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Do you believe in ghosts?

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Photo of Madeline Backus

“Yes, I do. I was in a seance awhile ago, and it was pretty revealing.”

Photo of Tess Frydman

“Heck, yes, because they are real. They talked to me (at a seance).”

Photo of Janice Heie

“I do. I had an experience … somebody knocked on a door and there wasn’t anyone there.”

Photo of Jon Ruybalid

“I believe in another world, so I do.”


RoeDapple 7 years ago

No, but I believe rabbits lay hard boiled eggs....

BrianR 7 years ago

RoeDapple (Anonymous) says… No, but I believe rabbits lay hard boiled eggs….

The Cadbury Bunny?

johnadavies 7 years ago

Anyone can believe in anything in this country; that's the beauty of it!

Janice Heie - I've got to confess, it was me but I had to run!

jonas_opines 7 years ago

I try to keep an open enough mind that if I ever did encounter a ghost I'd be able to keep my wits and not turn into the babbling cretin that's always one of the first to die (and usually takes at least one other person out with him, or makes it worse for everybody else), but I still have yet to see a solitary ghost.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

Well, Marion had been haunting these forums for years, and, only yesterday, an apparition!

denak 7 years ago

Personally, I do not.

However, my mom was friends with a woman named Betty for years. Betty grew up in England in one of those old English Manor Houses. And Betty would swear up and down that there was indeed ghosts. She would tell stories about how the ghosts would move things around. How she would see them from time to time. She honestly believed in them. She wasn't just pulling our leg or trying to scare us kids.

So, who knows. If they do exist, they aren't common and they don't appear in seances. The only thing one sees at a seance is their money disappearing.


Leslie Swearingen 7 years ago

I don't believe in karma or payback, in fact that is just about my least favorite phrase. I don't know if there are ghosts or not. It is the Holy Spirit, not the Holy Ghost.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

(Those Catholics and their wacky word ways....)

beatrice 7 years ago

Ghosts don't exist, Holy or otherwise.

I've seen Scooby Doo. There never is a ghost, its always just the mayor/shopkeeper/butler with a pillow case on his head.

As the late, great Freddie Mercury said, "I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman."

I_Bejewel 7 years ago

“I do. I had an experience … somebody knocked on a door and there wasn’t anyone there.”

— Janice Heie, health/wellness center owner, Aspen, Colo

....Sounds like someone ding-dong-ditched you Janice.

Music_Girl 7 years ago

Teenaged girls participating in seances? Was no one else bothered by that? Wow...

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Go back to your pit, girlfriend.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

How to get me to stop listening to you: Say "I was in a seance..."

KansasPerson 7 years ago

(LOL at OldEnuf) (and enjoying Famous!Marion's link to that classy looking car)

I don't believe in them. Every time someone has told me a "true" ghost story, I've seen all kinds of holes in it, but I'm too polite to say so, usually. What was that one I read about the other day -- "I was alone in the house and the radio switched over to classical music by itself; [deceased person] was really into classical music" -- HELLO, that happens to me and it's just a crappy radio or a bad antenna or poor signal, combined with two stations having frequencies right next to each other. There's always been an easy, rational explanation for every "ghost story" I've ever heard or read about.

And if you get people in a group, it's even worse. I used to work with a group of highly suggestible (is that the word I want?) people who all believed our work-place was haunted. Since they were predisposed to believe already, every unusual (but explainable) occurrence was immediately chalked up to being more ghost-evidence. It was like a group-hysteria.

In my opinion, you can believe in an afterlife or in the Holy Spirit (as Irish does) without believing that ghosts walk the earth.

cthulhu_4_president 7 years ago

What I believe doesn't matter, what matters is what the evidence shows.


Music_Girl 7 years ago

I do believe there are certain things we can't necessarily explain but do I believe that every open cabinet door or every container falling off a shelf is a ghost? Heck no!

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

I believe in zombies. Does that count?

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

R_I stole my post!

beatrice - I never heard that Freddie Mercury quote. Thanks! My bit o' learnin' for the day.

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

Pywacket - ROTFMAO at your entire post.

pace 7 years ago

Ghostology, like religion or mythology, Skeptic or faithful owes no apology, Many doors will open for the bold, They will come to get your gold.

puddleglum 7 years ago

those chicks are hot. are you sure they are teenage girls? they look much older and mature. there are ghosts everywhere. everybody knows that.

