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James Bond Theme Written By a Ghost?

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Certain film and television theme tunes just stick in your head the same way a popcorn hull might get stuck in your teeth.

No matter how you try to wiggle and maneuver it out of your mind, it seems it has come to stay like an uninvited guest.

There are plenty to choose from too: Jaws, Star Wars, Dallas and my personal favorite of the bunch, Doctor Who.

Another would be the iconic James Bond theme, usually credited to multiple award winning composer John Barry.

However, recently I stumbled on a short article that claims the tunes haunting melody might have actually been composed by a ghost.

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Ghost Haunts Senior Facility

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We all know we gotta go sometime, and for many who get lucky enough to reach old age, they will live out the last years of their lives in some kind of senior care or assisted living facility.

Being that these locations would have been the site of numerous deaths during it’s time of operation, it should come as no surprise if one or two good ghost stories are tucked in there as well.

Such a story has come out of Grand Haven, Michigan, where nurses who work the second shift at the Grand Haven Assisted Living Facility say the ghost of a former deceased resident has come back to stay, along with numerous other strange occurrences.

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Seattle Kids Part of Halloween Experiment in 1976

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Halloween is a time for some creepy urban legends, most of which are more fiction then fact.

Recently, I wrote about my own Halloween related childhood urban legend for the Dolphin Talk newspaper out of Seadrift, Texas. It involved a reported ‘Witch’ who pulled kids inside her house when they went Trick or Treating.

This of course, was all hogwash, rubbish and fantasy.

It has been said however that truth can be stranger then fiction.

A recent post by the excellent website IO9 brought to light a psychological experiment conducted by researchers on Trick or Treaters in Seattle, Washington in the Fall of 1976.

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Man Stabbed in Chest During Argument About Ghosts

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Healthy debate on the question of whether ghosts really exist or not has been going on forever. Skeptics and believers alike have taken sides many times before on this matter, both in public and private.

To make real progress on any subject matter that has as much data and points of view as ghosts and the paranormal in general, the debate itself should follow a regimen of ground rules so healthy debate does not degenerate into something non productive.

Such as stabbing a man in the chest with a pair of Barber’s scissors.

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2013 in review

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The Story of Nan Clark

Thomas Spychalski:

A nice little urban legend/ghost story with some really beautiful photos to go along with it from the blog tea and Cakes.

Originally posted on Tea and Takes:

039 (800x533)064 (800x533)065 (800x533)Have you ever heard the tale about Nan Clark’s lane? They say it’s haunted and once a year Nan Clark herself makes an appearance, scaring the wits out of local passers-by who come to the fields to take a lovely stroll. I came across Nan Clarke’s Lane as an old school friend used to live on the house on the corner. It’s a beautiful part of North West London and the lane leads on to the most beautiful fields and woods where there are several horses and some of the most stunning houses you will ever see. However, the myth of Nan Clark does leave a slightly eerie feeling around the area as you head out walking your dog!

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Ghost Hunters Arrested in Gettysburg

 

Three men were arrested on Thanksgiving night when a passing police patrol car spotted flashlights in the window of a photography studio located in reputedly haunted a civil war era building.

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Ghost Cat Captured On Film! (Shanley Hotel)

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Ghosts and spirits are not always Humans returning from the dead.

Animal ghosts are just as common as Human ones and one paranormal investigator believes he has captured a phantom kitty cat on video at the infamous Shanley Hotel.

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The Haunting of Al Capone

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Al Capone is one of the most famous faces in the history of organized crime as well as one of the biggest ‘names’ of the twentieth century.

His legacy is forever entwined with that of the city he almost ran, Chicago, Illinois.

Alphonse Capone would move to the Windy City of Chicago in 1920 on the heels of crime boss and mentor Johnny Torrio. Torrio had hand picked Capone for his Chicago operations, where he hoped to be become rich with bootleg liquor sales in the wake of prohibition.

