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I Went To The Most Haunted University In The USA

When we think of ghost stories we think of bumps in the night, voices, shifting objects and light flickers.

When I think of ghost stories, I think of Ohio University.

OU is the oldest University in Ohio, and is home to several terrifying legends. Athens, Ohio houses The Ridges (a formerly bonkers insane asylum where they practiced the art form of "Ice Pick" lobotomies EEK), five cemeteries that form a perfect pentagram around the center of campus, and Wilson Hall (a haunted classroom building that used to be a dormitory. Many students heard the screams of a student who committed suicide there in the 1970's).

The paranormal activity touches every person that attends OU. It doesn't matter if you're a teacher or student. Somehow, the ghost stories become real.

I remember checking in to Ewing Hall on Ohio University's glorious South Green as a lowly freshman. It's the perfect college setting, full of bustling students going to class, people playing Frisbee and catch on the green. A few months into college I remember waking up in the middle of the night to a loud thumping noise above me. I turned over and forgot about it, because it was probably the person above me.

Then, I remembered I lived on the 4th floor.

[Here I am in my haunted room, Freshman year of college]

That was my first encounter with a ghost my friends and I later named Chester. I ended up moving out of that room later in the semester because one opened up next to my friends on the other side of the floor. Chester ended up slamming doors and knocking things over, groaning in the night loud enough for everyone to hear, but he never did anything too spooky. When I moved across the floor to the other side, I thought I had rid myself of Chester the ghost. People on the other side of the floor heard furniture moving around...things being knocked over, screaming from inside my now empty room. We ended up unlocking it with our R.A. and noticed that things had been moved around. The matress was off the bed and the desk had been flung three feet from where I had left it. Chester wasn't happy that I had left.
A few days passed and I hadn't heard from my ghost friend. I guess he didn't want to make the trek across the floor to visit me. And that was a good thing. Sophomore year I was in the building next to Ewing...Wray Hall. Herman returned, moving things, flickering lights and stomping violently on the ceiling. I remember yelling "Chester STOP!" and he would.

He wasn't exactly friendly, but didn't hurt me any either.

Though my personal ghost story might not scare you, these legends from OU's campus definitely will.

Let's start with The Ridges. I mentioned that it was a mental hospital, insane asylum not unlike what you saw in the second season of American Horror Story.

Some of the Ridges campus is used as a Kennedy Center for Art, but most of it lies abandoned. Though the grounds are lush and green there is something wicked in the air. You have to drive up a steep-ass hill to get to The Ridges. It sits atop an appalachian giant overlooking the busy Ohio University campus. You can see it from almost anywhere. It's a hulking structure, mostly post-victorian with bars all over the windows. As soon as you set foot anywhere near it, you can feel the haunting presence of its ghosts. Trust me. After the great mental health collapse of the early 1900's The Ridges turned into a nightmarish place where patients were treated with electro-shock therapy, ice baths and ice-pick lobotomies (you know, that thing that happens to McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest). Essentially they jammed an ice pick through your eye socket and into your brain to "alleviate pressure" and make you a "normal" person. It ended up killing lots of people and leaving the ones that survived totally brain dead.

Several freaky things happened at The Ridges before its doors were shut forever.

