But I swear it’s not me! Another children and the paranormal post

I’ve already done a post relating to children and the paranormal, but last night’s episode of Paranormal Witness struck another chord. If you’ve ever seen “A Haunting in Connecticut” from the Discovery channel its a more detailed retelling of that. To cut into what struck me is how when a lot of stories relating to children and the paranormal, why the hell does the parent ignore it. I know the mother knows her mistake now but when something truly, and I mean truly, bothers a child its the parents responsibility to battle back the shadows. I don’t care if it only turns out to be a really ominous jacket or a lump of toys that look like a monster.

Don’t get me wrong here. For the last statement above I know that that’s a portion to why parents don’t take it seriously. Children do have imaginations and can run away with said imagination. The only thing is when there are things beyond a child’s imagination why still ascribe what they see to it? Not all children are into history or violent related subjects, if anything most children would like to avoid the latter. So why is it that when they tell their parents of seeing other people in period dress or bloodied or worse that its just “something they saw on tv”.  If this infuriates me so much I can only imagine how truly frustrated the children feel.

Imagine being a child again and how everything in the dark would turn frightening. The smallest shadow would send pure terror into the core of ones soul. Now take it one more step and tell the parent/guardian what’s been seen. When first told they might brush it off and might even entertain what it might be just to humor the child.  Next few times it bothers them a little bit too and they start prodding the closet to set minds at ease. After the next few times they might grow irritated at the continued information of what the child sees and would soon regulate it to wanting attention. For some parents a little attention showering later, they grow more irritated since they’d see no reason for the child to harp on. At this stage it’s probable that if it is a paranormal, happening things go missing. Result of this is further infuriated parents, demanding items back for which the child had no assistance in there abscontion (hence the title ). Past that point there are many ways it could go depending on the children and parents involved.

Perhaps it’s just because I’m not a parent yet myself when it comes to children. I grew up believing that parents were a child’s knights in shining armor, slashing back the darkness with their imaginary swords. When I was a child things crossed my vision that bothered me as well, I just never told my parents. I couldn’t really tell them though even if I wanted to, but this subject isn’t about me. It also leads me to another one which I’ll need to write about at a later date. Subject in question is about children with mental handicaps and how to deal with them and their purposed encounters. If the average children have difficulty with it I don’t dare imagine the amount of fear and confusion they would feel. Again though, a topic for another time.

To make a small summary of this if something bothers the children take them seriously. I honestly cannot stretch that enough. Even if what they see is just a shadow and only that their fears and feelings should be taken into account. No one wants their child to feel insecure, untrusted, and troublesome for things beyond their control.

Image Credit: Profilingtheunexplained.com, Ghosthuntingtheories.com

Disposal of an Ouija board

Some time ago I remember spotting in top searches on how to rid oneself of an Ouija board. Mind you all I can post our “superstitious” methods and as to whether or not they truly work I cannot attest to. If anyone has a better method I can place up here then by all means, speak up.

Method One:

First break the board apart into seven pieces then you can either sprinkle holy water on the pieces and bury it. If one is unable wait for the holy water just sprinkle salt water on it. Personally upon burial I would dump in a canister of salt on top of it. Going back to the breaking bit, breaking the board is breaking the “vessel” for the spirit at the time. Think of it like breaking a vase, since a broken vase can hold no water.

Method Two:

This is less superstition and more giving it to responsible people. If there is a paranormal group within the area turn the board over to them for disposal if one is not very willing to do it on their own. Never EVER put the item up to an auction site to pass it off to someone else.

Method Three:

Burn it with fire, lots and lots of fire.

Note: for those truly superstitious about the board it is ill advised for reasons of bad luck upon the former user. I wouldn’t worry too much about it since one could easily get a charm to ward it off.

Method Four:

If the disposal is because the hunk of wood is just gathering dust, rather than a paranormal disturbance it can go one of three ways. A) Give it to a friend that likes to have paranormal paraphernalia but not use them. B) Give it to Goodwill. C) If none of the above are palatable just chuck it in the bin.

