Daily Archives: March 13, 2013
How many of you have felt the presence of something unexplainable, something weird? A cold touch, or a quiet whisper, a foggy form or perhaps a figure walking through walls? Or maybe have seen dead loved ones? Some will say, they have and the others will just laugh at such a suggestion. I belonged to the second lot.
I was always the scientific type, to negate the presence of souls, to argue, armed with scientific data, with just about anyone who would dare to claim the same. But all that changed one day. I still don’t know how to explain it. It doesn’t frighten me anymore. In fact I was scared for just one day, unable to believe my senses. And scared not because of seeing a ghost, but more of being laughed at. I was the one laughing at people’s whimsical fantasies, and here I was, about to be added to the same list. It was just preposterous. I…
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ASTONISHING WOMAN DRESSED IN WHITE.
We saw in the Advertiser newspaper of this Friday morning, of a mysterious woman in white attire that was seen on last Tuesday night; and this is what the newspaper says,
Being that some ladies do not believe in ghosts [akua lapu], nonetheless there are some well-known ladies here in Honolulu who said, that they saw something astonishing on Tuesday night.
The ladies were headed home on a hackney [kaapio] at 12, Tuesday night, and when they were very near to the house, with the horse travelling slowly, they saw before them on the street, a woman dressed in white. The body came near the car. At which point the women told her to get away; there was not the slightest sound heard from the mouth of the woman clad in white, but she jumped into the sky up above the back of the horse…
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Japan panic: the slit-mouthed woman
Stories of 口裂け女, the slit-mouthed woman, emerged from urban Japan in the late 1970s. At first they were particularly passed around between school children, then in the mass media. By the first half of 1979 Asahi Shinbun was highlighting kuchisake onna as a buzzword (hayari kotoba) of the year. In true, random Japanese style one of the others was “rabbit hutches”.
Occasionally Kuchisake onna was reported as a genuine physical threat, a criminal would-be kidnapper or murderer rather than a supernatural being. At times she was somehow both a real world abductor and a folkloric monster simultaneously. (See Hyaku-monogatari for the Edo origins of modern yōkai storytelling) Satoshi Kon’s extremely uneven but in places brilliant series 妄想代理人Mōsō Dairinin [Paranoia Agent] is obviously heavily inspired by the mass hysteria over Kuchisake onna. A woman with long hair and a white…
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HAHA! Another falls prey to the addiction of GHOST HUNTING!
Because I am mildly obsessed with paranormal shows like Destination Truth and UFO Files, I recently joined a local ghost-hunting group. The investigation took place at a very old movie theater that was being renovated. “Legend” has it that the projectionist committed suicide in the projection booth but there were no records to back that info up, so I have my doubts.
I was impressed with all the professional equipment my fellow ghosthunters showed up with — EVP recorders, video cameras, laser grids to track movement, etc. Our fearless leader, a lovely woman called Annette, took pity on me and loaned me an EMF detector (AKA a “K2” to the cool kids.) Sadly, I didn’t get a haunted vibe about the place (although it was creepy as hell, esp. with all the lights out.) But this is only my first ghost hunt and I am sure the next one…
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This week we’re tackling a big issue: Why do we investigate in the dark?
Many investigators will echo TAPS in the sense that they’ll say that if phenomena is happening during the day and not at night, they’ll investigate in the day. But why do we investigate in the dark? Why not the day? Many don’t have answers.
So I’m going to do quick points on both sides of the issue, but it’s first important to differentiate between investigating in the dark and investigating at night. Think about that as we go.
Reasons to investigate in the dark number ONE: One of my first responses to this question was that if a spirit appears and is producing light, it’s easier to see in dim lighting the same way that a flashlight is easier to see in dimmer light.
This does of course apply more in the instances of “orbs” (balls…
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