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This haunted hotel houses a huge Ouija board

Waking up in a haunted hotel every day may seem like a living nightmare, but for Blair Murphy, it is a reality.

As the owner and operator of the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania (United States), mysterious noises and inexplicable events are only part of normal life when they live in a 130 year old historic building.

Although the walls point to the heads of taxidermed animals and show the ghost portraits that haunt the hallways – it’s not the only things that make the place more frightening than an average home.

Even if it contains the formidable “Canopy Room” that most of the clients cannot bear to stay all night, there are two particular eccentricities within the structure that make the Grand Midway Hotel stand out from the rest: the grand Ouija Board and the World’s Largest Tarot Card .

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“The Grand Midway Hotel was a former coal mining hotel in the late 1880s,” says Blair. “I could remember countless stories of meeting ghosts of people who stayed here overnight. It was actually a fascinating place to live. But then the paranormal hum became silent for about two years. “

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The inspiration for the large board is the direct result of the two-year lull, when Blair and his girlfriend at the time, Camille Zamboni, decided to play with the game Ouija created by Hasbro in 2016 to see if they could boost morale.

After a night of playing the board and communicating with the spirits in the Edgar Allen Poe room, the two were left with the idea of ​​creating the world’s largest board on the roof of the hotel.

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“Shortly after that night, things turned upside down throughout the hotel. The energies swirled. The guests were completely panicked, ”says Blair. “It seemed to kick-start a whole new level of paranormal activity. We saw people floating and hearing voices, and even the hotel pets turned and reacted to invisible forces. Our dreams were pretty crazy. “

“And it wasn’t just us. Other longer-term hotel residents said “there’s absolutely something going on here” and have their own strange encounters in the middle of the night. ”

It took weeks to complete the final plank of 121.01 m² (1,302.54 ft²), after a lot of planning and coordination between team members Brian Cano, James Bertolasio, Mark Portante, Mark Swindler, Nova Lox, Luke Hoffman, Camille Zamboni and project manager Blair Murphy.

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As a dedicated artist, Camille Zamboni directed the painting of the board, ensuring that the lettering was an exact replica of the painting as directed by Guinness World Records.

“After we finished, really strange things started to happen. Blair and I were sleeping and in the middle of the night we woke up because we both heard my son screaming. Except that he was not staying at the hotel that night. “Said Camille.

Camille also mentions it and Blair saw “angry” versions of each other while the other person was nowhere to be seen.

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“I remember going to sleep and woke up screaming and yelling at the end of the bed. I was so confused because he never does that, so I asked “What’s going on?” And when I looked again, he wasn’t there. He had been in his office the whole time. Likewise, another day, Blair saw me in the attic talking and yelling something and began to respond to “me.” However, I was not at the hotel – I went shopping when that happened. “

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Now located on the hotel’s third floor roof, the irony of the placement is that the inventor of the original Ouija board William Fuld died after falling from the roof of a third floor building.

Even with these frightening events and coincidences, it was not enough to stop the team at The Grand Midway from reaching other records.

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As Blair himself is quite an artist and filmmaker, he decided that creating the largest tarot card of the world would be a fitting addition to all the work in progress he had done at the hotel since he acquired it in 2001.

“I always looked at it like the hotel had chosen me. I was living in Los Angeles when an ad for the historic Pennsylvania hotel appeared in my email one day like a scary witty finger from the grave, tapping my attention, saying “buy me … move here … live here. .. it will be fantastic… “It was a fantastic adventure,” said Blair.

The son of two funeral directors, Blair was used to death when he was a child; something that played a big part in his interest in the many paranormal experiences that would occur regularly in his haunted house which has 32 rooms with scary themes.

These rooms have a variety of different atmospheres, ranging from the Vampire room which contains a hidden passage to the adjoining, full of coffins quarters, up to the magician’s room, where one has to push through a secret library to enter the ‘darkness residence.

The Canopy Room, which is said to be haunted by a ghost who died decades ago – is by far the most terrifying in the building.

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With a life-size doll and Victorian decor surrounding the area – many claim to have felt spirits touching them or to have seen ghosts appear in the room.

No wonder, then, with all of the eclectic and bizarre artifacts around the hotel – Blair would like to add another record object to the establishment.

