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Hello again Grimericans! I have to say, I fought long and hard trying to figure out what this next post for the month of October should be about. Finally, after a couple days of debating and searching, and now with a mere 35 minutes before my scheduled bed time before I begin my work-week anew, I start this post… I’m a glutton for punishment. So, because I know that since you’re reading this post, you have a somewhat above average intellect and have probably deduced that what this post is about. The scarecrow. There aren’t too many more things terrifying than a scarecrow. Well, at least in the western world. Especially if you lost in a field of corn or other crop at night when you start to make out the silhouette of a human. At least you think it’s human… I’m not going to ask what you’re doing in a spooky field in the dead of night trying to provoke pure scarecrow evil. I guess I’m not the only one who’s a glutton for punishment.

 

“Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope!”

 

 

Forms of scarecrows are spread far and wide through a plethora of cultures around the world. This has resulted in a wide variety of names for the sentinel of the fields. The Japanese have the “Kakashi”, regional terms around the U.K. include the Mommet from Somerset, the Gallybagger from the Isle of Wight, the Hay-man from England, the Tattie Bogle or the Bodach-rocais and the potatoe-doolie. (“Old man of the rocks”) from Scotland and of course the Hodmedod from around Berkshire. The Welsh have the bwgan or the bwbach. Most of these names reflect something about a scarecrow’s nature and function. Hodmedod is in reference to a goofy person, mommet involves the materials used in that of something mop like, usually made of rags. The term “Bogle” is really the only variation used that may have an overtone of paranormal origin.  While the precise etymology of the word is unknown, if we take the Welsh word for ghost bwg and the German word bögge (of which böggel-mann (“Goblin or hob-goblin”) is derived) which was cognate of the Middle-English word bugge, which is where we get the word bogey and then the word boogy or boogie, as in the boogyman/boogieman.

 

So you somehow managed to whither your way into my blogs now just like you’ve withered your way into my nightmares… Touché Boogey, touché.

 

 

Scarecrows have been in use since agriculture became a thing. At least that’s my suspicion. The oldest recorded use of scarecrows were from the ancient Egyptians who would use wooden frames covered in nets to fend their crops from the ever pesky… quail. So… scare-quails, I guess? Anyway, the Egyptians would hide in the fields and chase quail into the nets and now not only do they have more wheat to eat, but also some nice, plump quail. Way to multitask Egyptians! One year, according to one website at least, the Egyptians had a smaller crop yield than anticipated and there was much fear that they had somehow angered the gods. They put two and two together and got quail. Errr… something like that. It then began illegal to hunt and eat quail for fear of the gods extracting revenge, and anyone who killed and ate a quail would be put to death. The Egyptians started to put up more human-like figures in their fields to ward off the invasive foul. As the story on the website goes, the new human-like scarecrows worked. Then one particularly windy day, a field worker discovered the terrifying truth about the scarecrows. The wind had whipped the wrapping used to cover the scarecrows heads had been torn away and the familiar face of a man who had been executed for killing quail to feed his family stared back at him. The worker gazed upon the fields and saw many of these scarecrow in the same position as the one above. Dropping to his knees, the man prayed to the gods for the souls of the deceased.

 

“Looks like the Scarecrow crop is coming in nice this year…”

 

Now while that last story was a bit morbid, it wasn’t really paranormal, and we all know that’s why you’re here. To pinpoint why the scarecrow is often associated with the supernatural isn’t exactly easy. But I can give you my two cents, which is actually worth about 2.3 cents in sandcoins… Anyway, because of the hay-man’s strong association with crops, and its important role in a good harvest, we pair the scarecrow with the harvest season. We it is then an obvious choice for the fall harvest festivals including Halloween. What also makes it ideal for Halloween is that a scarecrow can be naturally creepy. We create them to be a proxy for us when we cannot be in the fields, a decoy save our crops from unwanted wildlife. It is human-like but not human. It is a human effigy and it’s hard to find a human effigy that is not inherently creepy. So when you put the scarecrow’s affiliation with Halloween, a time where traditionally the veil between this world and the next is supposedly at its thinnest, and the scarecrow’s intrinsic eeriness drawn from its anthropomorphic features, what you get can be the stuff of nightmares. Folklore and literature alike are littered with human-like effigies being brought to life, whether through the use of magic like in the case of the Jewish figure of the Golem, or through the use of science like in the case of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Of course, according to the great author Arthur C. Clarke, these two methods could be indistinguishable from each other. But one needn’t look far for stories about scarecrows themselves being the source of the horror. Books and movies, and movies based on books, fill our imaginations with the creepy scarecrow. There are some occult claims that scarecrows are placed in fields as a proxy sacrifice to the gods. Some associate its arms pinned on the stakes as to that of Christ on the crucifix.