Leslie Swearingen 7 years ago

RI You know nothing. I know for a fact that at St. Johns we were told that the church no longer uses Holy Ghost, but now prefers Holy Spirit. If you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church you will not find any mention of the Holy Ghost, St. Augustine does not dictate Catholic doctrine or belief. You can try and contact him at a seance and asks him what he thinks about all this. I have no problem with teens whether they be girls or boys attending a seance. It is none of my business.

denak 7 years ago

Ahhh, I loved Casper. His uncles were mean to him though.

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

Irish - let me get this straight. The Catholic church will "update" itself on the uses of the Holy Ghost (probably after viewing an episode of "Ghostbusters") versus the Holy Spirit but not condoms versus AIDS? Good to know they're on what's important!

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

Sorry, Irish. Ever since PigPrune posted the blog about the Catholic church, I've been picking on you. My grandmother was Catholic and my very definition of a lady. Out of respect for her, I shall keep further comments about the Catholic church to myself.

ThatGirl2 7 years ago

Liberty_One (Anonymous) says…

I expected the high school girls to say so, but a grown man who's an attorney?

Why not? People believe in God--a completely unknowable and unseen yet omniscent being. How's believing in ghosts any different?

dajudge 7 years ago

No. But, "I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks!" and not holy spooks, either, just the plain ones.

jimmyjms 7 years ago

I love that the most vociferous bible-bangers on this site are on this thread saying they don't believe in ghosts.

Mixolydian 7 years ago

I do believe in ghosts.....

But who am I going to call?

Kathy Theis-Getto 7 years ago

ThatGirl2 (Anonymous) says…

Liberty_One (Anonymous) says…

I expected the high school girls to say so, but a grown man who's an attorney? –––––––––––––––––––––––—

Why not? People believe in God—a completely unknowable and unseen yet omniscent being. How's believing in ghosts any different?

So true - but you forgot something - omnipresent and omnipotent. LOL Good to see 'ya!

Linda Aikins 7 years ago

Give up the ghost Ghost of a chance Ghost town Ghost dance Ghost of a smile Ghost writer

Coincidence? I think not...

beatrice 7 years ago

"Naw, Janice is that gal who advocates eating raw food only and is probably always mildly loopy from malnutrition."

Nice catch Marion! I thought she looked familiar, and I think you might be right about the malnutrition.

Jersey Girl, the Mercury quote is from the song "Bicycle Race."

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

beatrice - I'll have to actually listen to the words when I'm singing. Thank you!!

And when is the Ghost of Time gonna get here and make it 5:00 already?

Leslie Swearingen 7 years ago

Fr. John does not believe in karma either. That is an Hindu belief. We are taught to treat each other kindly, not out of fear, but out of hope.

Kirk Larson 7 years ago

I like a good ghost story but I don't believe in ghosts. Just like I don't believe in magic, but I'll probably go see Harry Potter this weekend.

jumpin_catfish 7 years ago

Nobody has any proof that ghost exist....but nobody has any proof they don't. I think there's a lot more to the universe then we are able to understand but with that said you really look like a dope saying ghosts talk to you.

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

Irish - sorry, even out of deference to my grandmother, I can't stop myself. Karma is not based on fear. I can't say the same for Catholicism.

Jersey_Girl 7 years ago

If there is a ghost I'd like to meet, Freddie Mercury is at the top of the list.

pace 7 years ago

the Ghost I don’t believe in is a good Ghost, a just Ghost, a merciful Ghost. She’s not the mean and stupid Ghost you make Her out to be.

oldvet 7 years ago

I believe in the Holy Ghost, regular ghosts, ghostbusters and spooks...

beatrice 7 years ago

"Nobody has any proof that ghost exist….but nobody has any proof they don't."

Evidence of existence is required for proof that something exists, whether it is ghosts, bigfoot, Zeus, unicorns or WMDs in Iraq. Until then, the lack of supportive evidence of their existence is the proof necessary to claim that ghosts don't exist.

MissinLawrence 7 years ago

As a Catholic, we do now say Holy Spirit, for instance when we do the sign of the cross. But my mom says she remembers attending Catholic school and saying Holy Ghost and saying the mass in Latin.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

"Evidence of existence is required for proof that something exists...."

I can't even prove I exist (Descartes notwithstanding), the evidence sublimating as I type.

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