19 Parents Share What Their (Creepy) Kid Remembered About Their ‘Last’ Life

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Not quite ghosts, but close enough.

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I was inspired by this insane news story about a 3-year-old boy who remembered being murdered in his “last” life — and then correctly led people to where his body was buried and identified the murderer to compile some other stories of kids who seem to have past life memories. Here’s the best ones I could find in different forums on Reddit.

He showed us his grave

When my brother was about 2 or 3 he told us his name used to be Austin. One day we were picnicking right along side a cemetery, when my brother took off running towards the gravestones, my dad and I followed him and found him touching a large headstone that simply read “Here Lies Austin” no name, no date. My brother did not learn to read until he was 6 and this headstone wasn’t even right out visible from where we…

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Deep Midnight

deep midnightI don’t have a lot of money to throw around, but assuming I have some overtime pay on my check I like to try out some of the other perfumeries that I come across.

One of the easiest ways to get me to try a product is to offer a decent sample program. If your samples are well priced and come in a wide enough range (with a decent note listing somewhere easily accessible) I’m more likely to bump you to the top of the list.

I’m a complete sucker for seasonal blends that come as samples. It’s almost a no thought situation-just click ‘log into Paypal’. It’s actually uncommon to find a perfumery that offers their seasonal oils in sample sizes-unless you want to sample the entire line or find someone running a decant circle.

Deep Midnight on Etsy hit all of my sales points. The majority of the notes for the blends are listed on the sample listing itself (though not all, but the ones I ordered that weren’t were easy enough to find) and the listings for samples go as low as 3 decants an order. And, you can get any oil listed on the site as a sample, not just the general catalog.

This will be a repeat company.

Shop link: Deep Midnight

 

Dark Winter’s Tale [This is fresh from mailbox]

Gingerbread, Vanilla, Molasses, Cardamom, Aniseed, Black pepper

This one is a rabbit hole. I love it, but it’s a rabbit hole. And unfortunately it’s still not what I want out of a gingerbread blend. I was hoping for a straighter gingerbread than this.

This starts out as a hybrid of BPAL’s Lick It and Lump of Coal, so something is reading as peppermint mocha. Then, no joke, it morphs into flat out gum drops. It’s finally settled into ginger and black licorice-the gingerbread and aniseed. I must amp her aniseed. If I smell deep enough I’m getting a vague sweetness like the molasses and a bite from the pepper. I get no vanilla from this at all.

I love it, it’s totally not what I was expecting. In fact it almost reads like pipe tobacco.

Wildwood

Pumpkin bread, incense and resins, acorns, dried apple and orange peels, and faint notes of a fading bonfire

I fear that I’m never going to find a really solid pumpkin blend now that Good Judy is no more. I do like this oil, it’s a lighter Samhain [my go-to oil from BPAL]. It’s a very light, clean apple and citrus backed by something resiny, grounded by…something. I’m not nearly familiar enough with this company to tell you what it is. The incense? The bonfire? I don’t know, but it keeps it from screaming into the masculine or body wash category that some of the resin blends will on my skin. I will say that there is something in the silage that smells like the ghost of pumpkin bread-sort of like how a kitchen smells a couple of hours after baking a pumpkin pie.

 Haunted Hayride

sweet pumpkins, roasted marshmallows, candycorn, soft notes of hay and leaves, sprinkled with warm spices, and tossed amongst base notes of rich vanilla and buttery Tunisian Frankincense

This starts out a blast of generic sweetness. Not really a bad thing, just sort of body spray like girly sweet things. Eventually it starts to warm up and those warm spices start pulling forward and the sweetness is grounded out by the vanilla. This is very foodie, and very sort of traditional main stream ‘fall’ body product. I do like it. It’s just one that if you like your oils closer to mainstream products, go for this over some of the BPAL Weenies. *This was the one I was worried about with the frankincense and the hay.

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Shane and Villamin Roads, San Antonio

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This is one of those stories that will never die.

[I WILL NEVER DIE! Sorry...I had a Delta Rae moment right there].