December 1st of 1978, a patient named Margaret Schilling vanished. According to legend she was playing hide and seek with some nurses. They got distracted and stopped looking for her. She was gone for over a month, until her body was found in her room by a maintenance worker in January of 1979. The fact that someone died at the Ridges isn't too creepy, considering it was a primitive mental hospital, but this is:
A stain was left on the floor of her room. And after countless bleachings and cleaning attempts the stain would re-appear. The Journal of Forensic Sciences studied the stain and revealed that it was indeed the result of human decomposition. Margaret was left there for 5 weeks. And every time someone tried to remove the mark, it came back, furthering the proof that she was haunting the grounds of the place she was left to die in.
The asylum has a cemetery attached to it as well to act as the burial grounds for the patients that were admitted through the court system who had no friends or family to cover burial costs. My senior year of college I shot a short film with some Film studies graduate students in this cemetery. It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. There was definitely bad energy all around. Walking through the cemetery, you can see the unmarked graves. People who died without a name...nobody to mourn them. The cemetery in this picture above is elevated, hidden above the grounds. Some of the stones are marked with flags for veterans who came from the Athens area, but most of them are unmarked. Blank. Nothing.
[A tour of the TB ward at The Ridges.] The Tuburculosis Ward at The Ridges is by far the scariest part. This was where the most violent and disturbed people would be quarantined. Most of the They ended up tearing it down my Sophomore year of high school due to a number of things, but I think it's because it was too haunted to be kept standing. There was lead based paint everywhere, broken windows and people kept breaking into it and hurting themselves. It's like Pet Sematary up in there...if you go in, you're cursed forever.
[The staff of Brick Beats Magazine at OU in front of the TB ward, hey...I'm in the middle!] So of course, I went there. Being the idiot that I've always been, I was intrigued by the antique structure and the haunted, terrifying lore attached to it. I took some of my friends, who were all working for this music magazine I had become the co-Editor-In-Chief of freshman year. We took some pictures for an issue up there. And man...just looking up at that building...the memory of it gives me the chills. This was shortly before it was torn down. On the way up, one of our cars got stuck, we ended up hearing a lot of screeching and rattling and yes...there were open windows covering us in paranormal fear.

I never went back.

While i could go on for years about how scary The Ridges is, I'd better move on...to the final tale I'll tell. The most haunted point on campus is Wilson hall. It lies in the center of a "pentagram" created by five cemeteries surrounding the campus. See that star in the middle? That's West Green, a major spot for dormitories and a hub for kids on campus.
[Wilson Hall was featured on SyFy's "Scariest Places on Earth". Room 428 is referred to as "Satan's Dormitory"] Room 428 of Wilson hall is the most haunted place in all of Athens. A young man died there in the 1970's, his death was never ruled a suicide or a murder. It was just left unsolved. A young female student died in room 428 later, after allegedly practicing some occult rituals there. She used the room's "dark energy" to practice some kind of witchcraft that enabled her to leave her body through her spirit. People call it "astral projection". She also contacted the dead. According to legend, the girl died violently in the room, smearing her own blood on the walls. Apparently all of the dark spirits in room 428 drove her her to kill herself, but we'll never know. Wilson Hall was built on an Indian Burial ground...that may be the reason for all of the paranormal activity and deaths. School officials closed it off and turned it into a boiler room, but screams and horrific sounds could still be heard. The building is still a dormitory.

Athens, Ohio was voted the 13th most haunted place in the world.

THE WORLD.
I haven't thought about these legends, these hauntings that occured at my alma matter in a while. And with Halloween coming up it's no surprise that they're on my mind.

You may not believe in ghosts, but if you ask any Ohio University Bobcat?


I'm sure they do.

