Andrea Allisonon Saturday, July 26, 2008
Apparently, there were some rumors Ghost Hunters had been cancelled. Jason posted on his myspace blog that the Sci-Fi channel has indeed picked up GH for another season (26 episodes and a live Halloween special). The last 13 episodes of season 4 will air September 3rd followed by new episodes of Destination Truth. This years live Halloween episode will be at Ft. Delaware. Here's hoping it's better than last years.
If you don't know already, the new season of Ghost Hunters International premiered a couple of weeks ago. Dustin left GH and joined their team. Donna left due to illness and they temporarily replaced her with a girl named Brandy I think. Is it just me or is everyone from GH leaving the states for international ghost hunting?
In other GH news, Jason and Grant, along with Michael Jan Freidman, wrote a book! Ok so that's not really news. However, they will be at the Barnes & Noble in Warwick, Rhode Island on August 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm, signing autographs of GHOST HUNTING TRUE STORIES of UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA. If you haven't bought a copy yet, don't worry. There will be some on hand for you to purchase.
A while back I promised information on the upcoming Ghost Adventures series. I surfed around for a couple of weeks for the announcement and then gave up. I discovered the details recently. Ghost Adventures: the series will premiere October 17th at 10pm Central on the Travel Channel. There's only going to be 8 episodes. I expected there to be more but maybe they don't have high hopes for it or just testing the waters? Oh well.
While I'm on the subject of premieres, the new season of Paranormal State begins on Monday, July 28th at 9pm Central.
What better way to celebrate the fourth than revealing the truth of some common American independence myths.
1.) Independence Was Declared on the Fourth of July.
Wrong! Independence was declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. This is the day according to a letter written by John Adams to his wife Abigail that "will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." So, why do we celebrate the fourth? First of all, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on the fourth which is indicated on the document itself. It is believed that is where some of the confusion lies. Basically, the day the document was announced has overshadowed the event itself. Americans first celebrated independence on July 8th with a big party including a parade and firing of guns in Philadelphia.
Secondly, to add to the confusion, a scholar in the nineteenth century came across the letter mentioned above and quietly "corrected" it. So, Adams festival prediction would take place on the fourth instead of the second.
2.) The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4.
A canvas painting by John Trumbull hangs in the grand Rotunda of the Capitol of the United States. It depicts the signing of the Declaration ceremony which supposedly took place on July 4th. Too bad it never happened.
The actual event wasn't all that spectacular. Most delegates signed the document on August 2nd, the same day a clean copy was finally produced by the assistant to the secretary of Congress Timothy Matlack. Several signed later. Their names weren't released to the public until around January 1777. The truth about the signing was discovered in 1884 by historian Mellon Chamberlain.
3.) The Liberty Bell Rang in American Independence.
The story goes that a young boy with blond hair and blue eyes was supposedly posted in the street next to Independence Hall to give a signal to an old man in the bell tower when independence was declared. This scene never happened either. The story was made up by nineteenth century writer George Lippard for a book intended for children called Legends of the American Revolution.
The bell wasn't even named in honor of American independence. It received the moniker in the early nineteenth century when abolitionists used it as a symbol of the antislavery movement. As for the famous crack … it was a badly designed bell and it cracked. End of story.
4.) Betsy Ross Sewed the First Flag.
The house where Betsy Ross supposedly lived may not have been hers. In 1949, the Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania concluded in a study that there is no proof she even lived there. If that's not true then what else have we been lied to about?
The story of Betsy Ross sewing our first famous symbol of freedom isn't authentic either. It was made up by her descendants in the nineteenth century. She was just a simple unheralded seamstress.
So, who actually sewed the flag? No one knows. However, we do know who designed it. Records show that in May 1780 Frances Hopkinson sent a bill to the Board of Admiralty for designing the "flag of the United States." While with the hype of the Betsy Ross story he may not get much credit, a small group of his descendants work hard to keep his name alive.
5.) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on the Fourth of July.
This one is actually true. Adams and Jefferson within hours of each other both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the adoption of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. While this is accurate, there is no proof that Adams dying words were "Jefferson survives."
Now that you know the truth behind some of the lies we've been told over the years, have a safe and joyous 4th of July, even if independence wasn't declared on this day.