Archive for June, 2013

24
Jun
13

U.F.O.

You might argue that UFO’s aren’t “haunted”, but they certainly are mysterious, so we occasionaly talk about them on our Red Cloak Haunted History Tours.

66 years ago today, a private pilot from Idaho, Kenneth Arnold, saw something that triggered the modern day UFO popularity. He also is credited for coining the term “flying saucer”.

Arnold was on a business trip, flying near Mr. Rainer in Washington, when he spotted some reflections that he thought might be from another plane. I won’t go into the long, detailed descriptions, but the short of it is that he saw 9 shiny, saucer shaped objects flying at an estimated speed of 1,700 mph.

These “unidentified flying objects” sometimes weaved, flipped, and darted as they manuvered in and out of the mountain range. At the time, Arnold thought he might be witnessing test flights of a new type of military aircraft.

As this became widely publicized over the next days and weeks, more UFO sightings were reported throughout the country. Was it because of a bit of hysteria, or were people actually seeing these and feeling justified in reporting what they’d seen since they weren’t the only ones?

There’s a lot of information on the web about this if you’re interested in delving a little deeper into this event.

06
Jun
13

National Doughnut Day!

I’m giving you a heads up, so you can be prepared for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snacks or all of them). Tomorrow, June 7, is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut day was created in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

Now, aside from a tasty treat, why would The Lady in The Red Cloak be writing about doughnuts? The history behind them of course! And all the better that that history begins in one of the Maine towns that offers Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, Camden.

There was a young man… well, in 1847 he was considered almost a man, I’m sure. He was 15 so nowdays we might call him a boy. He had a complaint to make to his mother about her favored ‘dough cakes’. They were nice fluffy blobs of dough that she fried, then┬ásprinkled with sugar, maple syrup, nuts or whatever she had handy. They were not only favorites of the family, but also the neighbors.

Hanson Gregory, by this old age of 15, considered he could respectfully tell his mother something he’d been hiding for years – the centers of her ‘dough cakes’ were quite soggy!

His mother was not offended, she agreed with him, saying that she had tried cooking them longer or making them smaller or flattening them out more, but it was no use – the centers were still soggy!

Hanson, smart young man that he was, suggested that she just take the middles out before frying them and the doughnut was born!

So, there you have it – maybe it will make your doughnut all the tastier tomorrow! Enjoy!

This is a picture of Hanson Crockett Gregory at a much later age.