 

You might not see as many hay-men in the fields of today as modern technology has led the path for other ways of scaring off unwanted fauna, the figure of the scarecrow seems to have a permanent place in our culture and in our nightmares. Who hasn’t been tricked by the “fake” scarecrow sitting outside of a neighbor’s house whilst trick-or-treating only to be met with the scare of your life and the need to change your pants. You don’t forget things like that, nor forgive them. They deserved every egg they received that year… Have any of you ever had a creepy experience with a hay-man? Let me and everyone know in the comments. Side note: I had chosen the name for this post well before I started writing it, and in my research, I found another article with the same pun-tastic title. My brain is just too tired to think of another one, so… here we are. Well, that’s it for me Grimerica, stay classy.

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Hello Grimericans! I need you all to brace yourselves… For you’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop… alright, you get the pun. As promised, I am bringing you all another post for the month of October. Unfortunately, not within the previous week as promised. Trust me, I did what I could which wasn’t much. But we’re here now. Let’s see if I can’t get write and publish this post within the next hour before I have to drift off to sleepy-town. This one is pretty straight forward so it should be a cinch. As also mentioned in last week’s post on receiving phone calls from the other side, this related post is on haunted phone numbers. Numbers that you should never dare to call for fear of certain DEATH, DEATH, DEATH… Come on, it’s October, suspend that disbelief for the next few minutes.

 

You have exactly five minutes…”

 

20 20 20 20

Told on various websites, (including now, this one) someone (not sure who) remembered reading in a book of true ghost stories that in the 70’s, children in the United Kingdom could call this number for free from payphones. In some variations, it was from a particular, red phone box. The number was either 20 20 20 20, a series of 1s & 2s or even a combination of 2s and 3s. Either way, when the call connected, there would be a woman’s voice on the other end who would simply say, “Help me, help me. Suzie is dying.” Sometimes she would plead that Suzie was drowning. Either way, the woman never seemed to get the help that she needed and neither did Suzie.

 

090-4444-4444

If you’ve ever seen “The Ring”, you are familiar with the evil witch Sadako. This number is often called “Sadako’s number” and in probability, might have been set up as a promotional interaction for “The Ring”, although , there are claims that it was around long before the movie’s release. In Japanese, the number 4 (shi) is considered bad luck because of how closely it sounds to the Japanese word for death (shi). Because of this, as I’m sure many of you know, it is similar to how in the west, we stray away from the number 13. Here in the U.S. it is common that we might “skip” the 13th floor in a hotel, and in Japan, the 4th floor often does not appear. Now this is a Japanese number but if you use Japan’s country code +81, you should still be able to get through. According to people who have had the guts to call this number, you will be met with a high-pitch, discomforting sound that will send chills down your spine. According to some urban legends about the number, you will be cursed like the victims in the movie and will have an unfortunate accident within 7 days. And if you are not from Japan and DO decide to call the number and it fails to scare you to the bone, then just wait until you get your next phone bill…

 

1-000-000-0000

Staying in the eastern hemisphere, there is the number 1-000-000-0000, that is said if you call it, (some people report receiving a call from the number) a man’s voice will warn of eminent death if the caller/recipient does not call at least 15 people to warn them of the dangers of the phone number in question. That’s about it. Well, there was one claim that after one caller made the required number of calls, they were permitted to speak to operator 4141, after which, the caller had enough of this telephonic chain letter and hung up. SPOOKY!

