People who are frightened by pink Ouija Board

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  1. kopns says:

    Well, I never really had anything crazy happen with a Quija board, as my mom DID have me throw it away once she heard it was “evil.” Regardless, I did see ghosts, or something of that sort once when I was younger, as well as experienced other odd occurrences in my childhood home. I also swear by the fact that when I was in 4th grade or so, and my friends and I did that “stiff as a feather, light as a board” thing where someone lies down, everyone puts two fingers under them, and chants the words; the girl we did it to definitely lifted from the floor a couple of inches. There were about 5 of us girls with fingers under her, and that was it. I’ve also, on two occasions, dreamt things that happened months later, exactly as I had dreamt them. One of those dreams was about someone I wouldn’t even meet until two months later.

    As much of a realist as I am, I can’t deny that there are things around us which are unexplained and rarely seen. However, I suppose not everyone experiences such things, and therefore can’t believe in them.

  2. Xopher says:

    Tom, did you cut it to show her that part of the trick?

    As for her question…it’s your fault. You should have checked before you married her. In fact I think that should be part of premarital counseling, or even the marriage ceremony.

    “Tom, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

    “I do.”

    “Woman, do you take Tom to be your lawfully wedded husband?”

    “I do.”

    “If anyone knows any reason why these two…”

    “I DO!!! SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT A MÖBIUS STRIP IS!!!!”

    *shocked gasps*

    • Tom Hale says:

      Yeah, it’s marital bliss – she built my last PC, has been using computers since before DOS, assembles anything that comes ‘unassembled’ and keeps up with me on all my geeky science crap. Yes, I’m a lucky man.

  3. hbl says:

    I watched QI recently and they said that Ouji boards were a best selling boardgame at some time or other and that they weren’t designed or sold with the intention of reaching out to spirits, or the dead, and were more or less a magic eightball that required everyone to sit around a table.

    I watched another QI today as it happens, that explained that pink was the colour generally reserved for baby boys, and blue for girls, and it’s only since about 1950 that this was completely reversed.

    Stephen Fry wouldn’t lie to me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the 21st century, there are still people who think they know everything and those people walk this planet.

  5. LeonardoFigueroa says:

    What’s the surprise? Many among us Christians believe that such things are dangerous and, as many of you have pointed out, that’s in agreement with other Christian beliefs. Perhaps an analogue are the organic food crowd, whose set of beliefs is such that it is no surprise some of them abhor, say, some brands of sausages.

    Beyond the Christian-bashing, I fail to see the point of all of this.

  6. Anonymous says:

    According to the genius that is Stephen Fry, prior to 1972 Ouija was the most popular board game (by numbers of boards sold) in the US.
    Then some ridiculous movie came along and spoiled the Ouija fun for everyone.

  7. Xopher says:

    But did you cut the strip? You know about that, right? You cut the thing lengthwise, and the result is a long strip with several twists in it. Cut it again, and you get two interlocked strips.

  8. lasttide says:

    Replace picture with Bible. Repeat post.

  9. Tom Hale says:

    well – I did show my sons that years ago – and, just for fun I did it just now – I’m sure I’ve shown my wife that trick sometimes in the past – but she’s asleep now – I’ll show her tomorrow

  10. Anonymous says:

    Quite simply I felt I needed to post a reply to this because there seems to be a great deal of naive ignorance that surrounds this subject. To put it as clearly and succinctly as possible, these Ouija boards are extremely dangerous and hold no benefit for the user what so ever. They leave the spirit vulnerable to attack and their application is none other than an open invitation for evil spirits and can often lead to demonic activity. This can take many forms from very subtle suggestive programing resulting in anxiety and depression, spiritual harassment and poltergeist attacks to mind shattering full blown bodily possessions such as that which have been brought into secular mainstream imaginations by cinematic and other media depiction (a seemingly ever growing market that the creative industries are only happy to supply). There is an allure and seductiveness to the esoteric that many people find hard to resist, particularly for those who may have intelligent and inquiring minds. Do not be fooled. You’re not going to get to speak to Alexander The Great, Hannibal of Carthage, one of his lions brood or even your dearly beloved recently deceased grandmother. As for expecting some Nietzschean philosophic revelation posthumously spelt out painstakingly one letter at a time? well if you believe that you’re just plain nuts anyway. Nope, all you will receive is trouble because this particular tool isn’t actually a tool in your hands when you use it. You see that’s the trick. Its actually a tool when activated in the hands of the evil spirit you’ve unwittingly called upon. I don’t really want to divulge much about witchcraft in general in case it encourages anyone reading this to delve deeper but even highly skilled practitioners of magic (and there is only one type forget what you’ve heard about white and black magic) scoff at the idea of using these things because they are seen by these people as things that open windows and place curses directly on yourself and those playing with you. Its a further truth that witches even mock people who dabble with them citing them as unpredictable and uncontrollable and are even referred to in some orders sarcastically as christian magic. Maybe its time to wake up and read the scriptures. It is quite simple. There is an order that governs the world. You can choose God and light or satan and darkness. Let me reiterate in closing, you are contacting demons and even the true witches know that. They just don’t give a damn- There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:10. Hope this helps. Remember the end is near seek the one true savior Jesus Christ.

