How To: Survive Living in a Haunted House


Survive Living in a Haunted House

Most of the time, living in a haunted house is pretty cool. The parties alone are always epic, what with the sudden breaking out into musical numbers to tunes such as Day-o by Banana Boat, to being randomly thrown around the room violently all against your will. For kids parties, that’s just awesome. Even with all the fun to be had, there are some steps you must take in order to ensure a happy union of home owner and ghost, lest you end up upsetting the spirit(s) and having your dream home turn into a nightmare.

This guide is going to give you some basic instructions on how to deal with living in a haunted house. While not an all inclusive guide, by the end of this guide you will have a decent understanding on how to have a reasonably quiet home.


1. Make sure the house is haunted
Before you even begin to make life awesome by living in a haunted house, make sure you actually have a haunted house. 8 out of 10 times what is being experienced can be explained away. There are a couple of ways for you to figure out if your house is haunted. I’m going to list a few, and if you have more than one of these occurring and also have more than one person reporting them, chances are high you have a ghost.

  1. Cupboards and doors opening or closing by themselves forcefully
  2. Footsteps when no one is walking
  3. Animals are staring at nothing / Growling at nothing / Chase nothing
  4. Electronics are turning on/off by themselves, but don’t have a remote control nor timer
  5. Banging on walls or windows
  6. Bed shaking
  7. Random shadows moving of their own accord
  8. Muted voices which may or may not be having a conversation or whispering your name
  9. Smell of unknown origin which may or may not be pleasant
  10. Feeling as though you’ve walked into, or had draped over you, spider webs
  11. Cold spots which move on their own
  12. Feeling of heaviness in areas which move on their own
  13. Items disappearing and/or moving on their own

If you have more than one of those things occurring in your home, chances are you have a ghost! Should you want to be validated, contact a local ghost hunting organization in your area. The ones on TV are usually booked solid, so you’ll want anyone else. Mediums, who are usually rather large, will be willing to check out your home for a price, but never, ever pay for an investigation.
 
 
2. Why your house may be haunted
There are several reasons for actually having a haunted house. While many theories abound, no one is actually 100% certain as to why. Some hold if a person has a tragic or sudden death, the soul hangs around. Another belief is if someone dies with unfinished business, they will try to get that goal accomplished in the after life before moving on. Others believe there are more scientific reasons behind it. Here’s a few theories and explanation as to why it’s believed.

i. Limestone and quartz deposits with running water
This here is one of the scientific reasons. Quartz is used in many electronic devices and is known to hold information, just like a computer hard drive. When it is combined with limestone and running water, high with minerals, is rubbed along it, the information is released, much like a movie projector.

ii. Someone died in your home…or close to it
Obviously if someone died in your home, they aren’t going to leave. After all, it was their home before yours. If it was someone who died in your house after you bought it, well…just try kicking them out now.

Should you have a ghost of someone, or a few different people, come into your home because they died near by, take it as a compliment! They like your drape and carpet scheme.

iii. They are attracted to you
You sexy thing, you.
 
 
3. Understanding the dynamics of a haunted house
Once you’ve decided your house is haunted, it’s time to start understanding it. There are many different things which happen in a haunted house and each of them are caused by very interesting anomalies. Even though these things are paranormal, there is an explanation for each one.

A. Banging/Knocks
These are some of the most common phenomena to occur in a haunted house. Often times the banging is happening because a ghost wants to communicate. Other times it’s because the ghost is trapped in the walls. A ghost trapped in the walls is reasonably pissed off and wants to get out.

B. Opening doors
Even though ghosts can pass through solid objects, they sometimes forget. The doors open because they are trying to copy you, much like your dog just wants to be part of your “pack”.

C. Cold spots
An incorrect belief is cold spots is caused by ghosts pulling energy from the area around them to manifest. Truth is, a cold spot is caused by a ghost farting. Sometimes you’ll even hear them ask, “Ya’ smell that?” Mist is often times a visual cue of a ghost fart!

