Become a paranormal hunter at Seattle Museum of the Mysteries


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seattle_museum_of_the_mysteriesSeattle Museum of the Mysteries is a sight to behold. Located on Capitol Hill’s Broadway and filled with every type of unexplained occurrence, Washington State’s only paranormal science museum is a cave of fascinating enigmas to explore. The museum has four Bigfoot casts, information on Washington crop circles, documentation of the 1947 UFO sighting over Mt. Rainier, material on the Maury Island UFO puzzle, remains of the lost city of Wellington including the 1910 railroad disaster, historic photos of Barack Obama’s first house in Seattle, rare and never before seen photos of famous Seattle residents Bruce Lee and Francis Farmer and a set of Rhine cards to put your ESP ability to the test. To top off the sideshow attractions Seattle Museum of the Mysteries is also Seattle’s only oxygen bar with medical quality oxygen reported to help hangovers, headaches and allergies.

Once you’ve wandered the museum, join fellow fans of the unknown for a weekend adventure. Every Saturday night, 10pm to Midnight, test your level of spook by getting locked inside the museum, one of the city’s most haunted buildings, and attend Ghost Poker. There is no money involved, but they do use real antique poker chips. Once locked in you’ll also tour Capitol Hill via the back hallways that run underground with a stop at the Northwest’s most haunted theater, the Harvard Exit.

For a more traditional ghost tour join the museum every Saturday at 5pm for a guided tour of Seattle’s most famous historic haunts, famous ghosts and a lesson on Capitol Hill’s prohibition history. Highlights of the tour include the Harvard Exit Theatre, Deluxe Bar and Grill and Loveless Building as well as Seattle’s famous ghosts: The daughter of Chief Seattle – Princess Angeline, Kurt Cobain, Francis Farmer, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee. If ghost hunting is already a sport you participate in then Ghost Hunters Gathering headed by APART may be your calling. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 to 9pm all ghost hunters and explorers are invited to join this social salon for an evening of sharing ideas and techniques. Take a trip to the world of the paranormal; sharpen your senses and let yourself become immersed in Seattle’s mysteries, whatever they may be.

Little-heralded ‘Medium’ gives NBC a boost in the ratings


mainPatricia Arquette has gotten accustomed to the comments from fans who don’t seem to know that she’s still on television.

“I definitely have people every day grab me on the street saying, ‘When is your show coming back, why did they cancel it?’ ” said Arquette, who stars in “Medium,” NBC’s drama about a psychic who helps solve crimes while juggling the quotidian challenges of middle-class family life.

In fact, “Medium” returned to the air this month for its fifth season, which finds Arquette’s character, Allison DuBois, back assisting the Phoenix district attorney’s office, the fallout from her public exposure now largely subsided. The return of the series wasn’t accompanied by the fanfare of other mid-season premieres like “American Idol” or “Lost.” But the under-the-radar drama continues to draw a loyal fan base that gravitates to the program’s cleverly packed mysteries and unsentimental depiction of a marriage.

In its first three episodes this year, “Medium” averaged 8.5 million viewers, making it NBC’s sixth-most-watched scripted series of the season. The show has attracted 45% more viewers than NBC’s earlier 10 p.m. Monday programming, which included “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Momma’s Boys.”

It’s a solid performance for a drama that does not get a huge marketing boost or generate much chatter in the zeitgeist.
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Books, cameras … and ghosts?


173820After hours, the usually quiet Books ‘N’ More was a hubbub of activity during a recent Saturday night. Six OOPS (Ohio Organization of Paranormal Studies) were busy setting up digital voice recorders, infrared camcorders, magnetic meters and heat recorders for the evening’s investigation of “things that go bump in the night.”

This was one of several investigations of the paranormal scheduled for Wilmington this year. The owners, Dan and Marla Stewart, were contacted by OOPS with a request to investigate the 98-year-old building.

Among the investigators were Steven Powell, Tom Babb, Vickie Morgan, all of Wilmington; Jennifer Swackhamer of Hillsboro; and Andrea Tidd of Jamestown.

Hoping for some evidence of the paranormal, OOPS conducted a 13-hour investigation. Several incidents were recorded and all of the results of the investigation will be posted on the group’s Web site,, in couple of weeks.

Powell is OOPS founder.

“Do I believe in ghosts? Most definitions of ‘ghost’ refer to a spirit or soul of man, something in which I most definitely believe,” he said. “Secondary definitions mention a disembodied soul or spirit of the deceased manifesting itself in a human-like form, something I would like to see, photograph, or videotape.

“To date, as a member of OOPS, I have videotaped an unknown light source that has motion, recorded disembodied voices that speak clearly in complete sentences, and have videotaped an inanimate object moving on its own,” he said. “Without concrete proof, none of these experiences qualify as being a ‘ghost’ so I cannot say that I have seen one, but neither can I say that there is no such thing as a ‘ghost’ without the same concrete evidence. So I guess I am open to the distinct possibility of the existence of ‘ghosts.’”

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