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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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A massive Ouija board constructed on top of a reportedly haunted hotel in Pennsylvania could be the world's largest.

Blair Murphy hopes to have his 44 foot-by-29 foot Ouija board, constructed atop his home in the Grand Midway Hotel, featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.

"Well, for years, the roof itself was a canvas waiting for a painting. We were talking about the Guinness Book of World Records, and they said they don't have a large Oujia board yet," he said. "So they said they would create a category if we made the painting."

Murphy, an independent filmmaker from Los Angeles, purchased the notoriously haunted hotel with friends 15 years ago and ultimately converted it into his home.

Murphy said the Ouija board, which he created in conjunction with local artists, could stir some controversy in the Western Pennsylvania community.

"[In] the town itself, I have no idea what the reaction is," he said. "It's a pretty conservative town, so I'm sure there's some mixed feelings out there."

He plans to have the board completed on Halloween and will offer nighttime tours of his home for $10 per person.


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*------ It Was Probably Junk Mail Anyway ------*

Officials of the United States Postal Service (USPS) have launched an investigation after a worker was recorded discarding mail. The postal worker in Decatur, Georgia, was seen dumping multiple bins of mail in the woods by throwing them over a fence. The mail included bank statements and other important documents. USPS sent workers to collects the dumped mail, and they promised to deliver them as soon as possible. Kellie Campbell said that she witnessed the incident, and watched as the postal worker dumped multiple bins of mail in the woods for more than five minutes. So far, no charges have been filed even though investigators found more than 12 bins of dumped mail. People in the area complained that they haven't received their mail.


*---- Pepper Burned Hole in Man's Esophagus ----*

A team of San Francisco-area doctors detailed the case of a 47-year-old man whose attempt at eating ghost peppers caused a rupture in his esophagus. The Journal of Emergency Medicine case report, authored by Dr. Craig Smollin and his team, said the man was participating in an eating contest at a San Francisco restaurant when he wolfed down a hamburger topped with ghost peppers, which have more than twice the heat of habanero peppers. "To our knowledge, no significant adverse effects of ghost pepper ingestion have been reported," the case report's abstract states. The man suffered severe vomiting and dry-heaving after ingesting the peppers, leading him to be admitted to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Doctors discovered the man had suffered a 1-inch rupture in his esophagus, which allowed food debris and air to end up inside his chest and collapse one of his lungs. "There are many people who have ghost peppers and most people don't develop any type of severe symptoms," Smollin told The Los Angeles Times. "This case serves as an important reminder of a potentially life-threatening surgical emergency initially interpreted as discomfort after a large spicy meal," the study authors wrote.

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Hey Lewis.I was pretty amused by the man stuck in his chimney.I guess he didn't know that Santa is the only one who can do that and make it back up with no problem. -Buzzy Z

They've known soda was bad for your teeth and stomach. Who knew it would rot your penis also.

I thought It was common knowledge that you can't really get inside a house via the chimney. That's just part of the Santa Claus myth. This isn't the first person to get stuck trying to climb down a chimney and, sadly, probably won't be the last. -Chris

I can see why the guy couldn't get any dates he could put it in a pop bottle. most girls prefer a big gulp. -Keith

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