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Thursday, October 26, 2006
halloween trivia

Halloween Trivia

Phasmophobia" is the fear of ghosts.

A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.

It's illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.

Eighty-two percent of children take part in Halloween festivities, as do 67% of adults.

The first jack-o'-lanterns were made of turnips.

"Samhainophobia" is the morbid fear of Halloween.

Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year when it comes to candy sales—estimated at $1.93 billion. One quarter of all the candy sold each year is purchased between September 15 and November 10.

The word witch comes from the Saxon word Wicca, which means "wise one."

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.

In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.

Dracula is the most filmed story of all time.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,469 pounds. It was weighed in on October 1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off.

Trick-or-treating is an Irish tradition, based on a custom where wealthy landowners would give food to the poor on Halloween night, believing ghosts would look favorably on them for doing so and spare them from mischief.

In Romanian, Dracula means "Son of the Devil."

The Scots believed in "Samhanach," a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.

Halloween costume sales are estimated at $1.5 billion.

Eighty percent of kids say their favorite Halloween candy is either chocolate or gum.

Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.

There is a poisonous mushroom called a jack-o'-lantern. These mushrooms are a bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appears to glow in the dark.

Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts. Nine percent of Americans claim to have been in the presence of a ghost during their lifetime.

Americans consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year.

The Count Dracula Society was founded in 1962.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, people in costumes and masks would go from house to house, singing and dancing to keep evil at bay. These people were known as "guisers."

Americans spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.

According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women, followed by lavender, cucumbers, baby powder and Good & Plenty candy.

At one time, there were public trials and convictions of animals for witchcraft.

In Lewis, Scotland, Halloween was once celebrated by designating one man to wade into the evening sea and offer a cup of ale to Shoney, a sea god.

In the North of England, Halloween was called "nut-crack" and "snap-apple night."

Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the U.S. are used to make jack-o'-lanterns.

The first Frankenstein film was produced by Thomas Edison in 1910.

The average U.S. household spends $44 on Halloween candy.

There is a Transylvania County in North Carolina.

According to superstition, you will see your future spouse over your left shoulder in the mirror at midnight on Halloween.

"Wicca phobia" is the fear of witches and witchcraft.

October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.

A popular Halloween drink in 18th century Ireland was "lambs-wool," which consisted of roasted, crushed apples mixed into milk.

Dan Rather was born on Halloween, as was Jane Pauley.

Celts believed black cats were once people who had been turned into animals with evil magic.
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Interview, Gia, Psychic/Medium and a Paranormal Investigator

Interview, Gia, Psychic/Medium and a Paranormal Investigator

How did you become Psychic/Medium and a Paranormal Investigator? Have you always had the talent, or was it something you developed? Did you inherit your talents and have you passed them on to your children?
I guess you could say, I was born with it. My Great Grandmother, Grandmother were both Psychic/Mediums. My family found out I was inheriting tje gifts at the age of 4. My son is now developing his abilites, and my grandson, who is now 4 is showing signs of being Psychic. I started my Paranormal Investigations over 20 years ago.

Do you consider you abilities a gift?
In the early years I felt it was a curse, but at the age of 22 I realized that it was never going away...So I embraced it. Yes, It's a gift and a blessing now.

It's mentioned you worked with police and the FBI. Can you share anything about the cases you've been involved with?
I've worked mostly Missing Children cases. In one case the body needed to be found for a conviction. It was a 14 yr old "cold case". I was able to help them find her.

Other than on investigations, what have your paranormal experiences been?
I've had so many. I don't know where to start.

Do you believe in the existence of ghosts? Have you seen proof of such phenomenon? Ghosts? Spirits?
Yes:::Laughing::::I see them all the time.

What other paranormal creatures, phenomenon do you believe in? Past life regression?
I've seen demons. I know to some that's hard to grasp, but they exsist.