  11. Bob K says:

    Haha–very funny. Lots of aspects to tweak people’s sensitivities.

    Christian fundamentalists see a “playing withe the devil toy.” What’s next?
    Maybe some strident feminist can object to the cynical sexual stereotyping of marketing a “pink” version directed at specifically at girls.

    In color theory class in design school they bring up the power of the color pink to psychologically sap and calm agitated and violent people, citing the use of the color pink as room paint in holding cells and prisons. Apparently it doesn’t work:

    http://www.frihost.com/forums/vt-57570.html

    As a toy designer I’d hope this new version of the Ouij Board has an improved play pattern. From the photo looks like there’s some extra slumber party question cards or game componentry…hmmmm?

    Hey, you art types, how about a “WeeGee” board featuring lurid photos of 1940′s NYC crime scenes…now that might really cause a uproar!

  12. braininavat says:

    Why bother with the Ouija Board when you can have a good old-fashioned table rapping session right at your dining room table? Don’t worry about evil spirits, such a large portion of the population is obviously possessed by demons that a few more can’t possibly make things any worse.

  13. Anonymous says:

    OK, so my friends and I were playing with one of these one day, and when we asked “Spirits, are you there?” we got back a very definite “NO” on the board… ?!?!?

  14. knodi says:

    I participated in an amazing clue hunt in Austin a couple of years ago (like a scavenger hunt, but first you get a puzzle, solve it for a clue, go there and find another puzzle, and so on- race to the end).

    We were doing great for a while, but my team were largely fundamentalist christians… When we got to the “spooky haunted graveyard” clue, and I figured we were supposed to ask a ouija board for our next clue, nobody in my team would go near the thing. They seriously thought their souls would receive immediate, painful, permanent damage. They LITERALLY wouldn’t go near it. They even tried to keep me from going near, and I got absorbed in a very emotional argument with them.

    Of course there was a person hiding in the hollow pedestal the ouija board was on, manipulating the pointer with a magnet… I told the team that, and they still insisted that I convince the person to come out from behind the podium so they could talk directly. The “spirit” and I were both pretty disgusted, and for the rest of the race my heart wasn’t in it.

    I’m still upset about those superstitious fools. I hesitate to call them idiots, because they’re all highly educated clever people… but bibles trump common sense every time.

  15. The Chemist says:

    some say the mysterious product is a “dangerous spiritual game” that opens up anyone, particularly Christians, to attacks on their soul

    Thankfully, I’m not Christian so I get +5 resistance to black magic and a bonus saving throw against lions. (Really, do they want to incentivize not being Christian?)

    On a slightly more serious note, this is probably true- if only because the greater the belief in curses and magic the greater the power of the self-fulfilling prophecies that tend to be responsible for magic “working”.

  16. Dewi Morgan says:

    Awesome comment threads like this are why I keep peeking in on old threads every now and then :D

    Now, it’s nearly 7am. I can sleep, or I can play with a möbius strip. No contest :D

  17. arikol says:

    oh my… what a bunch of atheists/agnostics and damned hippies we seem to be here :)
    YAY!

    I too played with a ouija board as a young teen. EXCELLENT way of scaring others/yourself. Quite fun, interesting, and eye opening. Realizing that this is ALL just BS was the single most eye opening experience of my life. Well, maybe apart from a most excellent and interesting near death experience, which truly taught me the value of life and how it should be savoured, enjoyed to the fullest with no regrets and such (as well as truly understanding that I may die at any time).

    Yes, many people cling to their zombie jew story (and other equally silly stories) to give them some form of masochistic strength (my god loves me unendingly but will let me burn in hell forever if I don’t do exactly as he says).

    Ouija boards and other forms of tapping into ideomotor movements are great fun. Any adult who truly believes in them has issues (and is probably be exploited in so many interesting ways due to his/her naiveté) in my opinion.

  18. jweedy says:

    le sigh. Actually the Bible (New Testament) says that the Lord protects you from spiritual harm, but it also says elsewhere in the New Testament that it isn’t a good idea to go messing with it either. If you REALLY want me to provide references, I will tell you to go look it up yourself.

    As for myself, meh. I have enough to worry about in life than whether some 8 yr old girl plays with a pink version of a self propelled answer device. Also, I think it is funny that commenters on BB automatically roll their eyes and snort about anything having to do with religion, but have a completely different reaction to cryptozoology (less dismissal and hostility), when they are essentially the same thing (to the snorters and eye rollers).

  19. Tom Hale says:

    F everyone putting down Christianity – Bastards!

    I’ve played w a Ouija board and didn’t suffer any consequences other than not trusting the other people moving the pointer around, but one thing I’ll Never ever do is stand in front of a mirror in a dark room and say Bloody Mary 3 times, then light a candle and look in the mirror – or however that’s supposed to be done. -now that’s just too scary.

    • robulus says:

      Who’s putting down Christianity here? I can only see people putting down the wanker who runs “Human Life International”.

      Even Xopher is holding back. (C;

      Tick box for another Christian who isn’t bothered by Ouija boards, even in electric pink.

      • Xopher says:

        Even Xopher is holding back.

        I’m FAR from the most anti-Christian person on here. I don’t FEEL like I’m holding back…I just know that Christian != wacko moron. Hello.

