Walter Hubbell spent six weeks living in the haunted house in Amherst and investigating an account of the mysterious manifestations that took place in the presence of Esther Cox in Amherst. The introduction states, "The manifestations described in this story commenced one year ago. No person has yet been able to ascertain their cause. Scientific men from all parts of Canada and the United States have investigated them in vain. Some people think that electricity is the principal agent; others, mesmerism; whilst others again, are sure they are produced by the devil. Of the three supposed causes, the latter is certainly the most plausible theory, for some of the manifestations are remarkably devilish in their appearance and effect. For instance, the mysterious setting of fires, the powerful shaking of the house, the loud and incessant noises and distinct knocking, as if made by invisible sledge-hammers, on the walls; also, the strange actions of the household furniture, which moves about in the broad daylight without the slightest visible cause. As these strange things only occur while Miss Esther Cox is present, she has become known as the "Amherst Mystery" throughout the entire country." The Great Amherst Mystery was a notorious case of reported poltergeist activity in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada between 1878 and 1879. From Wikipedia "The frightened family called in a doctor. During his visit, bedclothes moved, scratching noises were heard, and the words "Esther Cox, you are mine to kill" appeared on the wall by the head of Esther's bed. The following day the doctor administered sedatives to Esther to calm her and help her sleep, whereupon more noises and flying objects manifested themselves. Attempts to communicate with the "spirit" resulted in tapped responses to questions."
The wackiest characters this side of Mayberry stumble through misadventures with Southern wit and audacity.
Leonard, Elvis, and Jelly, the main characters, find themselves in one catastrophe after another; a holdup, a pickle eating contest, a giant snake and the capture of a Chinese troll as well as the ordinary problems of life. The stories are told by the Preacher who is the narrator.
"This book is to entertainment what cornbread is to black-eyed peas." Elvis Wilbanks
The famous Bayou Boys are called upon to solve the mystery of a haunted theater in the garden District of New Orleans. The longtime theater has been taken over by the City and leased out for business. Someone...or something...is trying to scare the new tenants away. And Peter and Bart must call upon their creativity, wherewithal and sheer guts to confront the ghostly presence, the City Council and the owners past and present. BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
invoking the fluctuation-dissipation theorems of Einstein and 2 more recently those of Callen and Kubo in order to get to manageable results. In this manner, great strides have been made in the development of the many-body problem without reaching the necessity to legitimize thermodynamics. TherÂ modynamics and statistical mechanics were used successfulÂ ly as bridges and guides to get the new ideas to conform to the macroscopic experiences (measurements). Hence the disÂ 3 interest of theoreticians. The frustration in attracting the atÂ tention of the working physicists on this problem is vividly described in Carnap's (1978) account on the reception of his ideas and efforts at the Institute of Advanced Studies at PrinÂ ceton where he worked on the Two Essays on Entropy; it alÂ most amounted, he thought, to a conspiracy of silence. The priorities of theoretical physicists remain with the puzzles and the cranking at hand: Quantum Field Theory (QFT) and "creation and annihilation" physics, solid state physics, - to mention only a few research areas - command the attention of those working on the research frontiers. Thermodynamics is taken for granted and is thought to be an almost depleted research area. Whatever the subterfuges, the hand-waving arguments, the paedagogical red herrings, the procedures work and nothing can be gained by allocating intellectual reÂ sources to resolve ambiguities with few, if any, expected rewards. Down deep, all believe that the regularization of the field will one day be accomplished.
How can Mouse fit a huge apple into her tiny home? By finding a new house, of course!
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