This Week's Weird News 7/23/21

A pair of potential hauntings, a resurgence in dowsing, and an Australian man who fled a coronavirus quarantine using a rope made of bed sheets were among the strange, unusual, and enlightening stories to cross our desk this week.

This past week saw two troubling tales of haunted homes, beginning with a case in England wherein a woman says that she was scratched by some kind of sinister spirit that has taken up residence in her house. The suspected spectral attack was the final straw for Leah Lewis, who had experienced unsettling paranormal activity in the home over the last several months and ultimately decided to enlist a psychic medium to cleanse the home of the angry apparition. Meanwhile, in France, a family claiming to be plagued by a similarly unhappy ghost revealed that they have been forced to sleep on their balcony in order to escape their proverbial roommate from hell.

In a testament to the idea that everything old eventually becomes new again, this past week saw the ancient art of dowsing have a moment in the sun by way of a sudden increase in demand for so-called 'water witches' in drought-stricken California. While mainstream science has long dismissed the purported practice of divination which utilizes rods or other similar instruments to locate precious objects, those who have mastered the craft say that it genuinely works. And it would appear that there is no shortage of ranchers and farmers who either also believe it or are willing to give dowsing a shot in light of the scorching conditions as California's water witches say that business has never been better.

A scene from a cartoon came to life in Australia this week when a man ordered to quarantine in a hotel due to the pandemic instead decided to make a break for it by way of a rope made of bed sheets. The odd incident came about when a traveler arrived in the state of Western Australia without the necessary travel exemptions to get around the country's strict coronavirus lockdown. As such, he was remanded to a hotel for the night, but the stay didn't last long. Much to the consternation of the authorities, the man managed to fashion a rope out of bed sheets and shimmied down four stories of the building to the street below, where he subsequently fled on foot. Caught by the cops the next day, he's now in a different kind of quarantine: jail.

For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.

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