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31 Days of Ghosts: Revisiting Fort San Sanitorium #2


The eerie feeling of the old hospital at Fort San Sanitorium in the Qu’appelle Valley in Saskatchewan was one of the most popular articles in October 2009.  Lots of users shared their comments and experiences.  Here’s just a few.

Manny siad:

My wifes uncle Pat Desnomie told me he was resting on a bed there when someone lifted his hand to check his pulse. when he opened his eyes his hand was up in the air and no one was there. then it placed his hand back down on his chest. he left the place shortly there after.

Sarah said:

me and my brothers go there like every year and we went to the childs word and i asked if anyone is here could you make a sounds please and we waiting and then a loud bang came from behind us and we took off lol.

We”ll share more of the comments from users about their own experiences and stories with Fort San throughout the month of October.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Revisiting Fort San Sanitorium #1


One of the more popular past 31 Days of Ghosts articles was the Fort San Sanitorium in the Qu’appelle Valley of Saskatchewan.  The full article can be read here, but this is a series of posts focusing on the comments.  Users had a lot of stories of their own to share.

Catherine C said:

My younger brother had his wedding reception at Fort San, in the conference center. During the supper and also during the dance, children and adults alike kept asking who the nice lady standing by the bathroom was…When my brother and I investigated, the nice lady turned out to be a ghost. She was friendly and seemed to enjoy helping people find their way to the bathroom and then back to the dining and dance area. It was more interesting than disturbing when it happened!

tim h commented:

I attended a 2 week gt course for sea cadets in1995 there I have some stories. That summer I was there someone filmed a documentary and they had informed me I was staying in the operation room if anyone knows any info on that documentary and where to get it can u please contact me via email I wld appreciate it jst looking at old pics from this camp brings chills down my spine thank you!

We’ll share more of the comments from users through October.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Two Sentence Horror Stories #5


Here’s another two sentence horror story that first appeared on r/AskReddit.  This one from therealhatman.

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I though it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

I’ll be having more of these all throughout the month of October as we head into Halloween.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Two Sentence Horror Stories #4


Here’s another one for October Ghost Stories and 31 Days of Ghosts.  The forum at r/AskReddit provided a long list of two sentence ghost stories from different users, and today we feature a tale of chilling terror from AnarchistWaffles.

Don’t be scared of the monsters, just look for them. Look to your left, to your right, under your bed, behind your dresser, in your closet but never look up, she hates being seen.

As an added bonus, here’s a Halloween themed song from the very popular Nightmare Before Christmas.  This Is Halloween!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Two Sentence Horror Stories #3


No post on the weekend because I had company.  Movies, playing with dogs and having my parents over for tea and lunch took precedence.

Today, I’ll have a bonus.  First, here’s an offering from r/AskReddit in the two sentence ghost stories from user Graboid27 (who’s name is akin to what the creatures in the movie Tremors was called… starring Kevin Bacon and Reba McIntyre).

I can’t move, breathe, speak or hear and it’s so dark all the time. If I knew it would be this lonely, I would have been cremated instead.

And as promised here’s a bonus.  While not necessarily Halloween related, the recitation of The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service is very eerie.  Especially when read by Johnny Cash.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Two Sentence Horror Stories #2


Yesterday I kicked off 31 Days of Ghosts with a two sentence horror story that began on reddit’s r/AskReddit.  Today we have another two sentence story of horror brought to you by user Gagege.

The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.

We’ll have more two sentence horror stories from r/AskReddit throughout the month and a few other ghost stories, so stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts

 

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31 Days of Ghosts: Two Sentence Horror Stories #1


It’s that time of year, so for the entire month I’ll post scary stories.  Though, admittedly, the second Monday of the month here is Thanksgiving in Canada.  Still, nothing says pumpkin pie like seeing some spooky stuff.

To start, I’ll try to post one of these once a day.  These are great, all collected from reddit.  This first one is one of the best by user justAnotherMuffledVo.

