Paranormal

Sales pitch: Ghosts will investigate this talking teddy bear

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One of my non-wooey friends sent me this tip. I shouldn’t be surprised. Boo Buddy Ghost Hunting Trigger Object Dolls for Paranormal Investigations. They sell this stuffed bear called a Boo Buddy. It serves as a “trigger object” to attract child ghosts and records Electronic Voice Phenomena. Fake bear, fake premises, silly stuff. Within the…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

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A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Nice to think we have paranormal ‘abilities’ but that doesn’t make it true

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prints a rosy, comforting, credulous story about paranormal and psychic beliefs and people’s search for answers. Paranormal connections: seeking answers from the other side in Pennsylvania. From the famous and the infamous to the conventional and the kooky, many people seek to be enriched, entertained, improved or comforted by those who claim to…

Somehow I don’t think these girls are the woodsy type

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What sounds like either a concocted story or a case of scaring themselves stiff, it is unimpressive. Blair Witch ‘Ghost’ Terrorises Woodland Campers In Bristol (PICTURES). Lola Swan and Kate Channon set up camp in a dense woodland but soon noticed strange noises such as twigs snapping and their equipment going missing. But they packed…

Curious what kind of money para-celeb Zak Bagans makes?

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The buffed, quaffed-haired host of Ghost Adventures is in a tug of war over fees after he fired his agent. Ex-Agent Sues Ghost Hunter Zak Bagans. Abrams Artists Agency sued Bagans and his production company Bagans Entertainment in Superior Court, demanding $305,833 for breach of contract. The Agency claims it is owed fees on negotiated deals.…

Unreal Estate: Scutt mansion is lovely but stigmatized (UPDATE: Sold ABOVE listing)

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Lovely mansion with tons of character is for sale. Leave it to the media to exploit the “haunting” legends. Historic Mansion Is Shockingly Cheap — But There’s A Big Catch. An elegant suburban Chicago mini-mansion has hit the market at an almost shockingly low price. But, of course, there’s something of a catch. The Hiram…

Ghost Hunters unwelcome in Connecticut

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Is the novelty wearing off? Local spot denies the TAPS crew access for an episode.‘Ghost Hunters’ filming denied – NewsTimes. The Fairfield Hills Authority voted against letting a crew film from “Ghost Hunters” paranormal television series film an episode in some of the remaining 11 buildings. “It would just be too disruptive,” said authority member…

Gef the talking mongoose in the Wall Street Journal

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Wow, Gef, the incredible story of the talking mongoose from the Isle of Man in the U.K. has made a splash in the Wall Street Journal. In England, Researchers Investigate Case of the Talking Mongoose – WSJ.com. The University of London’s Senate House Library is one of the finest academic research institutions in England. On…

Gallipoli ‘ghost’ solved: A lesson in non-paranormal persistence

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Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Make sure you exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation. Gallipoli ‘ghost’ an open and shutter case. Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures…

Glowing green glitch or ghost?

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A photographer finds something odd in his snapshots of an official event. Look: Was a ghost spotted during Irish President’s visit to Coventry? Telegraph photographer Joe Bailey had quite a shock when he went though his pictures taken at today’s Irish President visit to Coventry. For in those images he found a ghoulish green ‘ghost’…

Near death researcher Morse gets three years in prison

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In an update to the conviction of Melvin Morse for first and second-degree reckless endangerment of a child, he has been sentenced. Melvin Morse gets three years in waterboarding case – CapeGazette.com Former Georgetown pediatrician Melvin Morse was sentenced to three years in prison plus probation for waterboarding his stepdaughter. Morse apologized to his stepdaughter, who attended…

Exhibition of “real” fairy photos

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Well they are very pretty… bugs. Fairies John Hyatt Rossendale Valley: University professor says he has photographed mystery winged creatures [...]Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt claims he now has proof the creatures are real and are residing in the Rossendale Valley. John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and…

Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

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Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over… Spooky Spirits hopes to scare up business at new location – Evening Sun. “Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch…