aliens used Godlike technology to jump across thousands of light years in a single day, they would still need millions of years to explore all the star systems in the galaxy. They simply may not have stumbled across our neck of the woods yet.

Taylor and Boan started thinking about how to respond to an aggressive extraterrestrial attack during a 2001 discussion about defending against terrorist attacks.

Failure to prepare may mean mankind will have to dig in and fight with improvised weapons and hit-and-run tactics, much the same way Islamic extremists have battled the U.S. military in Iraq, Taylor said.

"You'd have to create an insurgency, a mujahideen-type resistance," Taylor said. "The insurgents know how to win this war against us. It also tells us that if we were attacked by aliens, this is our best defence."

Will we ever experience a real life War of the Worlds? Maybe...maybe not. I think it would be a bit naive of us to believe it would never happen or be at the very least unprepared. What are your thoughts?


Source: Reuters via Yahoo News

Flying Dreams

Dreams are a way for your mind to continue to work through your real life problems by tapping into your innate creativity and problem solving skills. Flying dreams are common and are often associated with ambition, personal empowerment and breaking free from limitations. The more creative you are, the more likely you are to have frequent flying dreams. I'm a pretty creative person and I don't remember having many flying dreams though I don't remember a lot of the dreams I do have.

Flying dreams can be interpreted in a number of ways. In general they can be seen as representing your spirit rising high, free from limitations or boundaries. A dream in which you can fly suggests that your mind is reaching for new heights, searching for and exploring possibilities that lie beyond the reality of your everyday life. The flying dream often happens when there is an opportunity for advancement in your life and may indicate optimism about your future.

In order to understand the meaning of a flying dream you must asses its basic components such as how high you flew and whether the flight was easy or turbulent. Examine your dream from every angle to uncover your deepest ambitions and goals.

Below are explanations of some components you may see in your flying dreams:

Flying Free
Flying free means that you will achieve your ambitions easily. Only modest efforts are required to steer you to success. The area you are flying over can give you further clues - for example, flying over your home indicates domestic success, flying over your place of work suggests career success and so on.

Sprouting Wings
To sprout wings in a dream confers upon you the qualities of a visionary pioneer. The wings refer to the ethics and principles of a higher order than that of human law. To dream of having birds' wings means that you will have the gift of foresight and may be able to fly into the future. Angelic wings suggest that you will soon hear news from an unexpected higher authority.

Floating/Flying at low altitude
If you successfully managed to float/fly by flapping your arms of peddling your feet in the air, success is indicated through dogged but determined effort. The message here is to keep going and to stick to your guns. If there has been a bout of exhaustion or sickness, this dream promises relief from these problems.

Trying to take off and failing
This dream indicates that the spirit is frustrated, bogged down with the mundane aspects of life and unable to find a way forward. Trying to take off and failing to do so implies that an ambition may be beyond your reach. The dreamer would benefit from re-evaluating their goals.

Losing Altitude
Flying successfully for a while, then losing control and drifting or falling back toward the earth, suggests that the ambition is waning or that the dreamer should become less of a high flyer. To experience erratic flying implies either fear of the heights of success or ambivalence toward their ambitions.

Flying aided
Flying an airplane at high altitude means you can expect recognition for the work you have done. Soaring in a glider implies that you will be supported in your endeavors through team effort. To fly on the back of a mythical creature such as Pegasus, the winged horse, suggests an armchair adventure.

Flying toward the light
This is a very rare and unusual dream that refers to experiences that have been lost. It relates to reconnecting with an aspect of your past. Flying through a bright light toward someone who has died implies a nostalgic journey and that it is time to let go of the memories.

Becoming hampered in flight
Generally speaking, this relates to setbacks or postponement of your aspirations or a lack of confidence in your ability to reach goals. The conditions can give you clues as to the nature of the setbacks; strong winds, for example, suggest communication problems.


Source: Enhancing Your Mind Body Spirit

GS Question of the Week

If you had the opportunity, would you steal a souvenir from a famous haunted location?

