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Halloween History ( A Beginner’s Guide )

The second most commercial holiday next only to Christmas, Halloween has a long history marked mainly by celebration and superstition. Originating nearly 2000 years ago, the ancient roots of today’s modern Halloween traditions can be traced back to the mysterious Celtic festival of Samhain ( pronounced SOW-in ). It was widely believed that on the night of November 1st, spirits from the underworld returned as ghosts. In turn, people left offerings of food and wine on their doorsteps, hoping to protect their houses by providing these restless, roaming, hungry, and perhaps even menacing spirits, with at least some bare-bones form...

A portrait of Washington Irving Bishop, (deadconjurers.blogspot.com) 0

Weird History: Killed By An Autopsy

Weird History: The Man Killed By An Autopsy The curious case of Washington Irving Bishop begins with magic and ends with tragedy when he is found dead… after an autopsy was performed on his body. An American stage mentalist, Bishop started his career as an assistant under the muscle reader J. Randall Brown, but was most well known for his performance of the blindfold drive, an act involving driving while blindfolded (go figure). In the early 1870’s Bishop was the manager of Anna Eva Fay’s spiritualist acts, but in 1876 he exposed her trick methods to the media, after which he became an...

Lines continued to flow in Mecca for the annual Hajj, despite the recent stampede which claimed the lives of over 700 pilgrims. (BBC World News) 0

Over 700 Die During Stampede Amid History of Tragedies at Mecca

Over 700 Die During Stampede Amid History of Tragedies at Mecca (Saudi Arabia) Over 700 people have been declared dead following a stampede during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca, yesterday, around 7:00 PM GMT. Over two million pilgrims were lined up to perform the final rite of throwing stones at a pillar representing the Devil during the celebration, when the incident occurred. The lines stretched across a valley, where witnesses observed the two lines converging on one another approximately 3 miles away from Mecca. Temperatures we said to have been as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit during the event. This...

A birthday card signed by Charles Manson, complete anachronistic butterflies and flowers on the front cover. (Murderacution.com) 0

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com The first Bizarre on a Budget feature focused on an eBay listing that contained what the seller claimed to be the soul of an ancient Sumerian woman. But for this edition, the bizarre is found on an auction website that may be even darker than even the murkiest depths of eBay’s “weird” category. Murderabilia is a category of collectible items that have a link to murderers. The sale of such items was officially banned from eBay in 2001, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, the ban has not stopped those who seek to...

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Living Life the Victorian Way

Living Life the Victorian Way Is history a lot like the game of telephone in which stories are repeated over and over again until the final retelling bears little resemblance to the truth? This is what Sarah A. Chrisman and her husband Gabriel believe. In 2010, they made a life-changing decision. Frustrated with the complexities of daily life and fascinated by the secrets of the past, the Chrismans, both of whom are history buffs, chose to time travel in a way, transporting their lifestyle back to the late Victorian era of the 1880s and 1890s. Nothing But Primary Source Materials...