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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
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LA Times on Ghosts and eBay
The LA Times has just discovered something that I've been saying for ages: haunted stuff sells well on eBay. As they put it: "Having exhausted bad taste and banality, it appears EBay sellers have moved on to a new marketing strategy — the paranormal. Everything "haunted" is so hot, EBay could launch a new category." But still, the LA Times is only seeing half the story here. What's interesting is not just that people are selling lots of haunted things on eBay. After all, there's always been a market for the paranormal. What's interesting is the new market for haunted junk that eBay has created. Take any old crap that's been collecting dust around your house: an old jar, a Coke can, a broken toaster. Slap a haunted label on it, make up a story about it, and hey presto, sell it on eBay for hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars.
Categories: eBay, Paranormal
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 11, 2005
Comments (16)
Which makes me wonder... Why haven't I done it yet?!?
Posted by Karen D  in  Reno  on  Wed Jan 12, 2005  at  01:53 AM
When the LA Times gets on to it, it's a clear sign that the phenomenon is no longer of interest. Time to move on...
Posted by paul in prague  on  Wed Jan 12, 2005  at  05:18 AM
Remember this phenomenon of people buying "haunted" things on eBay the next time someone makes a comment about superstition in third-world countries (or any other culture, for that matter). We just aren't all that sophisticated, people.
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Wed Jan 12, 2005  at  06:10 AM
On a closely related subject, at one time real estate agents would never mention that a murder had occured on the property, for the last few decades they brag about it as a selling point.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  02:05 PM
I would live in a house where a murder occured. I don't see the big deal. Unlike some, I feel like a person's soul goes to Heaven or Hell. No ifs, ands, or buts. The 'haunting' of place is not some poor dead person, but instead one of Satan's minions. He's trying to trick you & it's not difficult. He's been using the same tricks for centuries.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  03:39 PM
Meagan said:

"I would live in a house where a murder occured. I don't see the big deal. Unlike some, I feel like a person's soul goes to Heaven or Hell. No ifs, ands, or buts. The 'haunting' of place is not some poor dead person, but instead one of Satan's minions. He's trying to trick you & it's not difficult. He's been using the same tricks for centuries."

Sorry, Meagan, but that's superstitious nonsense with no basis in fact. Your (presumably sincere) belief is not a substitute for fact. There is NO credible scientific evidence for the notion of ghosts or Satan.

You may believe, with every fiber of your being, that the Earth is flat, but that will not make it so.

You ARE being fooled, but not by "Satan." You're fooling yourself and yes, you're right, it isn't difficult. People do it every day.
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  09:44 PM
Hey crankymediaguy, there is no reason for such prejudgice here. I wonder why your bigoted comment got through. Please stop your hate speach.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  11:07 PM
Christopher, I vet the comments. What do you find bigoted about crankymediaguy's comment? (or were you joking?)
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  11:32 PM
Christopher Cole said:

"Hey crankymediaguy, there is no reason for such prejudgice here. I wonder why your bigoted comment got through. Please stop your hate speach."

I'm fascinated. What, exactly, was "bigoted" about what I said? Because I said--accurately--that there is no scientific basis for the belief in ghosts or Satan, that constitutes "hate speach" [sic]? How?

Am I now required to believe every cockamamie thing that anyone else professes a belief in? OR do you want to take away my right to say--again, accurately--that there is no scientific basis for those beliefs?

What about those who might believe in a God other than yours and say that they disagree with you? Would THAT, too, constitute "hate speach" [sic]?

If you think that there is scientific evidence for the existance of Satan, please direct me to where I can find it. Thanks.
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  04:56 AM
Flip the comments by crankymediaguy around, he attacked Meagan's beliefs equating something he admits as unprovable with something provable. Belief in ghosts, Satan, Heavan or Hell is not the same as believing that the Earth is flat. Crankymediaguy attacked Meagan personally for her beliefs, beliefs he has no proof are wrong. I pointed out that his comments are bigoted and intolerant since I do not know that crankymediaguy is a bigot, he could have just shot his mouth off without realizing how his comments could be taken. If Meagan believes in Satan and Hell, that is not proof that she is a fool, I have known some very foolish people who were of the exact opposite beliefs. Who defines bigotry and hate speech, the perpetrator or the victim? Not believing in something does not require that you attack as a fool someone who does. That should have gone out with the Religious Wars centuries ago.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  05:25 PM
Wow, I'm not even going to get in on that argument, but on the topic about houses that had had murders in them: Chris, are you sure about houses with a history of a murder selling well? Down the street from my house, there was a murder involving a little girl. The houses of both the murderer and the victim (because they lived a few houses down from each other) sold for very little money. I'm not sure exactly how much, but if I remember correctly, the realtors kept having to lower the price before they could find someone to buy each house. The fact is, most people don
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Sun Jan 23, 2005  at  02:03 AM
I am operating on a memory from several years back and it might have been a California phenominum (sp?) because I think that what I read about was talking about Los Angles. Probably was mid to late 90's when I read about this. The gist of the report was that this was something that showed no signs of slacking, only getting bigger. The houses mentioned sold for as much as two or three times original asking if I remember right.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sun Jan 23, 2005  at  11:58 PM
Why is Meagan not acused of being the bigot or prejudice ? She has accused anyone who does not believe in Heaven and Hell or anyone who believes in Ghosts a fool.
I wouldn't make an accusation of bigotry against someone for insisting that statements be based in fact. And there shouldn't need to be a qualifying reminder that Faith is not fact.
But we are talking about haunted houses here so who cares about provable fact anyway ?
Posted by steve  on  Thu Sep 01, 2005  at  11:36 AM
i have a haunted house in oklahoma..there was a little 6yr old girl that was killed in it..i didnt know it when i bought the house..but learnt after ward..we get on well and have no problems so haunted houses arent so bad ..i dont think id want one where an adult passed..
Posted by draven151  in  far far away  on  Tue Oct 25, 2005  at  05:27 PM
If anyone anywhere knows of a haunted house I will squat in it alone for a month. That's it. email me let me know
Posted by silas wirths  on  Wed Nov 23, 2005  at  10:19 PM
Silas Wirths, I lived in a house I believed was haunted at the time (1966-67) but I haven't been there since and have no idea if anyone else has ever experienced what I did. The house was (is?) a tri-level with the kitchen and dining room on the bottom level, the living room on the middle level and the three bedrooms and the only bathroom on the top level. My bedroom was the one at the top of the stairs. Some nights I could hear someone climbing the stairs, each step creaked in sequence, and walk into the bathroom and shut the door. Each time I would look and the door was open. This happend about once every six or seven weeks or so, so you might need two months if you can stay there. The house was not the scene of a murder, nor was it built on a graveyard nor was there any suspicious deaths of any sort before my family moved in. As far as I know. It was a fairly new house so I doubt it was settling noises, besides the stairs were walked in sequence and the bathroom door distinctly closed. My parent rented the house and later moved to one they bought so I have no idea if the house still exists, or if it does, if anyone is there. The address is 11770 Thistlehill Dr Loveland OH. Now that you've reminded me, I would be interested in knowing if anyone else ever experienced this walker.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Nov 24, 2005  at  09:20 PM
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