After recruiting painter Terrence Kauffman in 2017, the couple worked together to form a 6.42 m (21 ft. 1 in.) Long and 4.87 m (16 ft. 0 in.) Wide tapestry that is now hanging from the ceiling of the library on the first floor.

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Terrence and Blair chose The Universe card from the Thoth Deck as their symbol for recording.

Unlike some of the sinister components of the Grand Midway Hotel, this card symbolizes positivity and satisfaction – as it represents luck and reward for the one who comes out of the life for which he worked hard.

Similar to the woman who dances in the center of the image, this special card is representative of a celebration and the joy of making success a reality.

Since this particular card now has a Guinness World Records title, it seems to be quite effective.

This is the first time that artist Terrence has worked on a record – because his day job is being a tattoo artist.

He says he’s happy to be working on one of the many projects Blair has done to put Windber, Pennsylvania on the map.

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And despite recent headlines from another Ouija Board claiming to have beaten its record title, Blair still holds the official Guinness World Records title as directed and has submitted evidence.

The rivalry inspired him to continue chasing more records in the future, as he now ponders the idea of ​​creating the largest coffin in the world in the historic church he recently acquired on the rue de l hotel, which now houses the Anne Rice doll collection.

Now, many of those who have heard of extraordinary record titles have flocked to see them in person, and are impressed by the story that encompasses the historic building from 19 e century.

Longtime residents of the Grand Midway, like Synthia Berns, recognize his hard work and ambition.

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“It’s really great to see what Blair has done for the community, he has just gathered so many people and it is an honor for the city to be able to have two Guinness World Records titles. I’m just impressed with the incredible work he has done. ”

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Vatican chief exorcist describes signs of devil obsession

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The main Catholic exorcist, father Gabriel Amort, who died in 2016, said that he had met the devil 60 thousand times in 30 years. The book of his colleague Marcello Stantsione, “The Devil is Afraid of Me,” describes priestly exorcism sessions and signs of obsession, reports the Daily Mail.

The exorcist claimed that he once encountered Satan in the morning of 1997 – then a young Italian was brought to his office in Rome. Amort noted that the possessed knew only his native language, but the spirit inside him spoke excellent English. The priest began a session of exile and demanded that the devil give his name. “He was shocked when he was told that the spirit is Lucifer himself,” the newspaper writes. When the exorcist ordered Lucifer to leave the Italian, the body of the young man tensed, ascended over the floor for several minutes, and then collapsed into a chair. After this, Satan admitted defeat and named the exact day and time when he left, Amorth said.

Father Amort became a student of the exorcist in 1986, and already in 1990 founded the International Association of Exorcists. First, he conducted sessions in the temple of the Holy Stairs, then moved to the headquarters of his order. According to Stationion, Amorth was famous for his sense of humor. “Amorth’s favorite joke was this:

“ Do you know why the devil runs away when he sees me? Because I’m uglier than him, ”” the memoir says.

The exorcist admitted that many of the people who came to him for sessions had mental problems that the psychologist best coped with. At the same time, he called several “symptoms” of obsession – headaches, stomach cramps, which can easily be confused with a common disease. The priest said that the devil hates Latin and prefers to speak English, even if the obsessed person does not know the language.

According to Amorth, 90 percent of the obsessed are Satanists, or people addicted to witchcraft sessions. In addition, he noted that the devil is often infused in middle-aged women who have a weakness for fortune telling.

Sessions of the expulsion of the devil are in great demand in the Vatican. In February 2018, it was reported that because of this, a special course in exorcism was taught at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

The Vatican approved exorcism in 2014. Then the Catholic Church officially recognized the existence of the International Association of Exorcists. The organization, led by Amort, who died in 2016, now has about 400 members, 240 of them from Italy.

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The “cursed” doll was found abandoned in Mexican river after being burned by frightened neighbors 

This sinister human-sized ventriloquist doll was mistaken for a dead body when it was pulled out of a river by villagers in Mexico. They were so scared that they decided to burn her. Unfortunately, the doll, found wrapped in a blanket in the small town of San Antonio La Esperanza, did not burn, and therefore the community decided that it was “cursed”.

In the photo of the doll, one eye is blackened and burned, and the other is bright blue and covered.

