Paranormal discovery may shed new light on Ouja Board origins
Scots paranormal investigators claim to have discovered evidence that some of the earliest attempts at communication between the living and the dead were made in Glasgow.
Paranormal investigator Dr Ali Fropol claims at least a decade before American businessman Elijah Bond patented his ‘talking board’ in 1891 a team of Glaswegian spiritualists were way ahead of him.
Until recently it was thought Bond and his co-worker William Fuld got the idea for the name of their Ouja Board from either an ancient Egyptian word meaning “good luck” or from a combination of the French and German words for “yes”.
However there now appears to be a third option after experts discovered an early spirit communication device called a ‘Weegie Board’ in the basement of a derelict Glasgow building.
Unlike the simplified version created by Bond and Fuld which gave spirits only two options of yes or no the Glasgow board has a third. Just like Scottish law has three possible verdicts of Guilty, Not Guilty and Not Proven the Glasgow spirit board provides spirits with three possible responses.
Instead of Yes or No it uses the good old Scots words of Aye and Naw while the third option shows the abbreviation of a popular Glasgow expression meaning “get away with you’ often used in response to silly or exasperating questions.
The board also has a common phrase inscribed in the local vernacular at the foot of the board which the spirit can use to signify when a conversation has run its natural course.
“This is an amazing discovery,” said Dr Fropol. ”It could change completely our understanding of the origins of early Victorian attempts to contact the dead.
“We don’t know if Bond or Fuld knew of the Weegie Board before they patented their design but it seems a remarkable coincidence if they didn’t.
“People from Glasgow are known as Weegies and anyone who has visited the city knows how friendly the locals are. They will speak to almost anyone, alive or dead.”
The results of Dr Fropol’s research into the Weegie Board and its origins are to go on display at the headquarters of the Glasgow Occult Teaching Centre and Holistic Association (GOTCHA) on April 1.