Tag Archive for New Orleans

When science meets voodoo and forms a coalition

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Wow. This is a unique case of very different parties uniting over a common concern. FEATURE-Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water. Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult. That’s exactly what…

Whew! I’m glad we’re clear this place is NOT haunted

Photo credit: Finis Shelnutt

Ghosts can be a draw. Some people want to live with them; some, not so much. So, a real estate agent has made this distinction perfectly(?) clear. He posts a sign. ‘Haunted’ real estate signs in New Orleans are grabbers. A New Orleans real estate broker has been getting lots of attention since actor/director/comedian George…

Marie Laveau’s tomb regularly vandalized

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Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb is regularly vandalized by those who think their wishes will be granted by painting an ‘X’. Now someone has gone beyond that, and painted it all pink, highlighting the problem with cemetery maintenance in NOLA. Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 painted pink by mysterious vandal |…

Faked deaths and sham funerals. It happens.

Quite the elaborate scheme. Police: Woman used mannequins and cow parts in burial scam – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans. A 70-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to one-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay more than $315,000 in restitution for defrauding insurers by faking deaths and staging sham funerals while she worked at a…

New Orleans psychic accused of theft, claiming to “cleanse” a curse

Yep, these stories sure come up a lot, don’t they? Police arrest Kenner psychic accused of taking $10,000 from woman to cleanse ‘curse’ | NOLA.com. Fortuneteller April Stevens allegedly told her victim, “Money is the root of all evil.” It’s an old adage that has seemingly proved true, according to Kenner police, who say Stevens…

Drawing a line against Creationism in New Orleans schools

New Orleans schools ban creationism and ‘revisionist’ history in rebuke of Texas | The Raw Story. The school board for Orleans Parish in Louisiana voted Tuesday night to ban the teaching of creationism as science and what they called a “revisionist” history curriculum promoted by the state of Texas. The school district is not alone…

Joan Rivers thankful for voodoo priestess

Newmakers: Joan Rivers to repay voodoo priestess. When comedian Joan Rivers thought her New York apartment was haunted about 15 years ago, she called on New Orleans voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman to perform a “spiritual cleansing” of the brownstone. Rivers says that Glassman “cleaned out my apartment” and that the experience was “unforgettable and…

UFO NOLA style

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French Quarter UFO sighting A man from New Orleans has and out of this world experience in the French Quarter, and snapped a picture of it. The eyewitness says the UFO sighting happened while walking home after taking pictures at the river. He says he stood there for a moments, stunned., “It shined it’s lights…

Don’t stop believin’ Part 2: Face on a pillar in NOLA church

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Jesus-like shadow draws thousands of pilgrims to New Orleans church. The visage at Ursuline seems to be a naturally occurring shadow cast by an ornate chandelier above the sanctuary. But, asked Kim Thompson, who had come to see it, why had no one seemed to report it before? And why this, of all weeks? “It’s…

Will Ferrell and the haunted trailer – sounds like a winner

Will Ferrell abandons ‘haunted’ film set trailer | CTV News Will Ferrell reportedly had to get a new trailer on the set of his latest film because he was convinced his other one was haunted. A source said: “During a break in filming, Will had gone to his dressing trailer to rest, but when he…