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This Awesome Map Shows The States Where Most People Believe In The Supernatural

Laura Allan

Have you ever wondered if there are aliens? If bigfoot is real? Have you ever thought maybe you were psychic or that your house could be haunted by its previous tenants? You aren’t alone. A huge portion of the U.S. population—75 percent, by some estimates—believes in, or at least is fascinated by, these supernatural subjects, in some areas more than others. But in which areas exactly?

From the wildly weird to the positively paranormal, the people in these top 10 states are absolutely absorbed by the abnormal.

That’s the mystery that the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to unravel. So we put on our tinfoil hats, got our research materials, and set about discovering which states have the highest population of folks interested in the supernatural side of our world.

The best states for those “believers” were:

1. New Mexico
2. Wyoming
3. Nevada
4. Maine
5. West Virginia
6. Oklahoma
7. Rhode Island
8. Washington
9. North Dakota
10. Kentucky

We sure hope you’re not too surprised by the No. 1 state, but we’ll look more in depth at those reasons in a bit. For now, if you’re curious where your home state ranked, you can just check out the nifty interactive map above. Also, if you want to know how we ranked these states, you can check the next section and it’ll no longer be a mystery to you.

Most Supernatural States Map

How We Created This Ranking

We’re not a bunch of skeptics, but we are math nerds, so we decided to rank the states using numbers rather than our own opinions.

Using everyone’s favorite social media site, Facebook, we checked to see what percentage of the state’s population had an interest in:

  • The paranormal (UFOs, ghosts, possessions, etc.)
  • Cryptids (mythical creatures, mysterious beings, bigfoot, etc.)
  • Psychic phenomena (seances, palmistry, messages from beyond the grave, etc.)
  • The Illuminati (conspiracy and shadow organizations)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 50, with scores closer to one being more supernaturally inclined. We then averaged each place’s scores into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the lowest number there became out best state for “believers.”

For a little added fun, we also researched each state’s paranormal activities, and listed a common local legend or the most common supernatural phenomena going on in that part of the nation.

Let’s look closer and try to uncover any mystery as to why each state in our top 10 deserved to be where it was.

1. New Mexico: The UFO Crash Heard ‘Round The World

You probably won’t be surprised at this being No. 1 when you hear this word: Roswell.

Yes, this is the state where a mysterious craft crash landed all those years ago, sending the area into a panic. Since then, this place has attracted UFO hunters from around the world.

New Mexico had the second most people who list the paranormal as an interest. It had the 10th most people who like cryptids, and the eighth most people who are fascinated by psychic stuff.

The biggest number here, though was the highest number of locals who are interested in the Illuminati. With all the conspiracy rumors and potential cover ups that happened surrounding the Roswell incident, we suppose it makes sense that this state would be more than a little suspicious.

2. Wyoming: Oh Give Me A Home Where The Jackalope Roam

If you go into the capitol building of Wyoming and look up, you’ll see the mounted head of a strange little rabbit with antelope horns. That, dear readers, is a Jackalope, one of the unofficial state animals.

While many contend that the animal is a myth, there’s still a large portion of people who believe these things are alive. Is it any wonder, then, that this place had the highest percent of people that show interest in cryptids?

Of course, Wyoming is a lot more supernatural than just a horned bunny. The state ranked third for people interested in the paranormal and eighth for those interested in the Illuminati.

Even the 11th place rank for people interested in psychic phenomena is a very high score, and helped boost this state into second place.

3. Nevada: Classy And Classified

While we don’t know what exactly goes on at Nevada’s infamous Area 51, we do know that the state’s residents are crazy (in a good way) about conspiracies.

It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of UFO sightings in this state, and that it’s a hotspot for conspiracy theorists, placing it third for interest in the Illuminati and sixth for interest in the paranormal.

While the rankings for cryptid interest and psychic interest were slightly lower at 12th and 15th respectively, those scores are still pretty high, and worthy of this stellar rating.

4. Maine: Watch Out For Shadows In The Woods

For many years, Maine locals have heard stories and even caught glimpses of strange monstrous dogs roaming their state. Apart from sounding like something out of “Cujo”, that alone should be enough to make this state one of our most paranormally inclined.

Maine walked away with a first place ranking when it came to interest in psychic phenomena, and (perhaps unsurprisingly given the monster dog thing) the ninth most people interested in cryptids and the eighth most people interested in the paranormal as a whole.

The state’s belief in the Illuminati was only middle of the pack, which probably means that locals are less bothered by secret overlords and more concerned about the giant mutant canines prowling their woods at night.

5. West Virginia: Celebrating The Supernatural

Like Maine, this state wasn’t so hot on the Illuminati, but then again residents have their own much more pressing concerns. This state had the highest percent of people who were interested in the paranormal, and the second most people interested in psychic stuff. The state also boasted the eighth most people interested in cryptids, and given their lore it’s easy to see why.

