The Parapsychology Foundation Fights for Its Future

The Parapsychology Foundation — a four-generation matrilineal dynasty — fights for its future.

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Ivan Reitman, Director of ‘Ghostbusters,’ Is Dead at 75

The filmmaker injected giant marshmallow boogeymen and toga parties into popular culture with movies that included “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Stripes” and “Kindergarten Cop.”

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Michael Avenatti Is Found Guilty of Stealing From Stormy Daniels

They were once united in an effort to topple Donald J. Trump. But even then, a jury found, Mr. Avenatti was stealing from his famous client.

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This is the world’s oldest image of a ghost

This is the world’s oldest image of a ghost

(credit: Photograph: The British Museum)

A curator exploring the shadowy recesses of the British Museum’s archives recently encountered a ghost—or rather, the world’s oldest image of one, etched onto a 3,500-year-old Babylonian clay tablet. The figure of a tall, emaciated spirit with his hands bound illustrates the text of an ancient exorcism ritual meant to banish the sort of ghost that “seizes hold of a person and pursues him and cannot be loosed.”

Irving Finkel, the curator of the British Museum’s Middle Eastern department and a specialist in cuneiform, the angular writing system of the ancient Babylonian civilization, recently translated the text of the ritual, which had remained unread and ignored since the British Museum acquired the tablet in the 1800s. At that time, museums across Europe were in a rush to stockpile Babylonian artifacts, and curators would often pay local people to loot clay and stone tablets, along with other artifacts, from archaeological sites in what is now Iraq. Most of those items arrived with little or no information about their context and ended up in storage.

Seeing ghosts

The ghost tablet, for example, had never been displayed to the public, and no one had translated its text. Nor had anyone noticed the hidden ghostly image on the reverse side of the clay tablet, either. That side appears blank until it’s viewed under a light at just the right angle, when the image of the ghost seems to leap out at the viewer.

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Many Americans Say They Believe in Ghosts. Do You?

Belief in paranormal phenomena may be a way of grappling with the unknown.

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When Teacups, Burning Lumps of Coal and Eggs Flew Through the Air

In her delightfully spooky new book, “The Haunting of Alma Fielding,” Kate Summerscale investigates poltergeist activity in 1930s London.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Back With ‘Truth Seekers’

“Truth Seekers,” the comedy duo’s first TV collaboration in two decades, is rooted in their own ghost hunting exploits.

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Forget Halloween. Children Are Frightening Year-Round.

Why little kids have a special ability to creep out their parents.

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Halloween’s Not Canceled: Here’s How to Make It Spooky but Safe

Movies, podcasts, cemetery walks and more: Our guide to enjoying a socially distant fright fest.

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Halloween Word Games

Finding the sinister words will reveal the spooky images that go along with them.

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How to Celebrate Halloween From Your Car

Drive-in horror film screenings and fright-night experiences are popping up around the country for a pandemic-safe holiday.

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How to Trick-or-Treat Safely on Halloween

You can still safely celebrate the ghoulish season, but trick-or-treating and other celebrations may have to be modified to protect against coronavirus infection.

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Haunted House? These People Are in Isolation With Ghosts.

For those who believe they’re locked down with spectral roommates, the pandemic has been less isolating than they bargained for.

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