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

Once a day, I’ll post these up, along with other scary tidbits, and even revisit many of the comments about past 31 Days of Ghosts stories including two of the more popular ones The Waverly Hotel and an old hospital in Fort Qu’appelle.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts

 

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7 Horrific Boogeymen Used to Scare Kids Around The World | Cracked.com


7 Horrific Boogeymen Used to Scare Kids Around The World | Cracked.com.

As a close to 31 Days of Ghosts, we present the seven most horrific boogeymen invented to keep kids in line, as presented by Cracked.com.

We all know that Australia is home to the vast majority of Earth’s deadliest creatures. Seriously, it’s like the headquarters for the Justice League of Poisonous Animals. Even the goddamn snails can kill you. Had most of us lived here before Steve Irwin tamed the fuck out of it, we would have been petrified to even look out the window for fear of some horrible cyanide butterfly gunning right for our eyeballs.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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The Cremation of Sam McGee


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31 Days of Ghosts presents a story of mystery and horror (and frigid cold).

Robert W. Service was an Englishman who died in France, but between those two events he became known as The Bard of the Yukon.

He’s well known for his poetry and his verses, which he began writing at a young age, and saw his first publishing in the Victoria Daily Colonist.  Six poems about the Boer War, in fact.

But he is probably best known for the rather horror filled tale of Sam McGee.  Horror may be stretching it, but at the time, the narrative was quite shocking.

Here, in it’s entirety is the Cremation of Sam McGee.

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam ’round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn’t see;
It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and “Cap,” says he, “I’ll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I’m asking that you won’t refuse my last request.”

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
“It’s the cursèd cold, and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet ’tain’t being dead—it’s my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.”

A pal’s last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn’t a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid, because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: “You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it’s up to you to cremate those last remains.”

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows— O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
And I’d often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the “Alice May.”
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then “Here,” said I, with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum.”

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: “I’ll just take a peep inside.
I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”; … then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door.
It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm—
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

If you want to hear an excellent reading, here’s the late great Johnny Cash reading Robert W. Serivce’s poem, The Cremation of Sam McGree.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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The Bermuda Triangle


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31 Days of Ghosts presents a story of mystery.

For centuries it has been proclaimed that the Bermuda Triangle, a region of water in the western North Atlantic, has been an area that has captured and destroyed ships and planes.  For unknown reasons, vessels entering this region have been mysteriously lost at sea, with all hands never to be heard from again.

In reality, the earliest notation of the Triangle was in 1950.  Even the boundaries of the triangle have changed depending on the author, as have the square miles that it covers.  Ranging from 500,000 square miles to 1.5 million square miles.

In 1975, research librarian Larry Kusche from the University of Arizona debunked the triangle.  He noted that many of the documented accounts held wild inaccuracies, and that many mysterious disappearances had a wide range of facts that were never presented.  Even eye witness accounts varied and changed with each authoring.  Kusche’s research came to these final conclusions:

  • The number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area was not significantly greater, proportionally speaking, than in any other part of the ocean.
  • In an area frequented by tropical storms, the number of disappearances that did occur were, for the most part, neither disproportionate, unlikely, nor mysterious;
  • Furthermore, Berlitz and other writers would often fail to mention such storms or even represent the disappearance as having happened in calm conditions when meteorological records clearly contradict this.
  • The numbers themselves had been exaggerated by sloppy research. A boat’s disappearance, for example, would be reported, but its eventual (if belated) return to port may not have been.
  • Some disappearances had, in fact, never happened. One plane crash was said to have taken place in 1937 off Daytona Beach, Florida, in front of hundreds of witnesses; a check of the local papers revealed nothing.
  • The legend of the Bermuda Triangle is a manufactured mystery, perpetuated by writers who either purposely or unknowingly made use of misconceptions, faulty reasoning, and sensationalism.

Even the myth that insurance companies charged more for ships that went through the triangle are completely false.  Asked in a 1992 documentary, Lloyds of London revealed that no greater number of ships are lost there than any other region of the sea, nor do insurance rates increase if shipping lanes travel through the triangle.

Still, popular culture and the love of the unknown has fueled the notoriety of the triangle and many have said the region contains supernatural elements.

But does it really?  Is the triangle any different than any other region of the seas?

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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