If you head to Point Pleasant, you’ll see a freaky looking statue of a huge bipedal creature with wings. This is the Mothman, a local cryptid with a history of flapping about and terrifying people with its glowing red eyes.

Are West Virginians scared? Heck no! They have a museum and festival dedicated to the creepy bug-person-thing.

6. Oklahoma: Ghostly Places And Strange Creatures

While Oklahoma may not have any famous cryptids (unless you count a fabled giant lake octopus) this place is pretty darn ghost friendly. Between haunted mansions and poltergeist activity, it’s a hotbed for those who haven’t quite yet said goodbye to this earthly plane.

Given that, its numbers here make sense. The seventh most people here believe in cryptids, the 10th most people have interest in the paranormal, and the 18th most people are fascinated with psychic phenomena.

Between the ghosts and giant octopuses, this place is perfect for those into the supernatural side of life.

7. Rhode Island: Was Mercy A Vampire?

In 1892, there was a young woman named Mercy Brown who died, along with most of her family, from tuberculosis. After she died, there were more mysterious deaths in the village and people began to suspect that someone in the family was a vampire.

They exhumed the corpses and, horrifyingly, Mercy’s body was not decomposing. In a fit of brilliance, they burned her heart and mixed it with water as a drinkable cure for her sick brother, who died anyway. Not exactly a tale you want to tell kids before bed, but that happened in Rhode Island.

Besides being a really, really creepy tale, this gives Rhode Island a pretty strong connection to the supernatural and vampires in general. The third highest amount of people here were interested in psychic phenomena, and the ninth most people were interested in the paranormal.

8. Washington: Those Are Some Awfully Big Footprints…

While this state might not have the highest rankings across the board, there were enough standouts to keep it in the top 10.

For starters, the 14th most people here were interested in the Illuminati, and the 20th most people here were interested in the paranormal. Of course, the best score here was the fourth place ranking for cryptids interest, thanks to someone you might have heard of.

Surprisingly, Washington has the most sightings in the nation of bigfoot. Yeah, you were probably wondering when he’d show up on our list.

Bigfoot hunters from all over come to this state to try to track down the most mysterious game of all time. Maybe someday they’ll catch him, but ‘til then, he’s still out there keeping Washington supernatural.

9. North Dakota: It’s a Bird. It’s A Plane. No, Wait, It Is A Bird.

Somehow scoring far above its southern neighbor, North Dakota has its own very unusual creature, probably helping with its No. 4 rank in cryptid interest.

The Thunderbird, showing up in petroglyphic art and with sightings as recent as 2009, is a huge perhaps not-so-ancient avian. While thunderbirds have possibly been sighted in other states, this one downright celebrates it, and has the most sightings in the nation.

The cryptid score wasn’t the only standout number, however. This place also had the seventh highest interest in the Illuminati.

10. Kentucky: Home Of The Original Green Goblins

You’ve heard the term “little green men” before, right? Ever wonder where that came from? Well, we can tell you: it came from an incident in Kentucky.

In 1955, dozens of people reported strange lights and small, green, goblin like creatures infiltrating their farmhouses. One police officer even put in a report about seeing UFOs that night. This sighting is one of the most well known in history, and probably is one of the reasons this place ranked fourth for interest in the paranormal.

Of course, you can’t get on our top 10 without some decent scores in other areas. The fifth most people here were interested in psychic things, and the 17th most people listed cryptids as an interest.

We’re not sure if these little green men were necessarily animals or not, but we do know they’re supernatural enough to keep Kentucky on our list.

The Truth Is Out There

Of course, we’re a real estate company, not cryptozoologists or UFOlogists, so you’ll have to seek it out for yourselves.

All we know is that if you’re in search of answers to lifes weirder mysteries, you might find yourself more at home in these top 10 states. Until then, keep your ears and eyes open America. After all, who knows when the next big supernatural incident is going to occur?

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Upgrade to Large Hadron Collider that could ‘unlock new dimensions’

The world’s largest particle smasher is kicking off a major upgrade to churn out 10 times more data and help unlock the secrets of physics.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, started work Friday on a project to boost the number of infinitesimal collisions, known as ‘luminosity,’ in its Large Hadron Collider by installing high-tech magnets.

CERN says the upgrade is expected to produce greater data starting in 2026.

CERN, started work Friday on a project to boost the number of infinitesimal collisions, known as ‘luminosity,’ in its Large Hadron Collider by installing high-tech magnets. This means that physicists will be able to investigate rare phenomena and make more accurate measurements.

They said the upgrade will allow the Higgs boson ‘god particle’ to be defined more accurately, and to measure with increased precision how it is produced, how it decays and how it interacts with other particles.

