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(Huffington Post)   From the "This is why we can't have nice things" desk: 45% of Americans say they believe in ghosts   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 394
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2013-02-02 03:06:49 PM  
It is one of the more harmless beliefs. Not many people have been killed over ghosts, nor does belief in ghosts trash the political process.
 
2013-02-02 03:07:55 PM  
Don't believe in ghosts, but have seen weird shiat.
 
wee
2013-02-02 03:17:21 PM  
More than that believe in a god.  Some even believe that this invisible man in the sky will listen to them and do shiat for them.  They live their lives in the context of this imaginary friend advising them.  They give money to people who talk to them about this magical being.

That's far worse than believing in ghosts.
 
2013-02-02 03:19:41 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Don't believe in ghosts, but have seen weird shiat.


I've always wanted to see one, but never have. The strangest thing I've seen is my mom answer the phone before it rang. Twice. Each time it was my brother calling. She claimed she did it all the time. I was seriously wondering if she weighed more than a duck.
 
2013-02-02 03:21:41 PM  
Were they paying respondents? You'll get differing answers if you do that.

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2013-02-02 03:22:48 PM  

St_Francis_P: It is one of the more harmless beliefs. Not many people have been killed over ghosts, nor does belief in ghosts trash the political process.


Except it is a symptom of the kind of magical thinking that does trash the political process, when the electorate wants X amount of services and believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that those services can be purchased for some amount of money less than X. Or that something must be done about the 12 million illegal immigrants "ruining the country", while a few thousand bankers actually did tank the economy and any effort to punish them or even prevent it from happening in the future was defeated amid cries of socialism and tyranny.

Wow... maybe I should get more fiber or something.

Anyway, 45% of Americans are stupid.
 
2013-02-02 03:25:34 PM  

skinnycatullus: St_Francis_P: It is one of the more harmless beliefs. Not many people have been killed over ghosts, nor does belief in ghosts trash the political process.

Except it is a symptom of the kind of magical thinking that does trash the political process, when the electorate wants X amount of services and believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that those services can be purchased for some amount of money less than X. Or that something must be done about the 12 million illegal immigrants "ruining the country", while a few thousand bankers actually did tank the economy and any effort to punish them or even prevent it from happening in the future was defeated amid cries of socialism and tyranny.

Wow... maybe I should get more fiber or something.

Anyway, 45% of Americans are stupid.


Well, maybe a symptom of all that. I've known people from all parts of the political spectrum who believe in ghosts.
 
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2013-02-02 03:27:31 PM  
They make great cheese, try some Chevre some time.

I'll bet they are a biatch to milk though.
 
2013-02-02 03:36:29 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Don't believe in ghosts, but have seen weird shiat.


Same here.

My previous workplace, a public television station, was allegedly haunted by the ghost of this dude. Part of the studio consisted of Mr. Ray's old movie studio, which dates back to 1920. One of my former cow orkers told me about chatting with a repairman who was doing some work in a small screening theater on the property. The repairman told her that he thought someone had tapped him on the shoulder, but when he turned around, no one was there. She told him, "Oh, that's our resident ghost," and said that he turned pale.

One cow orker who used Mr. Ray's old office mentioned that occasionally he would arrive in the morning to find that various items had been moved to different areas in the room. Weird.

I sometimes wandered around the old studio buildings at night in hopes of seeing the ghost, but never had any luck. I DID encounter an albino skunk one evening (I thought it was a white cat, until it turned around).
 
2013-02-02 03:40:55 PM  

vpb: They make great cheese, try some Chevre some time.

I'll bet they are a biatch to milk though.


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2013-02-02 03:52:24 PM  

St_Francis_P: I was seriously wondering if she weighed more than a duck.


I've heard there are ways to test for that.
 
2013-02-02 04:01:29 PM  
I do. I've studied the Paranormal for over 30 years. I've got a great "laugh" from a cemetery I walked through.
When people ask me to give them proof there's ghosts, I just tell them it's not my job to make you believe.
That's YOUR job. Do your own homework. I do it for fun, not change the World.
 
2013-02-02 04:06:55 PM  
It's fun to play pretend.
 
2013-02-02 04:28:39 PM  

wee: More than that believe in a god.  Some even believe that this invisible man in the sky will listen to them and do shiat for them.  They live their lives in the context of this imaginary friend advising them.  They give money to people who talk to them about this magical being.

That's far worse than believing in ghosts.


Yep, pretty much this.  It's one thing to believe that there may be some sort of existence after death that sometimes crosses over into this universe, but if you believe THIS GUY is being honest with you about the invisible man in the sky, then you're a farking moron.