Eventually Capone would become a celebrity and a very powerful man no one wished to cross. It was after one of his most infamous acts of violence, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, that Capone would find himself haunted by the spirit of one of his victims.

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School Closed Due to Ghost Attack

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A primary school in Bungoma County, Kenya was closed late last month after multiple girls between the ages of seven and twelve began to exhibit strange  behavior such as fainting, seizures, tics and other involuntary movements.

Parents and school officials were quick to blame what they believed to be the primary suspects: ghosts, demonic possession or witchcraft.

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Man Steals Corpse of Father to Revive Him

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Vincent Bright

 

A forty-nine year old man from Detroit stole the corpse of his recently deceased ninety-three year old father with the intention of bringing his father back to life.

Vincent Bright removed his father’s remains from Gethsemane Cemetery in January of this year in the short time between the funeral services and the actual burying of the casket.

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Planning a Halloween Party (in 1911)

Originally posted on The Big Séance:

As many of you are no doubt planning themes for Halloween get-togethers next month, I thought maybe Ms. Ruby Ross Goodnow could help you plan. Actually, the party below, held on “Hallowe’en” at “eight o’ clock” in 1911, was also meant to be a housewarming party, for a brand new home, perhaps a bungalow or craftsman like the one pictured below. I found this article, originally published in the October 1911 issue of The Delineator, a few years ago and I just love it! (Note that a yearly subscription was $1. Sweet!) I’m considering planning a Halloween get together myself, and using this retro article as a starting point for a turn of the century theme!

 

The cover of the October 1911 issue of Delineator.

The cover of the October 1911 issue of The Delineator .

 

From the October 1911 issue of The Delineator:

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Entertainment in October

Conducted by Ruby Ross Goodnow

Mrs. Goodnow will…

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Paranormal Creatures: Jersey Devil

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For millennium, people across the globe have been interacting with forces that can’t be explained.  Things science has yet to fully acknowledge. Creatures that are not just part of our present, but our past.  You will never read their tales in an academic history book.

However, they have always been part of our cultures.  This is what I call Paranormal History.
It was a dark and stormy night in 1735 when Mrs. Janet Leeds gave birth to her thirteenth child.  Upon finding out she was pregnant she stated that this child would be the devil.  Despite her curse, she gave birth to a healthy and normal looking baby boy.

Suddenly the innocent appearing child transformed into a beast with the head of a goat, wings of a bat, hooves for feet, and a forked tail.  With a growl and a scream, it murdered the midwife that birthed it before flying out the chimney and into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  This is a popular version of the legendary Jersey Devil, a creature that is said to have been stalking the state of New Jersey for the last two and a half centuries.

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North America and the UK: Nearly Half Believe in Ghosts

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Almost half of the population of Canada, The United States and the UK believe in ghosts, according to studies done in the last decade or so.

The reasons behind this rise may not be shocking, but some the results might surprise some people, especially those skeptical of the paranormal.

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Scary Clown Stalks Northampton

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Clowns are a real psychological fear for some people and although they are not paranormal in the least, I just had to share this story trending currently from the UK.

It seems that someone is dressing up as a clown in Northampton and is stalking the streets at night, just waiting to be ‘spotted.’

He even has his own Facebook page and has invited everything from praise to death threats as the story circulates around the world.

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Ghostly Pics: San Antonio Railroad Ghosts

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including their paranormal tales and urban legends. Why have just one ghost when it could be a whole school bus of children, who tragically got hit by a train while crossing a set of tracks just outside San Antonio?

That is the basis for one of the most interesting tales of paranormal activity in the modern era as well as one of the most captivating photographs of purported ghostly phenomena.

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Teenage Lovers Mistaken For Ghosts

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Certainly one of the biggest ‘signs’ of a ghost or haunting are strange noises in the middle of the night. Hearing bumps and knocks during usual sleeping hours is classic paranormal fare, and it is one of those factors that can really divide opinion about the existence of ghosts.

