A Memorial For Their Son

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn’t … Read more

Choking on Ink

My grandmother told me when she was in high school an old math teacher in his 60’s named Harold Davidson was teaching math and one of his students wouldn’t stop tapping his pen during class. The teacher went berserk and lost his mind. He snatched the pen and attacked the kid, lodging the pen down … Read more

Let Me Ask You This…

Two students decide to go skiing for the weekend, and are having such a good time they decide to blow off the exam that they have scheduled for Monday morning in order to get some final runs in before they head back to school. They decide to tell the professor that they got a flat … Read more

The Watchful Painting

About 15 years ago, I was attending university outside of London. The school is famous for its art gallery that draws visitors from all over England. My final exams were given in a cavernous hall with dozens of enormous oil paintings covering the walls, from floor to ceiling. I noticed that one painting hanging to … Read more

Haunted School

There is this school in Danvers, Massachusetts that was actually built right over the real place where they buried the witches who were killed in the Salem witch trials. It used to be a part of Olde Salem. It is a school for people studying to be vets, plant nursery workers, etc., so there are … Read more

Finals Week

On college campus’, during the week of finals, the dorms have set "quiet hours" so that people can study without being disturbed. Tradition has it that on the last night of finals at 12:00am everyone opens their windows and screams for exactly one minute. On most campuses you can hear someone tell the story that … Read more

Bathroom Ghosts

Hanako, the ghost in the toilet, almost achieved the status of a national phenomena in Japanese legend 20 years ago, when a wave of stories of ghost-sightings swept through the nation’s school yards. Every child had a “Hanako” story to tell. The stories, of course, are many and varied but every schoolchild in Japan, at … Read more