Beyond Reality Radio

Bulletin posted at myspace from TAPS:

Good morning everyone....Starting tonight at 8, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson will begin a weekly radio show on WPRO630. They will be live every Saturday night from 8-10pm. The name of the show is Beyond Reality radio and I hope everyone tuns in to hear those crazy ghost hunters as they embark on a new adventure. www.BeyondRealityRadio.com is the web site for the show and also has a Link to the radio station, 630WPRO.com.

Black Diamond Mines

Black Diamond started as a coal mining town in the 1800s. Now, it is considered a ghost town inhabited by two spirits sharing the same nickname, Mary and Sarah.

There's conflicting stories about Mary though I believe the second one. The first states she was hired by a family to be their nanny, but she didn't disclose to her employers that she practice witchcraft. When they found out, they immediately fired her. The next day she was found dead in the mines. How she died is still unknown.

The other has her not only a nanny but one that looked after all the children in the town of Nortonville. Then, all the children died suddenly of mysterious illnesses. The town quickly accused her of witchcraft and was hanged.

Many witnesses over the years have reported seeing a floating bright white apparition near the entrance of the mines. It is believed that she protects children from the dangers inside it. The reports on physical features differ but the similarities have always been that she is either dazzling or bright white. This is how she got the name "White Witch".

Another "White Witch" is said to occupy the Rose Hill Cemetery located on top of a small hill just west of the main entrance to the Black Diamond Park preserve. Sarah Norton, a midwife who died tragically when the carriage she was riding in turned over and crushed her while on her way to deliver a baby, is said to haunt this location. She wasn't know to be a spiritual person and even rejected ceremony.

Her children tried to obey her wishes for no funeral but the towns people decided otherwise. Since she was greatly admired, the entire town of Somersville tried twice to give her a public funeral, but failed when unnaturally fierce storms struck. A third attempt was made, and on this day another fierce storm hit town, but the determined townsfolk decided this time to suffer through the storm and hold the ceremony as planned. And so it was that Sarah Norton was publicly laid to rest within the gates of Rose Hill Cemetery - against her wishes.

Since that day, have reported seeing a white apparition floating between the headstones scattered throughout the cemetery. Sarah Norton hopelessly wanders the cemetery looking for a way to leave. Thus, she shares the nickname "White Witch" with Mary.

The Contra Costa Historical Society does have on record an obituary for one Sarah Norton. The date of death is listed as October 11, 1879 with no cause of death provided.


Sources: East Bay Paranormal and Real Haunted.com

Ghost Hunters - Eastern State Penitentiary Investigation



This is a clip from the first investigation of Eastern State. About six minutes into the clip, the guys are reviewing the evidence and discover an interesting piece of footage. It's unsure if it is an actual ghost or someone's attempt at a joke. I sort of think it is a fake. Someone who knows that place well could easily pull something like that off, but I could be wrong.

You decide for yourself.

Blogger Choice Award Update

If you haven't noticed, my blog was deleted out of the Best Education Blog category. Apparently, it's for blogs about school, homeschooling and other education topics. I thought it was for blogs that educate people about a certain topic, but I was wrong. I wasn't the only one either.

It's okay though. I'm doing alright in the Freakiest Blog category. Thanks for all the votes and support!

Spider Legends

"If you wish to live and thrive, Let a spider run alive. " - Old English nursery rhyme.

I don't hide the fact that I don't like spiders. I'm practically terrified of them. That could be because I'm uneducated about them or the fact that some are extremely poisonous and I let my fear get in the way of finding out which ones are harmless or not. At this point, I truly don't know. However, what I do know is that spiders hold a place in myths and history across the world.

Christians see Spider Webs as traps. Like Flies, people become ensnared by vain works and become stuck fast in the webs. Spiders represent human fragility and the enticement of evil. Over 3,000 years ago, David was being pursued by King Saul and took refuge in a cave near Jerusalem. Afterwards, a spider came along and spun a web over the entrance. When Saul spotted the web, he sent his men away, stating that the web showed that no one could enter. Thanks to the spider, David's life was spared and went on to become King of Israel.