In 2012, the LHC was used to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson—also dubbed the God particle—which has allowed scientists to make great progress in understanding how particles acquire mass.

In addition, scenarios beyond the Standard Model will be investigated, including supersymmetry (SUSY), theories about extra dimensions and quark substructure (compositeness) will be examined.

CERN says the collider ringing the French-Swiss border near Geneva has worked well since operations began in 2010.

CERN, perhaps most famous for confirming the subatomic Higgs boson six years ago, says the budget for the High-Luminosity LHC is about $950 million.

The work involves heavy civil engineering at the LHC’s two main sites in Switzerland and France which are run by Europe’s physics lab CERN, that will allow it to operate in a high-luminosity mode from 2026.

The project will involve the replacement of high-tech components along 1.2 kilometres of the machine, such as magnets, collimators and radiofrequency cavities.

It will also see the construction of new buildings, shafts, caverns and underground galleries, as well as tunnels and halls to house the new cryogenic equipment, as well as power supplies and cooling and ventilation kit.

The HL-LHC requires about 130 new magnets, in particular 24 new superconducting focusing quadrupoles to focus the beam and four superconducting dipoles.

Sixteen brand-new ‘crab cavities’ will also be installed to maximise the overlap of the proton bunches at the collision points.

Their function is to tilt the bunches so that they appear to move sideways – just like a crab.

‘By 2026, this major upgrade will have considerably improved the performance of the LHC, by increasing the number of collisions in the large experiments and thus boosting the probability of the discovery of new physics phenomena,’ CERN said.

The aim is increase tenfold the amount of data which can be picked up by the LHC, which is housed in a 27-kilometre (17-mile) ring-shaped tunnel buried more than 100 metres underground that runs beneath the border of Switzerland and France.

The powerful accelerator, which began operating in 2010, smashes high-energy protons into each other at velocities near the speed of light.

These collisions generate new particles, giving physicists an unprecedented look at the laws of nature in the hope of better understanding particles and matter.

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Sounds and Whispers — What You Need To Know About Poltergeist

The expression poltergeist comes from the combining of two German words: poltern (crash) and geist (spirit or ghost). So in other words, a noisy or unruly ghost or soul. Although less common than conventional hauntings, reports of poltergeist activity dates back to the first century. In contemporary times the phenomenon has generated several major films and television programs .

So with this in mind, here are the eight main things that you need to know about poltergeists.

1. Parapsychologists can not agree on what they are

Some parapsychologists see poltergeists as a sort of ghost or supernatural entity that are accountable for physical and psychological disturbance. Other people think that such activity originates from”unknown energy” associated with a living individual or a place. Sceptics, on the other hand, favor ordinary explanations like attention seeking, pranks and trickery.

2. Poltergeists often favor women to men

A person-focused poltergeist tends to (although not necessarily ) involve a female adolescent who’s experiencing emotional turmoil when the activity begins. That said however, not all so called”focal agents” are teens. Indeed, William G. Roll, a pioneer in poltergeist research, discovered that the age of people reporting encounters of poltergeist activity ranged from eight to 78 years.

3. Some of the best poltergeists are thought to be fakes

In 1967, in a lawyer’s office at Rosenheim, Germany odd things started to occur in the presence of the 19 year old secretary Annemarie Schaberl. Paintings and overhead light fittings started swinging, while fluorescent tubes unscrewed themselves and massive spikes in electrical activity occurred. The speaking clock was also called multiple times per minute and furniture was moved. The authorities, utility company officials, physicists and parapsychologist Hans Bender investigated with no explanation. However, many think it was a bogus — all because of concealed nylon threads — particularly given that the incidents stopped when Schaberl left the company in early 1968.

4. Poltergeists like to mess with your stuff

Poltergeist activity usually starts with minor isolated episodes . This may include unexplained sounds or familiar objects like your keys or your telephone moving from their usual place. However, while poltergeist activity is normally short lived — manifestations typically lasting around five months — several instances have persisted for many years.

The Chilliwack poltergeist in Canada, for example was active for just two months between 1951 to 1952. During this time period the Poltergeist produced violent and loud hammerings on walls accompanied by occasional flying objects. The Brother Doli Case, on the other hand, included a range of phenomena — stains, carvings of images and Welsh words, normally of a religious nature — and those persisted for many years.

5. Experts are still undecided regarding the Enfield poltergeist

Among the most well-known poltergeist cases to happen in the UK involved the Hodgson Family, and their newly occupied council house in Enfield, North London. Between 1977 and 1979 it had been the scene of demonic voices, things moving without explanation, levitation and odd sounds. Events focused on the two teenage daughters Margaret and Janet.

A number of trustworthy witnesses observed phenomena — these witnesses included a police constable, a press photographer and researchers from the Society for Psychical. While researchers did discover some evidence of pranks and fakery, it was considered that a number of the poltergeist episodes were genuine.