    • Anonymous says:

      Holy shit that was terrifying. Autosuggestion autohypnosis I don’t care it was so scary. Like I knew the whole time it was all in my head and I was still so scared.

  20. efergus3 says:

    “Deut 18:10-12
    There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
    Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
    For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
    As a weather forecaster, I think that it’s saying “you’re fucked”.

  21. Jewels Vern says:

    “Just think: this is the 21st century, and people who believe (or pretend to believe) this are currently walking the Earth. It’s as amazing as discovering a lost tribe of Neanderthals.”

    I had a really neat comment, but the bible tells me not to waste my pearls on swine. So I’m keeping it to myself.

    • Xopher says:

      You do know that we’re not talking about believing Christianity, right? We’re talking about people who believe Ouija boards will damage the souls of the users. This is like believing your soul comes out when you sneeze and that your body needs to be blessed right away to prevent demonic possession (yes, people really believed that once…that’s why they said “bless you” to someone who sneezed).

      I mean, seriously? Do you really believe that Ouija boards endanger your soul? If not, no one’s insulting you (while you just called us all swine).

  22. arborman says:

    Is not messing with spirits like in the Army, where the enlisted do not mess with the officers? Man, the wild parties they have in the spirits mess were beyond belief!

  23. Anonymous says:

    My friend Terry was in the hospital with a brain tumor and a full trach and was not expected to live. He was trying to tell me something and failing.

    I said “get a Ouija board in here stat!”

    But his relatives put up so much of a fuss about the idea that he died before I could get one to him.

    I am crying now.

    • Xopher says:

      Didn’t they have a plain letter-pointing board at that hospital? That sucks. Most modern hospitals do.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Didn’t they have a plain letter-pointing board at that hospital? That sucks. Most modern hospitals do.

        We’d give our laryngectomy patients a Magic Slate to write on. That’s the thing that you write on with a stylus and then peel up the plastic sheet to erase the writing. If we didn’t like them, we’d threaten to give them an Etch-a-Sketch instead.

  24. planettom says:

    Just to play there’s-no-such-thing-as-the-devil’s-advocate here, there are two possibilities with a ouija board.

    A. You are contacting the spirit world.
    B. You’re not.

    So, it’s either dangerous, or a waste of time.

    Whether or not you’re afraid of it from some Christian point, it’s a bit of superstitious nonsense.

    So, I think the ghost of Carl Sagan and the ghost of Billy Graham would agree: Don’t play with ouija boards!

    • blueelm says:

      Third option:

      C. Having a bit of fun with your friends

      Maybe a waste of time, but probably the best kind.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why does it follow that if you are contacting the spirit world, then it’s dangerous? Maybe spirits are powerless and/or pretty nice folks when you get to know them.
      Maybe they’re just boring and annoying.

  25. Anonymous says:

    “Just think: this is the 21st century, and people who believe (or pretend to believe) this are currently walking the Earth.”

    Mark, you say that as though 21 is some magical number with the power to create advancement or evolution. Have you considered, in this light, your own ancient thinking? What unreasonable things do *you* believe?

    I often remind myself: we’re not that smart.

    • Tezcatlipoca says:

      Mark, you say that as though 21 is some magical number with the power to create advancement or evolution. Have you considered, in this light, your own ancient thinking? What unreasonable things do *you* believe?

      Everybody knows that 21 is half the answer to life, the universe and everything. So, yes, 21 is a powerful number. (Although, maybe it is the answer to half life, half the universe and half everything. )

  26. pinehead says:

    Kinda like how a dog might fart, then wheel around and glare confusedly at his own butt. That’s what the article reminds me of.

    As for the theological debate in this thread, it’s pointless. Why do people even bother trying to hash this kind of thing out anymore? If it really matters to you, pursue the subject on your own and leave it at that. There is no convincing people who have their minds made up.

    • Mark Frauenfelder says:

      “Kinda like how a dog might fart, then wheel around and glare confusedly at his own butt.”

      That’s funny! I don’t have a dog, so I haven’t seen this happen. I checked YouTube and was disappointed not to find an example.

  27. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    It’s what you told kids, and was a nice sentiment. But theologically, your soul doesn’t go anywhere. Metaphorically, it’s buried with you until judgment day. But really, the soul isn’t in the body anymore. It’s just gone. Who knows where, but it ain’t in heaven (heaven isn’t ready for occupancy yet either, according to Revelations), and it ain’t in hell. It might still exist, it might be gone. We don’t know, so no point in speculating.

    Is that your metaphorical soul, or your literal one?

  28. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    I believe the great philosopher Bart Simpson explained it best:

    “Oh, how can someone with glasses that thick be so stupid? Listen: you don’t have a soul, I don’t have a soul, there’s no such thing as a soul!”

    Or, if you prefer, watch it in context.

  29. Anonymous says:

    No kidding-I was in a Thrift store yesterday, Feb 9, and saw a Pink Ouija board which I promptly purchased to add to my second hand collection of Ouija boards. Today, to my delight, I found this very entertaining reading! All worth it!

  30. thimk says:

    Saying an Ouija board taps the unconscious mind, is just another way of saying we don’t what the hell it’s doing, since we don’t know how the unconscious mind works. Anyway it’s dangerous to let creatures from the id loose, as we all know from “Forbidden Planet”.

