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It's a Boy!

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I'm taking today off from my normal paranormal duties to announce that my step-sister Jodee had a 5 lb and 18 3/4 in long baby boy yesterday! His name is John Thornton (he's named after his daddy). Sorry...no pictures to post as of right now.

Save Supernatural

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The CW show Supernatural along with others are on an endangered series list. I've watched this show since the first episode premiered. Despite the heavy pop culture references, I think that the writers for this show are trying to stay true to actual folklore, legends and paranormal facts. In my opinion, that is very important. If this show was on a different night, it would have a better response. Supernatural is not the only one on the undecided list. Medium may not return for third season either.

Supernatural and Medium may get their chance. E! Online's seventh annual Save One Show Campaign is currently taking place to help boost your favorite shows chances of being brought back for another season. If you think this poll doesn't make any difference, that is not exactly true. Five out of six winning shows were successfully rescued.

The winner receives show-saving promotion in all three of our mediums—E! Online, E! News and the Vine. Plus, Kristin will personally deliver yo…

GS Question of the Week

Announcement: I have updated the calendar with paranormal, UFO and other events for this year and even one for next year. If you have or know of an event, let me know and I'll add it.

If you have had this experience, describe your first premonition.

My Answer: The first premonition I had was about me visiting my dad in Missouri. It was when he first moved there. So, I had no idea what his new house looked like. One night about a month or so before I was to visit him, I had a dream/premonition about going swimming with him, my step-sister and brother. I didn't think much about it until I went to visit him. He moved into some kind of townhouse complex and one of the first things we did was go swimming in the pool.

Bobby Mackey's Music World: Part II

I know I said I was going to post the second part today, but after reviewing it, it pretty much repeats what was said in the first one. Instead, I found a couple of sites that explore the history of the place a bit further:

Prairie Ghosts

Unusual Kentucky

Suite 101

Ghost Tour Directory


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I'm sure some of you have seen the trailer for the movie The Abandoned which is in Theaters now. This is one of the movie shown at HorrorFest and was voted fan favorite. The other seven movies (Unrest, Penny Dreadful, The Gravedancers, The Hamiltons, Reincarnation (Rinne), Dark Ride, and Wicked Little Things) will be available on DVD on March 27th. If you didn't get a chance to see them in November, now you can own them. Check back later for details on this year's HorrorFest.

A belated Congratulations to Jessica Chisum a.k.a. Black Betty for being crowned Miss HorrorFest 2006!

Reader Submission - Ghost make Bobby Mackey's Nightclub Famous

Author Doug Hensley sent me this article and asked that I post it here. I believe it was written by James Watkins. I saw it published on Paranormal @ About.com. 

Ghost make Bobby Mackey's Nightclub Famous

An unassuming yet historic building on the banks of the Licking River in Wilder, Kentucky has become a nationally famous story because of the tragic, strange and paranormal occurrences that have taken place there over the years. The "haunted house" currently is home to Bobby Mackey's Music World, a local country music hot spot that is owned by the club's featured performer, Bobby Mackey.

Author Douglas Hensley wrote a popular book on the subject ("Hell's Gate: Terror at Bobby Mackey's Music World,"). Hensley spent five years researching the bizarre background of the nightclub and the building itself, which has a sordid history that dates back to the 1800s. In the back of the book are copies of 29 sworn and signed affidavits from club employees,…

Loki

According to Norse mythology, Loki was not only a god but was also considered a Trickster (a deity that breaks the rules of gods or nature, sometimes maliciously but usually with ultimately positive effects). However, he wasn't born a god. His parents were two giants, Farbauti and Laufey. So, he had to sneak his way into the title. Loki was associated with fire and magic and some believe he shows a great resemblance with Syrdon, a demonic creature from Caucasian legends. Loki was the first Anti-Hero, quick-witting his way out of the tight corners and confrontations caused by his misdeeds, but as time went on, he became increasingly unpleasant.