Important message! I would just like to remind everyone that the board as we know it today was created as a toy. Something to keep people occupied like hangman, or mad libs. Though it’s ties to the paranormal are now permanently bound it was never meant as a contact device for any one or thing. Again the above methods are part superstition so it’s be a good idea to go to someone else for a second opinion.

Obligatory Bigfoot

Like nessy one can’t talk about cryptozoology without Bigfoot coming up. S/He has many alias as they have homes across the continents. Yeti in the Himalayas, Yowie in Australia, and Sasquatch to the pacific north west of the US. I will admit that those aren’t the only places or aliases for the entity, just the ones off the top of my head.

Even for those unfamiliar with cryptozoology have heard of Bigfoot or are at least familiar with the tell tale appearance. Tall yet stout form reaching upwards of seven to eight feet tall. Dark fur with ranging shades of reds and browns. Lastly the feet for which it received it’s household nickname. It’s temperament however is open game for many people. In some areas it’s very shy and prefers to stay as far away from us as possible. Others can be very aggressive in nature with some claiming to have seen them smack pigs against trees. However, aside from word of mouth, like everything else involving Bigfoot there’s little evidence to its existence.

For the many skeptics among us they cry out that if Bigfoot ( who we shall call Bobbies for the rest of this post ) truly existed there would be SOME form of evidence by now. Well we have to give them that, or rather would if we hadn’t already found evidence. Skeptics at that though go ” no hair samples without matches don’t count!” . No pleasing some people, honestly. Continuing on they rabble on about needing a body and that we’d need to find one. I guess they never bother to think why serial murderers leave bodies in the woods. Below is a short clip from the show Monsterquest that shows the depiction of a time lapsed deer carcass. Go ahead and click it, it’s not very gruesome I promise.

After viewing that video and seeing that it only took a week to handle that deer, Bobbies carcass would probably be nothing compared to all the maggots that would swarm on him/er.  Add in other scavenging animals it wouldn’t take long at all for a corpse to disappear. Even if we did happen to find a bone, a majority of them could possibly be passed off as being part of a human skeleton or as just a fossil for anyone that couldn’t tell the difference. Aside from hair samples and the occasional scatty patties we’ve got nothing. Doesn’t help that Gilly suits are easy to acquire either. “A gilly suit? what on earth is that!?”

Though the top of it is cut off, THAT is a Gilly suit.  While many folks might do a better job in wanting to support the Bobbies those wanting to do simple joke would grab a Gilly suit. Just walk or run at a far distance and most would assume the wearer to be a Bobbie. Though I will note that it’s a severely bad idea to play dress up as one. There was an incident in the news recently where a man pretending to be a Bobbie was shot and killed. So yes no one pretend to be a Bobbie please, for everyone’s safety.

Given all the information and the majority of sightings it’s no wonder that cryptozoologically based TV shows focus the most on it. There’s even more I can add on to this topic from all I’ve mentally collected over the years but for one blog post it’s just too much.  I’ll have to come back to it another time to give more elaboration. Also if you see a Bobbie on the side of the road be careful and if they go to cross the road, give them the right of way.

Images:Patterson film, Bigfootwatchnews.blogspot.com, Monsterquest

Debunked UFO/Cryptid cases

This post comes from a particular tick I have. This tick in question is I absolutely HATE and I mean HATE it when meticulously debunked cases are brought up to be checked over again. The show Fact or Faked has been the biggest scratchy contact in my eye for this very reason.

For this I have decided to have a special post dedicated to all the cases that can be at least 85% conclusive to their hoaxness. This will be an ever growing list as a result and will include video’s and photographs. Many of the ones that will have been deemed hoaxes can be redeemed but until I see evidence otherwise they will remain on the list. A majority of which will be blatantly obvious others might be a little obscure. If anyone else knows of a mostly proven hoax case please leave a comment below so that I might include them in the list.

Big red and flaming point here no I will not list the Patterson film since to me a lot of the evidence to it’s credibility point to “pretty possible” side of the scale that it’s real.