This is honestly one of the first ‘big’ American ghost stories that I heard back when I was a small creepy. The story is pretty straight forward-a school bus full of children got stuck on the train tracks near Shane and Villamin Roads in San Antonio, Texas. The bus was struck, killing all the children on board.

Since then, if you park your car on the tracks ‘something’ will push your car off of the tracks to safety. If you put something like flour on your bumper you’ll supposedly find the marks of very small hands on your car. Some versions of the story will have the children whispering outside of the car-but the flour and the pushing are the versions that seem to show up most commonly.

And it is a fairly common story-common enough that I actually have to wonder if I need to cite this one. This one shows up in movies, television, and fiction all. the. time. There’s something about the way that it invokes the spirits of children that will just not let this one go. Unfortunately…I’ve never seen an actually good film about the story.

That may be because there’s probably a logical explanation for the effect-the spot is a gravity hill. It’s an optical illusion where you think you’re going uphill when you’re actually going down, so the car is moving under the force of gravity-not ghost children.

As I said before, I have seen this legend show up on multiple ‘true hauntings’ shows so it’s not an obscure legend. However if you want to read first person accounts with the location- Ghost Tracks of San Antonio.

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Rooster Cake

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This is the Rooster Cake for the simple fact that my bundt pan is covered in chickens.

It’s adorable, and if you follow my private Facebook you’ll know I’m in love with all things chickens.

The cake is more accurately a cinnamon-vanilla pound cake with cinnamon-vanilla glaze.

I’m calling it a harvest recipe because pound cake is an awesome vehicle for fruits and fruit syrups and jams that didn’t set up.

*I, for whatever reason, decided that I needed to wear festival gear while making this cake. These are weird days we live in. At midnight. I baked this cake at midnight, hence the terrible photos. Weird, weird days.

**Very, very marginally altered from Paula Deen’s Mama’s Cake

I baked a cake at midnight. Don't expect an awesome photo.

I baked a cake at midnight. Don’t expect an awesome photo.

Rooster Cake

Cake:

1/2 tea baking powder

1/2 tea salt

5 eggs

3 cups unbleached flour

3 cups raw sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 cup whole milk

2 tea vanilla

1 tea cinnamon extract

1 tea orange zest

 

Glaze (1 batch)

1/2 to 1 cup powdered sugar

1 tea each vanilla and cinnamon extract

milk

Preheat your oven to 350

Very, very, very well grease and flour a bundt pan

In a stand mixer, cream the shortening, butter, and sugar

Add eggs, one at a time, just beating after each egg

Add extracts and just beat

Add baking powder, salt, and zest, and just beat

Add flour and milk, alternating small amounts until thoroughly combined

Pour into bundt pan and bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Make sure to leave a pan under your bundt pan (mine overflowed)
To glaze: I lightly glazed my cake, so there’s not much glaze to a batch. Make a double batch for more glaze.

Add extracts to your sugar, and slowly add milk until glaze is thin enough to pour. Pour over cake after it’s cooled a little but still warm.

Like I said. Midnight on a Saturday. Don't expect award winning photography.

Like I said. Midnight on a Saturday. Don’t expect award winning photography.

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Operation Autumn 2014

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I discovered this week that apparently my love of all things pumpkin spice is legendary. I was tagged 6 times in the space of two days regarding the early release of this year’s pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.

You side eye me like loving pumpkiny goodness is a good thing.

Welcome to this year’s Operation Autumn, where we attempt to tackle all the things that make autumn awesome. I’m not going to post a link up, but feel free to discuss what you’re doing this autumn in the comments.

In order to participate, write your own autumn bucket list and work on it until the first day of winter. Then feel awesome.

