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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Daily 2 Cent: My Experience at a Japanese WWII Prison -- Haunted Psychic Shop -- People Seem to Turn Off Streetlights With Their Bodies

My Experience at a Japanese WWII Prison

In 2012 I visited an old building called Lawang Sewu (built in 1919 I think) in Indonesia. It was first used as a Dutch railway company but was taken over by the Japanese in 1942. The Japanese converted the basement into a prison/torture chamber by submerging them under hot water. After the war it became an office for a railway company and as of now it is a landmarked building.

It was nighttime when I went there, and the vibe was pretty eerie. There was a tour guide leading us around the place who was a native (they are kinda known for believing in paranormal things) and ensured us that it is all normal. We went around the first and second floor and everything was fine. That is, up until the basement. The guide and I put on our boots (the floor was puddled in water) and went down with our flashlights.

For some reason I immediately became afraid but I didn't let it bother me. As the guide explained the background story behind the basement, I took some pictures which I intended to post on Facebook. I began hearing muffled noises. It sounded like low murmurs/whispers, and I distinctly remember a woman sobbing. I thought it came from upstairs or something but when I asked the guide, he said, "you are not hearing anything. Those must be the spirits" Of course, after I heard that I sprinted back upstairs for my own good. I'm not the best storyteller, but my heart has never raced faster than in that moment.

When I returned to the hotel, I started editing the pictures to post on Facebook. The pictures from the basement were too dark, so I used iPhoto to edit them. I noticed some sort of silhouette in the background that freaked me out (link below). Needless to say, I did not get a lot of sleep that night.

http://imgur.com/J1KvYkL -- Picture was taken with a Canon G10 camera and edited using the Enhance button on iPhoto.

It's your choice to believe it or not, just know that I don't have the photoshop skills to make that. If some of you can't see it, it's the womanly silhouette by the passage door. The guy on the right was my tour guide. It's a really famous spot for people to go ghost-hunting and there are multiple videos on YouTube that documented the sightings.

Edit: If anyone is interested in reading about the place further, you can watch this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnL0XgK_plY . Just skip to 4:28-4:40. Honestly I'm a bit skeptic of this part but what really matters is what occurs later on in the video. There was a figure in the background on top of the staircase that the editors didn't even notice (7:07). What's interesting is that the show was cancelled after this episode was shot. - reddit


Psychic shop claims it is haunted

The owner of The Psychic Shop in Kilmarnock believes the place is haunted. Sharon Short, claims that paranormal activity has been taking place and she’s now looking into having paranormal investigations carried out over the next few weeks.

She said when she went in on Monday morning stock was found lying on the floor. As this had never happened before Sharon thought it was “weird” so she had her colleague check the CCTV footage, which shows an ornament slide off the shelf and fall on to the floor.

Sharon, who only opened the shop earlier this year, said that this strange activity had only begin to take place after a woman came into her shop to enquire about paranormal investigations.

The woman also accused Sharon of carrying out the devils work by doing readings for people. Since then, stock has apparently been flying off shelves and also there are also claims that there are cold spots in the reception area of the shop. Read more at Psychic shop claims it is haunted

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Bizarre Phenomenon: People Seem to Turn Off Streetlights With Their Bodies

People all over the world have noticed that streetlights turn off when they get near them and turn back on when they’ve passed.

A 53-year-old American housewife told Hilary Evans, a lead researcher of this phenomenon: “I couldn’t believe this was a phenomenon that others shared with me. I just thought I was nuts and so did those I told. … I first noticed street lights going off when I began taking college classes at [night] … Several times when I would turn into my street to come home, the streetlight outside our home went out. I didn’t say anything thinking something was wrong with it.

“Then it began going off when I would step out onto the porch. For a while, I thought it was coincidence, then I began noticing lights turning off in other places.” For example, one night when she was walking with a friend, four lights went off as they passed and turned back on after she was clear of them.

“It continues to happen to me, and I continue to try to make others believe me,” she wrote. Evans received many such testimonies from people of all walks of life. Evans also noted in her book “The SLI Effect,” that unlike some other paranormal phenomena, this one does not relate to any greater belief systems or carry with it the benefits or merit of other supernormal abilities. People thus have less reason to make it up.

Electrical engineer Bill Beaty explained his theory about streetlight interference (SLI), as the phenomenon is called, in an episode of William Shatner’s “Weird or What?”

Beaty thinks people who experience SLI, dubbed SLIders, may be walking electric generators. He spoke of the static electricity we conduct when we scuff our feet on carpet, for example. He said we could conduct electricity by stealing electrons from the air each time we inhale.

If inhaling makes us electrically charged, why doesn’t everyone have the same effect on streetlights? Beaty said there may be an as-of-yet undiscovered virus that could alter some people’s lungs, making them more likely to carry a charge.

He recognizes that his theory is weird.

“The vast, unstudied collection of weird things—some of those are real, and those are Nobel-Prize discoveries,” he said.

Gary M. Rowe, who has studied the phenomenon in the UK for 25 years, provides “a practical guide to investigating apparent Street Light Interference (SLI).”

He notes that an investigator must rule out causes for streetlights flickering or going out, such as faulty lights and lowered temperature (which can affect the lights’ operation). - The Epoch Times



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