Re-Blog: 5 Creepiest Of All Things Creepy


(Originally posted 10/10/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

October is the perfect month for all things creepy. If you want to channel your inner historian for a clever costume idea for upcoming festivities, how about these 5 little known creepy historical facts:


1. Hotelier H.H. Holmes who designed his delightful little inn for the express purpose of committing murder and mayhem among guests. He was responsible for murdering as many as 200 people (that we know of) through various dark arts, like chopping them up, toxic gas, and starvation.

 

2. Victorian era folks liked to take photos of loved ones. Um, after they were dead. With poses and props and all. Just like they were still alive. And memorializing babies and children were favorite subjects of this macabre practice. Weird.

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3. In 19th Century Canada, ladies drank a birth control tea, a beverage made from steeped beaver’s testicles. Yum.

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4. 14 years BEFORE the Titanic sank a book entitled The Wreck Of The Titan was written and published by Morgan Robertson. Guess what it was about? An unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg and…. sank. And most of the passengers died because… there weren’t enough lifeboats. Freaky.

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5. Every lover of art, history, etc. dreams of a pilgrimage to the Smithsonian Institute. But a visitor may get more than they bargain for. They might also experience the ghost of the founder of the Smithsonian, James Smithson, who is buried on the grounds and reported to haunt the museum. So intense are reports of hauntings by Smithson that in 1973 his remains and casket were inspected just to see if he was still in there.

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Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 6, Pt 2


(Originally posted 10/9/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

There were certain Harlem characters who were dangerous. It was good to know who.

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Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 6, Pt 1


(Originally posted 10/7/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Malcolm begins to gamble regularly while working at Small’s Paradise Bar in Harlem.

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Re-Blog: Let’s Talk To The Dead… Or Not


(Originally posted 10/5/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

When the gringa was growing up in a strict Southern Baptist household, Ouija boards were banned. The gringa should feel fortunate that my mother was more lenient than her parents. My mother grew up in an even stricter religious household where a deck of cards was considered to be just as Satanic as an Ouija board. But where did the Ouija board really come from? 


Did Satan design and deliver it to mortal man? Is the Ouija board a gateway to communicate with the dead? Does one risk demonic possession or an invitation for a ghostly haunting if a bit of fun is had with this device? Probably not.


The Ouija board was first marketed in America during the 1800s. But this was just a mordernized version of an ancient Chinese trinket that dates back to 1100AD. When early Americans became curious about communicating with the dead, a rash of mysticism arose. 


Hypnotists came on the scene but it was really the spiritualists that commanded the era. And certainly in capitalist America there was a cunning entrepreneur who realized that, although lacking in acting skills and unable to pass self off as a medium or psychic, it would be easy to head to the woodshop and craft a device that assists anyone in talking with the dead.


You heard the gringa right. The Ouija board as we know it today is nothing more than a clever capitalist’s Shark Tank dream come true of the 1800s. Designed after the many cultures who practiced supernatural “automatic writing” practices, rather than being the spawn of Satan, the Ouija board is the offspring of centuries of ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Medieval Europeans.


What the heck was going on in America to have good Christians begin to dabble in the black arts? After the Civil War ravaged families, there were plenty of heartbroken, lonely people, as well as guilt-ridden people, who were desperate to connect with dead loved ones. And dead loved ones were in abundance after a war that decimated the American population.


Actors and actresses turned spiritualists groomed their acting skills and added parlor tricks to their repertoires. Ghostly tapping on walls, levitating tables, and smoky emissions were the skills of spiritualists that earned them a loyal following and steady income. Some even enjoyed a celebrity status, like the Fox sisters of New York. So, if you wanted to get on the ghost-talking gravy train express but couldn’t act your way out of a paper bag, you equipped yourself with an Ouija board and held seances.


So, are Ouija boards imbued with magical powers? Certainly. They make money disappear quick as a wink. Happy Halloween season, my dear readers!

Source: The Vintage News

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Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 5’s Concl


(Originally posted 10/4/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Malcolm makes quite an impression when he goes home for a visit then gets a new railroad job.

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Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 5, Pt 4


(Originally posted 9/27/2017 on Read With The Gringa)

Malcolm becomes intoxicated with Harlem.

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Re-Blog: Autobiography of Malcolm X, Chpt 5, Pt 3


(Originally posted 9/23/2017 on Read With The Gringa.)

Malcolm experienced the most historical sites in Harlem before they made history.

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