 

“Sorry, I’m about to lose you because I’m about to drive through a tunnel in a canyon on an airplane while hanging up on you… 15 times…”

 

 

999-9999

Man, Asian cultures have a lot of haunted phone numbers… This one comes from Thailand and is sometimes 1-999-999-9999, and one version of this story is similar to that of The Ring in that shortly after receiving a call from this number, something horrific happens to you. It has another urban legend attached to it that makes you ask yourself, “If I could wish for anything I wanted but it meant that shortly after, something horrible would happen to me that in all likelihood would result in my death, what would I wish for?” That’s right, this number is said to grant the caller one wish before, you know… death. The obvious answer to this is to simply wish for nothing bad to happen as a result of calling the number. Problem solved. Why is this number on the list again? I guess you could be tempted to use your wish to live out an otherwise unobtainable dream or fantasy that has been laying secluded in the far reaches of your mind since childhood…

 

 

There was a reason why he was the King…

 

1-666-666-6666

Now taking this to the U.S., this one is pretty obvious. Any time the mark of the beast shows up, Christians everywhere draw there shudders and lock their doors, and I guess in this case, turn off their phones. Some urban legends claim that this number will help you contact the Lord of Flies himself which seems way quicker and a far more direct method instead of all of that ritual sacrifice. And far less messy. I mean, do you know how hard it is to find someone who is pure of heart these days? But it doesn’t always work like in the case of Jen Vest. In November of 2013, the Colorado woman was half-asleep, breast feeding her son when her phone roused her from her half slumber. The number calling? Well, it was 1-666-666-6666 of course. As you can imagine, she didn’t answer and shortly after the ringing stopped, she received some 48 text messages from various phone numbers all saying the same thing. SATAN. She said she didn’t sleep that night and stayed awake praying that nothing bad would happen. In the morn, she summoned her courage and called the number back only to be met with the prerecorded message of the number no longer being in service. She later used the power of the internet to google the number and found that others had received calls from the number and in all likeliness, it was a somewhat lame prank. I mean, keeping a new mother up all night is just kind of messed up. I have a theory on what really happened here and that is that the baby wasn’t even Jen’s and she had actually stolen the infant and the Prince of Lies was a little late on paying his ‘ol phone bill and was calling Jen for an advance on her soul so he could at least pay half before being disconn…. Oh well, that’s why you got to get fiscally organized.

 

“You have a collect call from: ‘SATAN’ Please press 666 to accept the charges”

 

It should go without saying that the whole baby stealing thing is purely speculation on my behalf, but you can send your complaints to graham@grimerica.ca. That guy doesn’t get enough complaints, just an endless string of compliments on his glorious calves. Every day is leg day when your Grahambo. Anyways, I’m not too sure what next week’s post will be on. I was thinking about continuing the phone theme and talking about supposedly cursed phone numbers but we’ll see. If you, the dear readers, want to read about that or something else, let me know in the comments. I’m always open to blog topics of the fringe variety. Speaking of the comments, are there any numbers that I missed that you remember calling or maybe being too afraid to call? Let me know. But as for now, that’s it for me Grimerica. Stay classy.

 

 

FM

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Hello Grimericans! Yes, it is the one and only Fortean Mind here to grace you with a post (about time, right?). I have once again set out to try and provide you with one post a week for the great month of October… Ahhh… October. One of my top twelve favorite months. Don’t do the math on that. I hope that I can find the time between work and several podcast ventures that I have been working on, to make this goal of one post a week happen…

 

 

That top part was as far as I got last week. I guess life doesn’t really care about the goals I set. I think that if I’m able to write two today, it still counts. It’s almost 10am here in the great Pacific Northwest. We’ll see how this goes. Today’s topic of discussion will be communication from the dead. I recently talked with a good friend of mine and of Grimerica, Napoleon Doom. Nap shared an experience in ghost hunting and the use of a ghost box, also known as a Frank’s box. For those of you that don’t know, a ghost box is generally an AM/FM radio with a scanning function modified so that the scanning function doesn’t stop, this supposedly allows spirts to manipulate what words come through to answer questions and send messages. Now the legitimacy of this device is not the focus of this post. With that said, I will add that Nap had frustration with the experience had with the ghost box. Something of this nature, hearing bits of words or phrases through white noise via a jumble of radio frequencies, is based very much on interpretation and personal bias. If a spirit really wanted to use an electronic device to reach out from the other side, then a Frank’s box probably wouldn’t be its first choice. This is of course all speculation on my part as nothing is known for sure what happens to the human conciseness when we die. Maybe picking words that are readily available, bouncing through radio waves is far easier for some spirts to use than let’s say, giving a person a call. But for other spirits, this is exactly what is reported they are able to do.

