The ouija ( wee-jə, sometimes wee-jee), also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words “yes”, “no”, “hello” (occasionally), and “goodbye”, along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic) as a movable indicator to indicate a spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words. “Ouija” is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc., but is often usedgenerically to refer to any talking board. Spiritualists believed that the dead were able to contact the living and reportedly used a talking board very similar to a modern Ouija board at their camps in Ohio in 1886 to ostensibly enable faster communication with spirits. Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as an innocent parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.
Nobody knows who hid the board in the vent.
The spirit board was found stuffed inside a heating vent by builders carrying out renovation work.
Workmen must come across a lot of strange things behind walls and under floorboards, but imagine tearing down an old heating vent and finding a Ouija board hidden behind it.
This was the scenario faced by a group of builders recently who made the unexpected discovery while renovating a property dating back over 100 years.
The board itself appeared to be quite old and is believed to date back at least several decades to a time when the building’s previous occupants, for whatever reason, decided that it needed to be hidden away where nobody could find it.
Who they were and what happened to them however remains a mystery.