David wasn't the only who saved by a spider. Fourteen hundred years ago, Mohammed was fleeing from his enemies and also hid in a cave. It was then when an acacia tree sprang up from the ground and covered the cave. A wood-pigeon made a nest and a spider spun a web from the tree to the cave entrance. As a result, his enemies overlooked the cave and Mohammed escaped to become the Prophet of Islam.

Pretty much the only time a spider web is put up as a decoration is during Halloween. However, in Germany, Christians use them to decorate their Christmas trees. Why? They believe that on the day Christ was born, a spider realized what a special occasion it was and spun silver and gold webs on trees to show her faith and to glorify his birth.

According to Aboriginal traditions, spiders are an important Burnungku clan totem for the Rembarrnga/Kyne people in central Arnhem Land. In their webs, they are associated with a sacred rock on the clan's estate and the design is connected with a major regional ceremony. These spider totems provide a link with neighbouring clans who also use spider totems in their rituals.

You ever wonder why a spider has eight eyes? In the US, it is believed that when the Earthmaker finished creating the world, he looked for a creature to watch over it. He first appointed Turtle to oversee things, but his legs were so stubby that he could not see very far at all. Then, he appointed Crow/Raven to oversee the world. Crow could see far and wide but he constantly gave orders and never was silent for a single moment. So, he appointed Bear. Bear could stand on his hind legs and see well and could even climb trees so that he could see in every direction. However, Bear had a terrible temper, and soon frightened the whole of creation.

Then Earthmaker appointed Spider to watch over the world. Spider was without any passion, so no one feared her. Her voice was so small that only Earthmaker himself could hear her. Because she could climb, Spider was able to see far and wide. In the beginning, Spider had only two eyes like everyone else, but just to make sure that she could see everywhere, Earthmaker gave her six new eyes, one eye for each direction. Ever since, spiders have had eight eyes.

A strange and mysterious epidemic broke out in a small town called Taranto in southern Italy. Interesting enough, the only cure for this epidemic was dancing and music. Occurring every summer for three hundred years, this disease was thought to be caused by the bite of a large, hairy Wolf Spider which became known as a Tarantula.

In the 1600s, people discovered that these spiders were virtually harmless. Many then concluded that the whole phenomenon of Tarantism was simply an excuse far a wild party. However, it is now suspected that a spider was involved and the real culprit was a European relative of the Redback or Widow Spider.

As Europeans colonised the world, they saw even bigger and hairier spiders, and called them Tarantulas too. As a result, many large and hairy spiders are now commonly, but incorrectly, called Tarantulas.

I'm still not a fan of spiders but it's nice to learn something new about them.


Source: Spiders

GS Question of the Week

This question was asked on the TAPS message board. It raised an excellent point. So, I decided to ask it here.

Do you think there is such a thing as underwater ghosts?

Ghostly Thirteen

Since today is Friday the 13th, I figure why not do a special edition of Ghostly Thirteen. This meme is based on the same concept of Thursday Thirteen except your lists have to be paranormal related.

Those who believe on this day that something bad will befall on them more likely will manifest an event of that type. Therefore, if you believe you will have bad lucky today then you will. But have you ever thought about how the number 13 affects our culture past and present.

Below are 13 facts about the number 13:

1. There are 13 months in the pagan lunar calendar.
2. More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor.
3. Many airports skip the 13th gate.
4. Airplanes have no 13th aisle.
5. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.
6. Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery.
7. On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.
8. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue
9. In France, socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.
10. Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13 which left the launch pad at 13:13 hours and was aborted on April 13.
11. In British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose.
12. There were 13 people present at The Last Supper (Jesus and the 12 Apostles).
13. Alfred Hitchcock was haunted by the number 13 which is why he incorporated it in some way in many of his movies. He would have turned 100 on April 13th, 1999 which happened to be a Friday.


Sources: The State News and Corsinet

Kurt Vonnegut

Yesterday on April 11, 2007, author and artist Kurt Vonnegut died at the age of 85. He suffered brain related injuries after a fall that took place weeks earlier. I'm not mentioning him solely because he was a great writer, but because there are a few urban legends tied to him as well.

