An elderly Rwandan woman saved the lives of over 100 Tutsis by hiding them in her home and scaring away Hutus by claiming her home was inhabited by ghosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zur…
Today I learned about the Winchester Mystery House, a maze-like mansion supposedly built to house the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles. The widow of the Winchester company heir built the house after her husband's spirit contacted her. The house was built to confuse the ghosts so she could hide. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During her visit to the United States, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard footsteps outside her White House bedroom, answered a knock on the door, saw the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and fainted in shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Charles Dickens' final novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was only half-finished when Dickens died. 3 years later, an American printer published a completed version which he claimed had been literally "ghost-written" by channeling Dickens' spirit - and it was praised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned of the "Ghosts of Flight 401", a fairly well documented case of "ghost pilots trying to save their planes" confessionsofatrolleydoll…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
The original creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost sold the rights to Paramount for a one time payment of $175 in 1939, missing out on millions in future revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Stan Jones, was inspired to create Ghost Riders in the Sky, after a Native American told him a story about the Wild Hunt, when he was 12. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Gh…
A ghost light is a single bulb left burning in a theatre when it’s dark. Some argue it’s meant to chase away spirits; others say it lights the way for the ghosts that are said to inhabit virtually every theatre. Either way, the light ensures no one takes an accidental tumble off the stage. playbill.com/article/ask-…
Today I learned about Demon Cat, the ghost of a cat that is said to haunt Washington DC buildings. According to the legend, Demon Cat appears before tragedies, allegedly being spotted by White House security before assassinations of Lincoln and JFK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Obake Kuruta i.e. Ghost cards or Monster cards are an old card game from the Edo period in Japan in which cards feature monsters and other creatures from Japanese mythology and the objective is the collect the most cards to beat your opponent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Moviegoers seeing "13 Ghosts" in 1960 could choose if they wanted to see the ghosts or not. The ghosts were added with a red filter on scenes with a blue filter. People were given viewers with red and blue cellophane, and depending on which one they looked through could "remove" the ghosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_…
Many famous people have claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost in the White House, including Winston Churchill, President Lyndon Johnson, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, First Lady Grace Cooldige and Theodore Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
Halloween originated in Samhain when people would dress up and light Bonfires to ward off ghosts. In the 8th century, November 1 was set as a time to honor all the saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain, and the night before was known as Hallows Eve history.com/topics/hallow…
Today I learned of Singapore, Michigan, a ghost town buried beneath the shores of Lake Michigan after complete deforestation removed its protection from the surrounding sand dunes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned about MDZhB, a Russian ghost radio station that has been broadcasting since 1982. No one claims it but it has continuously produced a buzz punctuated with someone making a short random statement once or twice a week since its inception. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost sold the rights to Casper to Paramount Pictures for $175 during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
While Ernie Hudson was traveling with his family to promote GhostBusters he had what he claimed to be a Real Life Ghost Encounter where he was allegedly harrassed by an apparition while staying at a supposedly haunted hotel theamemagazine.com/magazi…
Since "Ghostbusters" was legally restricted by the 1970s children's show β€œThe Ghost Busters”, Columbia paid $500,000 plus 1% of the film's profits for its use. Given Hollywood's accounting practices, however, the film technically never made a profit for Universal to be owed a payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
The giant prickly thistle "Miss Willmott's Ghost" gets its name because eccentric horticulturist Ellen Willmott would secretly plant its seeds in friends' gardens. She also employed a hundred male gardeners, and carried a revolver in her handbag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
Thomas Edison believed in ghosts and aimed to build a β€œspirit phone” to communicate with the dead. phys.org/news/2015-03-tho…
Virgin ghosts are a figure in Korean folklore who are young women who died before marriage and cannot go to the afterlife. They can curse newlywed couples and can be gotten rid of by marrying them to an unmarried male ghost. koreajoongangdaily.joins.…
