Kate Shrewsday

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There are men who have spent some considerable time chasing flibbertigibets.

The spectral lights which often appear above marshes are more commonly called will o’ the wisps: a flibbertygibbet first appeared in middle English in about 1450 as fleper-gebet. It was a nonsense-string of works to copy the chatter of a flighty, talkative person and that s what it meant at first: but it had acquired far more sinister connotations by the time Major Louis Blesson got hold of it.

The Major wrote about his adventures with flibbertigibbets  in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal  in 1832.

He had stalked the lights in a valley-marsh, noting that small bubbles would float to the surface. And as night fell, to his joy, bluish-purple flames were to be seen hovering there above the water’s surface. Natural phenomenon though they may well have been, when the good major tried to approach them they darted…

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About oneoflokis

Ah! That'd be telling! But very Lokean.
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  1. oneoflokis says:

    I had to try about 5 times to “reblog” this before it would! This is meant to be wordpress’ mobile site, too – but it isn’t very easy to use with a mobile! Certain functions only seem to work in full screen view – and not very well right now.

    😦

    I hate wasting time, WORDPRESS! You lost my original comment on the article, too, that I attempted to reblog several times!

    WordPress, I’m fed up with you. I wanted to say how much – to the OP – I enjoyed the article; but that I believe in GENUINE spooklights, which I don’t think can be swamp gas. See sites like prairieghosts.com and paranormal.about.com for details.

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