Mostly because so many other things can cause creepy noises that make the mind  jump over any rational thoughts and believe their home is haunted.

We have told this tale in this space before, but now another case out of the Middle East, where two teenage lovers were mistaken for a pair of unruly spirits.

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Man ‘Busts’ Ghosts With Sex

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Huang Jianjun decided that he had many skills that he could use in China’s Guangzhou, Guangdong Province to rid the area of paranormal activity.

One of the tools he decided to use to combat ghosts was his penis.

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Haunting Tales: The Titanic Artifact Exhibit

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Las Vegas, Nevada is home to some pretty amazing spectacles and shows. It is a purely entertainment driven town, providing fun and something interesting around every corner.

The Luxor Hotel is one Las Vegas destination that might have gotten a little more then they bargained for when they opened an exhibit of relics and exhibits from and related to the Titanic.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition includes recreated first and third class rooms done by the original manufacturers, recreations of the grand staircase and other major areas of the ship and even pats of the Titanic’s hull dragged up from the wreckage site.

But some guests and employees have reported ghostly goings on at the exhibition since it opened in 2008.

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‘Ghost Hunters’ Really Running Meth Lab

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While illegal recreational drugs might make you see ghosts, this is the first time I have ever heard of them being connected to their sale or manufacture.

Sonny Clay Hyatt called 911 dispatch in Caldwell County, North Carolina on Monday when he got lost in a wooded area off of Goat Farm Road. Hyatt informed police at the time that he was out in the woods with two friends investigating local ghost stories about that particular area.

Later, it would be revealed the only ‘horrors’ in the woods were three methamphetamine addicts cooking the drug out in the woods as they were afraid it might blow up if done indoors.

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Trapped Woman Mistaken for Ghost

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A woman in China’s Anhui Province had an experience more scary then most hauntings when she became trapped between a building and a wall.

The woman’s plight was prolonged by the fact that her cries for help were thought to be from a ghost.

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The Conjuring movie review

Thomas Spychalski:

Patrick Keller, founder of the Missouri Spirit Seekers and owner of the excellent blog The Big Seance as well as being a contributor to News From The Spirit World, recently got to go to a preview of the movie The Conjuring based on the life’s work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the controversial psychic and demonologist couple most famous for their involvement with the Amityville Horror.

This is a re-posting of Patrick’s take on what he thought of the film, said to be based around true events.

Originally posted on The Big Séance:

First of all, if you are a fan of this genre of film, YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE! You WILL see this movie! (Although… some of you may want to see an afternoon matinee so that when you leave the theater you can go to a park, watch the bunny rabbits play, and soak in the last hours of sunlight before you’re home checking rooms and corners.)

Okay, now that I have that out of my system, we can get to the review and the details. Last night I attended an advanced screening of the much anticipated film, The Conjuring, starring Patrick Wilson (Insidious, Evening), Vera Farmiga (A&E’s Bates Motel), Ron Livingston (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), and Lili Taylor (The Haunting, HBO’s Six Feet Under, and TV’s Hemlock Grove). The film is directed by James Wan (

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Paranormal Presidents

 

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the birth of the United States then by talking about some of the more paranormal connections shared by our presidents and those around them.

There are the ghosts connected to former presidents, such as the ghost of the man who sold most of Washington D.C. to the US Government, David Burns. There is also the infamous ghost of slain President Abraham Lincoln, who has been seen by future presidents and first ladies as well as distinguished guests.

Another paranormal connection to Washington D.C. is the mysterious connection between Lincoln and John F Kennedy, another president taken down by an assassins bullet while in office.

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Ghostly Pics: Tulip Staircase Ghosts

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There are countless ghost stories that come from England, which should not come as a surprise as the area is as rich in historical architecture as it is in ghost stories.

Proof is needed however for any story that borders on the unbelievable, like ghosts or other paranormal activity.Using that criteria the Tulip Staircase photograph may count among the very best evidence of ghosts and life after death.

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