The Mysterious Case of Esther Ennis

Earlier this week I wrote an article about Calvary Cemetery in Queens. In the article I made a brief mention of a young woman who was the “first burial in Calvary,” in 1848. Her name was Esther Ennis. She was only 29 years old when she died, and according to “legend” she died of a […]

Calvary Cemetery: 3 Million (and 1) Souls

When I moved to Queens, I knew that I was entering a new realm, where the living are outnumbered by the dead by outrageous proportions. Perhaps one of the most well known cemeteries in this area is Calvary Cemetery. Calvary has the largest number of interments in the entire United States. (Over 3 million currently […]

Pharrell Is (Probably) Not a Vampire

Vampires don’t exist, right? Well, for most of us, anyway. But there are those who keep posting pictures on the internet of the Civil War-era man who looks like Nicholas Cage, claiming he must be a vampire or a time traveller (which, granted, might explain a lot). But now Pharrell is being accused (by the […]

Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters Fame Passes Away

As I’m sure you have all heard by now, comedy writer/director and star of Ghostbusters Harold Ramis passed away earlier today. He was 69 years old. He was most famous for starring in Ghostbusters, but was also involved in either co-writing for directing such comedy hits as Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Back to School, Stripes, […]

Guilty Pleasures: Celebrity Ghost Stories

Last week, I wrote about one of my guilty pleasures, the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot. Tough for me to admit, because on the whole, I don’t really enjoy the current crop of paranormal TV offerings. But I must admit that there are a few I watch, and mainly because even though they are not […]

Circus “Freaks”: Creepy to Commercialized

This weekend I’m going to go see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While I have seen their performances many times before, I have never ceased in my fascination with the circus, circus arts, and the aura of the big top. Although, many years have passed since the circus was in it’s original […]

Third of Three: NYC’s Oldest and Most Hidden Cemeteries

Last week I went to get a haircut, and of course me being me, I found my self in a cemetery instead. Down the street from the salon I was going to go to, I passed a surprise hidden gem. I had heard of the three “Spanish Portvgvese Synagogve” cemeteries that are sort of hidden […]

Guilty Pleasures: Finding Bigfoot

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of paranormal reality TV shows, for perhaps obvious reasons. And over the years, I’ve taken a lot of shots at them here in the blog. But in the interest of fairness, I felt that I had to come clean and admit to some guilty pleasures, as there […]

“Skunk Ape” or “Swamp Ape,” it all smells the same to me!

Those of you interested in the seemingly never ending “search for Bigfoot” may be fascinated by this little tale from my youth. I was born and raised in Florida, living in central Florida mostly. When I was about 12 or 13, I went out on a trip with my church’s youth group. The trip was […]

Mt. Zion Cemetery: A Snow Covered Past

Over more than 120 years old, Mt.Zion Cemetery has accumulated 210,000 burials, in only 78 acres of land. Certainly making it a little rough on the casket leg room. Its claustrophobic nature is one of the first things that caught my eye about this fascinating cemetery. The reason there have been so many internments in […]