The three are: In 1997, Kurt Vonnegut gave an unusual commencement address at MIT, Authors Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. were college classmates and belonged to the same fraternity, and Author Kurt Vonnegut penned a opinion piece entitled 'Cold Turkey.' Two are false. Care to guess which one is true?

The third choice is correct. Vonnegut's essay was published in the May 10, 2004 edition of In These Times where he was a senior editor. He compared American leaders' dealings with the Middle East to "power-drunk chimpanzees" and our dependence on fossil fuels to those battling addictions. Vonnegut makes a lot of valid points in his essay and is worth the few minutes it takes in order to read it.

The first and possibly the most popular urban legend about Kurt Vonnegut is that he gave a commencement speech to the 1997 class at MIT. The individual who actually gave the speech was Kofi A. Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations. How could a simple mix up turn into a popular urban legend? It has to do with one unusual phrase given as a piece of advice to the class of '97: wear sunscreen. Even though Annan gave it, the speech technically didn't write it. It derived from a June 1, 1997 column written by Chicago Tribune writer Mary Schmich. Despite it all, having a famous name attached to the work brings publicity which she might not have obtained on her own.

Schmich's piece was also turned into a "spoken voice" recording featuring the voice of Australian actor Lee Perry entitled "Everyone is Free to Wear Sunscreen". It became a major hit in Australia as well as America in early 1999.

I'm not sure where the second urban legend originated or even why it began to circulate on the internet, but Kurt Vonnegut and Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Suess never went to college together. In fact, Geisel was Vonnegut's senior by eighteen years. Theodore went to Dartmouth College (the same year Vonnegut was born) and Oxford while Kurt went to Cornell University and later, the University of Chicago. There isn't even any evidence the two ever met. This is one of those situations where you shouldn't believe everything you read, especially on the internet.

Kurt Vonnegut's work is influential for past, present and possibly future generations. He will be dearly missed.


Source: Snopes

Blog Awards!

If you haven't noticed the badges on the right by now, I'm nominated in several categories for the Blogger Choice Awards. Even though I don't blog for awards, I think it is fun to participate in them. I would have given up on this blog long ago if popularity was all I wanted.

This blog will be turning 3 this year and I appreciate all the support and opinions from regular readers and visitors. If you feel Ghost Stories is worthy, sign up and vote for it in any of the categories.

Other paranormal/alternative blogs nominated are (This is just a current list. More may be nominated later on):

The Witch Doctor is In - Best Celebrity Blogger, Best Religion Blog and Best Pop Culture Blog

Sue Darroch and Matthew Didier's Paranormal Blog - Best Hobby Blog

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe - Best Podcast

CastleNottingham.com Presents High Strangeness Altoona - Best Pop Culture Blog

Waterfalls' Paranormal Life - Best Religion Blog

The Wild Hunt Blog - Best Religion Blog

Doctor Fong's House of Mysteries - Freakiest Blog

Anything Ghost - Best Blog About Stuff, Best Podcast and Freakiest Blogger

Alienviews - Best Blog About Stuff

The OrangeOrb - Best Blog About Stuff, Best Pop Culture Blog and Freakiest Blogger

The Blog of Death - Best Blog of All Time, Best Pop Culture Blog, Freakiest Blogger and The "Blogitzer"

My Paranormal Life - Freakiest Blogger

The Debris Field - Freakiest Blogger

Mysterious Universe - Best Entertainment Blog, Best Geek Blog and Best Podcast

Daily Grail - Best Blog About Stuff, Best Blog of All Time, Best Education Blog, and Best Entertainment Blog

Aliens Ate my Buick - Best Blog About Stuff

FS Radio - Best Podcast

Good Luck to you all!

Interview With a Poltergeist



A documentary about the Enfield Poltergeist. Real or hoax? You decide.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think UFOs can appear in the form of a strange cloud?

Happy Easter

Ever wonder how Easter went from being about the resurrection of Christ to bunnies and painted eggs? I know the thought has crossed my mind a few times. It seems Easter isn't only Christian related but also has some Pagan roots. The two religions come together as well as their beliefs to celebrate the triumph of life over death.