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@tessstevens yes 4th floor!
I think you have your Wilson Halls mixed up. The haunted Wilson Hall where the girl killed herself is the one on West green which is still a residence hall
My college campus was also really haunted and I helped lead a haunted ghost tour! I didn’t get any stories out of it. but I always sensed there was something there. thanks for the story! I LOVE LOVE LOVE ghost stories @TessStevens
@missophiestik I haven't. You can't go in there anymore I don't think. I never actually went into Wilson hall. It didn't house any of the classes I needed. I think now, I'ts just kind of...abandoned O.O
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However, it totally changes if you are launching a new product. The ACoS should be higher (at least in the short term) for new product launches. It is useful for earning reviews and gaining traction. #3 Use the best PPC automation tool for better revenue When it comes to Amazon PPC advertising, it is a bit complex than you might think. Being an Amazon seller, especially the new one, you need additional resources to manage your PPC advertising. Your ad campaigns could be more valuable if you have an external automation tool helping you complete the important tasks rather than trying to manage your PPC ads and Amazon business at the same time. This is where SmartPPC tool comes into play. It is an Amazon PPC ad management tool that can optimize and customize your ad campaign structures. It collects, analyzes, and learns from your previous PPC ad campaign data and performs a comprehensive diagnosis. The best part, it comes with Automatic Keyword Sorting functionality that allows sellers and advertisers only to run profitable keywords and remove those that are irrelevant. #4 Make use of the Flywheel Effect While it has not reached its prominence yet, the Flywheel effect could become “the Amazon marketing strategy” for years to come. Created by Jeff Bezos, it has contributed to the success of the Amazon business model. In simple terms, the Flywheel Effect is the idea of using paid ads for generating earned media, which drives the overall growth. Paid media and earned media incorporate orders, detail page views, and reviews. On the other hand, your product content is known as ‘owned media.’ When you are implementing your ad strategy based on the Flywheel Effect, you need to ensure avoiding common mistakes of determining success based on the Advertising Cost of Sale. You need to look at the gross profit and total revenue, as well. It works in a way that when paid ads drive traffic to your listing, it will boost your product’s position on the organic search results. The increased traffic and a decent position in the Amazon organic search results page will likely increase your product’s chances of earning the “Amazon’s Choice” title. Once your product earns this designation, it will gain more attention from customers that ultimately results in more traffic. This is a continuous cycle, hence, known as the Virtuous Cycle Model. #5 Emphasize on product-level profitability Before introducing Amazon PPC into the mix, you need to understand your gross profit on a product level. Individual SKUs (stock keeping unit) boast different profit margins. Thus, it would be vital to look at more granular data. This data will give you insight on which one of your products will benefit most from PPC ads. This not only minimizes your risk but increases your profitability as well. You need to examine the product-level profitability in order to determine the products with the lowest and highest margins. There is no point in spending money on ads that you don’t know will be beneficial or not. This is a great practice followed by many successful sellers and advertisers. You will save a lot of money doing this. #6 Exclude negative keywords for reducing wasteful ad spend In order to make sure that you don’t rank for wrong search terms, you need to exclude irrelevant keywords from a larger keyword search. For example, suppose you sell $20 watches. That means you would want to rank for ‘watches’ and not ‘Tissot watches.’ In this case, ‘Tissot’ is a negative keyword. It can be a bit overwhelming when deciding what keywords are negative. The best way to start is looking for keywords that get a large volume of traffic but low conversions. If you do not exclude the negative keywords, you will be paying for the clicks that don’t convert into actual sales. In other words, you will be wasting money. However, it is not easy to determine what customers are looking for. But with the help of some Amazon seller tools, you can filter out your specific audience. Excluding negative keywords will prevent your Amazon PPC ads from showing in the searches that don’t drive conversions. Conclusion It is all about using the right strategies. Whether you are experienced or not, you need to do proper research and analyze your strategies before implementing them. Always use quality and trusted Amazon seller tools like SellerMotor for performing different tasks. If you want to know more about Amazon advertising, feel free to contact us.
Creepy Dolls Mysteriously Pop Up In London.