D. Being pulled out of your bed
Don’t be afraid of this. Ghosts are like an invisible alarm clock, but they experience time differently. Think of this like a cat trying to tell you it’s time to eat.

E. Feeling compelled to do something
Have you ever been in the front room and suddenly thought, “Hey, I should go to the bathroom!” Only…you didn’t actually need to? Yep, that’s the ghost telling you to do it in order to make you see something having to do with ghosts. Sometimes you get what is known as “ghost turds”. That’s where you know you took a dump, there’s poop on the paper, but there’s no turd in the toilet.

F. Being scratched, pushed, pulled, or hit
Ghosts are assholes.
 
 
4. Activities ghosts will do
Ghosts are known to do a lot of different things. This guide has already listed a few of them, but that’s not all. Some of the activities ghosts partake in will seem strange to you and no one is certain as to why they do them. Here’s a small sample of what to expect from ghosts do for fun while hanging out in your home.

  • Spooky noises
    Ghosts will fly or walk around making spooky noises. This is the most classic of all ghost activities. They’re probably doing this for fun and are trying to scare you. Remember, every day is Halloween for ghosts!

  • Read books
    Perhaps the most confusing things ghosts do for fun is read books. They really like The Bible.

  • Throw raging keggers
    Ghosts like to party. When they aren’t drinking enough to kill a living person, they are usually getting high as fuck.

  • Hide and go seek
    Ghosts aren’t always around, and when they aren’t, they’re playing Hide and Go Seek with you. At times they’ll play this game with your keys, so if you can’t find them, chances are a ghost is making you find them for their amusement. When you’ve had enough, simply yell “Olly olly oxen free!” They’ll know the game is over for this match and return your item or come out of hiding.

  • Dance around in your underwear
    Why? Who knows, but ghost love your dirty underwear and will dance around all night in them.

 
5. Communicating with the ghost(s)
Ghosts don’t liked to be ignored…I mean, who does? Well, besides that strange dude who goes through your garbage at 1A.M. Seriously, though…what’s up with that asshole? It’s like, come on, I know you’re doing it. You’re not being that quiet or anything. If you want scraps, just say something and I may be nice enough to help out. The soup kitchen is open until 4A.M. Wait…why am I writing to you here? You don’t have internet access…

I. Ouija boards
These are like telephones, but for ghosts. Ouija boards are completely safe and fun! These can be used by anyone without any kind of worry what so ever! These are also known as angel boards, talking board, witch dialer, demon callers, and Satan’s cookbook. The last name there is a translation and something of the poetic nature was lost in the English words.

II. Just talking
Ever wonder why we tell ghost stories around the camp fire? That’s because ghosts like a nice fire side chat. So do actors. Just start chatting it up and wait for replies.

III. Automatic writing
I don’t mean like in the story Tommy Knockers by Stephen King. Automatic writing is where you close your eyes and suddenly you’ve written something in writing which isn’t your own. All you need to do is grab something to write with and then ask some questions.

IV. Polaroids
Yep, for some reason ghosts like to write on Polaroid pictures. No one quite knows why, but if there are ghosts present, they will write something out in Latin and maybe Welsh.

V. Special ghost phone
Nokia is currently in development of a special phone designed to talk directly to the dead. Be careful, though, the auto correct with the text messaging can really piss a ghost off!
 
 
6. Appeasing the ghost(s)
Many cultures have different ways of keeping ghosts happy. If the spirit(s) in your home are upset, then don’t expect to have a happy home. Unlike what Nintendo would have you believe, you cannot simply vacuum a ghost up! Since we are a few years away from having a working unlicensed positron accelerator packs available for a reasonable retail price, the best we can do is appease them. Here’s a few ways to make that happen.

/. Worship
Sometimes a spirit just wants to be worshiped. Just do it. I mean, it’s not like the Christian God said not to do that. Right?

/\. Leave offerings of food and/or tobacco
The Chinese believe if they leave feasts laying about randomly, wayward spirits will be appeased. Hell, I know if someone kept leaving me free Chinese food I’d be pleased as hell! Chinese food is awesome.

