Ten facts about Ouija Boards that will blow your mind!

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  1. The US patent office declared that THEY WORK and issued a patent for them in 1898.
  2.  Its original name was “Ouija, The Wonderful Talking Board.” 
  3. Its interest came from the growth in “spiritualism”, the belief that we could communicate with the dead. 
  4. Spiritualism was magnified by Leah and Margaret Fox, two women who lived in the 1800’s in Wayne County NY. The Fox sisters claimed their house was haunted. In 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle said that a skeleton was found buried in the wall of their basement.
  5. The original price was $1.50 which would be $50 adjusted for inflation.
  6. In the 1800’s, life expectancy was 50. Child mortality was very high. Communicating with the dead was common. Mary Todd Lincoln held séances in the White House. (In fact, Hillary Clinton said she channeled the ‘spirit’ of Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House when her husband was President.)
  7.  Ouija boards were so normal that in May 1920, Norman Rockwell, illustrator of blissful 20th century domesticity, depicted a man and a woman, Ouija board on their knees, communing with the beyond on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  8. During the depression, a single New York department store sold 50,000. 
  9. Psychologists believe that Ouija boards are an effective way to communicate with the subconscious. 
  10. After the release of the movie the Exorcist, Ouija boards were burned by Christian groups in bonfires. The same thing happened after the release of Harry Potter.
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