Spooky Saturday

Spooky Saturday: The Bakekujira.

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Translated literally as “ghost whale”, the Bakekujira are animated whale skeletons.that swim near the ocean’s surface, rising as they did in life when they would have had to breathe. Often, a host of eerie birds and strange fish accompany them. Bakekujira appear on rainy nights near coastal whaling villages.

Spooky Saturday: Teke Teke!


In Japan, a country loaded with vengeful ghosts,Teke Teke is the specter of a young woman who was pushed onto a railway line and cut in half by the oncoming train. Full of revenge and hate against the living,she carries a scythe and travels on either her hands or elbows, her dragging upper torso making the distinctive “teke teke” sound for which she is named. If she encounters anyone at night and the victim is not fast enough, she will slice them in half at the torso to mimic her own disfigurement.  Sometimes  the victims become Teke Tekes themselves.



Spooky Saturday: Green Boots.

Green Boots,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Green Boots,© 2015 Liz Vitale

What would you think if your earthly remains could end up as a landmark?

Well, that was the fate of Green Boots, the unidentified corpse of a Mount Everest mountain climber that has become a landmark on the main northeast ridge route of the mountain.The term “Green Boots” originates from the green mountain climbing boots still on the frozen body.


Spooky Saturday: Dead Men Tell No Tales…but they might stop your boat.

Dead Men Tell No Tales, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Dead Men Tell No Tales, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World is full of spirits and skeletons–the animatronic kind—but legend has it that the attraction has its very own true ghost, and his name is George.


Spooky Saturday: The Noppera-Bō

The  Noppera-Bō,©2015 Liz Vitale

The Noppera-Bō,©2015 Liz Vitale

The Noppera-bō, or faceless ghost, is a ghost of Japanese legend.They are known mainly for scaring humans, but are usually otherwise harmless. They appear at first as ordinary human beings, sometimes in the guise of someone familiar to the victim, before making their features to disappear, leaving blank, smooth skin where their face should be.

From Wikipedia:

The Noppera-bō and the Koi Pond

This tale recounts a lazy fisherman who decided to fish in the imperial koi ponds near the Heian-kyō palace. Despite being warned by his wife about the pond being sacred and near a graveyard, the fisherman went anyway. On his way to the pond, he is warned by another fisherman not to go there, but he again ignores the warning. Once at the spot, he is met by a beautiful young woman who pleads with him not to fish in the pond. He ignores her and, to his horror, she wipes her face off. Rushing home to hide, he is confronted by what seems to be his wife, who chastises him for his wickedness before wiping off her facial features as well.

Spooky Saturday: Baby Ghost!

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You’ve met Misty, but I betcha didn’t know I had a Baby Ghost puppet, didja?

Baby Ghost was created quickly one day to have something fun to carry out into the audience while I was doing my Halloween Show, The Puppatoons Halloween Revue.  I am a little sad to say that Baby Ghost farted a lot, courtesy of a tiny MP3 player. I never thought I would use fart jokes in a show, but heck, the kids howled over it.

Spooky Saturday: Beethoven’s Skull.

Beethoven's Skull , Copyright Liz Vitale 2015

Beethoven’s Skull , Copyright Liz Vitale 2015

Infamous composer Beethoven died on March 26, 1827, at age 56. At Beethoven’s own request, an autopsy was performed on March 27,1827 by Dr. Johann Wagner. The autopsy revealed a severely cirrhotic and shrunken liver,and various other afflictions; there were so many that there is much dispute about the cause of Beethoven’s death; alcoholic cirrhosis, syphilis, infectious hepatitis,sarcoidosis and Whipple’s disease have all been cited as possible culprits. Heavy metal contamination is  also thought to be a contributing factor in Beethoven’s death as these were commonly used in the medicine of the time. It has also been theorized that he consumed large amounts of lead from illegally fortified wine(lead was often used to sweeten cheap wine in those times, although it was outlawed to do so).