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September 12, 2005

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You know, I saw a news article a couple of days ago that said there's evidence brains are still evolving and possibly pushing humanity towards greater intelligence. Obviously it's too late to help these guys.

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be homo sapien.

Don't worry Martin, people like this are more homo bardus than homo sapiens.

The sad part is that according to my wife, who's a realtor, Chung probably has a case.

If this were a real estate sale in Tennessee (which may or may not be comparable to a lease agreement in Florida), the seller would be required to disclose any reports of ghost sightings or other supernatural activity to potential buyers. Apparently, the law panders to superstitions. If the owner of Church Street Station knew the building had a history of ghost sightings and didn't inform Mr. Chung, Mr. Chung may be able to break the lease without penalty.

As I said in my own blog post about this incident, it sounds like something from an episode of Scooby Doo.

"As I said in my own blog post about this incident, it sounds like something from an episode of Scooby Doo."

And to quote a JREF forum goer's sig, "...And you would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky facts!"

I wish cryonics worked, so that I could freeze myself until this sort of nonsense blows over. Then again, I'd probably wind up dealing with slightly different flavors of nonsense.

BronzeDog:

As long as there are mouth-breathers, there will always be bullshit, no matter what time period it is. Unfortunate...

True. Just look at Amy from Futurama.

Amy: "Why don't you try some homeopathic remedies, Bender? Try some zinc."
Bender: "I'm 40% zinc!"
Amy: "Then try some echinacea or St. John's Wort."
Professor Pharnsworth: "Yeah, or A BIG, FAT PLACEBO!"

... Well, at least it seems skeptics will still be around.

from the article: "The lawsuit also asks a judge to decide whether the building is haunted and, if so, whether the ghosts would interfere with the restaurant's business. Renovations have stopped on the building, and it remains empty.

A company called Orlando Ghost Tours regularly led visitors through the property until it changed hands in 2001 and still begins its tours in front of the building."

I'd love to see how the judge would decide if there were spirits.
Personally, I wouldn't want to move my restaurant into a place that has a "ghost tour" starting in front of it. No matter what. It's stupid, and would tend to damage business, I think. If the restaurateurs couldn't stop the "ghost tour" or the ghost stories, then why shouldn't they be able to back out? Apart from any beliefs.

Living and working in the same town where this little haunting story takes place, I find it only to tempting to relay two tangentially related stories:

I once very nearly dined in the sushi resturant that was considering moving form it's current location to Church Street Station, but after my guests took too long perusing the menu, the hostess came to our table and asked in her rudest tone "do you know want you want yet?" This after only a moment seated. I left a nice tip for the waitress and led my party across the street to a generic chain that somehow mustered a bit more resepect.

A story passed second or third-hand through the tech grapevine of Central Florida recounts the owner of this resturaunt insiting that a local elctronics representative take hime to dinner at his own returant, where he ran up a large bill, and then asked the rep to pay.

Certainly this is nothing scientific, but I post it only on the hopes of hignliting the self-serving nature of the people behined these sort of hoaxes.

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