Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Your House is Not Haunted

I kind of hate Halloween. "Dressing up," being harassed by children who extort "treats" in order to prevent their attacking you, and the incessant media attention given to bulls hit like "haunted houses."

Today, MSN's homepage features a link to a video that promises to give you "tips to deal with paranormal activity & how to scare off ghosts."

Clicking on the button takes you to this page, where you are treated to a video hosted by the jerk in the photograph, Richard Felix, who is described as "an historian and paranormal investigator." Those are both so legitimate-sounding! He's also the star of a TV show called "Most Haunted," so you know he's objective.

"You know if your home is haunted," he explains, "if things start happening that are-- I suppose you could say 'paranormal.'" You know, like when you hear strange noises or see shadows. Stuff like that that defies explanation.

He then admonishes viewers to "look at the normal before you even consider the paranormal." He is the host of a show called "Most Haunted."

There is no such thing as ghosts. Your house is not haunted. You have plenty of real things to worry about right now-- recession, unemployment, medical care, the deficit, the falling value of the dollar. Give the ghosts a rest, please.

And speaking of "Most Haunted," a show which appears on the Travel Channel in the United States-- apparently, the UK version was exposed as a con:

THE TV show that has spooked millions with its footage of hauntings and poltergeists is today exposed as a fake - by one its own stars.

Resident parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe has sensationally lifted the lid on the ghosthunting series, Most Haunted ... and claims that the public are being deceived by "showmanship and dramatics."

He accuses the show's medium Derek Acorah of hoodwinking viewers by pretending to communicate with spirits and obtaining information about locations prior to filming.

The Mirror has also obtained unedited footage which appears to show presenter Yvette Fielding and her husband faking 'paranormal' occurrences such as ghostly bumps and knocks.



Chris said...

Hey, Ricky! Did you once do a gag for me at Nick Magazine? If this is the right Ricky, we still have the art and we want to return it to you.

The magazine is closing, so until Friday, I'm at:

A.Jaye said...

Don't believe everything you read in The Mirror.

Anonymous said...

um, if I heard strange noises and saw shadows, I would first think someone was pulling a B&E.