 

“Remember, 30 minutes or less or it’s free!”

 

There are many reported cases of people who have passed, reaching out to a loved one from the other side. A number of those, the person receiving the call, was not aware of the caller’s demise. As with most reports of this kind, this is always anecdotal and there is no way to verify that a call was ever received, but anecdotal data is always worth something. With that in mind, here are some anecdotal stories to wet your Halloween whistle.

 

Well this is an unfortunate design… 

 

This is a report of a phantom phone call that gets repeated often and I might as well share it here as well. In 1969, an 18 year old Karl Uphoff, a New Jersey rock musician, received a call from his late grandmother who had passed a couple days prior. Karl felt that there was always a close bond between him and his grandmother and she would frequently call his friends asking for Karl. The grandmother was deaf and knowing that she wouldn’t be able to hear a response on the whereabouts of her grandson, she would quickly follow up her inquiry with, “Tell him to come home at once.” On the evening of Karl’s phantom call from his grandmother, he was visiting a friend in Montclair, New Jersey and was in the basement his friend’s apartment when his friend’s mother came to inform him he was wanted to the phone. Upon answering the call, Karl quickly realized that it was the voice of his late grandmother on the other end. Before he could ask any relevant questions, the other end hung up. More calls from Karl’s grandmother would follow and anytime Karl would try to ask how she was able to communicate or what the “otherside” was like, the line would go dead (pardon the pun). The calls eventually stopped and Karl was left feeling that there was more than just this life.

 

Perhaps one of the most famous people to have reported receiving a phone call from the other side is the author Deane Koontz. Koontz reported that the unlisted phone in his office rang one day and upon answering it, he could hear the urgent sounding voice of a woman who sounded distant and “far away”. The voice on the other end gave the cryptic and simple message of, “Please be careful.” Koontz asked who was calling but his inquires went ignored and instead was answered with the same chilling message three more times as the voice began to fade. He later claimed that the voice sounded exactly like that of his late mother who had passed some twenty years prior. He later stated, “It was a strange call.” A couple days later, Koontz went to visit his father who was being treated in a mental health facility. The author claims that after entering the room in which his father was in, his father lashed out at him with a small knife. Koontz was able to wrestle the knife away and exited the room where he was met by security guards with guns drawn. After dropping the knife and explaining what had happened, Koontz got things sorted out. He would later wondering if the phantom call he received was from his mother warning him about his visit with his father.

 

One case that is well known is that of George Meek. This case is unique in that Meek was a paranormal investigator and the phantom caller was of his late partner, Konstantin Raudive. Meek and Raudive focused on communications with the dead through EVP’s and claimed to make huge headway in the field with some amazing example of such. Raudive seemed to have wanted to continue research with his partner and apparently reached out to him some 20 years after his passing. Meek claimed to have begun getting communications from his late research partner via phone calls, email and even fax. Being a paranormal investigator, Meek had the foresight to document and record these communications which can be found here if you are so inclined. George himself passed in the winter of 1999 and you guessed it, people claim to have communication from him as well.

 

I will leave you with one more, well circulated story of phone calls from the other side. In September of 2008, there was a very tragic accident involving a Metrolink train and a freight train near Chatsworth, California. I will spare the details as it really wasn’t that long ago and some people might even remember it happening35. It was a very tragic accident that left 25 dead and 135 injured. One of the passengers on the train that day that lost their lives was a 49 year old man named Charles E. Peck. Over the course of 11 hours after the accident, friends and family of Peck received a total of 35 calls from his cell phone. The calls continued up until one hour before his body was found. In fact, it was the use of his phone’s signal which led to the discovery of his body. Investigators ruled that he had died on impact. When his friends and family answered his calls, they were simply static. Any attempt to call his phone back would go straight to voicemail.

 

Well, as always, I hope that if anything, I’ve left you with something to think about in the season of spooks. There are indeed a plethora of reports about phantom calls from the dead and I suggest you do a little research if you are interested. There is more ghostly phenomena reported with the ordinary phone. There are a large number of… well… numbers that are reportedly haunted. Just a little teaser on my next post for the month of October. Look for it in the coming week. Fingers crossed that I can get it out. Let me know what you guys and gals think about this topic. Have any of you received a call from the other side? Well that’s it for me Grimericans. As always, stay classy.