Easter always falls on the Sunday after the first new moon that follows the vernal equinox (march 21) which is why it falls between March 22 and April 25. The name comes from an old Spring Goddess who had many names: Ostra (Scandinavians), Eostre (Anglo-Saxons), and Eastre (Germans).

Rabbits have been consider even before Christian times as a holy creature associated with fertility and the return of Spring. However, the Easter bunny is of German origins. In 16th Century literature, he is considered the springtime version of St. Nicholas. He rewards the good children with colored eggs.

Eggs have been symbols of continuing life and fertility. Many saw the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. They were considered one of the forbidden foods during Lent. Therefore, it was a major treat to have them during Easter. Hard boiled eggs were dyed red to symbolize Christ's blood and given to children as a talisman to preserve their health over the next twelve months. This custom has survived many years and is still practice til this day. The protective qualities of the scarlet dyed egg are still invoked in parts of Europe to guard fields and vineyards from hail and lightning by burying one on the property. Here is some egg lore:
  • Breaking the smaller end of the egg betokens only disappointment of one's hope.
  • The discovery of a double yolk within is cause for terror or celebration depending on what school of thought is followed - some say it presages a wedding, others a death.
  • Once the egg is consumed, its shell must be broken up lest a witch use it to gain power over the person who ate it.
  • A witch might also make a boat from an intact shell, then set sail in it and wreck ships at sea.
  • Discarded shells should never be burned because doing so will cause the hens to cease to lay.

Numerous superstitions surround Easter and Good Friday. One is in celebration of Christ's resurrection, the sun "dances" as it comes up on Easter morning. If looked at through a darkened lens, it is said to bear the imprint of a lamb, an image associated with Christian mythology. If the wind blows on Easter, it will blow throughout the year and that a shower of rain promises a good crop of grass but little hay.

You know how it is a custom to buy new clothes for Easter. Well, that tradition came from the fact that Lent precedes Easter. At one time, the same set of clothes is worn throughout that time which are discarded for a new outfit on Easter Sunday. Of course there is a superstition tied to this custom. Those who don't wear at least one new thing risk having their clothes spoiled by birds, spat upon by passing dogs or their eyes pecked out by crows. Ouch!

Children born on Easter are said to be blessed with good fortune. Those born on Good Friday are doomed to be unlucky. Holy water saved from Easter is said to be an effective cure for many illnesses.

On Good Friday, anything to do with nails or iron tools are to be avoided including planting crops. Clothes washed on that day are said to never be cleaned because it is believed that Christ put a curse on Good Friday washing when he was slapped in the face with a wet garment as he was being led to his crucifixion. Another one associated with this says one could "wash away" a family member (meaning death) or finding ones laundered items spotted with blood. However, sewing done on that day will never come undone.

Allow me to leave you with a little Easter "magic" for future reference. Don't wait until the last day to buy eggs for hard boiling. Instead, purchase them a week ahead and store them in the refrigerator. Why? Because week-old eggs peel more easily than fresh ones. Helps save some time.


Source: Snopes


Must See Movies

I received an email a while back about the movie The Covenant. I meant to mention something about it here but totally forgot about it until a few days ago. It stars Steven Strait , Sebastian Stan, and Toby Hemingway.

Synopsis - In 1692, in the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts, five families with untold power formed a covenant of silence. One family, lusting for more, was banished; their bloodline disappearing without a trace--until now. This thriller tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students at the elite Spencer Academy who are bound by their sacred ancestry. As descendants of the original families who settled in Ipswich Colony in the 1600's, the boys have all been born with special powers. When the body of a dead student is discovered after a party, secrets begin to unravel which threaten to break the covenant of silence that has protected their families for hundreds of years.

The Covenant is currently out on DVD. This one is on my "Must Own" list and it should be on yours.

A movie set to premiere today is Grindhouse. With writers/directors like Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino you know it's going to be good.