What thoughts do you have on Hollywood’s portrayal of psychics/sensitives? Is there one you feel is more accurate than the rest? One you wish you could throw your shoe at?
I know that Hollywood has to embelish to get an audience. The one that is closest to the real thing, is " Medium " I like the way they portray her. Just a down to earth woman who is trying to juggle being a good Mother and Wife who has Dreams/Premonitions and Spirits that take her away from alot of important family things. (Reminds me of me quite a bit ). I'd really like to throw my shoe at another show ( that I won't name ) Don't want to get people mad ::::::laughing:::::

I hear you're writing a book about your experiences? Anything you'd like to share?
It's about my struggle with living in a time where being a Psychic and a Meduim was looked at as the " Devils Work". And what I have found and experienced over the years , ie: demon, spirits , ect. The book is called " The Three Visitors : A Mediums Story "
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Darkness Radio Q & A
Darkness Radio

—Paranormal Theme Day Q & A—

Michelle and I would like to take this moment to thank you for joining our Paranormal Theme Day.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, who you are, what, in the field of paranormal, do you do and how long have you been doing it?

I am Dave Schrader, host of Darkness on the Edge of Town Paranormal Radio Show.
We air every Sunday night and stream the show live on the internet at We began airing shows on Jan 01, 2006 and have had the chance to speak with some of the biggest experts in the field of the paranormal.
I began this show because of my personal interest in the unknown and my own personal experiences.

2. Was there a seminal moment when you decided this was what you wanted to do?

No, not 1 moment. I am intrigued by the unseen forces at work around us. I am also terrified of death so I believe by researching and learning along with my listeners perhaps I can overcome this fear. I have had the chance to see the spirits of my grandparents after they passed, heard voices speak from thin air, dealt with dark forces in my home. So it is the culmination of all of that that spurs on my passion to get the answers.

3. What topic within the realm of paranormal interests you most?

The afterlife and where we go and what happens to us when we die. I am also interested in UFO and cryptozoology and the advancements we are making in the finding of new species on this planet every month.

4. Is there a favorite time or experience revolving around either the discussion of the paranormal or a personal experience you'd like to share with us?

I would say hosting the paranormal cross fire event at this years Penn State, Univ-Con 5 paranormal conference will always stick out with me. To be part of something with so many speakers and professionals offering so many insights into the paranormal.

5. How can our readers find you?

Visit our website at to listen to Live shows or the archives we have placed on our site. I also invite then to join our BB and sign up for some of the paranormal retreats we take with celeb ghost hunters, like the one coming up Jan 14-17th aboard the haunted Queen Mary in Long Beach Ca.
We will be joined by Donna and Lisa from TAPS, Chris Fleming from Dead Famous and Patrick Burns from Haunting Evidence. There will be other great speakers and some surprises along the way.

Again, thank you so much for taking time out with us today.

Mandy & Michelle
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Monday, October 23, 2006
Fav e-book authors/books poll please help
(post came from a friend of mine..angie. I'm passing on to all of you)

From the owner's blog.
An update on the mini-poll situation ...after checking with our pollsters, it appears that while more ballots are coming in for Mainstream Sexy and Erotic Romance titles, E-Book ballots remain few and far between. I know that a number of you read e-books, and/or know others who do. Please spread the word that unless we receive enough E-Book ballots, we will not be able to finalize that particular mini-poll as the results would be statistically insignificant. I've got a possible remedy in my mind if that occurs, but given how vocal E-Book supporters are, both here and at AAR, we're all a little stymied.
And to get to the poll so ebooks don't lose out, go here to vote:
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Monday, October 09, 2006
MM Paranormal Theme Day Oct 26th

Hi all,

It’s that time of the year again! Michelle and I are gathering all or goodies up for this year’s MM Paranormal Theme Day. It will kick off on Oct 26th and span several boards (consider that a warning *evil chuckle slips out* ). We’re doing something new this year by extending invitations to Paranormal Investigators, Parapsychologists & Experts in the field to take a moment and answer questions for us. We’ll also be doing some of the tried and true things that always generate a large response, the levels of hauntings, your experiences with the paranormal, your thoughts on the supernatural, and let’s not forget the excerpts and the prizes. We’re gathering additional ones from authors as we speak, not to mention Michelle and I have lots of goodies stored up for this event.

To be able to view the multi-publisher excerpts and prizes, be sure you’re a member of the RAVEN GROUP. We’re making sure to be respectful and keep house excerpts specific to house on the day of event. The RAVEN will act as a free for all. LOL. Only a few of the boards receiving this post will be ones the theme day occurs on so if you’re unsure, you can always check the group calendar and/or join the RAVEN.

If you’re an author and would like to participate, please email Michelle enchant@ (no spaces)


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