If you were traveling through London earlier this month, you may have come across quite a hair-raising surprise. Two living and extremely ominous-looking porcelain dolls were reported to have stalked many of the city's popular sites this month - including the Regents Street shopping district and Charing Cross station. The two were dressed in pale pink Victorian-style clothing with identical blank states and auburn hair, and were often found either holding hands, holding onto a precious toy, or pushing along a black vintage stroller through popular neighborhoods. Understandably, London commuters were a little freaked out. Eventually, witnesses took to social media to share their videos and pictures, and many people began to hunt for the dolls' origin and identities. Soon enough, it was announced that the dolls were sent out to help market Thorpe Park, a popular amusement park and tourist destination, and Minds Wanted, their upcoming collaboration with illusionist Derren Brown. Opening next March, Minds Wanted is the world's first 'immersive psychological attraction' - a 13-minute ride that caters specifically to fans of psychological thrillers that the company vows will 'manipulate the human mind'. In an official statement, Derren explained why they decided to go about such a creepy form of advertising: "I believe we are moving toward a future where theme park attractions not only give you a physical experience but also play with your mind and the concept of what is real. The Victorian twin dolls, who have popped up around London this week, are just a taster of what my new attraction has in store for visitors to Thorpe Park next spring." So now I want to know: Would you guys want to write a 13-minute psychological thrill ride? Or have these dolls sufficiently scarred you for life? Personally, I hate getting scared as a form of entertainment, but I'll be honest and admit that I'm at least pretty curious about how this mysterious ride is going to pan out. Let me know how YOU feel in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.
If You love Zombie Films, You Will Love 'Train To Busan' !
Hey Everybody it's your girl Taemi :3 Look what I found, a new upcoming Korean zombie movie called 'Train To Busan'! I will give you some details about the movie. •☆ Cast: Gong Yoo - Seok-Woo Ma Dong-Seok - Sang-Hwa Jung Yu-Mi - Sung-Gyeong Choi Woo-Sik - Young-Gook Ahn So-Hee - Jin-Hee Kim Soo-Ahn - Soo-An (Seok-Woo's daughter) Kim Eui-Sung •☆ Director: Yeon Sang-Ho •☆ Country: South Korea •☆ Release Date: Summer 2016 •☆ Plot: A disastrous virus hits South Korea. Passengers on a KTX train from Seoul to Busan struggle to survive. •☆ Filming started April 26, 2015 and finished August 19, 2015 You can watch the trailer here! Man I'll tell you watching the trailer gave me chills! xD I know this is going to be a good one! I'm looking forward to watching this when it is released. Gong Yoo is one of my favorite Korean actors, I love him! It's good to see him back on screen c: I loved him in 'Coffee Prince' ♡ Link: (Credit to Allkpop) http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/05/zombie-thriller-train-to-busan-unveils-intense-launching-trailer (Creds to Asianwiki) http://asianwiki.com/Train_To_Busan *Kpopint does not own the photo, video, or gif. Creds to the rightful owners c: 'Train To Busan' will be released soon in theaters this summer! Are you looking forward to this thrill-seeking film? Reporter @parktaemi KPopINT Chairs: @bbyitskatie @MichelleIbarra @Sailynn KpopINT Fam: @amobigbang @daniimals @elaynethtrumpet @Gaarita100 @JohnEvans @Insfired @KpopBeat @krystalrikpop @LenaBlackRose @LexiMintkgtopty @ParkHwaYoung @reyestiny93 @Stefany17 @tayunnie Tagging more of my fam @mercii @kpopandkimchi @ercurrent @PrincessUnicorn @roxy1903 @yongsongmi @sarangseoltang @nnatalieg @allobaber @creetheotaku @poojas @lextay327 @veronicaartino @deniecesuit @beckah1327 @mellyortiz @nicolejolly @drummergirl691 @crystalguerra @carleB @eliseB @raquelarredondo @erinee @sarahdarwish @xxygxx @jennyyang143 @geetanjalirao @toppdogg @donnalykaroxas @aegyoxprincess @ninjamidori @hayleyyates @ayannawelch @yaya12 @ladeda7 @maddie27 @danamichelle @brisalopez @aliciazitting88 @sashalove @shadowcyrmbbcl @neoisrealo @taisa @sabrinasakura @kpossible4250 @topstarlight @jjrockstar @marisamusic @izzy987 @shinoyuki @starbell808 @maricelvaromero @sugamint @thetrillestkid @stephaniepoore @nicolejolly @polarstarr @pamelapenaloza @lexxcisco @rebeccalondon @vickyle @JiyongLeo  @JinsPrincess @KaeliShearer @JadeOwens @BBxGD KpopINT tag list: @krystalrikpop @DamarisCisneros @KDSnKJH @ortizwendy17 @MelissaGarza @FannyWard @StefaniTre @Kieuseru @GDsGF @Sammie99522 @izabelpillado @drummergirl691 @P1B2Bear @LizaNightshade @ScarletMermaid @AnaP @ArhenBurris @CallMeMsDragon @AyameTenchu @Pickles440 @VeronicaArtino @aliahwhbmida @ShinoYuki @ShyrllBorden @TiffanyBibian @Jasminep96 @ESwee @CloverShadows @mellyortiz @ekahjw @moonchild03 @NykeaKing @AubriePope @maldonadosonia1@monikad @mycreativename @AaliyahNewbell @Swhitta @Jasminep96 @xxkkarlah @jenjenkhreim @JessicaVang @SatinSkies @BluBear07 @ninjamidori @CamrynCherry @Jinnyrod3 @MadAndrea @imiebegay14