OT - the evils of Ouija
Echo, you asked for it.
Incident #1 - 38 years ago
My oldest sister used to have a Ouija board. Since she and my other sister (also older) used to cheat on the Mystery Date game so I always got The Dud, I figured they were cheating with the Ouija, moving the planchette themselves, to make it say what they wanted. So...one night when they and my brothers were out, I got out the Ouija board and tried it out. The planchette moved all by itself and spelled out D-I-E. The next day, my parents rushed me to the ER where my appendix burst and they barely got it out in time.
Incident #2 - 36.5 years ago
I was at a friend's house for a birthday/swimming party/sleepover. Typical 14 year olds, we were in her bedroom, primping, preening, putting on tanning lotion or sunscreen, sitting on the bed, sitting on the chest of drawers... Anyhoo, later that night, we were all in her bedroom and they wanted to do the Ouija board. She got it out and everyone except me piled onto her bed. I sat on the floor against the chest of drawers with a book and a flashlight. The birthday girl said "Spirit, give us a sign that you're here." A bottle of suntan lotion that was pushed against the wall on the back of the chest of drawers, FELL OFF onto MY SHOULDER. I said, "Well, that wasn't very nice. I'm not playing." And turned to the next page of my book. The other girls all ran out of the room, screaming.
Incident #3 - 23 years 10 months ago
It was my 27th birthday. My then bf and I were at the home of a couple with whom we always played board games. I was baffled as to why the gift they gave me was wrapped in black paper since it wasn't a milestone bday like 30. I unwrapped the paper to find a Ouija board. When I looked at the discarded wrapping paper, it was now purple with multi-colored balloons and Happy Birthdays on it. I NEVER opened the box. I took that Ouija home and burned it. It made horrible hissing and screeching sounds while it burned a sickly GREEN.
I have not touched a Ouija board since the day I burned that one.