Toy story: Mystery of Ouija board solved

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Danziger's ad in the Pisttsburgh DispatchDanziger’s at Sixth and Penn — “always the first to introduce any new novelty” — called it The Wonderful Talking Board in an advertisement in the Feb. 1, 1891, Pittsburg Dispatch.

“For the scientific or thoughtful,” the department store said, the Ouija board’s “mysterious movements invite the most careful research and investigation.”

You don’t suppose the copywriter got help from the spirit world? Because more than a century after the board game became popular in American households, Smithsonian.com reports, scientists are examining what makes Ouija boards work. That is, what (or W-H-O) makes the pointer move? Continue reading

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