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I posted an article on FB recently that supposedly "explains" away symptoms of a haunted house.

It was pretty funny. I don't think it was meant to be.

From ages 5 through 9 I lived in an ancient old house on the west side of Cleveland. Creepy, lots of dark wood, and a cellar with rats. Yes, rats.

That was not the house that was haunted, however. My haunted house was the cute little suburban bungalow I lived in after that, till I graduated from nursing school and moved out on my own.

The article said--ridiculously enough--that doors that shut by themselves are aided by "drafts." That doesn't explain how a door that slams shut can, a moment later, open again on its own.

Footsteps you hear are supposedly caused by the "settling" of the house. Oh, yes--because the settling of a house sounds exactly like someone walking up and down the hall directly over your head. Not. Any idiot knows the difference.

The article also didn't explain how, when you are alone in the basement, a hand can reach out and gently squeeze your shoulder.

Or how a sound can repeatedly sweep through your house, a high-pitched, almost electrical wail--a sound that you never heard before and never experienced since.

Or how a voice can wake you up out of a sound sleep to the glowing image at the foot of your bed.

You either believe or you don't believe. But no one can explain it away. Those who haven't experienced it really shouldn't try.


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Oct. 31st, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Good point!
Oct. 31st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Agree. Anyone who has experienced "ghostly" things can verify that those "explinations" are total bs.

Things I can't explain:
A glass figureing literally exploding on the other side of my bedroom.
LOCKED doors swinging open.
Hearing the conversation of a man and woman upstairs when no one was there, which sounded like a different frequency.
The dogs rolling around like they had water in their ears while in aforementioned upstairs.
Being stuck in one spot for longer than 5 minutes because I was being pushed by something not visibile (and I wasn't alone).

There are DEFINITELY strange, unexplainable things out there. My collections of real ghost stories are enough to keep me creeped for years.
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
OMG. We should do lunch, lol.
Oct. 31st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, this post gave me honest-to-goodness chills....

I agree, though, it's silly to try explaining this stuff away. There's too much in this world that's unexplainable. Even though hauntings may be unbelievable to some, is it really that hard to at least believe it's a possibility? (Apparently so, but I'm a definite believer, so the "explaining away" still doesn't make sense to me, heh.)
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
I love the ones who demand proof. Yanno, give 'em a photo, a videotape, etc. Of course then you have to prove that it's not a fake.

It's like trying to prove someone is or is not in pain. There's no way to measure. Only you can experience it.
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