Submitted by Justin:
Allison was a few minutes late to our date, but that ended up being the least of my worries, as it turned out. She apologized over and over, but said that it was for an important reason. I didn't press her as to the reason, and we sat down to dinner without any additional issues.
Over the course of our conversation, she seemed to be interested in discovering how open-minded I was about certain things. She asked me if I was into anything like divination or oracles.
I told her that I was agnostic and that I supposed that one thing was just as good as anything else. As long as we didn't hurt anybody, whatever works for you, you know?
Then she asked me if I had a younger brother named Eric, which I do. She also asked me if I was into archaeology, which I am, to an extent, and then she asked if I liked rivers, which I suppose I like as much as anyone else.
Then it was my turn to ask her: why the questions, and how did she know about my brother, Eric?
She said that she was a regular practitioner of a Ouija board that told her things with astonishing precision. "That's how I knew about your brother's name and some of your interests. I hope that's okay."
It weirded me out some. Despite an open mind, I found it a little hard to believe that a board had told her my brother's name, and the other two questions could have been guesses. Did she look me up on the Internet? Maybe that was it.
She said that she sensed that I was doubtful and offered to prove her powers to me after dinner.
I went back to her place and she invited me into her room. She lit several candles and pulled out a Ouija board. She closed her eyes and asked me to put my hands next to hers on the indicator, and I did. She told me to ask it a question. I asked it silently, but she told me that in order for it to work, I had to ask it out loud.
I asked, "What was the name of my first pet?" My first pet was a cat named Ralph.
The indicator slowly moved to the R, the A, the L, the P, and the H. I swear I didn't move it or make it do anything. There was no way that Allison could have known that. It wouldn't have been up on the Internet anywhere.
I asked her if I could ask it something else and she said that I could. I asked, "What's my father's middle name?"
It said some gibberish, that was all. Allison warned me not to move it, and I told her that I wasn't. Then she warned me again and I told her again that I hadn't moved it.
A minute later, it had stopped moving, but her eyes were still closed. She told me to leave her house. Something I had done had offended it. I asked her what I had done, and she said that I couldn't begin to understand. "Leave now," she said again.
I left, but not without looking over my shoulder the whole way back, wondering if vengeful spirits or crazy women would be coming after me.
But what does science have to say?
The Global Consciousness Project
Cats named Ralph
Submitted by Justin: