Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Poltergeists, Rainbows and Take-Out

Last night we watched a documentary on poltergeists, focusing on Mary Ellen Spook.  It was pretty cool and exciting to see it on TV like that.  I had done a search for information on her on Google as recently as last year but could not find a thing.  After watching the show, I decided to see if anything had changed on the internet...and there were heaps of results!

For those not in the know, a quick synopsis:

Her name was Mary Ellen MacDonald and she was a young girl living with her adopted parents in Caledonia Mills, not far from *Antigonowhere Antigonish, in Nova Scotia.  (*Said with the utmost affection!)  She was the victim of spirits that did naughty things like, make things fly around the room, make writing appear on walls out of nowhere and start fires (one night saw 38 little fires start all over the house, all night long, for no apparent reason).  It all seemed to be connected to her and back in the day, was famously the point that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself came to observe what all the fuss was about.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by her story.  But less so with the stories of the other poltergeists explored in the documentary.  I am a wimp.  I hate horror movies and ghosts.  They spoke with an expert in England about a famous, violent poltergeist case there.  On the screen, they show a picture of a girl fully dressed but asleep, floating above her bed, which instantly turned my blood to ice, gave me goosebumps, made me stop breathing and cover my eyes.  What?  You think it is Photoshop?  This photo was from back in the 70s.  You know, back when Photoshop was a place you went to buy rolls of film.  Period.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hippy Islands, Bunkers and Burnt Toast

So, new year, new blog post time!

The holidays are now behind us and I am thrilled that 2013 is here.  We made it.  All the documentary channels that previously aired shows with tons of experts saying that the Mayan calendar clearly proves that the world was going to end because the calendar didn't go any further, are now airing shows with tons of experts explaining that the Mayan calendar only ever said that a new era was beginning and it was all cyclical; once the next huge chunk of centuries goes by, yet another era will be upon the world.
Yeah, I did!

Let's not forget those documentaries showcasing all those wicked cool underground bunkers and communities that were being built for the rich and terrified.  What I would really like to see are a whole slew of documentaries with an in-depth look at what all those people are going to do now that they have given up a kajillion dollars for no reason at all.  Those developers weren't stupid, there would have been clauses saying that if the world didn't end, don't even think about coming after us for a refund because we will be in the tropics enjoying our earnings and you can now no longer afford to come down here after us anyway.  Or could it be that the people who bought into those bunkers, moved in before December 21st, have no idea that nothing happened and are still living down there, only to emerge in 30 or 40 years?