    I also have had dreams that, vaguely, foretold the future; mostly when I was in my teens and twenties. I’m willing to think there’s a prosaic explanation (coincidences happen more frequently than people think) but they were eerie anyway.

    Tertullian, the early Christian theologian said Christianity “frees us from the fear of a thousand things”. Ideally, Christianity should free people from superstition, not be a source of new superstitions. Sigh.

  31. blueelm says:

    I’m amazed by the amount of fear people have for non-tangible things that affect non-tangible parts of us that likely don’t exist or manifest in such a way as to be almost imperceptible.

    If I’m found stabbed to death in my bed I am fairly certain it will not be a ghost, demon, wandering soul, or manifestation of the subconscious that killed me. It won’t be my “soul” that is lost, it will be me that is lost… all of me… the time I might have had, the people I know, etc.

    The closest thing I think we have to this invisible not-quite-living occupant is the virus. I’m a little afraid of viruses, it’s true.

    Viruses, bacteria, angry dogs, crazy people, clowns… now these are the scary things in life.

  32. benher says:

    Christianophobia? (Huh, it even has a wikipedia entry)

    I can think of a few reasons for people to be afraid, such as the crusades, the inquisition, etc. – responsible for more deaths than all the Barbie pink Ouija boards ever manufactured.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      the crusades, the inquisition, etc. – responsible for more deaths than all the Barbie pink Ouija boards ever manufactured.

      Yet.

  33. Ari B. says:

    My biblical Hebrew isn’t as good as my modern Hebrew (there are a few differences), but I don’t really think there’s an easy equivalent for “not to mess with.”

    :-)

  34. planettom says:

    Scarier than a ouija board:

    Actual lyrics from the 1960s commercial for the Milton Bradley THE GAME OF LIFE boardgame.

    “The Game of Life,
    The Game of Life,
    You can learn a lot about life
    if you play the game of Life,
    you’ll get revenge,
    you’ll get revenge,
    So play the Game of Life!”

    Revenge was apparently an important thing to teach kids.

  35. Mark Temporis says:

    The pink Ouija board should talk to Hello Kitty, not Satan.

  36. Haroun says:

    C’mon, it’s pink- it’ll turn yer immortal soul gay, sure as anything. All part of the gay spiritual agenda. They want yer kids & yer soul.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Just think: this is the 21st century, and people who believe (or pretend to believe) strictly in experimental based science are currently walking the Earth. It’s as amazing as discovering a lost tribe of Neanderthals.

    A Discordian proposing what any Ancient Greek Philosopher would think.

    Simply because you only choose to believe what is practical (that which is obvious due to reproducibility), does not make what is not practical untrue.

  38. Keneke says:

    Count another Christian among those who are not afraid of people using Ouija boards of any color.

    • Tdawwg says:

      Same here. Christophobes and other anti-religious zealots and bigots, though…. terrifying!

      • Xopher says:

        Christophobia would be fear/hatred of the annointed (that is, Christ). I think you mean Christianophobes. Different things, though I’m sure there are many who would like the two to be confused (I am not accusing you of this).

        • Tdawwg says:

          Humbly, dear Xopher, Christophobe would be what I meant when I used it (which is why I used that particular word). From the Wikipedia Machine:

          Anti-Christian sentiment is found in opposition to some or all Christians, the Christian religion, or the practice of Christianity. Christophobia or Christianophobia are also according to Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) names for “every form of discrimination and intolerance against Christians”.

          Christophobes: scarier than peevish grammarians!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the original motive in condemning oracles such as these, is to show the danger of leaving your life up to forces of chance. Many people believed in using thrown bones to lead their life, but Christianity was used to empower people to make their own decisions.

    From this perspective it makes even causal sense that “demons” are anything which take away your will to do what you want to do. To follow dice or a Ouija board is to lack direction; and any conversations you have with “spirits” are obviously false. Upon this premise alone that people superstitiously believe them makes it inherently dangerous even from a materialistic perspective.

    What if you thought it was your brother telling you to kill your mother and he was poisoned by her. ETC. I have heard stories about Ouija boards saying some pretty dangerous stuff just by happenstance.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Anon very nice. i couldnt have put it better myself.

  41. Tom Hale says:

    @Robulus, I know what y’all are thinking – Heathens! Pagans! Xophers!

  42. Chuck says:

    CRAP!

    A little gnat made a quick crawl from one letter to another before I could get the graphic of that pink ouija board off my screen.

    You don’t want to know what the spirits had to say.

  43. Tom Hale says:

    Tom confused

  44. Tom Hale says:

    Euryale, thx – I had no idea – Googling != didn’t yield any results – this must be something new – I like to think I keep up w internet jargon, so this sucks

  45. HowardsGrl says:

    no wonder I’m such a lunatic! I was raised by Baptists who had an Ouija board in the attic that they allowed us to play with. Also went to Baptist youth campouts where we had seances. AND I had a Magic 8 Ball. No wonder I’m afraid of clowns. Also afraid of bowling and jello.

  46. Anonymous says:

    me thinks he’s afraid of the pink turning children gay

  47. robulus says:

    @Tom
    Zopher is saying that although he’s critical of many aspects of religion, he doesn’t think being Christian automatically means you’re barking mad.

