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[–] Thjoth [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm of two minds about the entire subject. On the one hand, I am a scientist and I see no evidence for curses or hauntings. If curses and hauntings were a thing, I surely would have triggered a really overt one by now. Spending several days at a time nose-to-nose with the skeleton of someone who died a thousand years ago also tends to desensitize you to those kinds of things. So, in the absence of any kind of physical or quantifiable evidence, no, I don't.

On the other hand, I have had things happen to/around me that I struggle to explain adequately, deep down I've always felt like there has to be something to the concept, I can be pretty superstitious, and I always make sure to treat human remains with as much respect as I can muster because why take the risk? So on a more human level, yes, I do.

So I'm basically Schrodinger's archaeologist and exist in a quantum superposition of yes and no as far as that question goes.

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[–] it_might_be_it 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

what are the events that you struggle to rationalize?

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[–] Thjoth [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well, anything like seeing lights or shadows or hearing sounds, I can dismiss as some kind of glitch in my own perception. For example, my grandfather was a farmer and always woke up at 6am, went into the kitchen, started a kettle boiling for his coffee, then got a teacup, a small plate, and silverware and put it on the table before making some toast, eggs, and ham or bacon for breakfast. The non-cooking part of the routine took about 30 seconds. He did that every single day for around 70 years, until he just got too old to do it himself. He died right before Christmas, and last week I happened to be awake at 6am and heard the kettle on the burner, the teacup on the table, and all of the noises associated with getting the stuff out for his breakfast. I went into the kitchen and nothing was out of place, so I can rationalize that as my mind being conditioned to the presence of those sounds and my own perception was simply inserting them when and where they should have been.

On the other hand, I've gone into my closed and padlocked shop after leaving it the previous day and found a circular saw blade embedded in the ceiling. My shop is secure - I have the only key - and I turn the electricity off at the breaker when I'm not in it (to prevent potential fires), so someone fucking with me or a rogue piece of equipment are both out. Sometimes I'll walk in there to find tools rearranged in their boxes, or tools that should be standing upright knocked over instead, but I don't live in an earthquake-prone area and no geological movement shows up on the USGS sensors. The only possible explanation is that someone is actually meticulously picking the lock, going in and messing around without stealing anything, and then exiting the shop and locking it again, but that makes no sense and I live in the middle of nowhere so it's not like there are very many people who even know that my shop exists.