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    Post  Queen of Cups on Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:39 am

    Poltergeist (from German poltern, meaning to rumble or make noise, and Geist, meaning "ghost" or "spirit") denotes an invisible spirit or ghost that manifests
    itself by moving and influencing objects, generally in a particular location such as a house or room or place within a house. Poltergeists have been reported in many cultures. Each has its
    own name for the phenomenon, while the features of the phenomenon are the same everywhere (rapping noises, object movement etc). This does not prove that the phenomenon is real
    however, but rather that it is a common experience and may be due to a common psychosis. Places that poltergeists have been reported include India (where they are known as a Mumai),
    the United States, England, Japan and Brazil.


    Famous poltergeist infestations

    Although poltergeist stories date back to the first century, most evidence to support the existence of poltergeists is anecdotal, which is hardly surprising as the nature of the
    phenomenon is unpredictable and sporadic. Indeed, many of the stories below have several versions and/or inconsistencies; however there are a few that do not, for example, the
    Miami poltergeist has event records signed by all witnesses as to the way things happened. These witnesses include police officers, a skeptical magician, and workers at the warehouse.
    The Rosenheim case is another, with multiple witnesses and unexplained electric and telephonic phenomena.

    * An "evil spirit" threw stones and made the walls shake in a small farmhouse. This was the first recorded poltergeist case. (circa 858)

    Lithobolia (1698)

    A pamphlet, printed in London in 1698 by Mr. Ricard Chamberlain, provides an account of a poltergeist-type haunting that had occurred some years before.
    Two copies of the pamphlet exist in the British Museum called: "Lithobolia, or stone throwing Devil. Being an Exact and True account (by way of Journal) of the various actions
    of infernal Spirits or (Devils Incarnate) Witches or both: and the great Disturbance and Amazement they gave to George Walton's family at a place called Great Island in the
    county of New Hampshire in New England, chiefly in throwing about (by an Invisible hand) Stones, Bricks, and Brick-Bats of all sizes, with several other things, as Hammers, Mauls,
    Iron-Crows, Spits, and other Utensils, as came into their Hellish minds, and this for space of a quarter of a year....", some cases, these types of spirits share aspects with elves and
    goblins.

    * The "Wizard", Livingston, West Virginia (1797).
    * The Bell Witch (1817).
    * The Haunting of The Fox sisters (1848) - arguably one of the most famous, because it started the Spiritualism movement.
    * The Great Amherst Mystery, 1878-79.
    * Hopfgarten near Weimar (1921).
    * Eleonore Zugun - The Romanian 'Poltergeist Girl' (1926).
    * The Epworth Rectory
    * The Wayne, NJ (1931)

    Borley Rectory (1937)

    William Roll, Hans Bender, and Harry Price are perhaps three of the most famous poltergeist investigators in the annals of parapsychology. Harry Price investigated Borley Rectory
    which is often called "the most haunted house in England."


    Rosenheim (1967)

    Dr. Friedbert Karger was one of two physicists from the Max Planck Institute who helped to investigate perhaps the most validated poltergeist case in recorded history.
    Annemarie Schneider, a 19-year-old secretary in a law firm in Rosenheim (a town in southern Germany) was seemingly the unwitting cause of much chaos in the firm, including
    disruption of electricity and telephone lines, the rotation of a picture, swinging lamps which were captured on video (which was one of the first times any poltergeist activity has been
    captured on film), and strange sounds that sounded electrical in origin were recorded. Fraud was not proven despite intensive investigation by the physicists, journalists, and the police.
    The effects moved with the young woman when she changed jobs until they finally faded out, disappeared, never happened again, and never were spoken about again.

