Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: At The Crescent Hotel Guests Checked In But They Didn’t Check Out

There are a lot of places that claim to be the most haunted in America, but only the Crescent hotel has the pedigree to back up that claim. The building has been a Victorian-era resort, a private school, a sanatorium straight out of a horror movie, a women’s college and more recently, a movie star thanks to numerous documentaries including an episode of Ghost Hunters.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Stull Cemetery: The Devil’s Playground? Er . . . Maybe Not.

Let’s say for the sake of argument, Satan got married. (Personally, I always thought of Old Scratch as a harem-type of guy, but I suppose it could happen.)

And let’s also say that The Darkness family (as in Prince Of) had a child. But unlike his more famous half-brother, The Jersey Devil, little Lucifer Jr. and mom didn’t survive the delivery.

The question is, where would The Devil bury his family? (Assuming he cared.) According to several generations of Kansas University college students, that place would be Stull cemetery.

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I Am Not Making This Up: When Animals Attack! 18th Century Style

It sounds like the premise of a bad Fox Network Special: A large creature springs out of the woods, attacking local farmers before melting back into the underbrush, disappearing until its next attack.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Never Argue With a Mortician. They’ll Always Get the Last Word.

This is a ghost story. Kind of. It’s also a cautionary tale: be careful who you argue with in life, because the results can come back to haunt you.

Our story starts in Ironton, Ohio, with a dead doctor, missing organs, a murder investigation, and a shifty undertaker.

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I Am Not Making This Up: That time Vikings invaded Oklahoma

It sounds a little bit like the plot of a Hollywood movie starring Antonio Bandaras. But residents of Heavener maintain that around 900 A.D, Vikings paddled their longships down the Eastern Seaboard, around the tip of Florida, through the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers and then traveled overland into Eastern Oklahoma – where they put up a billboard.

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time We Misplaced A Founding Father.

Some of the stories around the American Revolution almost have the ring of tall tale legend to them.  One of these was that when John Paul Jones came under fire from the British on the High Seas, they demanded that he surrender. Outmanned and outgunned, he supposedly said: I have not yet begun to fight.  […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That time Boston never wanted Gingersnap Cookies Again

Last week when I was writing about the London Beer Flood, I learned of the most bizarre disaster to occur in US history. On January 15, 1919, a storage tank along Boston’s waterfront burst, sending a 15 foot high, 160 foot wide wave of molasses rolling through the streets of Boston at a speedy (for […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Beer Tidal Waves Aren’t As Fun As You Might Think

The Super Bowl has just passed, which made me think of today’s topic: the London Beer Flood of 1814. (And if Super Bowl commercials don’t make you think of beer tidal waves, you and I don’t watch the same sport). On October 17, 1814 George Crick, a storehouse clerk at Meux and Co. brewery (sometimes […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time Washington wore Falsies

Whenever I see portraits of George Washington (and I see them a lot. I live near an American Art musuem.) I’m struck by how his jawline reminds me of my grandmother’s. Like Washington, my grandmother wore false teeth. Despite the name, Washington’s false teeth weren’t actually false. Nor were they wooden (contrary to popular myth). […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ain’t No Party Like a Donner Party

When I was in high school, my sister participated in history day (which was like a science fair, only with history). Her project was based on the Donner Party. The movie Alive, about the soccer team that crashed in the Andies and had to resort to Cannibalism had just come out, so cannibalism was on […]

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