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Things that go bump in the night - part 1

My next paranormal story happened just a few months ago. While we were living in Branson, MO we decided to go on the local "ghost tour of haunted Branson". I wasn't expecting much. I've been on haunted tours before, they've all been basically the same thing. Someone walks you around telling you ghost stories of this house, that old park, etc. There are always people who have been on the tour who have seen things. On a tour in Wilmington, NC we were even greeted at the door of a house. The owner heard us walking by (the windows were open so maybe he did) and he told us about experiences he's had in the house. The point is, as much as I believe in the paranormal, I'm skeptical of these tours. They're interesting because you do learn some history, but that's been about it for me. That is, until I took the tour in Branson.

It started off the same as all of the others. We walked around looking at this house, that hotel, etc. Stories were told, histories were given, and we all got to know a little more about the town. Then about halfway into the tour we made a stop that changed things. We were on the back side of big building that had a few businesses in it. We learned about how years ago there was a printing press in the basement of one of them that had been run by the KKK. Things had supposedly happened in that basement and we were told that sometimes you could hear the old press still running. Of course people went up and put their ear up against the old wooden doors to see what they might hear. Nothing was heard and we were getting ready to move on to the next stop. I decided I'd go give it a shot. There was one other guy who hadn't done it either, so the two of us made our way to the doors. We each put an ear to the door and waited.

At first, I didn't hear anything other than the guide giving her last bits of info and saying that we were moving along. Then I heard it. It was a faint, low rumbling and clanking sort of sound. I can't describe it beyond the fact that it sounded like some sort of big machine running. If you've ever been around any big machines you know what I mean. There are just sounds that go with it, the sounds of moving parts, motors, things being moved, etc. I thought it might be my imagination at first. But when I locked eyes with the guy who was also listening, I knew it wasn't just me. I could see on his face that he heard it too. I asked him if he did and he said yes. We listened a few seconds longer and it stopped. We joined the group again and told them about it. My wife didn't believe me at first, she thought I was just messing with her. Once she figured out that I wasn't, and that I wasn't the only one to hear it, she told the guide. Later that night, after the tour, she told me about her own experience on the tour. That story will come next.

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Comment by stephen dijoseph on April 8, 2010 at 8:51pm
my dead grandfather tryed to talk to me when I was a boy and camping in the woods with a group.
Scared the shat outta me then..but Im sure he meant no harm...
Comment by stephen dijoseph on April 8, 2010 at 8:48pm
i watched the movie..."paranormal activity" was really well done....very real..kinda like blair witch project but actually better...
Comment by wiffledust on April 8, 2010 at 5:33pm
have you ever been carrying a baby...let's say a one year old and suddenly the baby seems to see "someone". perhaps to the side of you or in front of you. and the baby then outstreches his/her arms and smiles and laughs the exact same way as when a "real" person approaches them? i have seen this several times. so is the baby imagining that someone is there or is someone there? 4 year olds have playmates that could be supernatural or imaginary. but babies? what would be the purpose of that? it's very curious to me.
Comment by Dorraine Darden on April 8, 2010 at 9:30am
Interesting story, Barry. I'm sure you heard what you heard. Can't wait for part two.

I used to live about an hour from Branson, although I'd never been on the tour there. We recently did a tour like this in New Orleans. It was kind of hokey pokey, but at the very last stop, a long stretch of pavement, which was supposedly roamed by real life vampires, I actually felt sick. Then I felt something touch my shoulder. This happened twice while our ghost tour guide was speaking, and I whirled around thinking it was hubby, but of course nobody was behind me.

As far as children, I believe they have a keen sense of the supernatural only because their ideas have not been tampered with or stifled. I read something recently that mentioned children and their "imaginary" playmates were really of the supernatural variety. Who knows?

There is much more to our world than we've been led to believe. And, Lisa, that book sounds intriguing. I'm going to check it out.
Comment by wiffledust on April 8, 2010 at 1:28am
sooo true, barry. the more we focus on what we can't experience, the more we can't experience it!
Comment by Barry Parsons on April 8, 2010 at 12:41am
Our girls used to see all sorts of things when they were younger. We are doing everything we can to encourage them to keep believing. They ask if something is real, like unicorns or fairies and we tell them to keep looking for them. They know that I've seen a fairy, which will be an upcoming story. There's no reason for them to stop believing. It's sad that most of the world has stopped, it would be a much better place if people could keep their vision and open minds.
Comment by wiffledust on April 7, 2010 at 11:51am
did you know there actually is evidence of this? apparently babies have a broader scope of vision that narrows as they get older and adapt to the "real world". i was reading about it in a cool book called "the philosophy of babies". i've never met anyone who has had children who hasn't been curious about "things they see" when they are young...
Comment by Barry Parsons on April 7, 2010 at 12:47am
I think that most, if not everyone, has the ability to hear it when they're born. But I think some people lose it as they grow up. They tune out "childish" things that just don't seem to fit the "real world". Maybe it is something more like a gift, but even if it is there are people who have chosen to ignore it. I can't imagine any other reason why there are so few people who really get to experience things like that.
Comment by wiffledust on April 7, 2010 at 12:24am
this is fascinating, barry. do you think everyone can hear sounds that are "other dimensional"? or do you think only some people can hear?

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