    In the Rosenheim case of 1967 [1], The Rosenheim Poltergeist (1967). [3] (German and most extensive). [4] [5] Friedbert Karger's whole perspective on physics changed after investigating
    the events. "These experiments were really a challenge to physics," Karger says today. "What we saw in the Rosenheim case could be 100 per cent shown not to be explainable by known
    physics." [6]. The phenomena were witnessed by Hans Bender, the police force, the CID, reporters, and the physicists. Documented by the BBC in a TV series, "Leap in the Dark,
    " the first series, transmitted in 1973, consisted solely of documentaries. From the second series onwards, the episodes were a combination of documentary and drama.

    Other cases:

    * The Black Monk of Pontefract [7]
    * The Enfield Poltergeist (1977).
    * The Miami Poltergeist, a poltergeist occuring in a warehouse. The owner did not announce it at first and it was only discovered by a delivery team. The phenomena witnessed by police,
    parapsychologists and a skeptical magician who did not believe it was a ghost, but admitted he witnessed phenomena he could not explain. Many others witnessed phenomena including
    reporters, parapsychologists, and workers at the warehouse.
    * The Mackenzie Poltergeist (fairly recent) - Famed for haunting Greyfriars church yard, Edinburgh, UK.
    * The Canneto di Caronia fires poltergeist (fairly recent (2004-2005)) - Famed for defying all attempts at a scientific explanation, Sicily, Italy [8].
    * The Entity Case allegedly involved a single mother of three named Carla Moran who was being repeatedly raped by an invisible entity and its two helpers over the course of several years.
    * The case of Tina Resch, widely reported in the media in 1984.
    * A recent case in Barnsley near Sheffield in England, where poltergeist effects were witnessed by the police force. [9]
    * In Denver, Colorado there have been several reports of unknown forces positioning toys, furniture, and objects in patterns and strange positions.[citation needed]
    * The Thornton Road poltergeist of Birmingham (1981).
    * Easington Council in County Durham, UK paid half of a medium's fee so that she would exorcise a poltergeist from public housing in Peterlee as it was deemed more cost effective than
    relocation of the tenant (2008). [2]


    Signs

    Many things that seem to occur often with poltergeists are:

    * Objects are moved or thrown around, sometimes at the victim
    * Objects appearing in random places
    * Raspy or vague voices are heard (sometimes are only heard from an EVP)
    * noises are heard (such as tapping, dragging, thumping or footsteps)
    * being pushed, tugged, or knocked down by an unknown force
    * A ghostly figures or shadows being seen (sometimes are only seen on a thermal imager or camcorder)
    * Haunting or activity starts after something bad happening (such as a death)
    * Forcing things on the victim (such as poison)
    * Rapping noises ( e.g.: one means no, two mean yes)
    * Electrictronics malfunctioning (during the presence of the poltergeist)
    * Victim may have strange feelings or sensations during the presence of a poltergeist (such as nausea or EMF sickness)
    * High EMF ratings from an unknown source



    Physical explanations

    Some scientists and skeptics propose that all poltergeist activity untraceable to fraud has a physical explanation such as static electricity, electromagnetic fields, ultra-, and infrasound
    and/or ionized air. In some cases, such as the Rosenheim poltergeist case, the physicist F. Karger from the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik and G. Zicha from the Technical University
    of Munich found none of these effects present and psi proponents claim that no evidence of fraud was ever found, even after a sustained investigation from the police force and CID.
    Whether this is true or not, police officers did sign statements that they had witnessed the phenomena. Other aspects of the case were hard to explain: The time service was rung hundreds
    of times, with a frequency impossible with the mechanical dialing phones of 1967. The municipal authority disconnected the office from the mains supply and hooked it up to a dedicated
    generator hoping to stabilize the current. But surges in current and voltage still occurred with no detectable cause according to Zicha and Karger. Others think poltergeist phenomena could
    be caused by more mundane phenomena, such as unusual air currents, air vibrations such as in acoustic levitation, or tremors caused by underground streams.{{Fact|date=November 2008
    http://skepdic.com/poltergeist.html