Tobacco is a personal call. I know plenty of people who enjoy a nice pipe, a relaxing cigarette, or a smooth cigar. For the modern age, leave out a freshly wrapped fatty. Ghosts love to get high, remember? Just make sure it’s legal where you are. If it’s not, don’t let the cops know about it. They’re not going to believe it’s for your ghost.

/\|. Sacrifice your pets
Your pets are always annoying your ghost, which is why your pets are always freaking out. Sad but true, you’re going to have to get rid of your pets. Selling them isn’t good enough. Nope, you need to ritually sacrifice your pets to the spirit(s) haunting your home. The more you love your pet before you kill it, the happier the ghost(s) will be and, in return, the happier you’ll be in your home.

Doing the same thing with your children yields even better results, but requires much more time and effort to do. Just stick with the pets.

/\|/. Have sex
Ghosts are not only assholes, but huge perverts. Now, one of the good things is if your spouse turns out to possessed, they may be possessed by a famous person. How cool would it be to learn about history from Abraham Lincoln while simultaneously nailing your loved one? It’s like a ménage à trois with no risk of after cheating because it’s your spouse’s body! “Four score, and I’m about to cum!”

Ghosts will always be watching you have sex. They may or may not participate, but they will be watching. Just be prepared for the occasional ghost pinky in your butthole. At least…they’ll say it’s a pinky…
 
 
7. Getting rid of your ghost(s)
Why would you do this? There’s no reason to. Besides, there is no getting rid of them. You’ll have to move. Oh, but sometimes they move with you.


So there you have it! An easy guide to survive living in a haunted house. Now you know…and knowing is like five tenths the battle!

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I’m “unbalanced” for seeing paranormal activity?! (s)

So the other day someone called me excessively in denial of being mentally unbalanced because they learned I see and hear things most people do not.  Considering I’ve been told by counselors to psychiatrists I have a very healthy mental state and attitude (with a problem with authority…odd considering what I do), I seriously doubt this is the case.  Oh, there are more reasons as to why, and I’m going to get into that.

How this all started was someone asked if they were going insane because he kept hearing voices.  The reporting person said they were hearing what sounded like a conversation between two people and he’d get a little freaked out, ask a question or make a comment, and he’d get replies, more or less.  This had never happened to him before and so he’s a little scared.  The voices aren’t an every day thing, and he routinely hears the same things.  One such statement he randomly hears is “Yes it does” while he’s typing and the one which happens the most is “Follow the circle.”

Right away people were telling him the first sign of a mental illness is hearing voices and to seek medical help as soon as possible.  Normally this would be sage advice, except it sounds more like something above the ordinary rather than a mental disease.  Some people were saying if there is no harm coming of it, such as being told what to do, then just let it be and it should go away.  For me, that is the most sage advise.

So, with everyone else putting in their opinions, I dropped in how when I hear voices, I’ll often (attempt) to interview them, but I see and hear things most people don’t.  I even expanded on the possibility of his brain is simply doing what is known as “matrixing” from random white noise going on around him.  In other words, there’s some noise going on around him which his brain doesn’t understand, so it’s trying to make sense of it by forming voices.  This is not unlike when you look up at the clouds and think, “Hey, that cloud looks like an elephant!”

What happens?  Bam, my statement is “evidence” that I’m mentally unbalanced because I deny that I am.  Isn’t that what we call “Damned if you do, damed if you don’t!”?  It’s a fucking trial by ordeal with these people.  I’m in denial for saying I don’t have a mental disability, but by saying I have a mental disability, I deny what I see and am unbalanced, which is not the case either way.

There’s a difference between what I experience and a hallucination.  So, of course I explain how I’ve had everyone from “psychics” (and I use the term VERY loosely) and regular people have told me they say a something when I was witnessing an event.  I further explained how if you don’t see and hear the things I do, I’m not surprised if someone would call me a liar or unbalanced.

