Needlessly Complicated: Benevolent Misanthrope: 1. Be a woman.Aaaaaaand, we're done. Women are the Debbil and deserve anything that happens to them. That hasn't changed much in the US. You have no idea how refreshing it is to live in a place where that particular part of the "women are lesser" idea never took root.What place is that? I would like to go to there, please.
Aulus: National Geographic Channel recently had a program on this. It seems to have largely been the work of one man, the preacher in Salem, who was not all that well liked. He drummed up the bit about witches on the loose to increase his standing in the community.
OtherLittleGuy: cirby: Of course, about one out of six of the accused (and of the executed) was male, and the whole thing was kicked off by a feud between women who were related to each other, but.....and ended when people of property and power were starting to get accused, and it was beyond all fun and games./and it was in modern-day Danvers, aka "Salem Village"
Mr. Right: 14. Butter or milk has spoiled in your fridgeExactly how many fridges were around in 1692?Demonstrative of exactly the kind of journalistic integrity and precision one expects from mentalfloss
hitlersbrain: Witchfinder General. Best... Job... Ever.
Oblio13: "Having taken the suspected Witch, shee is placed in the middle of a room upon a stool, or Table, crosse legg'd, or in some other uneasie posture, to which if she submits not, she is then bound with cords, there is she watcht & kept without meat or sleep for the space of 24 hours. For (they say) within that time they shall see her Impe come and suck; a little hole is likewise made in the door for the Impe to come in at: and lest it might come in some lesse discernible shape, they that watch are taught to be ever & anon sweeping the room, and if they see any spiders or flyes, to kill them. And if they cannot kill them, then they may be sure they are her Impes."- John Gaule, describing a test used by Witchfinders, 1646
Nogale: Well, it's 2014 and many people are convinced that I'm a witch. But they spell it differently.
vudukungfu: All women weight more than a duck, cursemitter.
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