The above picture was featured in one of the numerous Bigfoot themed episodes of Monsterquest during it’s run and rerun on the History channel. They managed to disprove it’s credibility after having an expert look at it. Looking at the full picture it’s not hard to see why most thought it to be real at first.

This image and many others like it have been, for the most part, explained either on UFO Hunters or UFO Files. I haven’t heard anything about them but for anyone new to the topics it’s good to let them know.

Anyone that has seen the series Destination Truth has learned that this was actually just a poor bald sloth. However this is one of the pink sheep rare times this show has failed. I first heard about this poor sloth from a YouTube show called “Pretty much it” where the show host even said that it was fake and that it had already been investigated and proven to be a hairless sloth. Though I let it slide since with how YouTube is you never know what you’re going to get and what true gems are buried deep under all those cat videos.

This is another one of those cases that made my crumpets go stale. The whole Texan Chupacabra thing that went on and was shown on monster quest. After all was said and done they were able to show that it was nothing more than a mange plagued hybrid of a dog and coyote. Poor thing, death by skin parasite.

The Montauk  monster. Not so much a monster as it is a partially nibbled on body. Looking at the head I would guess a dog with a short snout. Heck it could even have been a fat cat. It’s just a case where the amount of decay (or animal nomming ) has warped the initial appearance making it appear as something else entirely. There are other pictures at different angles that help make that more obvious.

This is one that didn’t occur to me first time around. If everyone will remember back maybe two years ago (maybe less maybe more ) there was a big to-do about the face seen on mars and supposed constructs on the moon. The above is just the result of facial matrixing.

Another one to add in thanks to it being pointed out thanks to Mr.Byers along with the above face. Rods to me are a kind of in between ground where if they were real I’d have no idea how to classify them. Point being though at the time many cameras couldn’t properly catch bugs due to frame rates. To put it one way lets imagine we have a glowing ball on a string and we turn out the lights. Now swing that ball around and everyone should notice that it leaves a light trail. Same thing just with bugs and cameras.

Heres one I’m just gonna put in, just in case the newer folk are unfamiliar with it. The Amityville horror is fake. I can’t for the life of me remember the show it aired on, but I do recall it being aired on the travel channel when the “good” paranormal shows like weird travels would come on. A family that lived there, the Lutz, used the “there’s a ghost in my house” excuse to get out of a home they couldn’t pay for. Either way the haunting is a sham and is only known due to old publicity. It’s no wonder people don’t accept that as a reason anymore.

I know this is rather short but as stated before it will require more edits in the future. I just can’t think of anymore hoaxes off the top of my head that aren’t blatantly obvious. Once more if anyone has one please let me know and I will list it here. That aside I’m about as iffy as anyone wanting to use “extinct” only replace it with the word hoax. If a suggestion is made please put a source of any kind to validate the evidence in favor of proving a hoax and or trick of the eyes.

Images: Not bothering this time since this post will get pretty dang long in the future.

Ghosts Vs. Salt

For those in the reading and possibly getting into the supernatural it is important to know about salt. Yes that little container on the dining table. No I’m not kidding.

It goes back to waaay back in the day in the mists of time when many superstitions began taking root. Among the superstitions were ways to defend oneself and family from the spirit world. With the fact that spirits can do anything save for turn the light back off after they’re done, I can’t quite say I blame them. I’d want protection too if a spirit made me through up enough needles to start a hardware store ( Reference people. Twenty points to whoever gets it).

Getting back to the superstition bit there are two big reasons as to why salt is supposed to work. For the picky folk I know there’s more but to my mind a few of them can be crammed together for this one.

The first one to cover also used to apply to many other creatures as well. One was supposed to sprinkle salt or grains or brooms around their homes or beds since it was thought that some spirits or entities had severe cases of OCD and would have to count out each individual grain/straw bristle or some of them without patience would just leave the person inside the food circle alone.