    != is a programming operator, eg ( 1 != 2 ) returns true, ( 1 != 1 ) returns false.

    You missed the second part of my post, I’m identifying as Christian. I got baptised about two years ago, so I’ll see you in Heaven! Assuming you’re Catholic!

    @Xopher
    That was meant to be good humoured, hope it came across that way.

  48. greengestalt says:

    There’s no “Grave” in this game, just “Gravy” to the companies that make it and the other companies that make big money off the “Chick Tract” level of stupid, reactionary “Good Christian”.

    If they cry about this, they should cry about the “Emily the Strange; Odd-I-See board” aka a little GothGrrll’s Ouija board, but changed just enough they don’t need to pay royalties…
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Emily-the-Strange/Cosmic-Debris/e/9781435118720/?itm=5&USRI=emily+the+strange

    Just a rip off but a fun “Party” trick. I know. Even made my own one as a kid, but I knew that everything I saw on my own, was just me pushing it. Chanting “Pazuzu” did nothing either… No demons or cool stuff…

    Oh, btw, this is a bit obscure, but there was a cool joke in a short “Goth” ish comic called “Outlook Grim” where the Goth Grrll protagonist was given a new Ouija board by her friend, the ditzy blond girl, and she proudly reads a label that it isn’t “Tested on Animals”… And the Goth Grrll briefly fantasizes about some poor bunny wearing a satanist hood with candles all around it as it look wearily but tearfully at the board as the horrible spirits influence it and lie to it ala all those “Good Christian” horror stories they sell to them at the book store…

  49. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Can we channel the thread form the comments, to make an infinite recursive loop?

    • Xopher says:

      If we do it right, we can make it a Möbius strip. Or several interlocking ones.

      But it would have to be no earthly color.

      • Tom Hale says:

        OMG what are the odds – I made a möbius strip tonight, just to ask my wife if she knew what it is – just because I’m nerdy like that I suppose

        I’ve taught her well, she remembered and said, ‘How could I be married to you for almost 22 years and Not know what a möbius strip is?’

        Oh and ouija boards are spooky – if you’re in a dark quiet room and have consumed a few ounces of alcohol and in the right mood.

  50. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Also.. yes.. Ribena is delicious.

  51. Anonymous says:

    ITS OUIJA NOT OUIJI GET IT RIGHT !!

  52. andyhavens says:

    I’m a Christian — of the politically liberal ilk who also believes in the Bing Bang, evolution, etc. Growing up, I was taught that there wasn’t as much of a contradiction between science and religion as both sides made out, and that much of the arguing was over details that were, in many cases, cultural or metaphoric, so just shut up and read the Sermon on the Mount and be a good person and feed the hungry, etc.

    I didn’t believe in anything about spirits, besides the ones we each share with God, until I was a senior in high school. Until that point, I’d thought all the ghost, seance, Ouija crap was just that. Crap.

    Then we did a section on parapsychology in my psych/soc class. We talked about Houdini and palmistry and phrenology, etc. and the teacher scheduled some time to do a Ouija board reading as a kind of mild exercise in self delusion, etc. The two girls on the board were ones I hadn’t had a class with in at least 6 years. They were part of the “cool” crowd, whereas I was a music and theater (and D&D and Latin and computer) geek. I may have known their names, but only because we’d grown up in the same town. I don’t think I’d ever had an actual conversation with either of them.

    I mention this, because when the teacher asked, “Who’s got a question for the board?” they mostly did “Who will I go to the prom with?” type questions. But then I asked, “If I had a daughter, what would I name her?”

    Nobody in that room knew the answer to that question. I wrote it out on a slip of paper and gave it to my best friend, Tom, who was sitting next to me. We were both at least 20″ from the girls in the front doing the board. I didn’t show him the paper ahead of time or say the word out loud.

    The girls asked the Ouija board, and it spelled out, “A N N E,” which was exactly what I’d written on the paper.

    My teacher’s explanation is that “Anne” is the closest girl’s name to “Andy,” and since that’s all they really knew about me, that was what they subconsciously made the board do. Also, “Raggedy Ann and Andy” pairs those two names together.

    I am a skeptic. But it was that “E” on the end that really freaked me out, I tell ya. Sure, go for the “Anne sounds like Andy” explanation. But why not stop at “Ann?”

    Not saying I believe the Ouija will steal your soul… I don’t think anyone can do that; you yourself have to give it away. Just saying I had a fairly creepy experience with one.

  53. cameronh1403 says:

    Well that might be better than leaving your brain open to thinking..

  54. Lookforthewoman says:

    I don’t see how people believing in this is any different than believing in “G*d” or any other invisible unprovable thing.

    My friends and I used to regularily scare the pants off ourselves playing with a Ouija board in highschool. To the point that we actually stopped playing with it because it got too spooky.

    I would not recommend anyone under 18 to use one, whether or not you believe in it or not is not the issue, it does have the power to scare the crap out of you and cause nightmares for days!

    • Anonymous says:

      @Lookforthewoman

      LOL! Yes, you must be 18 or older in order to be scared! *roll eyes*

      Way to ruin half the fun of girls slumber parties. After the make overs and manicures you play with a Ouija board or do that ‘Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board’ game. It’s like, teenage girl slumber party law.