 

  1. Door Wreath
  2. Go to a Corn Maze
  3. Haunted History Witch Walk
  4. Go to a bonfire
  5. Bake an apple pie
  6. Bake a pumpkin pie
  7. Go to a fiber festival
  8. Read M.R. James
  9. Go to the Festival of Trees
  10. go apple picking
  11. Go to a pumpkin farm
  12. Go to a haunted house
  13. Roast a turkey
  14. Roast a ham
  15. Make apple jam
  16. Make apple sauce
  17. Hold a haunted tea
  18. Make pumpkin butter
  19. Hold a chili night
  20. Go to Buffalo Screams
  21. Go to crafting weekend
  22. Hold a Misgiving’s Day Party
  23. Hold Mabon
  24. Go to Van Horn’s halloween event
  25. Go to Iron Island
  26. Have a Starbuck’s pumpkin latte
  27. Go to Forest Lawn
  28. Go the farmer’s market halloween party
  29. Go to Oktoberfest
  30. Hold a Hammer Films marathon
  31. See what Target has out for Halloween
  32. Go to a pumpkin festival
  33. Make fudge
  34. Donate to a food drive
  35. Hold a community thanksgiving
  36. Watch Thankskilling
  37. Hold/attend Samhain
  38. Have a bread baking day
  39. Make my Christmas shopping list
  40. Write my 2014 gratitude list
  41. Start my Christmas cards
  42. Decorate my plant
  43. Go to the haunted zoo
  44. Go to the park
  45. Got to Letchworth
  46. Go to the Chattaqua Institution
  47. Go to Lily Dale
  48. Go to the USS The Sullivans
  49. Watch The Gravedancers
  50. Ride the haunted train
  51. Go to the Farmer’s Museum
  52. Carve a pumpkin
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Top 10 scariest or creepiest things people have seen and heard according to Reddit users

katie:

I don’t have a ghost post for today….so I present you the creepiest things Reddit has seen.

Originally posted on Metro:

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Top 10 creepiest things Reddit users have seen (Picture: Alamy / File)

‘Ask Reddit’ is one of the more entertaining and educational features on the user-aggregated website, encouraging users to post ‘thought-provoking and inspiring questions’.

This week Reddit users were asked: ‘What is the scariest/creepiest thing you have seen/heard?

‘I want to see everything!’ explained user Youdonotsay. ‘Pictures, videos, gifs, sounds, or even a story, I don’t care. If it’s creepy, post it. I love the creepy/scary stuff.’

Unsurprisingly there were quite a few spooky responses, we’ve rounded up ten of the best.

Creepy: Damien in the remake of The Omen (Picture: Sarah Wilby Creative Publicity)

Creepy: Damien in the remake of The Omen (Picture: Sarah Wilby Creative Publicity)

10. Hunter

‘My old co-worker had a son named Hunter that was 4 or 5. She said that Hunter would have bad dreams and that he would sleep with his dad when he got scared.

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Overnight Honey Mint Syrup

honey mint syrup

I’ve been putting off this recipe for awhile because I really wanted to find a way of canning this. I didn’t want to take up fridge space for a recipe like this, but the reality of it is that all of the mint syrups for canning involve a ton of acidity.

I don’t want lemon mint syrup. Lemon mint syrup is great if all you want is tea…and like lemon mint. But I use mint syrups in coffee and other places where the lemon flavor would clash.

So fridge it is.

In theory, you could start this in the morning and have it done by that night. If you really wanted to cheat you could stick in the fridge but I’ve found you don’t get as strong a mint flavor out of it.

The other positive about refrigerating a syrup like this is that you can adjust your sweetness level to taste. Honey is about three times as sweet as sugar, so just remember to work with roughly 1/3 cup ratios.

Overnight Honey Mint Syrup

*this is a ratio driven recipe. It will clarified in the instructions

Fresh mint

boiling water

honey

In a large, clean glass jar (I used a quart jar) place however many leaves you want to use-or have. I filled the jar about 1/4 of the way. You can mix up different types of mint if you want, or use a single type.

leaves in jarTop off jar with boiling water and let sit at room temperature until the jar is completely cool to the touch-should take overnight or so.

full jarThe next day, drain leaves well through a colander. Add the water to a large pot and add about 1/3 cup honey per cup water.

Bring to a light simmer and let cook about five minutes.

Place in a jar and leave in the fridge. Should hold a fairly long time.

*If you’re worried about sediment, restrain after you finish the syrup.

What to do with it? Make a Mint Sparkler!

In a large cup, add about a shot’s worth of vodka and half a shot of syrup. Top with seltzer.

 

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