I’ve had optometrists tell me my eyes are “different”.  My last exam, which was in July 2008, resulted in the same thing. My eye doctor said, “I don’t think I’ve seen eyes like the back of yours.”  My mother, father, brother, and other family members have all witnessed these somethings in the past at the same time.  Now, let me not forget to mention people all over the world experience similar things all the time.

What did this result in?  I was told my family probably has a “genetic disposition for getting crossed signals due to a problem with our optical sensory perception.”  Does that make anyone else a little pissed and sick to their stomachs?  So many people talk about how they believe in evolution and change with humans, but the moment something might be part of that change it’s hated on, discredited, and even made to seem less than human.

I don’t go around talking to myself, seeing “ghosties” floating around the world all the time.  Usually when I hear something, I listen for a while and find the source.  Eight times out of ten something can be easily explained, and I find the reason behind it.  It’s those two times that will blow your mind and you must label it paranormal, as we don’t currently have the science to explain it.

I have experienced hallucinations induced from a concussion and from lack of sleep before.  Because I see and hear these things, I know the difference rather well.  When I stayed up for 75 hours straight I would often see shadowy figures moving about, just out of dead center vision, or crawling about the floor quickly.  When I had a bad concussion I would hear music, ringing, and voices.  When I’m engulfed in electromagnetic fields I think something is around me, chatter, and see strange shapes moving.  Guess what?  I know what causes these and what they were, so I’d never label them paranormal.

Let me help you understand how I understand the difference.  I’ll be using video games because they’re an easy source of screen shots and comparisons.  Now, imagine if you will, when people turn on their video game consoles, they always only see this:

The previous picture is considered normal and common.  This is what everyone expects to happen when you turn on the video game console.

Now, imagine when you turn on your video game console, you often get this:

When you tell people about it, because they only see the first one image, they tell you what you’re seeing isn’t what you’re saying, and it’s a problem with you.  What they claim you are seeing is this:

The previous picture is a serious problem with the video game console, and your TV, which means you should get help immediately.  However, you know you aren’t seeing the previous picture, because when you had a problem with your video game console or your TV, you saw this:

Because you know the difference, you know when someone has switched your video game console out.

I know this is all kind of a lame example, but it’s the best I could come up with showing a comparison.  Another way to compare it, without images, is saying when you look out your window, there is a rose bush.  The roses on the rose bush are red.  Every so often you catch a glimpse of a yellow and red mixed one.  You are told you are seeing things, because it’s a red rose bush, and the light is reflecting off of the yellow rose bush across the street when the wind blows.  You know what a yellow rose bush and a red rose bush looks like, so you know when you see a mixed rose of yellow and red, but no other people have never seen it.

Just because someone can see or hear things you cannot, does not make them crazy or mentally unbalanced.  There are people out there who are wired differently than normal, but that only means they have a skill/ability most do not.  Using some of the models presented to me, Einstein should be considered crazy for thinking of the scientific theories he did or Michael Phelps shouldn’t be a real person for setting the world record he did, because the body isn’t supposed to do the things these two people did.

When I walk into a building and tell the person I’m with I don’t like a certain area, they often ask my why.  An example would be a bordered up building.  I told the person I was with I didn’t like the rear of the building and when I looked in the front window, I got the “bulk” of the feeling over in a specific area.  The person of course asked me where exactly and why.  I told the person, “It’s right before the kitchen.  There used to be tables there or something, I think, and I get this faded image of a person over it.  Like they had hung themselves.”  I was asked what the person looked like, so I told them.  I ws then asked how long I lived in the town and I told them I had only been there a month.  Not too amazingly I was told an old bartender had hung himself over the pool tables in that area and looked as I described.  The place had been closed three years before I arrived and I knew nothing about it, as I had only even passed by the town once when I moved into the state two years ago.

The brain is still a mysterious thing to doctors.  If you don’t understand something, don’t chastise it right away.  It’s because of people like those who called me unbalanced we have things like the Witch Trials and the like, not the other way around.

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Posted 7/30/2008 at 2:12 AM on Xanga