      Way to be a weirdo wet blanket. Most 10 years olds are smart enough to figure out it isn’t real and half the fun is wondering if it is and being scared. To say it’s not appropriate for anyone younger than 18 is stupid.

    • blueelm says:

      Or make you realize what liars your friends are :P

      We used to play with that when I was a little girl. But I always suspected my friend was pushing it and was more interested in figuring out how I could call her bluff than in asking “ghosts” questions. The spirits always seemed to agree with her some how.

      • Lookforthewoman says:

        I got accused of being “that girl” a lot, my response was always to take my hands off the board. :)
        Things were just a “spooky” without me participating.

        • blueelm says:

          Well I will say that once years later my boyfriend and I decided (admittedly in a non-sober state) to make one. We grabbed some big sketch pad and wrote out the letters, numbers, yes, no, etc. We used a wine glass I think. Anyway I wanted him to act as “medium” because he seems more sensitive than me but he wouldn’t because apparently he *was* more sensitive than me… so I did it. I couldn’t think of what to ask so once I got a “yes” on are you there, I asked my ghost what it used to do and the thing spelled out D-E-N-T-S-T or something and we both cracked up. I asked the ghost if it was bored and it said yes. Then nothing else. The guy swears to this day it wasn’t him and I swear it wasn’t me… but suspending all reason for a second and pretending it is true I *would* be the one to contact a ghost who was like “meh…” about it.

  55. Avram / Moderator says:

    Because it’s pink, or because it’s a ouija board?

  56. Anonymous says:

    *raises hand*

    Please count at least one Christian who’s not afraid of losing her immortal soul to an Ouija board. No matter what color it is.

  57. nanuq says:

    Blame Parker Brothers. Last time I heard, they owned the “Ouija” brand name. There should be a warning label if there was a risk of demonic possession.

  58. phlavor says:

    “It’s not Monopoly. It really is a dangerous spiritual game…” Actually, I am far more concerned about actual monopolies.

    Why is it that the most vocal proponents of any religion are also the best examples of what is wrong with that very religion?

  59. mneptok says:

    … the Bible explicitly states “not to mess with spirits” …

    Welp, no more mixed drinks for you!

  60. antiescape says:

    If you have the proper protection, a Ouija board can be a safe thing. As for all you parents that want it banished because it is “demonic”.. why don’t you just forget about the Ouija board and go buy you’re daughter another Bratz hooker doll.. I’m sure she won’t be pressured into thinking she has to look like that..

    • Dewi Morgan says:

      If you have the proper protection, a Ouija board can be a safe thing.

      As in, what? Are your friends so violent that you need a face-guard in case they whack you in the face with the puck?

      If you think you need some kind of spiritual protection, is that protection likely to be available to the kind of naive schoolgirls who would buy a pink ouija board?

      No, it’s not. And then they’re going to summon tentacle demons, and it’ll all go Urotsukidoji.

  61. MB says:

    Dunno. Makes about as much sense as being frightened by clowns . . .

  62. mn_camera says:

    And asking us to believe that some guy in the clouds wants us to hate others for being somehow different is not a “dangerous spiritual game” in any way?

  63. Anonymous says:

    The fact that the original game manufactures misspelt “Wii G” makes me suspicious of demonic involvement.

    • Gilbert Wham says:

      A Wii-based ouija board game, where everyone holds the controller & the cursor on the screen is a genius idea, and doable in no time flat. Calling it Wii G would simply be the icing on the cake…

  64. JT Montreal says:

    FTA: …said the Bible explicitly states “not to mess with spirits”

    Can someone with better knowledge off the bible back this up in any way, or did Mr. Phelan just make this up? I thought that christian mythology doesn’t really account for “ghosts”, those being more of a hold-over from pre-christian pagan concepts; AFAIR in the christian myth, once you die your soul goes up or down (or purgatory) and there is no mention of sicking around to lower the property values of your enemies house, or chatting with your offspring three generations removed…

    • Euryale says:

      He’s probably talking about Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

      No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead.

      (That’s from the New Revised Standard Version, if anyone cares.)

      I am firmly in the ‘offended by the color, not the idea’ camp.

    • Stooge says:

      JT Montreal, I’m not too hot on the New Testament, but there’s a passage in the OT that springs to mind.

      Deut 18:10-12
      There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
      Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
      For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

      I’d say that pretty much rules out Ouija boards (as well as second generation firefighters and people with watches). Then again, it also forbids most of Jesus’ miracles too, but if it wasn’t a complicated book then we wouldn’t need to pay so many people to explain it to us, right?

      • Anonymous says:

        Why do you try to comment on religion when yourself clearly don’t have any comprehension on that field, or any field related?

        * Really talking about everyone here.

        • djn says:

          Why do you try to comment on religion when yourself clearly don’t have any comprehension on that field, or any field related?

          * Really talking about everyone here.

          Are you familiar with the so-called courtier’s reply?