Synopsis - An homage to exploitation B-movie thrillers that combines two feature-length segments into one double-bill designed to replicate the grind house theater going experience of the 70s and 80s. In "Death Proof," a psycho named Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) stalks and kills beautiful women with his car. In "Planet Terror," a small-town sheriffs' department has to deal with an outbreak of murderous, infected people called "sickos." A gun-legged woman named Cherry (Rose McGowan) and her martial arts-wielding partner (Freddy Rodriguez) take on the zombie army. The two films will be fused together by fake movie trailers.

Mummified Fairy: Real or Hoax?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked all my readers and visitors if they thought little people existed which resulted in mix views. Steve suggested a link to a Leprechaun webcam which prompted me to do a little more research on little people possibly for future posts.

I discovered a website ran by a guy named Dan Baines. He stated that an anonymous man found the remains of an actual fairy in the Derbyshire countryside while walking his dog. Everything on this web page from the photos to the details of the investigation showed that this could be the real deal and it almost swayed me to believe it is.

Dan emailed Stephen Wagner, the guide on the Paranormal section of About.com, which he mentioned it on the site and many readers had their doubts (including me) while others thought it was real. A writer named Matt Posner wrote an article containing a detailed analysis of the photos and the figure for the website.

A day later, on April Fool's Day, Dan Baines revealed that the alleged mummified remains of a fairy was indeed a hoax. His explanation for it:
"Alas the fairy is fake but my interest and belief has allowed me to create a work of art that is convincing and magical. I was also interested to see if fairy folklore is still a valid belief in modern society and I am pleased to say that yes it is! I have had more response from believers than I ever thought possible."

I don't believe that a person should use their art and magic skills to create a fake mythical creature just to see if people still believe in it. This possibly was all just an April Fool's Day joke, but it still burns me.

This goes out to Mr. Baines. I know you apologized for the possibility that you may have offended people with this. Personally, I don't accept your apology and this is why. If you had specifically stated that this was all done for April Fool's Day, I probably would have just brushed it off and not worried about it.

However, the fact that you stated on your website that you created it to see if people were still interested in fairy folklore is what has me a bit mad. Of course, people were going to be interested in it. If it was real, it would have been one of the best discoveries of the century.

You could have visited a few websites, read a few books or whatever to find out the interest of fairy folklore. Instead you decided to create a mummified fairy and pass it off as a real one. You're no better than those who create fake ghost footage, EVPs, etc. It's people like you who make it hard for specialists in the paranormal and cryptozoology to keep their fields legitimate and I have no respect for you because of it. Considering you are now selling the fake fairy on eBay, it adds more evidence to the belief that it was all for fame and fortune. I hope it was worth it.

I congratulate you on a nice piece of art, but it should have stayed just that, a piece of art.


Just my opinion....

GS Question of the Week

Harry Houdini was not only a well known magician but also a psychic investigator. It's no secret that the Spiritualists hated him for debunking their seances. Because of this, many questions surrounded his death and a new biography written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman raised the issue again. Houdini's great nephew has put in an exhumation in the works to determine his actual cause of death.

What do you think it will be? Natural causes? Poisoned?

The Return of Ghost Hunters

Like most of you Ghost Hunters fans, I have been impatiently awaiting the premiere of the last seven episodes of the season. I've been constantly checked the TAPS website for a date but one hasn't been displayed yet.

I checked the Sci Fi Channels website, thinking if a date has been set it would be there. And all they have listed is June 2007. So, it seems we will have to wait a bit longer. I'll let y'all know when I find out a more specific date.

Happy April Fool's Day!

It is uncertain how All Fool's Day a.k.a. April Fool's Day began. Of course, there are many theories explaining its origins:

1.) The Calendar-Change Theory - This one is the most popular one. In 1582 France became the first country to switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. The New Year once fell on March 25th, but since that day fell in the Holy Week, New Year festivals were on April 1st. After the change, those who could be tricked into believing April 1st was still the proper day to celebrate the New Year earned the name April Fools and would have pranks played on them.