    John Hutchinson has claimed that he has created poltergeist effects in his laboratory. Also worth noting is that scientist David Turner proposes that poltergeists and ball lightning may be
    linked phenomena. [3] Some scientists go as far as calling them pseudo-psychic phenomena and claim that under some circumstances they are caused by obscure physical effects.[4]
    Parapsychologists William G. Roll and Dean Radin, physicist Hal Puthoff and head of electrical engineering at Duke University who specializes in electromagnetic field phenomena, claim
    that poltergeist phenomena [the movement of objects at least] could be caused by anomalies in the zero-point field, [5] this is outlined in the above article and in Roll's book Unleashed
    and mention is made of it in a chapter of Dean Radin's book Entangled Minds. The basic theory is that poltergeist movements are repulsive versions of the casimir effect that can put
    pressures on objects. Thus, anomalies in this field could conceivably move objects. This theory has also been mentioned in the current book on paranormal phenomena Science by
    Marie D. Jones.[6]

    The theory is not complete, however, because it accounts for the movement of objects but not for the strange voices, seeming personality, and strange electrical effects displayed in some
    cases.

    See also:

    * Hutchinson effect


    Self-delusion and hoaxes

    Skeptics think that the phenomena are hoaxes perpetrated by the agent. Indeed, some poltergeist agents have been caught by investigators in the act of throwing objects.
    A few of them later confessed to faking.[citation needed]

    Skeptics maintain that parapsychologists are especially easy to fool when they think that many occurrences are real and discount the hoax hypothesis from the outset. Even after
    witnessing first hand an agent throwing objects, psi-believing parapsychologists rationalize the fact away by assuming that the agents are only cheating when caught cheating, and
    at no other time. One reason given is that the agents often fake phenomena when the investigation coincides with a period of time where there appears to be little or no 'genuine'
    phenomena occurring. Another stated reason is that some of the phenomena witnessed would be hard to fake, even for magicians when under the watch of many people, let alone
    untrained children and non-magicians.[citation needed]

    The current consensus among most scientists is a mixture of the self-delusion and hoax hypotheses and a bit of the caused-by-scientifically-explained-forces hypothesis [tremors,
    abnormal air currents etc ].

    Psychic Connection

    Many have been led to believe that poltergeists are in fact, not the undead, but are creatures created by the mind. They become real and out of control, growing in power and boldness,
    until either they go away, usually in 3–6 months, and travelling to another victim or killing the victim.

    See also:

    * Mischievous fairies
    * Undead


    Poltergeists in fiction

    Both the name and concept of the poltergeist became famous to modern audiences from 1982 in the Poltergeist movies and the subsequent TV series Poltergeist: The Legacy.
    The first Poltergeist movie actually gave an accurate depiction (during the first half of the film) of a "typical" poltergeist infestation, right down to the depiction of the focus as
    a prepubescent girl. The term also became quite famous when J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter where she names the poltergeist as 'Peeves' who causes disruption at Hogwarts School
    of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    See also

    * Ghost hunting
    * Spiritism
    * Apparitional experience
    * Psychokinesis
    * List of basic parapsychology topics
    * Stigmatized property

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    GO MARA GO MARA GO MARA , really great to read this , thanks for posting it

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    Post  starchang on Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:21 pm

    oooo has this ever happened to anyone? not me but i think it does happen.

    although i think it is rare...the place has to be really freakin haunted for the good stuff to happen like moving beds and furniture..

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    Post  pittster on Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:08 pm

    Another great read and interesting topic mara Shocked I have yet to experience poltergeist activity....which is a good thing!!
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    Re: Poltergeist...

    Post  Queen of Cups on Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:37 am

    Youre welcome bro Very Happy .

    Laughing ..yes you would think it happens very rarely..but the opposite is treu..it`s happening really often but because not many believe this ,not many talk about it let alone in public.

    Pitt....yep that`s a really good thing...LMAO...keep it that way please..lol..

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