    • Anonymous says:

      On the Christian myth of going to heaven or hell right after dying, in our church, that’s how it was treated: as a myth. You church milage may vary, but here’s how we treated it:

      It’s what you told kids, and was a nice sentiment. But theologically, your soul doesn’t go anywhere. Metaphorically, it’s buried with you until judgment day. But really, the soul isn’t in the body anymore. It’s just gone. Who knows where, but it ain’t in heaven (heaven isn’t ready for occupancy yet either, according to Revelations), and it ain’t in hell. It might still exist, it might be gone. We don’t know, so no point in speculating.

      So when thinking “Where’s Grandpa?” we just say “In heaven” or “watching us” or whatever rather than spend time being creeped out by ambiguity.

    • Moriarty says:

      I don’t remember ghosts in the Bible, but there are definitely demons. Maybe that’s what he means by “spirits?”

      • Xopher says:

        I think it’s a misreading of 1 Corinthians 10:20 which is about “fellowship with demons.” Paul is demonizing (heh) the ancien regime here, and talking about idolatrous sacrifices.

        If anyone can find a more direct quote about spirits, please do, but this is the one that came to mind.

        • Moriarty says:

          It’s a lot more than that. For one thing, Jesus performs an exorcism on a dude (“I am legion, for we are many!”), and puts the many demons into a herd of pigs, which promptly go crazy and drown themselves. That’s the New Testament story I was thinking of. It’s Mark 5 and probably elsewhere.

  65. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Interlocking ones? We can braid its hair! Throw in a season of My So Called Life and I’m in!

    *glee*

  66. Steve Schnier says:

    Why, I’ve played with a Ouiga board lots of times and nothing ever happened to me…

    …oh.

  67. cymk says:

    “Ouji Board can “leave a person’s soul vulnerable to attack.” …and people who believe (or pretend to believe) this…”

    Just like people believe eating the flesh, and drinking the blood of a zombie nets eternal life.

    Belittling others beliefs/ opinions aside, the heavily religious will always believe things like ouija boards are demonic or allow for contacting demons. Personally I think such people are being close-minded and foolish, but thats merely my opinion. The ouija board is nothing more than a tool, you make it work just like a hammer. If you want to use the hammer to hurt people, you can, you could also build a bitching house with it; your choice.

  68. ill lich says:

    I don’t get it. . . this crucifix I’m wearing protects me from vampires, but not ghosts? What a rip off!

  69. thechicgeek says:

    Right, because Monopoly teaches us all good, decent moral values such as running your friends and family into the ground, and over leveraging yourself to the point that you’re just desperate that someone lands on your Boardwalk in order to recoup your cash. Yeah. Good and moral.

  70. MadRat says:

    Pink Ouija boards don’t scare me, what scares me is the art deco era, glow-in-the-dark Ouija board that’s covered with radium paint.

  71. Moriarty says:

    “I would not recommend anyone under 18 to use one, whether or not you believe in it or not is not the issue, it does have the power to scare the crap out of you and cause nightmares for days!”

    What is the point of a ouija board, if not to be scared by it? And who would be scared by it except children? Well, apparently the good people at Human Life International would, but they don’t want to try!

    • Lookforthewoman says:

      I’m just saying as teenagers it scared us in the “oh-mi-gawd-you-guys-that-was-so-cool” way most of the time, until things got creepy-scary in the “wait, how did you know what my dead grandfathers knickname for my nana was?”, and we stopped.

      There’s just things you do as teenagers that are not appropriate for an 8 year old, IMO that includes Ouija boards.

  72. Snig says:

    Hope about this arcane instrument, associated with heathen princesses (some who flirted with Magic!), crystal balls, talking mice, and a mysterious floating triangle(a symbol for the gay agenda!):

    http://www.yourwdwstore.net/Disney-Toy–Princess–Magic-8-Ball_p_4155.html

  73. Anonymous says:

    its not just a christian thing. its an anyone who has had a bad experience with the ouiji board thing. if you’ve had the experience that i or many others have had with the board then you’d be singing a different tune, mark. have an open mind my friend, maybe even some tolerance.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “bad experience” you had was just your friend f**king with your head. He (she) was only pretending to be freaked out as well.

  74. Dewi Morgan says:

    This is one of the things that’s most marked in difference between the US and the rest of the world. Moving here, I’ve found that many little things are different: you can’t get ribena or squash of any kind, or fizzy gummy colabottles; most plugholes have holes large enough to lose your wedding ring down; toiletpaper’s the wrong shape and the water level’s dangerously high; everything’s so spread out that there’s no such thing as a “corner shop”, or even a neighbourhood, except in inner cities; people use different words for the same thing, and vice versa; but most of all, a *huge* swathe of the population is deeply credulous over spiritual matters, and that is considered perfectly OK and normal. I see more churches than bars. I see religious paraphernalia being sold in supermarkets. The “God” section of bookstores equals or beats the size of the “scifi/fantasy” section, and swamps the pitiful “science” section. There are still people here who genuinely disbelieve in evolution. My mind boggles.

    Turns out there’s a reason. People see spirits here. Not just one or two, but the majority of my religious friends have had religious experiences that they cannot make sense of without either saying “I am delusional” or “spirits exist”. And the former is simply not an answer most people will take: instead, they will take the evidence of their own eyes, and believe it.

    Is it something in the (bleach-laden) water? The bread? I don’t know. But I can’t wait till I start seeing spirits too, then maybe I can understand.

