Are the Ghost Hunters coming apart at the seams?

I don’t normally pay much attention to gossip especially when it involves the Ghost Hunters by two recent events really had me thinking.

First off, Britt Griffith is sent packing from the show after saying some less than complimentary terms while on the radio. Just to throw in my two cents, what Britt said was incredibly stupid and even though I don’t think he was spreading hate or violence the term is indeed offensive and he will have to suffer the consequences of his actions. It was a dumb thing to do and he should have known better. The caliber of investigator on the show is starting to shows signs of stress.

Secondly, we now have Kris Williams being shuffled off to Ghost Hunters International after serving several years with Jason and Grant on Ghost Hunters. There are two ways to look at this, first, GHI ratings are in the dumper and the show needs someone to come on and bail them out. Kris is well known and could easily bring over viewers. Second, she might be becoming too popular on the show and Jason and Grant don’t want to be overshadowed by her. She might be stealing too much of their thunder.

So will Kris save GHI or did she get her marching papers? Will GHI survive another year or is there where old investigators go to die?

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Ghost Adventures – USS Hornet – S04E08

Zak, Nick and Aaron head to San Francisco to visit the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier that was in the thick of battle during World War II. It was responsible for shooting down multiple enemy planes and destroying enemy ships. It was no stranger to combat and not only did it takes the lives of those it attacked, mental stress and frustration took its toll against those who served on it. It’s reported that several men took their own lives, many through hanging, rather than deal with the routine of war. Of course, death would have been a common occurrence on board during wartime and many men lost their lives in the medical area.

The reports of activity extend through the whole ship, from the sounds of footsteps to seeing injured men in medical bay. One tour guide says a coffee pot came flying out of nowhere and shattered on the floor next to him. And there are claims of spirits walking and then disappearing into the walls. People also claim to see shadows moving around and women get their hair pulled as they tour the ship. If all the reports are to be believed the entire ship is still buzzing with activity.

To get right to the point I think this is worst episode of Ghost Adventures I’ve seen and it was riddled with the guys reaching at straws. They really don’t get any actual activity during this investigation but that doesn’t stop them from doing their normal jaw dropping claims of exciting and hearing voices that aren’t really there. When things are too quiet they break out the spirit box and claim to hear sorts of voices and intelligent responses. Even more than normal they were reaching to make words out of that static.

Their attempts at sounding the alarm didn’t accomplish anything so they go with flying orbs as evidence of activity. Multiple times Zak points out things are flying into and around his head. That is in no way evidence of anything.

When they run out of stunts that don’t get any results, they head down to the medical bay and start talking about all the personal experiences they’re having. Those don’t show up on a recorder so you can’t dispute them! First off, Zak seems completely annoyed at listening to Nick talk about how cold he is and how he feels needles in his arm. He just wants Nick to be quiet as he lies in the bunk. Was Zak too busy trying to formulate how to sell this ship as haunted and salvage this investigation? But when it’s his turn to lie in the same bunk, he repeats exactly what Nick says.

The play acting in sick bay was also pointless. Zak dressing up as though he’s injured is just silly. But it doesn’t actually yield any results regardless of how they would like to spin it.

When all is said and done this episode was a dud. Not because they didn’t find anything, but because they completely over exaggerated everything to make it look like they were still capturing activity. It honestly seemed like they were making up stuff left and right to make the ship seem haunted and improve the drama of the episode. You know, the spirits don’t always come out and you’re not going to capture something every time you go out. And that’s ok; you don’t need to make up evidence to keep us interested in the show.

As a final comment, that opening sequence was over the top cheesy and borderline offensive. I hope we never see that sort of crap again.

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The Halloween Pumpkin Tally for 2010

The embers of Halloween have finally died down and I have put together my Rogue’s Gallery of pumpkin carvings for the year. It’s a pretty gruesome lot that was incredibly fun to carve! I did a couple of these patterns twice so they could actually be displayed on Halloween night. I spent that whole weekend gutting and carving.

So here’s the final tally of the carnage:

Number of pumpkins burnt to a crisp: 7

Number of gasoline soaked toilet paper rolls: 7

Number of templates: 11

Gallons of gasoline used: 4

I have to admit I didn’t get as many pumpkins carved as I wanted to; there was simply too much to do and I ran out of time. But the ones I did complete were fantastic and got plenty of compliments from the people at work and from the trick-or-treaters who saw them on the lawn.

Ironically, I have one more uncut pumpkin sitting on the porch. I haven’t yet decided its fate. Will it get to live out its days as a Thanksgiving decoration or will it go under the knife and become my final flaming pumpkin creation for the year? Hard to say at the moment, but more than likely the urge to carve will win out and it will be off with its head!!

October was a fantastic month and Halloween was a lot of fun. I even got to have pumpkins at work! You can’t beat that! I’ll have to come up with even bigger and better schemes for next year!

Don’t forget you can see all the flaming pumpkins in one place by going here:

As for the best pumpkin of the year? Well, I think Dexter was actually the coolest one for display, but when it comes to flames, there is something about a clown with flames shooting out of the top of his head!

Gargoyle and Tongue Lashing
Old Hag and El Chupacabra
Iron Man and Killer Klown
Dragon Flight, Gelatin Skeleton
Zombie Hello Kitty and Bloody Mary

I also carved Pretty Poison, Mr. Incredible and Baron Mojo into Funkins, they just aren’t pictured.

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Paranormal State – Return of the Dead – The Glove II – S05E06

This was another waste of an episode and once again makes me think that everyone Ryan goes to help has some form of emotional problem or some other issue that is a cry for help.

The original story involves a Grandfather that abused members of his family. It seems he’s continuing the tradition and when Michelle calls him out, things go haywire. First off, I never believed the evidence in the first part of this episode; anyone can make a handprint on the wall and a crappy chandelier that falls in a wreck of a room is no sign of the paranormal.

The evidence in this episode is just as useless. Another mysterious handprint on a television set. Good grief that couldn’t possibly have been done by human hands on accident as they groped their way along in the dark!

The wife is a wreck because no one believes her story. It honestly sounds like this woman has worked herself up into a frenzy and is seeing things because she’s sleep deprived. (I certainly didn’t get a sense of any financial trouble or martial issues out of this one) Her husband never experiences any of the events so basically thinks she is just making it all up. But Ryan claims he’s proven that the spirit only talks to the wife and not to the husband (because Chad wasn’t paying attention and didn’t hear anything). Once again, creating an outcome that fits their outlandish theory.

To solve the problem, Michelle pulls a wild idea out of her ass and says they need to drive nails into the grave site of the Grandfather.

Of course, once they do, everything goes back to normal.

Maybe this woman just needs a few people to get off their ass and help her clean up the place. It’s been two years since they last showed up and the house is still in shambles. Maybe if it didn’t look like a dump you wouldn’t be stressing all the time!

This episode was just as hard to watch as the previous one.

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