The second one being a bit more salt centric. It was thought that salt had purifying energies to ward off negative ones. It was often used in rituals with water and could be thought as the origin of holy water. I could go into more detail but I’ve already done all the research I want for the day. Besides I can’t give it all out at once. Google, my friends, Google.

I will say that salt is salt. Rock salt, Table salt, Sea salt, Iodized salt all salt. All the same chunks of sodium chloride so no it isn’t going to matter. So yeah, one could go grab a big tub of the little girl with the umbrella salt then pour it out around their “base of operations” just to have a safe zone while investigating. I’d still personally prefer to save some for eating a good watermelon though.

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Graveyard Etiquette

Now after that title at least one person is going “why do I need to praise etiquette in a graveyard!?” . They’d have a right to think that since to most people a graveyard is just a lot of dirt with dozens to hundreds of interred corpses there in. However to those of us that believe that spirits do reside in the place of their rest I believe there should be some form of polite conduct.

“polite conduct? what do you mean?” What I mean is that one should think of a graveyard like one would a large apartment complex. Many rooms with many people in them. Most wold enjoy their apartment complex to remain nice and to be respected since most people would like their home to be respected in some form. It can be as simple as a compliment or picking up a spare piece of trash from a careless tenant that may not care as much.

Now then take complex and turn it into a graveyard and replace all the doors with tombstones. Though the dead may not speak directly all the time a little consideration of their “home” is still nice. With this said there are very simple rules for graveyard etiquette.

One: If it’s a nice and warm day and it hasn’t rained take off your socks and shoes. This might be the strangest of all the ones I’ll list. For this I place myself as one of the many denizens of the grave yard. I wouldn’t exactly be pleased if someone stepped over me with dog crap on their shoe, regardless of my pushing up daisies position. To bring back the complex example would anyone where muddy shoes on a rug or carpet?

Two: This one I believe to be a given since a hefty fine follows it if the perpetrator is caught. Vandalizing a grave is no different than someone breaking into a house and ransacking the rooms within. In short don’t spray paint a unicorn on a tombstone (or anything else for that matter) or shove them over.

Three: Another given is don’t leave trash behind since no one likes a messy house guest.

Four: The last one here. Be respectful of the residents at all times. A lot of people go into cemeteries for a quick ghost hunt for a thrill but neglect that, although dead, the residents still have feelings. To add on no going to the cemetery drunk  or high. If friends don’t enjoy surprise visits from inebriated guests, I doubt the spirits would either.

I know aside from the first one a majority of these should be common sense to anyone entering a graveyard. I just felt that a little etiquette list might help people remember them. After all we may all have common sense but will often need reminders to help us remember that.

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Hags

Few and many come in contact with these malevolent beings known as Hags.  Their generally described appearance is of a haggard old woman with a nasty case of bed head and bad finger nail grooming. They can be most often associated with nightmares. To explain that the origin of the nightmare revolves around a hag riding the body of a sleeping person as though they were a horse. It was thought at one time that the hags were actually witches coming to assault the people of the local village when they were most vunerable.

That’s not exactly how it went but the imagery works well enough to get the point across.  Moving on, the hag is an entity that a small percentage of people will encounter at least once in their life. They’d be getting off lucky if they were to have just one or two visits. In a manner of speaking the hag is an “energy vampire” literally sucking the life from it’s victims. Frequent visits may result in a fatality if the hag is not dealt with.

The symptoms of “Hag syndrome” include but are not limited too:  paralysis, the feeling of hands or a body pressing against ones own, and in some cases violent assault. Outside of the nighttime attacks a victim will display signs of sleep deprivation, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Note that not all symptoms will apply.

Going back a moment to dealing with hags it can be a rather difficult thing to do. Like with many spirits they can either be attached to the land and are actively trying to run off the intruders or they could be attached to their intended victim(s). Like I’ve suggested in other posts if it is believed that one is under siege by a spirit of ill intent contact the nearest paranormal group for assistance.

Additional note: Not all elderly appearing spirits can be related to the usual application Hag. They can be benevolent or just not really care one way or another.

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