The gods were finding it hard to build Asgard due to limited funds. Not very surprising since money and banks hadn't been invented yet. Everything had been completed except for a large protective wall to surround it. Loki came up with the brilliant plan to hire a giant for the job. The giant asked for the sun, moon and the goddess Freya …

Clear Quartz

Quartz acts as an amplifier of energy, and is good for healing and communication. Its' clarity and purity give it magical similarities to water and glass. It can be used to "wash away" negative energies from your body and environment. In crystal ball gazing, it acts as a window onto other worlds, a portal through which, for instance, the cause of an illness can be revealed.

Quartz is believed to strengthen the link between Earth and the heavens, enabling its user to see into other times and places. You can use it to aid psychic traveling and dream journeys.

You probably use quartz every day without being aware of it. Its ability to amplify energy makes it an important internal component in many items of electrical equipment. For example, quartz's amplifying abilities made it a vital component in early radios also known as "crystal sets."

Quartz is also used in jewelry. As it is used to stimulate your mind, the best place to wear it in jewelry is close to your …

GS Question of the Week

Do you believe little people such as fairies, leprechauns and trolls exist?

My Answer: I think it's possible. I mean there are eye-witness reports. So, I believe some people are seeing something. It could be little people.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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I often write about holiday origins here. To be honest, I think I know less about St. Patrick's Day than any other holidays until now. So, who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and one of Christianity's most widely known figures. Despite his popularity, a lot of what is known about him is false thanks to hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling, that includes the story about him banishing the snakes from Ireland. The story was actually a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Near the end of the fourth century, St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents and is believed to have died on March 17, 460 A.D.

At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. There is some dispute as to where he was kept captive. Many believe he was taken to Mount Slemis…

Lizzie Borden Revisited

On November 30, 2004, I wrote about a familiar woman who may or may not have committed a couple of murders. What I didn't dive into were the other possible suspects and rumors.

The first theory does involve Lizzie. Some think that Lizzie was a lesbian and was having a secret relationship with Bridgette (the Borden's maid). It is believed that on the day of the murders Lizzie and Bridget were in bed together when Abby walked in on them. You think being gay is a controversial topic now. What do you think it was like back then? Lizzie and Abby get into an argument. Abby is horrified by the situation and calls her a monster. Lizzie picks up a candlestick holder and hits Abby over and over, killing her. Lizzie and Bridget cleans up the crime scene and wait for Andrew to come home. When he arrived, he noticed the candlestick holder. Knowing that didn't belong downstairs, he took it back to the room which is when he discovered Abby's body. He questioned Lizzie and Bridget abou…

The Lost Colony

I posted about the most mysterious manuscript several weeks ago. This is about the most mysterious mass disappearance in the world: The Roanoke Colony.

The first attempt to colonize Roanoke Island was in 1585. Sir Richard Grenville, cousin of Sir Walter Raleigh, along with 100 all male colonists made the trip from England to what is now known as North Carolina 22 years before Jamestown and 37 years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts. Grenville returned to Britain for supplies leaving Ralph Lane in charge. Unfortunately, the colonists weren't prepared and not too clever. So, how did they survive? They antagonized the Native Americans with such tactics like kidnapping them and holding them hostage in exchange for information.

The colonists were desperate for supplies and Grenville's return was delayed. After destroying the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Sir Francis Drake picked up the colonists from Roanoke and they returned to England. Interesting though is that aft…

GS Question of the Week

New species of animals are found all the time. Do you think creatures such as bigfoot, Chupacabra, and Loch Ness monster are just species of animals that have yet to be studied?

My Answer: I think it's possible that some of these creatures are new or rather than old species of animals that haven't been studied yet. I think it's possible that they are rare and maybe even endangered animals. Unless there are some real evidence other than fussy pictures or footprints, we may never know if they even exist. Actualy, I think it would take these animals being captured, dead or alive, before a lot of people will even believe they are real.

A Husband and a Father..Maybe

"The Da Vinci Code" surfaced rumors that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene and possibly had children, an issue that caused much controversy. Now, a documentary by directors James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici may add further proof to the claims. They are stating that their research has led them to suggest that Jesus was not only married to Mary Magdalene but also had a son named Judah and a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb held his and his family's remains.

