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The Haunted House Test

This is a good accompaniment to the Have You Been Abducted By Aliens test that I posted two months ago. It's a Haunted House Test, from hauntedhousebuster.com (via J-Walk):

IF YOU CAN SAY YES TO JUST ONE THEN YOUR PLACE IS HAUNTED!

1. Flies appear from nowhere when doors and windows are closed, especially in the winter when they are not supposed to be there.
2. Hearing voices, someone calling your name. Children complain of hearing a man's, woman's or children's voices.
3. You can see something pass you at the corner of your eye.
4. A smell of roses, perfume, or any smell that doesn't belong in your home.
5. Apports or Exports - objects appearing or your belongings disappear.
6. Cold spots or winds in certain areas of the haunted places
7. Things fall when you leave a room, especially when you go to bed.
8. Television, radio, coffeemakers, lights turn on by themsleves and lights flicker making you think that you need to replace light bulps
9. You can feel someone watching you or feel someone follow you around the house.
10. Static on the phone especially when you talk about the spirits that are haunting your home, hotel or haunted place.
11. The room is rearranged.
12. Toliets flush by themselves.
13. The water is running when you arrive home and you know that you made sure it was off when you left the house.
14. Objects drift in the air by themselves.
15. You receive visions of what might have happened on the property.
16. You receive visions of people that have died.
17. You receive visions of future events.
18. Family members get hot and cold flashes, have pain, headaches, or bruises on their body.
19. Family members are in many accidents.
20. Family members change their attitude. (Don't blame them for this.)
21. Fighting and divorce.
22. You receive a very uncomfortable feeling when you start reading the King James Bible out loud and putting olive oil around the house.
23. Depression, cancer or death in the family where the haunting is taking place or has taken place with past residents.
24. When pictures are taken you can see orbs or streams of light.
25. Fog is in only one of the rooms.
26. You receive information in your head about something when nobody is there. You might think that you thought of the idea. You didn't. It's the demons.
27. You hear scratching noises. (If this happens, IMMEDIATELY say, "I bind you and command you to leave in the Name of Jesus Christ!")

Haunting doesn't seem like the most logical explanation for many of these phenomena. For instance, if you notice fog in one of your rooms, could it be that you're standing in the bathroom and someone's taking a shower? And if you get divorced it means your house is haunted? Give me a break. However, if you notice objects drifting in the air by themselves, I'd say, yeah, your house might be haunted.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 11, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Paranormal

Six Faces of FATE

Please enjoy this imagery from one of the spiritual ancestors of WEIRD UNIVERSE, FATE MAGAZINE.






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Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 21, 2008 - Comments (11)
Category: Art, Eccentrics, Forteana, Magazines, Paranormal, Pop Culture, Unsolved Mysteries, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Pyramid Power

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In this confusing postmodern age, when fresh cults come and go with head-spinning rapidity, it's a comfort to see one with staying power--such as Pyramidology. Perhaps you too feel you could benefit from a stay inside the mystic interior of a large pyramid, but don't have one readily accessible. Well, visiting this popular Russian site might involve a little extra travel for most of us, but surely the benefits would outweigh the expense.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 18, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Fads, Frauds, Cons and Scams, New Age, Paranormal, Unsolved Mysteries, Foreign Customs, Russia

Dime-Dropping Ghosts

Researchers of the paranormal have identified a common theme in ghost tales: dime-dropping ghosts. That is, many people report the belief that ghosts are leaving them dimes. Consider this example reported on about.com's paranormal phenomena blog:

My aunt Julie died two years ago, on November 14, 2006. She had three children. Her youngest was only 14. Not long after her death, my uncle (her husband) found a dime on the floor of his workout room. No one, but him goes in that room. It was weird because he never has money when working out! He told my mom about it, and my mom had found a dime too! That same day. She found it at work, in the corner of her office. She called my mom about the stories. She found that very odd because she just found two dimes underneath my pop's chair at the kitchen table. Neither one of them put the dimes there. After almost the whole family found many dimes that were randomly anywhere, we knew it was Aunt Julie.

That's just one example. There are many more. My dead relatives must be stingy because they never leave me any dimes. But if any of them are listening out there, and are feeling generous, please consider leaving more than ten cents! $100 bills would be nice.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 11, 2008 - Comments (11)
Category: Forteana, Paranormal

Have you been abducted by aliens?

Take this simple test to find out:
  1. Do you ever wake up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room?
  2. Have you ever experienced a period of lost time -- an hour or more -- for which you could not remember what you were doing or where you had been?
  3. Have you ever felt that you had been flying through the air although you didn't know why or how?
  4. Have you ever seen unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them?
  5. Have you ever found puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else could remember how you received them or where you got them?

Three out of five indicates a 60% probability of alien abduction. Four out of five is a 90% probability. Scored five out of five? You're an alien abductee! My score was 0 out of 5. The aliens don't like me. :down:

The test comes from a 1993 survey conducted by sociologist Ted Goertzel, who found that 3.7% of his respondents qualified as "abductees." Goertzel was careful to note that he wasn't saying these people really were abductees. Instead he noted that the survey seemed to be "measuring a consistent phenomenon of some kind, but it tells us nothing about what it is that the scale is measuring."

But this distinction was totally glossed over by the National Enquirer who picked up on the survey and popularized it as an Alien Abduction Test. Extrapolating from the 3.7% response number, they concluded that 8 million Americans were alien abductees.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 11, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Paranormal, Psychology

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