Nugget of Knowledge: Ouija boards

Nugget of Knowledge: Ouija boards

In 1890, three entrepreneurs, Elijah Bond, Charles Kennard and William Maupin secured the patent for the Ouija board and began promoting them for $1.50

(WYTV) – Ouija boards, or “speaking boards,” got here from American Spiritualism, a 19th-century spiritual motion that believed in speaking with the lifeless.

You might have a flat board with the letters of the alphabet in two semi-circles above the numbers zero via 9; the phrases “sure” and “no” within the uppermost corners and “goodbye” on the backside. You even have a “planchette,” often with a small window within the physique, used to maneuver in regards to the board.

Two or extra individuals would sit across the board, place their fingertips on the planchette, pose a query and watch, because the planchette moved from letter to letter, spelling out the solutions.

In 1890, three entrepreneurs, Elijah Bond, Charles Kennard and William Maupin secured the patent for the Ouija board and began promoting them for $1.50.

It turned a very fashionable cash maker.

Opposite to standard perception, “Ouija” shouldn’t be a mixture of the French for “sure,” oui, and the German “ja.”

Elijah Bond’s sister-in-law and others have been sitting across the board earlier than it had a reputation and requested the board what to name it and “Ouija” got here via.

One of many largest toy corporations, Parker Brothers, ultimately purchased the manufacturing rights in 1966, and stored a darker advertising and marketing model.

Then, in 1973, in a single day, it turned the satan’s instrument when the younger woman within the film, The Exorcist, turned possessed after enjoying with it.

It’s nonetheless marketed with a touch of thriller and loads of spiritualists will inform you don’t mess with it, particularly not this Saturday evening, Halloween, beneath a full moon, in a candlelit room.

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