 

-FM

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Sorry for the long lag between postings! I’ve had an unexpectedly eventful few months as of late, but I’m still determined to deliver your dose of comic goodness!

Let me fill you in on the goings on in my life (I brought visual aids, because you know, visual aides are kind of what I do.)

I’ll start with the bad news…

A close friend of my family was recently diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. She was expected to go a few weeks ago, but has been hanging on (there’s of course both positives and negatives to that.)

She’s been really important to me, and always supportive of my odd ideas about life. When I first announced that I was going to self publish my comics and start selling my artwork, on http://www.lostbreadcomic.com she sent me a card in the mail. Inside was the message “I’m excited to get in on the ground floor of your new business venture!” and a check for $1000. I wish I had been able to get the 2nd book out a little faster, but I made a sketch to celebrate her life, friendship, and support (she’s the one on the right, I’m the one on the left.)

Now the good news! My baby nephew was born on at September 18th at 2:22am. (If anyone knows the synchronistic significance of that let me know.) He’s a sizeable lad at 8lbs .27 ounces and 21 inches long (I still have him beat, with a birth weight of 8lbs 5 ounces, and height of 22 inches, I’m still the champ!) He’s also extra cute. It’s hard to capture just how cute he is in a sketch, but here’s my attempt!

Guess what else! I’d also like to announce that I will hopefully be airing a Pod Drama I wrote, called Creeping Wave radio on October 16th (I mean, if all goes well.) It’s been a lot of work, but I feel pretty confident in this 9 episode series, and will be bringing you more info as the drop sate approaches. Till then, take a peak at some of the title art for upcoming episodes!

Yep, that’s Adam, Cyrus and my radiantly beautiful self…also this

Yes, that is the dashing Jestin Sallas on the right, and we got all the top talent, but I don’t want to give too much away just yet!

And now back to our regularly schedule shenanigans. In the last episode of Lost Bread: Cloud Mummies, Meg Ryan saved me from falling to my doom, after an attacking  pterosaur started disintegrating and fell from the sky, knocking me off the balloon I was riding.

7 Easter Eggs in this one, each hand rendered with Grimerican love.

-Happy Hunting,

Nap

P.S.- I love you.

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Again I’ve been slacking in posting here at Grimerica, but I’ve been working on an album of ambient/space music called Still Waters. So in addition to the other few videos I’ve done, I’m also posting the first two tracks off that album here. Please enjoy!

 

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A little late this week, sorry about that. The art style I’m using for this segment takes a little longer, but I really want to emphasis the idea that the dream is slowly becoming my reality.

Last week, Meg Ryan reemerged to save me from splattering on the Continue reading

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What’s up Grimericans? I’m a bit behind in sharing some of my new videos/meditations/etc. here so I’ll just dump all the newest ones right here into this post! Thanks to everyone who’s been checking them out and subscribing on the YT, it’s been keeping me motivated to do more! Continue reading

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Interview starts 35:50   Dr. Scott Kolbaba joins us to chat about his first book “Physicians Untold Stories – Miraculous experiences doctors are hesitant to share with their patients, or ANYONE!”. Scott has been a doctor for decades and after a couple of anomalous “coincidences he was spurred to write his first book. After soliciting many other strange and unbelievable stories from his fellow physicians. These include profund NDE’s, crazy synchronistic moments Continue reading

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interview starts 1:02:30   Jay Dyer of jaysanalysis.com joins us to chat about his well reviewed book “Esoteric Hollywood – sex, cults, and symbols in Film”.  We get into the sections of his book; Kubrick, Spielberg vs. HG Wells, 70’s and 80’s, 007, Lynch, Hitchcock, and the CIA in Hollywood. We also chat about film as ritual, weather modification Continue reading

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In last week’s episode I tried to take down a pterosaur and accidentally stabbed my ex, Josie in the chest… at least I think it was an accident, can knives have Freudian slips?

Only 4 Easter Eggs in this one, because they’re especially tricky this time, which is why I’m putting off shout outs till next week (I don’t want anyone getting lost in the mayhem!)

Also, the triumphant return of a very special 90’s starlette! Continue reading

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