Episode Four: The Dollar-Fifty Kennard Novelty

In 1973 the world of the “talking board” was forever changed…

The original “talking boards” were thought to be harmless and used as a means to communicate with those who had passed into the afterlife.  However, it is in 1973 that this favorite family past time took on a more sinister toll.  Today, this toy is burned in bonfires with the Harry Potter books.  Is this famous game really sinister, or is it a placebo for the superstitious?

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Episode One: Illusions in the Dark

Represented by the cait sith in Celtic folklore, and the goddess Bastet in Ancient Egypt, this superstition is a common one in which so many of us recognize. In this episode of “Superstitious”, we explore the fears regarding the black cat.

In the 1560s a man and his son were walking through the streets of the village when they spotted a dark animal crossing their path.  Their response to this entity?  Why, pick up rocks, and throw them at it.  The mysterious object was hit, but managed to scurry behind the house of an old maid who had been considered by the townspeople as a witch.  The father and son pair waited outside the woman’s home until day break — only to discover she was bruised and limping.  It was now clear to the men:  this woman is a witch, and the night before, she was the black cat that crossed their path.

You can read the transcript for this show here:

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