Quote of the Day: ‘I Use My Ouija Board as a Chopping Block to Make Soul Food’

 

When asked in 1914 whether he would be re-elected, President Woodrow Wilson said, “The Ouija Board says ‘Yes.'”

There has been debate through the years about whether the Ouija Board is a harmless childhood diversion or a manifestation of evil.

The “talking boards” first became popular after the Civil War, used by spiritualists to contact the dead. The name “Ouija” was supposedly the name of a ghost spelled out to a practitioner of seances. The Hasbro toy company took the copyright on the name, but it’s used generically these days for such occult practices. The Ouija Board has been a much-used motif in urban legends centered on the supernatural. The Ouija Board is part of the plot of The Exorcist, Regan’s first contact with evil spiritual forces. The Ouija Board has widely been criticized and condemned by Christian churches (Catholic and Protestant.)

But a scientific test of the device by the National Geographic Society using blindfolded participants found that the thing didn’t really work at all.

I would be tempted to think of the Ouija Board as an innocuous plaything. But if Woodrow Wilson was a fan… Yeah, it must be evil incarnate.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Eustace C. Scrubb: I would be tempted to think of the Ouija Board as an innocuous plaything. But if Woodrow Wilson was a fan… Yeah, it must be evil incarnate.

    Preach it, brother! Preach it!

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  2. TBA Coolidge
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    Like so many other things in this life, you get out of a Ouija Board what you put into it. 

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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    Wilson was a big fan of The Birth of a Nation too.

    “History written with lightning” or some such thing.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    TBA (View Comment):

    Like so many other things in this life, you get out of a Ouija Board what you put into it.

    Plus what any evil spirits who are hanging around put into it.

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  5. Seawriter Contributor
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    Eustace C. Scrubb:

    I would be tempted to think of the Ouija Board as an innocuous plaything. But if Woodrow Wilson was a fan… Yeah, it must be evil incarnate.

    That sentence alone convinced me to like this.

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Burn the witch! 

    And by witch I mean technocratic racist lying tyrant.

    My son is studying this period in college and is appaled by zhow fast Mr. ” He kept us out of war” went to war.

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  7. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Is the title a Stephen Wright line? 

    “I used my microwave to reheat some instant coffee and almost went back in time.”

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  8. WI Con Member
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    It’s odd, we had some family over a couple weeks ago, talking about scary movies, ghosts and such. The Ouija board topic came up. Me and two of my sisters-in-law agreed: don’t mess with that “door”, don’t play around with that “gate”. I’d consider myself a pretty skeptical person but see no need to call down the thunder on things like this. 

    I miss and reflect daily the loved ones in my life, imagine conversations with them, imagine the guidence they’d give me on issues and problems I face but I just would not ever ‘rattle that particular cage’.

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  9. Barfly Member
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    It’s odd, we had some family over a couple weeks ago, talking about scary movies, ghosts and such. The Ouija board topic came up. Me and two of my sisters-in-law agreed: don’t mess with that “door”, don’t play around with that “gate”. I’d consider myself a pretty skeptical person but see no need to call down the thunder on things like this. 

    I miss and reflect daily the loved ones in my life, imagine conversations with them, imagine the guidence they’d give me on issues and problems I face but I just would not ever ‘rattle that particular cage’.

    And what ever you do, do NOT watch that movie White Noise

    I don’t mean the new White Noise, that sounds like some retarded woke mess. (I had to search for the 2005 movie you shouldn’t watch by adding the phrase “not that retarded woke mess.” My link then appeared in the first page.)

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  10. Flicker Coolidge
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    TBA (View Comment):

    Like so many other things in this life, you get out of a Ouija Board what you put into it.

    I remember back in a psych class the story that some psychologists, I think, tried to summon a poltergeist, and named it, and spent days or weeks together every day calling it, and talking to it, and trying to summoning it, until one day a poltergeist answering to that name showed up.  They were very frightened and quit the experiment.  This was presented as true at the time, but I never heard any more about it.  But it makes sense that if you call them, they will come.

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  11. TBA Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Like so many other things in this life, you get out of a Ouija Board what you put into it.

    I remember back in a psych class the story that some psychologists, I think, tried to summon a poltergeist, and named, it and spent days or weeks together every day calling it, and talking to it, and trying to summoning it, until one day a poltergeist answering to that name showed up. They were very frightened and quite the experiment. This was presented as true at the time, but I never heard any more about it. But it makes sense that if you call them, they will come.

    I don’t believe in ghosts and demons. 

    Playing with a Ouija Board is probably the best way to start though. 

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  12. kedavis Inactive
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    Eustace C. Scrubb: But a scientific test of the device by the National Geographic Society using blindfolded participants found that the thing didn’t really work at all.

    Well of course, if the spirits need your eyes to see the board, it won’t work if you’re blindfolded.

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  13. kedavis Inactive
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  14. Painter Jean Moderator
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    The boy whose actual exorcism inspired Blatty’s  book “The Exorcist”, was messing around with an ouija board that he was introduced to by a spiritualist aunt.

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  15. Bishop Wash Member
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    Eustace C. Scrubb: The name “Ouija” was supposedly the name of a ghost spelled out to a practitioner of seances.

    I thought that it came from oui and ja, foreign words for yes. Glad to learn something new today.

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