Tag: Ghosts

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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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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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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What kind of idiot brings a knife to an aerial assault by pterosaurs? ME!

Six Easter Eggs in this issue with two shout outs to the glory of Old New England, Talamh!

It should go without saying, but I do not advocate the acts of violence you are about to see depicted, at least not in real life anyway. Thank you. Continue reading

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Hello again! Did you miss me!? I had to take a week off, but I’m BACK!

Last episode posed the age old question, how do three people standing on a balloon fight a flock of pterodactyls?

This weeks shout out goes to Grimerican and psychotherapist John Norris, whose very business is unraveling the conundrum of the human mind. Look out for Jungian and Freudian symbolism, as this weeks 15 Easter Eggs, (yeah I’m making up for that last week) are largely devoted to the work of these two explorers of the subconscious realm. Continue reading

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Sorry to get this up so late in the week! I got attacked last minute with work for a couple other projects I’ve taken on, that I hope will be ready to share soon! Much like how our heroes were being attacked by pterodactyls/pterosaurs last week!

5 Easter Eggs in this one, all very mysterious, much like Graham. Speaking of Graham… while little is known of his shrouded past, legend has it that he was born in the Canadian Summer, though it is hotly debated as to which month Continue reading

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Sooo, pterodactyls injuries aren’t that big of a deal right?

This week’s installment brings you seven spicy Easter Eggs, including 3 shout outs that steadfast Grimerican and international man of mystery Todd Marco, who all the kids are talking about. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a guest appearance by a preternaturally shapely calf. Continue reading

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In our last episode, death by deflated balloon was narrowly avoid, only for another threat to rear its fearsome head. What could it be!?!

7 Easter Eggs in this one, which is rife with Illuminati symbolism, and 2 shout-outs to Grimerican Nickie Benefield, the 57 year old, oxygen loving scamp from Kentucky, who has won all of our hearts!

Nickie!

The owls are not what they seem!

Nickie takes to the skies!

Black and white checkerboard, Illuminati symbolism, the contest of dark vs light!

All seeing eye.

Moai!

Mothman, he’s always lurking!

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Last week I forcefully directed The Robert! to abandon our faltering balloon by means of a swift kick to the chest. I’m not really the type to take control in these situations, so its very likely I just made things infinitely worse!

7 Easter eggs in this one, with 3 shout outs to Grimerican, Cyrus Salsbury, the white haired wonder of UPS, delivering splendor to your very doorstep. Cyrus has been integral in the inspiration of a side project I’m working on, and despite his busy schedule, I hope he’ll see these shout outs and accept a very hearty thank you!

A UPS balloon, shout out to Cyrus!

 

Lunar lander, another shoutout to Cyrus, who will set you straight on the moon landing!

Cyrus in the sky!

 

Graham Dunlop in flight, afternoon delight!

 

May the rugged beauty of Red Pill Junkie, loom ominously above you, always!

 

Pants moai!

Sleeve moai.

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