Destination America to Air Live Exorcism This October

The Destination America channel will televise a live exorcism from the real Exorcist house with psychic medium Chip Coffey and the cast of Ghost Asylum.
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The real Exorcist house in Bel Nor, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Exorcist is widely considered one of the scariest films of all time. Not only did it manage to cause a fear of Ouija boards, it also put the fear of God into American movie-goers in the midst of America’s 1970s Satanic Panic. What many don’t realize is that the story of a child in the grips of a demonic possession is based a true story.

In 1949 a boy named Roland Doe underwent a series of exorcisms in his St. Louis home, supposedly possessed by an evil entity he contacted after his spiritualist aunt gave him a talking board to play with.

The house is still considered by some to be haunted, having been featured on paranormal investigation shows like Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. Now the Destination America channel plans to broadcast a live exorcism of the infamous house that inspired The Exorcist novel by William Peter Blatty.

Exorcism: Live! will feature psychic medium Chip Coffey as well as the cast of Ghost Asylum, a group known as the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, as they attempt to remove whatever evil has inhabited the house for the last 66 years.

The exorcism will air live this October.

Fun Fact: The first-ever televised exorcism was aired by NBC in 1971.

The recording featured reporter Carole Simpson interviewing Ed and Marsha Becker, who believed their Chicago home was haunted. Medium Joseph DeLouise channels the spirit, and then a minister communicates with it and ultimately claims to have exorcised it. Ed later wrote about the frightening experiences he and later tenants experienced in his book True Haunting.

via Entertainment Weekly

The World’s Tallest Flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The insanely massive Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom.
Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Acuity flagpole in Sheboygan, WI is the world’s tallest symbol of freedom.

As far as phallic symbols and patriotism go, the Acuity Insurance company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin has the market cornered. Dedicated on June 16th, 2014, the Acuity flagpole is an obnoxious 400-feet tall, making it the tallest symbol of freedom in the world, apparently.

Because nothing says independence like obscene displays of corporate chest-puffing.

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View from the base of the Acuity flagpole.

Facts About the World’s Tallest Flagpole

  • The 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds.
  • It is nearly 100 feet taller than the statue of liberty.
  • The flag measures 60 feet by 120 feet.
  • A 220-pound flag is flown during normal conditions.
  • A 350-pound flag is flown during harsher weather.
  • Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide.
  • 680 cubic yards of concrete was used for the foundation.
  • The pole is covered in over 500 gallons of paint.
  • The pole is 11 feet in diameter at the base and tapers to 5 1/2 feet at the top.
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration.
  • The base of the pole is a Veterans Memorial featuring the names of every Sheboygan County resident killed in the line of duty.

Acuity made three previous attempts to build the world’s tallest flagpole beginning in 2003, but they swayed too much in the wind and collapsed.

Time-Lapse Construction of the Acuity Flagpole

So what the hell does it all mean? In this video Acuity President and CEO Ben Salzman says “My wife and I go for a walk every day. On this walk I just said ‘You know, we should put up a really tall flagpole.'”

True words of inspiration. Thanks, Acuity.

World's tallest flagpole in Sheboygan, WI

This thing probably cost more money to build than I’ll make in my lifetime.

Because ‘Merica.

Facts about the world's tallest flagpole in Sheboygan, WI