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2013-02-02 04:38:55 PM  
Why do ghost's always have clothes on?

Why aren't there more reports of dinosaur ghosts?
 
2013-02-02 04:46:13 PM  

Godscrack: Why do ghost's always have clothes on?

Why aren't there more reports of dinosaur ghosts?


The government always hushes it up.
 
2013-02-02 04:49:02 PM  

Godscrack: Why do ghost's always have clothes on?


I assume that sucubbi don't wear clothes, since that would be counter-productive.
 
2013-02-02 05:06:13 PM  

Zombie DJ: I do. I've studied the Paranormal for over 30 years. I've got a great "laugh" from a cemetery I walked through.
When people ask me to give them proof there's ghosts, I just tell them it's not my job to make you believe.
That's YOUR job. Do your own homework. I do it for fun, not change the World.


I would love to go "ghost hunting" but I've no one to go with. I've had a few dreams from people I've known who died. A few months ago - I had to dream about my cousin. She committed suicide two Easters ago. She wanted me to give her mom a message. It was weird. My dreams are always for other people. Rarely are they for me.

My mom is the same way.
 
2013-02-02 05:08:59 PM  

Bontesla: Zombie DJ: I do. I've studied the Paranormal for over 30 years. I've got a great "laugh" from a cemetery I walked through.
When people ask me to give them proof there's ghosts, I just tell them it's not my job to make you believe.
That's YOUR job. Do your own homework. I do it for fun, not change the World.

I would love to go "ghost hunting" but I've no one to go with. I've had a few dreams from people I've known who died. A few months ago - I had to dream about my cousin. She committed suicide two Easters ago. She wanted me to give her mom a message. It was weird. My dreams are always for other people. Rarely are they for me.

My mom is the same way.


Hell, my aunt (mom's sister) also dreams visits. It's how she found out her husband died in an accident.
 
2013-02-02 05:10:15 PM  
Ghost bit my sister.
 
2013-02-02 05:10:45 PM  

davidphogan: St_Francis_P: I was seriously wondering if she weighed more than a duck.

I've heard there are ways to test for that.


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2013-02-02 05:23:38 PM  

Sgygus: Ghost bit my sister.


Thank goodness it was just a ghost.  If an Oompa Loompa bites you, then when the moon is full, you turn into one of them.
 
2013-02-02 06:20:18 PM  
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2013-02-02 06:20:38 PM  
The only real ghost is the Holy Ghost, amirite?
 
2013-02-02 06:20:56 PM  
While I don't believe in ghosts, I love reading books of "real" ghost stories. Ghosts are up there with the various cryptids in the "Most likely not real, but would be cool if they were" department.
 
2013-02-02 06:22:06 PM  
Remember folks, everyone who believes in something you don't is a stupid simpleton. Doesn't matter if it's ghost, religion or global warming.  Don't even get me started on aliens.
 
2013-02-02 06:23:22 PM  
People believe in all sorts of bizzare shiat. Not sure why we cant have nice things because of this subby...
 
2013-02-02 06:23:27 PM  

BillCo: Remember folks, everyone who believes in something you don't

that isn't real is a stupid simpleton

ftfy
 
2013-02-02 06:24:17 PM  
Who ya gonna call?
 
2013-02-02 06:24:56 PM  
A billion people wandering around the globe with cell phone cameras, CCTV everywhere and not one has managed to capture a ghost. Nothing but obvious fakes, pareidolia, and "orbs" (as in, "Well, yeah, it was snowing and I used a flash, but those totally aren't snowflakes, they're like spirits or something"). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and all we've been given so far is shiat.
 
2013-02-02 06:25:41 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Don't believe in ghosts, but have seen weird shiat.


Have you tried getting more fiber in your diet?
 
2013-02-02 06:25:51 PM  
Came for the smug leaving with a years supply of smug after only 22 posts.

Not saying I believe in ghosts but when you get around my age if you have not seen one or two things you cant explain then sucks for you.
 
2013-02-02 06:26:52 PM  
 
2013-02-02 06:27:19 PM  
I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I do believe in spooks
 
2013-02-02 06:27:38 PM  

Zombie DJ: Do your own homework.


STUDY IT OUT.
 
2013-02-02 06:28:10 PM  
I've encountered weird stuff with a Ouija board.

/for reals
 
2013-02-02 06:29:58 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: Came for the smug leaving with a years supply of smug after only 22 posts.

Not saying I believe in ghosts but when you get around my age if you have not seen one or two things you cant explain then sucks for you.



"I can't explain everything I've seen, therefore the souls of the dead remain walking the earth in eternal torment, bound and imprisoned on this physical plane, forever seeking atonement for their sins and forgiveness that will never come!"