The calendar change theory might provide a plausible reason for why April 1st specifically became the date of the modern holiday, but it is clear that the idea of a springtime festival honoring misrule and mayhem had far more ancient roots. The process by which the observance of the day spread from France to protestant countries such as Germany, Scotland, and England is left unexplained by this theory. These nations only adopted the calendar change during the eighteenth century, at a time when the tradition of April Foolery had already been well established throughout Europe. Finally, it is not clear what evidence, besides conjecture, supports the theory. For which reason, while there's certainly a possibility that the calendar-change hypothesis contains a germ of truth, it should not be regarded as fact.


2.) The Saturnalia, a Roman winter festival observed at the end of December, was the most important celebration of foolery and trickery, involving dancing, drinking, and general merrymaking. People exchanged gifts, slaves were allowed to pretend that they ruled their masters, and a mock king, the Saturnalicius princeps (or Lord of Misrule), reigned for the day. By the fourth century AD the Saturnalia had transformed into a January 1 New Year's Day celebration, and many of its traditions were incorporated into the observance of Christmas.

3.) In India there was the festival of color known as Holi. To celebrate, they threw tinted powders at each other, until everyone was covered in garish colors from head to toe. This holiday was held on the full-moon day of the Hindu month of Phalguna (usually the end of February or the beginning of March).

4.) Some people have even tried to tie it to Biblical times. Some believe the day derived from Noah's mistake of sending out a dove from the ark before the flood waters subsided, sending the dove on a fool's errand. Another version tells of when Jesus was sent from Pilate to Herod and back again. The phrase "Sending a man from Pilate to Herod" (an old term for sending someone on a fool's errand) was often pointed to as proof of this origin theory.

5.) There are rival mythological explanations linking the celebration to pagan roots. The day was often traced back to the myth of Ceres and Proserpina from Roman mythology. Pluto, the God of the Dead, abducted Proserpina and brought her to live with him in the underworld. Proserpina called out to her mother Ceres for help, but Ceres could only hear the echo of her daughter's voice and therefore, searched in vain for Proserpina. The fruitless search of Ceres for her daughter (commemorated during the Roman festival of Cerealia) was believed by some to have been the mythological antecedent of the fool's errands popular on April 1st.

6.) British folklore states that April Fool's Day is linked with the town of Gotham, the legendary town of fools located in Nottinghamshire. It was traditional in the 13th century for any road that the King placed his foot upon to become public property. So when the citizens of Gotham heard that King John planned to travel through their town, they refused him entry, not wishing to lose their main road. When the King heard this, he sent soldiers to the town. But when the soldiers arrived in Gotham, they found the town full of lunatics engaged in foolish activities such as drowning fish or attempting to cage birds in roofless fences. Their foolery was all an act, but the King fell for the ruse and declared the town too foolish to warrant punishment. And ever since then, April Fool's Day has supposedly commemorated their trickery.

Despite its' unknown origins, like many holidays, this day also has superstitions linked to it. The first being that the pranking period expires at noon. Any jokes attempted after that time would bring the prankster bad luck. Another one states that those who fail to find humor in the tricks played on them will also attract bad luck. However, men are advised not to marry on this day or their wives will rule them forever.

On a more positive note, guys who are fooled by a pretty girl are said to be fated to end up married or at least have a healthy friendship with her. Children born on 1st of April are considered lucky generally, except in gambling where they will fare badly.

On this day, tricks range from gag gifts and prank phone calls to elaborate hoaxes. Check out the Museum of Hoaxes website for the top 100 April Fool's Day hoaxes.

Since it is April Fool's Day, I leave you with a riddle (I'll reveal the answer tomorrow):

You are an expert on paranormal activity and have been hired to locate a spirit haunting an old resort hotel. Strong signs indicate that the spirit lies behind one of four doors. The inscriptions on each door read as follows:

Door A: It's behind B or C
Door B: It's behind A or D
Door C: It's in here
Door D: It's not in here

Your psychic powers have told you three of the inscriptions are false, and one is true. Behind which door will you find the spirit?


Sources: Snopes, The Museum of Hoaxes and April Fool's Day
 
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