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7 Little-Known Facts About the History of the Ouija Board

Universal’s latest horror film, “Ouija,” has introduced a whole new generation to the talking board whose origins have been shrouded in mystery since its inception in the late 1800s.

“Ouija” — now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD — follows a group of teens who attempt to make contact with a dead friend. After unexpectedly awakening an evil spirit while using the famous board, the group must find a way to cut the connection between them and the underworld before it’s too late.

The movie has reignited interest in how the famous Parker Brothers novelty got its start and the great debate over the possibility of communicating with the dead. The resurgence of the board’s popularity has also rekindled fears of terrible repercussions. Here are seven little-known facts about the Ouija board and its history:

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Presenting the third annual all-comics issue of Lumpen magazine, including comic work by groundbreaking local and international artists. This issue has a loose theme of “Radio” which correlates to the launch 105.5 WLPN, which is a brand new non-commercial radio station based out of Bridgeport that will showcase underground and innovative programming and feature distinctly curated music from a variety of genres as well as cultural commentary, not unlike the variety of comics and artists in Lumpen magazine.

With comics by:

David Alvarado, Sharmila Banerjee, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Mark Connery, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Sarah Ferrick, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Andrew Holmquist, Clay Hickson, Lyra Hill, Emily Hutchings, Juliacks, Blaise Larmee, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Jason Overby, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Aaron Renier, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor Matthew Thurber, Tim Tvedt, Two Tone Comix, Lale Westvind, Gina Wynbrandt, Leslie Wiebeler, Mickey Zachilli

There will also be an art exhibition including many contributors to the issue on Friday, October 9th from 7-11pm at the Co-prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St. in Chicago)

Copies of the magazine and refreshments will be available at the opening.