Remains of the weekend 15-16 March 2014

“You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.”

Do Cell Phone ‘Radiation Shields’ Work? : Discovery News.

Spooks on the rise – national | Stuff.co.nz.

Judge rejects call to increase prison sentences of faith-healing parents.

Wayne Knight Dead Or Alive? Seinfeld’s ‘Newman’ Latest Victim Of Internet Death Hoax.

Sciency, scientifical and wackadoodle are now official | Doubtful

Geologists claim to have solved mystery of Blarney Stone’s origins | The Raw Story.

Miracle Machine is a hoax. Jesus is still the only one who can turn water into wine | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

Ear tattoo helps re-unite cat missing for 12 years with owner – BC | Globalnews.ca.

Woman says she found lizard head, arm and ‘gore’ in a restaurant delivered salad she was eating – 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com.

BBC News – Are lightning deaths increasing?.

If intelligent alien life exists we will find it within 20 years, says leading astronomer.

Winchester Mystery House: Overnight Stays Ahead | NBC Bay Area.

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  7 comments for “Remains of the weekend 15-16 March 2014

  1. Lee
    March 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Ghost on the rise? Perhaps they should purchase and make available some anti-diarrheal medication to prevent the ghost from using the toilets so frequently! There something about this party cat picture that looks a little strange… Hey, wait a minute, cats hate drinking pale ale!

  2. Blargh
    March 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Ah, Aires. I’ve actually linked them to friends for the sheer entertainment value of their product descriptions. They’re like an Inception of bad science and faulty logic – you have a laugh at some statement and then realize that it has an even deeper level of “wait, how is that even supposed to make sense?”. :)

  3. Chris Howard
    March 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Ghost on the rise:

    It’s weird, but predictable. It goes up with the media fueled fads, and trends.

    In Jeffersonville, IN there is a Civil War cemetery, in the Rose Hill neighborhood. The cemetery was in disrepair, and the hundreds of soldiers buried there were from other parts of the country.

    The families of the dead couldn’t afford to have the bodies exhumed, and sent home, and the cemetery was in disrepair. So, in 1927 the town council moved a headstone to another cemetery, as a monument to the dead, but they did not move the remains.

    The council decided to build a school, and playground over the graves, as a tribute to hope, and the future. The school was closed, and turned into a homeless shelter.

    There is one lone marker on site that commemorates the soldiers, still buried beneath the baseball field.

    There are ZERO ghost stories regarding the Civil War dead at this site.

    My theory is that because no one knows the history there are no stories. In other words the public isn’t aware, so they don’t imagine, or create, any ghost stories.

    It’s this awareness, the presence, of the rise in popularity of the story that creates the perception of a rise in ghosts.

    • Lee
      March 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I love that story and thank you for relating it. It is an excellent example of the lack of historical knowledge preventing the spawning of the most ridiculous of tales. As the old adage goes (especially true in this instance) “Ignorance is bliss”, providing some respite for we skeptics.

      • Chris Howard
        March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Thanks.

        It’s a great story, and I love a really good; obscure, story, especially if it’s provincial.

        I always thought it would make a great antiquary ghost story.

    • Rand
      March 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      In the summer, on the night of the full moon, when it first peeks over the horizon, legend tells it that you can still hear a baseball game being played…

  4. Chris Howard
    March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Actually, the cemetery may be older than I originally reported.

    Apparently it was the Old Town cemetery, which was relocated from an earlier site, closer to the Ohio river.

    The town moved several bodies from the first cemetery, probably near port Fulton, to the current site because a levy was needed due to constant flooding.

    The Civil War dead were interred later at the present site, and were casualties of Civil War surgeons from the nearby hospital.

    I remember being a kid in, 19something-something, and playing ball there. I never heard any of this back then.

    It seems odd that some ghost lore hasn’t popped up over the years.

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