Things That Go Bump in the Night
Have you ever laid in bed and felt like something was watching you? Paranormal activity is a very controversial subject. Some people believe they have seen a ghost or felt something touch them. Some just think the whole idea of ghosts is far too exaggerated to be real. According to psychologydictionary.org the paranormal is “designating any phenomenon comprising the transfer of data or energy which can't be described by present scientific insights” (“What”). For example, a couple of years ago I was in my house alone. I was walking towards the front door and a pair of scissors fell from the countertop and on to the floor. It scared me to death and it was like the scissors had been thrown. I do not know if it was a ghost that threw the scissors. I could not explain this phenomena, but I did not even try to explain it to any friends or family members because no one would believe me. I personally believe in the paranormal. The paranormal can only be believed once it has been experienced personally.
Ghosts are possibly the most popular subject when it comes to the paranormal. Ghosts are said to be spirits of people who died in a certain place at a certain time. Often when someone sees a ghost they are dressed from the time era in which they passed away in. For example, at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, there was a man by the name of Norman Baker who opened the hotel as a cancer hospital. Baker had no medical training whatsoever. After many years of torturing patients and making their families pay massive amounts of money for the treatments, he was finally arrested for fraud. Baker had a full staff of nurses. The nurses took the bodies of the deceased down to the morgue. In the recent past the ghost of a nurse has been seen on the third floor of the hotel at around 2 a.m. most times. Many have said that she pushes a gurney with a body on it. The gurney’s wheels squeak as she goes down the hall. She also wears a very old looking nurse uniform. She disappears when she reaches the end of the hall. According to an East Carolina University study “over 93% of Americans believe in one or more aspects of paranormal phenomena” (“The”). So people can say that they do not believe in ghosts, but somewhere deep in their minds they probably think about it when they are alone. Another popular form of paranormal activity is the UFO sightings that happen around the world. So many people have posted videos and said they have seen aliens in spaceships fly across the sky. I do not personally believe in aliens, but some people even say they have had first-hand experience with them. Some saying they have been abducted, probed and even brainwashed. I think it is a bit rash, but then again the videos and the proof cannot be explained. For example, according to nuforc.org “A California man reported seeing a transparent, luminous ‘balloon-like’ object, hovering about 20-30 feet in front of him. The object approached him, getting within one meter of his position, and as he went to reach for it, the object rose quickly disappeared into the nighttime sky” (“National”). How strange is that? Even stranger than an unexplained flying object, is the fact people now try to communicate with the dead through boards called Ouija boards. These boards have all the letters of the alphabet and the numbers zero to ten. There is also a yes and no area on the board, and the objective of the board is that the participants move around a planchette with a window in it. The spirit is supposed to move it around to different letters and spell out answers to the questions asked by the player or should I say ‘victim’. For example, one person may ask “Is there anyone here with us?” Then if there happens to be a spirit reached by the board, the entity will move the planchette to the “Yes” area to answer the person. According to Ghostresearch.org “Most often the spirits whom are contacted through...
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