Today I learned about SS Baychimo, a Swedish built 1,322 ton cargo steam-ship that was left abandoned by its crew in 1931 due to fear of sinking. Surprisingly, Baychimo did not sink, but instead drifted around as a ghost ship for nearly 40 years without a crew, she was last seen in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned about Ghost Stories, an anime that did so poorly in Japan they gave the American dub free reign to do whatever they wanted and the voice over team went nuts. bloody-disgusting.com/tv/…
Vladimir Lenin's personal car at the time of his death was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that he had converted into a half-track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
The capital of Montserratβ€”a UK territoryβ€”has been abandoned since a volcano destroyed it in 1997. It is the only ghost town that is also the capital of a political territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ply…
One of the primary reasons Bob Burns got the role as Tracy the Gorilla in the 1975 "The Ghost Busters" series by Filmation was because he already owned a gorilla suit. bobburns.mycottage.com/al…
The Demon Cat (also referred to as D.C.) is the name given to the ghost of a cat which is purported to haunt the government buildings of Washington, D.C. in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
A BeyoncΓ© music video (titled β€œGhost”) served as the main inspiration behind the Premier Tower’s design in Melbourne, Australia. This wouldn’t be the first skyscraper based off of a woman’s figure, after Marylin Monroe inspired a tower in Toronto. theguardian.com/artanddes…
The hottest chili pepper on the planet is "Pepper X". Rated to be 3.18 million Scoville units it easily beats the Carolina Reaper and Dragon's Breath pepper. It's also three times hotter than a Ghost Pepper which once caused a competitive eater to have a hole in his esophagus and collapsed lung. latimes.com/sns-dailymeal…
The ghost town of Picher, Oklahoma was evacuated in 2009. The town was the center of a massive lead and zinc mining complex; the Army Corps of Engineers declared in 2006 that 86% of the town's structures were so undermined that they were in imminent danger of collapse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
In 1917, 7 years after Mark Twain's death, two spiritualist mediums claimed that Twain’s ghost had dictated them a new novel via Ouija Board. The novel was published, received very poor reviews and the book publisher was prosecuted by the Twain estate. splinternews.com/how-mark…
The last person to be convicted of blasphemy in the United States was an Arkansas man who in 1928 put a sign in his storefront reading, "Evolution Is True. The Bible's a Lie. God's a Ghost." He spent 3 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned of β€˜The Vanishing Lake’ in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, which fills and empties frequently but unpredictably due to unknown geological conditions. There are three streams flowing into the lake but none out. It is said that on nights when the lake is full, a ghost haunts the shoreline. geolsoc.org.uk/GeositesLo…
Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori wrote 'Frankenstein', 'Darkness' and 'The Vampyre' respectively after Byron issued a ghost story challenge during a dinner party in Switzerland bl.uk/romantics-and-victo…
Porch roofs on old houses in the American South are sometimes painted blue to scare off "haints," a variation of the word "haunt" referring to ghosts or spirits. Blue is the color of water, and ghosts supposedly can't cross water. today.com/home/what-haint…
Today I learned of the Ghost Camaro, a highly modified muscle car driven by a Danish Special Forces solder, used during the Bosnian war to successfully deliver much needed aid to civilians militarytimes.com/off-dut…
Today I learned about the "Ghost Ships of Kiptopeke" - concrete ships sunken off of Kiptopeke, VA, USA to form a breakwater abandonedcountry.com/2013…
The director of Predator and Die hard made a trailer for Ubisofts 2017 Ghost recon: Wildlands and served time in prison for being involved in illegal wiretapping vulture.com/2017/01/john-…
Parts from Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 were recovered from the Everglades and used in other EAL planes, after which the airline's employees started to report ghost sightings of Flight 401's pilots in those planes, which ceased when the cannibalised parts were removed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about the Ghost Moth of New Zealand that spends 5-6 years as a grub, making a burrow in a tree in the shape of a '7', but only spends a couple of days as an actual moth, as it has no mouthparts. If it's lucky enough to find a mate, it lays 2000 eggs before starving to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Today I learned about the ghost ship Deering. The ship was abandoned by the crew, who took personal belongings, navigational equipment, papers and the ship's anchor. Despite an FBI investigation, no trace of the crew or the ship's logs were ever found. Speculation ranges from a mutiny to Bolshevik pirates. nationalparks.org/connect…
In ancient China, people believed that letting off fireworks and firecrackers could expel ghosts, ward off evils and bring about happiness and good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned about the ghost plant. Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic.Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The creator of "The Wizard of Speed and Time" (1988) also did the visual effects for the movie "Ghost" (1990) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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