Paranormal Humor (Sorry Steve)

February 28, 2014 on 4:05 pm | In Article | No Comments


The Sweetwater County Library currently subscribes to the paranormal magazine TAPS ParaMagazine.  I try to take time to read its articles as time allows.  Today I opened the newest edition for January/February 2014.  On page 24 I found something that gave me a good laugh.  Yes, I am a sick puppy.

To understand the humor in this, you must be a frequent watcher of the SYFY Channel series Ghost Hunters. Steve Gonsalves is one of the key members of the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team. Steve suffers from several phobias such as fear of heights, bugs, flying, etc.  Steve also is a man of many tattoos.  He has “tats” on much of his body.

Included in the magazine is the cartoon TARA Normal from the website TARA and is created by Howie Noel.

The cartoon states the following:

Top Four Tattoos Steve Will Never Get-

  1. Frequent Flyer
  2. 2. I Heart Spiders
  3. Tango is the Boss of Me
  4. The Movie Phantasm is Overrated

Those of us that deal with paranormal one way or another tend to find humor whenever we can.  I know it is a serious subject, but it can also make you laugh.  Example: During the filming of Ghost Hunters, Jason Hawes, the founder of TAPS, will find a way to sneak up on his team members when they are not expecting it.  It always gets a laugh.  Life can be too serious and I tend to think like they do, laugh when you can.

One of my favorite story of the haunted library is a humorous one. My good friend Cindy Moore had started working for the library in 2003.  New employees usually have many questions about the ghosts or haunting and Cindy was no exception. She knew about the Ghost Log and had looked at it but really paid it no mind.  Like all new employees she set about learning her new job and taking care of business.

This is the story she told the morning after her first evening shift.

Like all Circulation and Reference staff she had to work one evening shift.  The shift was about to end and it was her duty to close up the Multi-purpose Room and back area of the library.  She remembered the stories about the ghosts and the reports that were listing the Ghost Log so she was a bit apprehensive.  As she entered the back door of the Multi-purpose Room she said she suddenly saw something big and scary.  It startled her so much it made her scream out.  Cindy then offered to show us what happened.  As she walked along the path she had walked the night before, she told us how she was a bit nervous about being there at night and being alone in the room where many paranormal reports had been reported.  As the staff followed her to a door, she opened it and she said “Do you see it?  Isn’t it scary?”  What we saw was Cindy’s reflection in a full-length mirror that is mounted on the opposite wall in the back hallway.  In the dark it must have truly given her a scare.  We all had a good laugh.

Just remember, we all have our work to do but…… no one says we can’t have fun doing it!!



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