Encyclopaedia of the Impossible: La Pascualita

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Previously: The Burpham Ghost Crash.

 Type: SC (Schrodinger’s Corpse)

Period/location of origin: March 25, 1930, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Appearance: Subject appears to be a store mannequin sitting in the window of the bridal shop La Popular: La Casa de Pascualita in Chihuahua, Mexico. Subject may or may not be the embalmed remains of La Popular’s original owner.

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Did Amelia Earhart Survive? This Newly-Discovered Photograph Hints At Clues To Her Fate

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It’s a question that’s persisted for 80 years: What happened to Amelia Earhart? There are a lot of conspiracy theories to the contrary, of course, but the most widely accepted answer for exactly why she vanished during her last flight on July 2, 1937 is that she ran out of fuel, crashed, and perished, never having been found or rescued. However, a team of documentary filmmakers have unearthed a photograph believed to have been taken in 1937 that suggests Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have actually crash landed in the Marshall Islands — and survived.

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The Most Dangerous Games: Concentrate

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Previously: The Answer Man

I used to play the game Concentrate on the playground as a kid. Maybe you did, too. Interestingly, though, despite the morbid-sounding rhyme at the center of the game, my friends and I never actually considered it spooky or dangerous; we mostly thought it was a neat kind of mental simulation, a way to experience the things described in the rhyme without actually experiencing them. We also thought it might function as a light form of hypnosis, although none of us ever felt “hypnotized” by the end of it.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently discovered that it’s listed in rather a lot of places on the internet as the kind of game that qualifies as a Most Dangerous Game.

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Follow The Ghost In My Machine On Facebook & Twitter To Stay On Top Of The Latest

Hey gang,

I dropped this little tidbit at the tail end of my Patreon announcement last week, but just in case it got lost in the shuffle, I’m creating a post of its own: The Ghost In My Machine is now on social media! You can follow on Facebook @TheGhostInMyMachine and on Twitter @GhostMachine13 for the latest — I’ll be posting whenever something new goes up on the site, as well as including a few other bits and bobs.

And if you like what you read here, please consider supporting The Ghost In My Machine on Patreon! It’ll help me keep the lights on, allow me to post more frequently, and all sorts of other good stuff.

Happy Friday!

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Creepypasta of the Week: “Bedtime”

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Previously: “Suicidemouse.avi.”

“Bedtime,” penned by Michael Whitehouse (aka Ghastly Tales), taps into something deep and primal to which a good many of us can likely relate: A fear of the dark. Because, of course, fear of the dark isn’t just about being afraid of an absence of light; it’s what might be hiding out there in the shadows, beyond where we can see, that concerns us. It’s the fear of the unknown.

And for what it’s worth, this fear is actually an evolutionary advantage. It prevents us from rushing out into danger — which, during pre-modern eras, kept us alive. Being out in the dark was a literal life or death situation.

The trouble is that these days, the dark isn’t always the same danger it once was. When you’re all tucked up in your warm, cozy home at night, it can be hard to justify a fear of the dark; after all, your doors are locked, and there’s no one else inside but your family. And so we brush aside fears of the dark — particularly when they come from children. “Kids don’t know how to rationalize it,” we tell ourselves. “They have overactive imaginations. That’s all.”

And sometimes that’s true: Lying in their beds in the dark at night, kids have nothing to distract them, so their brains make up all sorts of wild and outlandish things.

But sometimes… it’s best to listen to children when they tell you that there’s something under their bed or lurking in their closet.

They’re not always wrong.

 “Bedtime” is part of a five-part series, by the way, so make sure you click through at the source to read the whole saga.

Bedtime is supposed to be a happy event for a tired child; for me it was terrifying. While some children might complain about being put to bed before they have finished watching a film or playing their favourite video game, when I was a child, night time was something to truly fear. Somewhere in the back of my mind it still is.

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Unresolved: Karin Catherine Waldegrave’s Perplexing Facebook Presence

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Previously: Who Killed Sister Cathy?

In April of 2010, a woman named Karin Catherine Waldegrave joined Facebook. This in and of itself is obviously not unusual; people join Facebook all the time. What sets Karin apart was the sheer absurdity of her posts — posts which still defy explanation to this very day. In fact, many are still wondering whether Karin’s page was written by a real person.

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The Ghost In My Machine Is On Patreon! Here’s How To Help Support The Site

Big site expansion news: The Ghost In My Machine is now on Patreon!

Since January of 2014, I’ve been running The Ghost In My Machine solely through whatever free resources I’ve had access to — a free WordPress domain and site template, whatever information I can dig up with a basic internet connection or a library card, any spare time I have left after working a full week at my day job — and as a result, I’ve finally reached the limit of what I can do with the site without putting more into it.

But reaching this particular limit doesn’t mean I’m giving up; au contraire: I want to expand (hence the Reader Survey I posted back in May), so I can bring you, Gentle Readers, more of the spooky goodness you love — and that I love sharing with you. That’s where Patreon comes in: An expansion of TGIMM requires both time and money, so reader support through Patreon will enable me to create more and better content without having to rely on ads to keep the proverbial lights on.

Patreon support will aid in the following: