File this under spookily strange. Gettysburg National Park–the site of the biggest Civil War battle over 150 years ago this month–is apparently one of the most haunted places in the U.S. Both sides suffered enormous casualties–a total of 45,000 people dead, wounded, or missing. No wonder there are ghosts.
But did you know that even the rocks are cursed? Over the years, people have picked up pebbles and stones and taken them as souvenirs–only to return them with notes describing the bad luck that’s plagued them since they brought them home, according to a blog post written by one of the rangers at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
And their lives have truly fallen apart. One man returned three stones with a note describing how his wife had taken their son and left him. Soon after, he lost the house. Another letter described relationship failures, lost jobs, and surgeries. These aren’t the only hard luck stories. Apparently there are a steady stream of packages from people returning stones, even twigs.
Good thing, too. Removing any item from a national park, no matter how small, is a crime, and will set you back $100 in fines. And, if you’re in Gettysburg, you may lose more than just your money!
For another ghostly encounter, check out the photos below for one person’s scary moment in the corridors of an apartment building at 3 AM!
Ghost Building 1
A guy spotted this creepy creature at the end of the hallway in the wee hours of the morning.
Ghost Building 2
We would have been terrified and run the other way!
Ghost Building 3
But he kept snapping photos as he got closer...
Ghost Building 4
Ghost Building 5
Wait....is that what we think it is?
Ghost Building 6
Okay, so it's not a ghost.
Ghost Building 7
Just something the painters left behind! Still, props to the guy for actually daring to get close enough to find out what the heck this was.