Sounds perfectly reasonable, anyone who doesn't accept that simple syllogism must be just smug.
 
2013-02-02 06:30:35 PM  
I don't believe in ghosts as surviving spirits of people whose bodies have died, because they never seem to act appropriately. By which I mean, act how people typically act when given the slightest chance of not being retaliated against. They're always trying to keep people away from their property, or trying to get people to do things they tried but failed to accomplish before they died so they can "rest in peace," instead of waving their phantasmal genitalia around, invading large parties for the purpose of dry-humping the guests of honor, and otherwise trying to get away with things they didn't dare do when they were alive.

/I do, however, believe in ghosts as imaginary entities we conjure up to comfort ourselves with the possibility of having a second chance after we die
//imagination can kill you if you let it, but it can also save your life if you understand it
 
2013-02-02 06:30:39 PM  

St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: Don't believe in ghosts, but have seen weird shiat.

I've always wanted to see one, but never have. The strangest thing I've seen is my mom answer the phone before it rang. Twice. Each time it was my brother calling. She claimed she did it all the time. I was seriously wondering if she weighed more than a duck.


She must have very good hearing, old landline phones make a sound just before they ring. It is inaudible to the average person, but many animals can hear it. A friend had a dog that hated the sound of a ringing phone, he learned to knock the phone off the hook when he heard the first sound. I've heard of cats doing the same thing.
 
2013-02-02 06:31:06 PM  

FloydA: ItchyMcDoogle: Came for the smug leaving with a years supply of smug after only 22 posts.

Not saying I believe in ghosts but when you get around my age if you have not seen one or two things you cant explain then sucks for you.


"I can't explain everything I've seen, therefore the souls of the dead remain walking the earth in eternal torment, bound and imprisoned on this physical plane, forever seeking atonement for their sins and forgiveness that will never come!"

Sounds perfectly reasonable, anyone who doesn't accept that simple syllogism must be just smug.


Thank you for saying that in a much more amusing way than I was going to.
 
2013-02-02 06:31:58 PM  
A link to the poll would have been nice.
 
2013-02-02 06:32:43 PM  

Rufus Lee King: How is everyone so sure that there aren't ghosts?


How is everyone so sure there isn't a tiny invisible man who watches over your anus as night?
 
2013-02-02 06:34:03 PM  

BillCo: Remember folks, everyone who believes in something you don't is a stupid simpleton. Doesn't matter if it's ghost, religion or global warming.  Don't even get me started on aliens.


If you beleive in something that has no evidence and violates the laws of physics and biology, well you're an idiot. Show me the mechanism by which a ghost can exist.
 
2013-02-02 06:34:17 PM  

Tatterdemalian: I don't believe in ghosts as surviving spirits of people whose bodies have died, because they never seem to act appropriately.


If I were a ghost I'd definitely spend all my time in girls' locker rooms. Can ghosts jerk off?
 
2013-02-02 06:34:52 PM  

Rufus Lee King: How is everyone so sure that there aren't ghosts?


Extraordinary claims, how do they farking work?
 
2013-02-02 06:35:07 PM  
I don't believe in anything paranormal or pseudoscientific.

But I love the legends and oral traditions around this stuff.  It's entertaining and I've been on a few ghost hunts and stayed the night in a "haunted" hotel room.  Nothing turned up, but it was still fun.  Same reason why I love the UFO stuff, Bigfoot and Republican social policy.
 
2013-02-02 06:36:09 PM  

Rufus Lee King: How is everyone so sure that there aren't ghosts?


Assuming you're not joking:

It's not people are "sure" there aren't ghosts. It's that there has never been any evidence to suggest it besides second hand accounts and poorly faked photographs/video/audio.

Russel's Teapot is the best explanation for why we don't assume something is true just because some people believe it without evidence.
 
2013-02-02 06:37:03 PM  

jigger: BillCo: Remember folks, everyone who believes in something you don't that isn't real is a stupid simpleton

ftfy


Do you believe in wealth, laws, promises? None of those are real.

/this is why atheist ideologies end up just as insane as religious cults
//they believe in things that aren't real, they just try to change the definition of "real" to suit themselves
///reality is that which doesn't disappear when people don't believe in it... try spending a million dollars in confederate money if you don't think wealth can disappear when people stop believing in it
 
2013-02-02 06:37:41 PM  

Rufus Lee King: How is everyone so sure that there aren't ghosts?


Well, there's the fact that there's no mechanism by which they can function. Being dead and all.
 
2013-02-02 06:38:01 PM  
I;ll have what their having!
 
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