6. Some believe that psychological stress can cause activity

Some ghost hunters and paranormals suggest that poltergeists are in fact the emotions of troubled individuals — built up during times of stress.
This concept, called Spontaneous Recurring Psychokinesis suggests this built-up stress then unconsciously projects outwards in the kind of emotional energy, which impacts the physical surroundings and creates the phenomena attributed to poltergeists. However, there’s not much evidence to support that idea.

7. Others think they are souls of the deceased

A lot of people think that spirits of the dead are responsible for poltergeist activity. This is believed to be because individuals who experience them perceive an underlying intelligence and purposeful communication with an otherworldly being. This view proposes a disembodied consciousness — or soul — survives bodily death. But there also isn’t any compelling scientific evidence to support this opinion .

8. However, sceptics put a lot of it down to misinterpretation

Misinterpretation is likely to happen when people think that a place is haunted and they’re searching for signs to verify that. This way, a lot of poltergeist activity can actually result from inaccurate perception of natural phenomena. Just take the case of the women haunted with a ticking clock, it had been actually found that the sound was created by a tiny insect. Other instances like”the curse of the spinning Egyptian” — an Egyptian statue at a Manchester museum seemed to turn itself during the day — have both been explained by physical elements like minor seismic activity, underground streams and even rainfall patterns.

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Prominent psychiatrist says ‘genuine victims of demonic possession who seek exorcisms should NOT be ignored’

Dr. Richard Gallagher

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A prominent psychiatrist dealing with the “world beyond” is saying that not only is demonic possession very real, the victims of possession should not be brushed aside. The number of people looking for an exorcism has risen in recent years putting more of a demand on priests and psychiatrists attempting to help people.

The number of people seeking exorcisms has risen worldwide, and it isn’t just psychiatrists taking notice. The Vatican even recently completed training for exorcists amid the rise in what some believe to be demonic possession. But whether an outsider believes in possession or not, many do believe they need to be delivered from the demons inside them, making it very real for the victim of possession.

In April, at the Vatican training course for exorcist priests, participants were told that the demand for exorcism is booming as a result of a decline in Christian faith and the internet providing easy access to black magic, the occult, and Satanism.

With 25 years experience in a private psychiatric practice and as a professor at New York Medical College and Columbia University, Dr. Richard Gallagher has a rare vantage point to observe human behavior; and then there is the inhuman. As a sought-after psychiatrist in cases of demonic possession, Gallagher said the initial step in determining the need for exorcism is discernment. Dr. Gallagher has evaluated hundreds of cases of possible possession and, in a wide-ranging and rare interview with The Telegraph UK, explains why he believes, as does the Catholic Church, that the phenomenon is genuine.

In the US alone, the number of priest exorcists has increased from twelve to fifty over the past decade. While demand for exorcism continues to surge, Dr. Gallagher’s medical assessment of whether a person is mentally ill or possessed by demons will help determine whether an exorcism should be conducted. Describing the Rite of Exorcism as a “delicate and necessary ministry”, the Pope admonished that exorcist priests must be selected with “great care and great prudence.”

Although there are many others who evaluate victims for possible mental illnesses and possession, Dr. Gallagher is one of the few psychiatrists who is willing to even talk about demonic possession. He has also written a forthcoming book on the subject, being published by Harper Collins, called Demonic Foes, A Psychiatrist Investigates Demonic Possession in the Modern United States.

There are many other psychiatrists and mental health care professionals who do what I do – perhaps not to the scope that I do – who seem hesitant to speak out,” he explained. “That’s what gives my work some singularity. That I have had so much experience and that I am willing to speak out. I feel an obligation to speak out. I think that I should,” said Dr. Gallagher.

Gallagher also noted that of the cases referred to him for possible possession, they are people who “suffer tremendously.” He said: “There is very strict criteria for determining the person’s problem. I am not just intuiting. I’m dealing with it from a very scientific point of view.”

“There are cases of spirit possession in pretty much every culture,” he said.

Dr. Gallagher has directly observed 100 full blown possessions over the past twenty-five years. He has attended a few hundred other exorcisms as an observer, none of whom were his patients. He only attends exorcisms where the team “knows what they’re doing,” and that includes proper restraint of the victim to prevent that person from trying to run away or attack the exorcist. In the United States, the victim must sign a legal form indicating they have agreed to the ritual. According to Dr. Gallagher, when the demonic is accessed, the demon is in control and “would do all sort of things if not restrained”

Dr. Gallagher also says that demons have been observing human beings since the beginning of time. “They’re [demons] very, very smart. The intelligence level of a fallen angel, which is what I call them, is far superior to human beings. Which is why they denigrate human beings. They sometimes call us ‘monkeys’,” he said.

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