A tomb dubbed the Talpiot Tomb was located in Talpiot, Jerusalem, March 28, 1980 by a construction crew developing an apartment complex. Scholar L.Y. Rahmani described 10 ossuaries, or limestone bone boxes five of which is said to be inscribed with names believed to be associated with key figures in the New Testament: Jesus, Mary, Matthew, Joseph and Mary Magdalene. A sixth inscription translates to "Judah, Son of Jesus". n addition to the "Judah son of Jesus" inscription, which is written in …

The Bell Witch

This is a post from the Ghost Stories' earlier days. Enjoy!

One of the most well-known haunting in America took place in Adams, Tennessee, 1817. For nearly 200 years an entity known as "The Bell Witch" haunted the small farm community. Many say that "The Bell Witch" was a woman named Kate Batts. Kate was the mean neighbor of John Bell and is said she was wronged by him in a land purchase. On her deathbed, she vowed to haunt John Bell and all his descendents.

For years, the Bells were tormented by the spirit, John Bell and his daughter Betsy being the primary targets. No one ever really saw her but you definitely heard and felt her torment. She would read sermons, sing hymns, as well as pulled their hair, poked needles in them, yell at all hours of the night, snatched food from their mouths at meal time and the list goes on. It is also said that this phenomena attracted a future president.

General Andrew Jackson, of whom John Bell at one time served under, heard…

Diamonds Made from Pets?

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A company called LifeGem will take ashes from an animal or human and turn it into a diamond using the carbon in the remains. They use the carbon and recreate nature in a lab to form a diamond. Now, you have a way to cherish your beloved pet or friend/family forever.

Some may think its an odd way to remember them, but someone like Sue Rogers didn't think so. She had a diamond ring made from her dogs, Lucky and Sam, and her cat Patch. She claims that it was worth every bit of the 3,200 pounds (about 6,000 American dollars) that she paid for it.

If someone close to you passed away (animal or human), would you consider doing something like this?

Source/Photo: Yahoo News/Agency France-Presse

Popcorn, AIDS and a movie?

I remember when I was in school (can't remember if it was junior high or high school) that a rumor was spreading and people were getting all panicky. The rumor was to be careful when going to the movies because someone was pricking people with a needle or thumbtack that had AIDS infected blood on it, saying "Welcome to the world of AIDS" and then running off or something to that effect. I don't know how it got started but I was guilty about being a little more cautious when going to see a movie because of it.

If you've heard this one, allow me to put your mind at rest. According to Snopes, this urban legend is false. There are two reported incidents in 1996 and 2005 where someone sat on a needle at the movie theater but neither of the victims contracted AIDS or HIV.

So how did it get started? The pin pricked story actually dates back to the 1930s. In the New Orleans area, young girls were told to beware of the Needle Men. They were instructed to sit at the end of t…

GS Question of the Week

Lets say that time travel is the true explanation for shadow people. If you had the opportunity to do what some claim people of the future has accomplished, would you want to visit the past knowing what form you would be taking? Why or why not?

Shadow People

Have you ever been just sitting and minding your own business when you saw a dark shadowy movement out of the corner of your eye? It could be nothing or a phenomenon called shadow people or shadow beings. Don't know what that is? Well, the name pretty much says it all. It's a shadow in the shape of a person and some have reported they have glowing eyes, usually red. They use to be only seen out of the corner of your eye but more and more witnesses are starting to see them straight on and for long periods of time. What are they exactly? There are many theories to help answer that question.

The explanation from skeptics and mainstream science feel it is nothing but our imagination. Our minds are playing tricks on us and we are seeing things that aren't really there or there is a reasonable explanation for it. Could they be right? I think it can account for some, but can it account for all cases?

Another popular theory is that shadow people are another way of how ghost manifest…

Thinking Blogger Award

Grimm is one of the regular readers here and he posted a comment on Tuesday's post about a surprise for me waiting at his blog. Well, the surprise turned out to be a blogging award/meme called Thinking Blogger Award. This blog was one of three that he felt was worthy of it. I feel so honored. Thanks, Grimm!

Now, it is my turn to pass the spotlight to five other deserving bloggers. Allow me to first start with the rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

It was hard to narrow it down to five but here are the ones that I have chosen:

1. The Paranormal Blog - I've nominated this blog a couple times for blog awards. Sue and Matt's blog is basically similar to this one …