Tag Archive for spirits

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

Professor claims he’s victim of phantom “air pressure magneto sex therapy”

I knew that would get you to click the link. Just what the heck is that? Honestly, it sounds suspiciously like sleep paralysis. Spooked professor cries attack from blood-sucker spirit. X-files of Madhya Pradesh [India] police are replete with complaints of blood-curdling spirits on prowl, forcing police on a blind chase of the supernatural. And…

Iceland allows elves a place at discussion table regarding land use

The Huldufolk must be consulted at least as a cultural tradition in Iceland. Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where…

Pakistan factory hit by mass psychogenic episode as workers fall ill

Mass hysteria, more precisely known as collective obsessional behavior or mass psychogenic illness is real thing. And this is a textbook example. ‘Paranormal’ activity: Women fall unconscious following ‘exorcism’ at Landhi factory – The Express Tribune. Nearly 25 female workers of a Landhi garments factory fell unconscious in the aftermath of an exorcism to get rid…

Hungry ghost month affects decision-making

This piece is chock full of Philippine superstitious beliefs. It’s that time of year again – Manila Standard Today. According to Chinese culture, the Gates of the Spirit both from Heaven and Hell open and release spirits to freely roam the Earth. On Aug. 21, the 15th day, the Hungry Ghost Festival is observed when it is…

Beware of street scams

In an update to the story about the blessings scam, local officials continue to try to make the community aware of the scam. With Tote Bags, Police Try to Combat a ‘Blessing Scam’ – NYTimes.com. On a street corner in Flushing, Queens, on Wednesday afternoon, Ping Fan, 56, clutched a new tote bag with an…

Blessing scam exposed in San Fran mag

San Francisco Weekly has a long-read expose on this widespread problem of spirit scams operating in Asian communities around the world. We’ve reported on many of them. The key is awareness and local officials are trying their best to warn women but face the power of belief in evil spirits. Ghost Stories: Scams Targeting S.F.’s…

Blessing scam targeting elderly Asian women hits NYC

This scam, targeting elderly Asian women, is STILL going on, from coast to coast. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Chinese Blessing Scam’ rocks Brooklyn Asian enclaves  – NY Daily News. Elderly women in Brooklyn’s Asian enclaves are facing a frightening choice from sweet-talking thieves: Your cash or an evil curse. Sightings of the bewitching cons who use the “Blessing Scam”…

Psychic bag ladies appear in Melbourne

This scam targeting Asians is going around the world. Hard to believe people fall for it. Are they just trying to be polite? Or are they too gullible? Asian handbag scam hits Melbourne. Police are looking for a group of Asian women who are targeting victims and stealing cash and jewellery in Melbourne’s CBD and…

News “Flash”: Ghost hunters’ flashlight trick is not paranormal. Explanation revealed.

A contributor to the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) forum, a premier site for skeptical discussion, has posted a superb video detailing why the ghost hunter flashlight communication method appears to work. Turns out it is not paranormal at all. Just science. This is SO good. It’s what TESTING is all about. (Ghost hunters have…

Unimpressive haunting story from Scotland

Back-up needed as blessing fails to stop ‘hauntings’ – Odd – Scotsman.com. A church of Scotland minister has been called in to help a family who have become too terrified to stay in their “haunted” flat. Mother-of-two Vicky Dann told the Evening News how she had been left at her wits’ end by the spooky…