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Ghosts & Clothes

2008-03-07 14:35:53.519736+00 by Dan Lyke 10 comments

As if I needed more things to destroy the illusory world that movies are trying to set up, Paul asks: "Why Do Ghosts Wear Clothes?"

Really, why would a ghost be wearing clothes? If a ghost is the spirit of a person, wouldn't that spirit be floating around in the buff? Do your clothes follow you into the after life? Do your cotton and wool fabrics have their own afterlife? What about synthetic fibers?

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-07 15:54:15.549248+00 by: m

A better question might be why have the cable channels become so dumbed down? At one time the discovery channel actually had documentaries that could fill a half hour of indolence. Now it runs a "A Haunting in .....". The history channel at one time actually offered up some perspectives on the past, but has lost its way with industrial propaganda, a pretense of history through the bible, and of course more supernatural coverage. Along with endless cop shows and war documentaries. Ugh.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-07 16:31:38.406323+00 by: jeff [edit history]

What is frightening to me is the preponderance of violence being depicted on the National Geographic channel (i.e. prison populations, gang violence, etc.). That's NOT what I want to see covered from that channel.

Does anyone get the feeling that our society has headed south towards a deepening abyss?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-07 19:29:04.779317+00 by: polly

they are catering to the "audience".

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-07 20:06:56.077103+00 by: Dan Lyke

I guess perhaps the issue is that when it comes to media we're the product, not the consumers, and smart isn't what the consumers (advertisers) are wanting to buy?

#Comment "In the flesh?" made: 2008-03-08 05:44:45.858478+00 by: sorry-ima-temp-account-633433345345345433454354356236776767

If a ghost is the *spirit* of a person, why would it be wearing the appearance of a body? Does the spirit have a post-death attachment to the appearance of the body that it hasn't for the appearance of its clothes? :-)

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-08 16:41:06.542138+00 by: petronius

I once had the mispleasure or reading the first of Left Behind novels, which begin with millions of righteous people suddently disappearing as they are gathered up in the Rapture. The authors mention a number of times of characters finding piles of socks, slacks, shirts, skirts, stewardess uniforms, wristwatches and eyeglasses where the happy Christian stood when the Moment came. However, they never mention finding underwear. Apparently the holy folk get to meet the Godhead shorn of their worldly wrappings, except for panties.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-08 22:27:07.180289+00 by: Dan Lyke

Huh, my conclusion from that would be that the righteously divine "go commando". We know, for instance, from both Leviticus (19:19) and Deuteronomy (I forget where) that they're prohibited from wearing cotton-poly undies, and in these modern days of uncertain ingredients why take chances at all?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-09 14:16:56.476813+00 by: topspin

You know it's geek heaven if the girl behind you has one of these on, eh?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-10 11:43:09.711793+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hmmm... I'm wondering about "304 Not Modified" now...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-10 13:23:38.98131+00 by: JT

I'm wondering if my ex-wife would be wearing a pair of "301 - permanent redirect"