It’s reclining jaw gives the doll an eerie look. The human mannequin was initially mistaken for a dead body, but, fortunately, it soon became clear that it was not real when it was deployed from a shawl.

However, it remains a mystery who was the previous owner of the creepy mannequin and why this man tried so hard to get rid of it in such a strange way. According to local media reports, after several attempts, the villagers finally managed to burn it.

Since then, the story has reached the filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro , known for filming such dark science fiction films as “The Shape of Water” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which tweeted some photos of this scary doll.
Local journalist Cesar Buenrostro challenged the idea of ​​a supernatural presence and stated that the locals could not burn the doll on the first try, because it was crude. Once the doll was dry, it became easier for them to set fire to it, he said.

Buenrostro and a YouTube journalist known as the “Oxlack Investigador” visited Julio, the man who made the doll. He said that he sold it many years ago, but could not remember who bought it.

According to Julio, the doll was made of epoxy, which is difficult to burn.

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Top Japanese urban legends

Japan is a distant and mysterious island. Before becoming a country full of buildings and businessmen, it was the land of samurai, martial arts and … urban legends.

An urban legend is a modern form of folklore, a story that is sometimes considered true, but not always, by its narrator. These legends are part of the collective memory. Obviously, despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily take place in an urban area. The term is just used to differentiate modern history from ancient.

Japanese people are fond of urban legends and they have countless, here aew the most creepy Japanese urban legends. It’s up to you if you are still ready to visit Japan after reading this.

1) Kuchisake-onna, the woman with the split mouth

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During the Heian era (794-1185) there lived a very beautiful woman, wife of a very jealous samurai. But she was also not very loyal. The samurai ends up discovering the multiple deceptions of his wife. Dishonored and betrayed, he decided to kill her by slitting her mouth with commissures up to both ears, while yelling at her “Who will find you beautiful now?”.

Today, it is said that the woman with the split mouth appears at night with a surgical mask to hide her “smile” and a long pair of scissors. When she meets a man, she asks him the question “Am I beautiful?”. If he answers no, he is killed immediately. If he answers yes, she then removes her mask and asks “Even like that?”. Answering no again means death. If the man says yes, she follows him to his home before killing him outside the door. The only way to escape her is to tell her that she is an ordinary woman, neither beautiful nor ugly.

2) Inunaki village

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It’s a mysterious village somewhere in Japan. At the entrance to the village, there would be a sign saying “the constitutional laws of Japan do not apply here”. Residents of the village would live in quite a special way since incest, cannibalism and murder would be rampant there.

For unknown reasons, electronic devices would not work in the village. Everyone who has been there has never returned.

3) The O-kiku Ningyou doll

This doll belonged to a 3-year-old girl who died of illness in 1918. The family moved later and, not knowing what to do with the doll, they asked the Mannenji monastery to take care of it because it was a toy their little girl’s fetish. Later, one of the monks was told that the doll’s hair had grown longer. After verification, they had indeed grown!

The monk therefore decided to cut the doll’s hair, but it became even longer. The hair was then analyzed and is believed to be of human origin! The doll would therefore contain the little girl’s soul, and she would sometimes smile. Each year, a ceremony is held in honor of the girl, and the doll’s hair is cut.

4) Hitobashira

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The word Hitobashira means “human pillars”. In the 17th century, it was customary in Japan to bury living people in the foundations or pillars of buildings. These sacrifices were to please the gods, who then blessed the buildings and ensured them a longer life.

But suddenly, the buildings in question would still be haunted by the spirits of the poor buggers who were buried.

5) The Kiyotaki tunnel

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This tunnel, built in 1927, is said to be haunted by the spirits of workers who died during its construction, which took place in conditions close to slavery. The tunnel is 444 meters long, which makes it cursed since the number 4 is somewhat the equivalent of the number 13 in our country, its pronunciation being the same as the word “dead”.

The ghosts of the tunnel would enter your car to scare you, causing an accident. Each new victim would be trapped in the tunnel, adding to the number of spirits. A mirror would also be placed in the tunnel. If you see a ghost looking inside, you die in excruciating pain.

And to add a layer, the length of the tunnel would change depending on the time of day!

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