A Lot of People Believe

We’re not alone in exploring, or even liking the Supernatural and Paranormal. We’ve got good company.

Did you know that soon after World War II, Winston Churchill visited the White House when he is said to have had an uncanny experience? After a long bath with a Scotch and cigar, he reportedly walked into the adjoining bedroom, only to be met by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Unflappable, even while completely naked, Churchill apparently announced, “Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage.” The spirit then smiled and vanished.

The pioneering computer theorist, Alan Turing was a believer in telepathy after he had a vivid vision of the violent death of his child shortly before it happened, a sad example of clairvoyance.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiastically embraced the Cottingly Fairies hoax in 1917. He always said that the alleged sprites represented a primitive life form and so didn’t strike him as evidence of an afterlife rather more of a traditional spirit. He kept drawings that his father had done of them around his home.

More recent examples include Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He spoke of his wreck in 2004 in Sonoma. “It caught fire, somebody pulled me out of that car.”

“I thought that it was a corner worker because I felt somebody put their hands under my armpits and pull me out of the car,” Earnhardt Jr. said “I didn’t get out. I don’t have any memory of myself climbing out of the car. I remember sort of moving, like going to lean forward and try to climb out of the car, and then something grabbed me under the armpits, pulled me up over the door bars and  let go of me. And I fell to the ground. There’s pictures of me laying on the ground next to the car. I know that when I got to the hospital, I was like, ‘Who pulled me out of the car? I gotta say thanks to this person,’ because it was a hand! It was physical hands grabbing me! I felt it. And there was nobody there.”

And then there’s Laura Linney, the actress became a believer after meeting one of the famed ghosts of Broadway’s Belasco Theater. “It’s absolutely haunted,” she told James Corden on the Late Late Show of her former workplace. “I was not a believer. I had been told about the ghosts at the Belasco. There was a mysterious death of a chorus girl [at the theater]. Legend is that final dress rehearsals is when the ghosts come out. I had forgotten this, and I was doing a play with Jane Alexander, and I turned to Jane, and I looked up to the upper balcony—there are two balconies there—and the upper balcony you can only get in from the outside, and those doors were locked; and I looked up, and there was a woman standing in the front row looking over with a blue dress and blonde hair. I just thought, ‘Well, hello!’ I looked at Jane, and I looked back up, and she was gone.” Linney was further convinced that it had been a paranormal experience when she confronted the theater’s house manager. “I went to the house manager and I said, ‘Joe, I think I saw a ghost.’ And he went, ‘male or female?’ I said, ‘female.’ And he went, ‘blue dress, blonde hair?’

Things that can’t be explained happen all the time. I’m sure this recent quaratine will bring even more. Tell us about yours!

And check out Before You, the paranormal is believed around the world…

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