    • IWood says:

      Certain African countries are chock full of people who believe in penis thievery and that having sex with children will cure AIDS. Hatian voodoo is a going concern, lots of folks who believe they’re ridden by the Loa. Ever been in a cemetery in Mexico on Día de los Muertos?

      Big ol’ world with lots of weird in it. America’s no different.

    • Xopher says:

      you can’t get…squash of any kind

      Excuse me? What lifeless part of America do you live in? During the late summer/fall I can get many, many different kinds of squash at my local farmers’ market, and even this time of the year I can get them at the grocery store. Butternut squash, yum!

      • Dewi Morgan says:

        Sorry, I was unclear.

        By “squash”, I meant the UK meaning (“syrup-like concentrated juice”), not the US meaning (“marrow”).

        In the US, you can get frozen concentrated OJ, which costs more than buying the pre-diluted product; you can buy OJ powder; you can buy fresh and reconstituted OJ; you can get “syrups” which are 99% sugar, with juice flavouring; but you cannot buy the simple product known in the UK as “Orange squash”. Or apple squash, or blackcurrant (in fact, anything with blackcurrant is rare here, though blueberry and grape are common replacements), or any kind of concentrated juice.

        • Xopher says:

          Ah, I see. You’re using a wacky UK term! :-)

          ‘Squash’ is the native term for those plants, btw. Its resemblance to the English verb ‘squash’ meaning “crush” or “mash” is coincidental, even though squash is often squashed.

          Incidentally, I have seen concentrated-juice syrups (not the flavored sugar syrup) here. Try your local health-food store. I’ve only seen cranberry, but that’s also all I’ve looked for. Certainly they don’t call them “squash,” but maybe you could find them as “juice concentrates.”

          • arkizzle / Moderator says:

            In Australia they’re called “cordials”, which always had a mythical/fantasy ring to it.

            Dewi, Something I discovered recently.. Ribena has only 0.1g less sugar (per 100ml) than full-sugar Coke. Thats’s 10.5g and 10.6g, respectively.

            They fooled us for decades! Ribena isn’t good for you, it’s just a non-fizzy softdrink!
            (And you heard about the New Zealand school girls who discovered it only had miniscule amounts of (and sometimes, no) Vitamin C in it either, yeah?)

            It’s basically just Sugar, Water, Purple.

          • Dewi Morgan says:

            @Xopher: Yup, I’ll keep hunting :D Thanks for the tip about healthfood stores, and Cranberry.

            @arkizzle: Yeah, I noticed that when I finally found (in the “Asian store” some Ribena imported from the middle east. In the UK I’ve always gone for the “light” Ribena, so never noticed the sugar on the ingredients list, but hoo blimey, it’s the first thing in the list on the regular Ribena! Practically a syrup!

            I don’t care, it tastes delicious.

            Also: very sorry to be so deeply offtopic!

          • Xopher says:

            Also: very sorry to be so deeply offtopic!

            Perhaps you could use an Ouija board to locate a store where you can buy UK-style squashes. That would retroactively justify your off-topicity in my opinion, not that this thread isn’t pretty well deceased anyway.

  75. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    So I do.. caught me trying to talk cool.

  76. Xopher says:

    Mark, ‘Ouija’ is misspelled in the title and the first line.

    As for the topic: I have to say that I find that pink, if not frightening, at least shocking.

  77. Alan says:

    No, it’s true! I used to go to a Baptist church as a kid, then I played with a Ouija board. Now I go to a Lutheran church.

  78. Xopher says:

    “This year, I resolve to be less introspective. But wait, if I become less introspective, won’t that make me shallow? I’d better think about this.”

  79. gman says:

    The ideomotor response is a fun thing. Every kid should get to play with a Ouija board if only to discover that you’re simply pushing the pointer (or letting it be pushed) subconsciously. After a few minutes of willing the pointer to go all over the board and scare their friends, that kid should have a well-grounded lesson in reality.

  80. LightningRose says:

    Hell, every time I’ve used a Ouija board *I* was the one pushing it around to spell whatever I wanted.

  81. Eric Ragle says:

    Sometimes, it’s really hard to believe it is 2010.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Either you believe in spirits and a Ouiji board is dangerous.

    Or you don’t believe in spirits and think that a Ouiji board teaches foolishness.

    In either case, it seems marketing these games to children is a bad idea. But don’t listen to me, keep attacking the other side’s beliefs.

  83. 3lbFlax says:

    I love ouija boards chiefly because they fog minds on both sides of the fence. Opponents with a spiritual objection are a little dull (very little information in their arguments), but tell a sceptic that you think ouija boards work and you can get some great reactions. I’ve had many people who otherwise appear very sensible and together immediately assume that saying ouija boards work equates to saying that ghosts exist, as if saying that you just heard a thunderclap mean you’re terrified of the angry sky god.

    I’ve never understood why ideomotor explanations are any less wonderful and fanciful than the concept of contacting the dead. In fact gathering the opinions of the dead is a piece of cake, you just have to get your questions in when they’re still alive. Contacting the part of the brain that creates the poetic and surreal responses I’ve seen on a ouija board, that seems like a much more interesting and rewarding notion. The poor old ouija board just needs a makeover as a psychedelic brain toy.

    Either that or its marketing phrase should be “We have met the ghosts, and they are us.”

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