The Black Monk of Pontefract

The Black Monk of Pontefract is one of the most notorious poltergeists in Europe.

Infamous for many reasons, the ghost’s reputation has been immortalised through its pranks, violent actions, and a 2012 horror film.

The History

One day young Diane Pritchard was minding her own business in her home at 30 East Drive, Pontefract, England. It was then that Pritchard’s long hair stood on its end. Without warning, something pulled Diane by her hair and dragged her up the stairs of her home, causing her to kick and scream for her life. Then it was over and all that was left of the event were finger marks on her neck and trauma on her psyche.

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To anyone else, this occurrence would have been out of the ordinary. Though for the Pritchard family it wasn’t. Jean, Joe, Phillip, and Diane Pritchard knew they were living with a poltergeist since their move-in in August 1966. They named the entity Fred. What was strange about the event was the violent nature of Fred’s actions.

Phillip’s room at 30 East Drive. 30eastdrive.com/credit

Prior to Fred dragging Diane up the stairs, Fred made his presence known in other ways. Witnesses saw chalk dust falling from head level, pools of water appearing and reappearing instantaneously after continuous cleanup, lights going on and off, the tea dispenser activating by itself, cupboard doors shaking, plant pots jumping out of their containers, items levitating, and photographs being slashed by some invisible blade.

Very little is known about Fred except that the poltergeist has a sense of humour and violent tendencies. Some theorise that Fred is the subject of a local legend. In the legend, it is said that a 16th-century monk was tried and executed for a heinous crime on the grounds the house is on. The monk’s body was disposed of in a well on the grounds too.

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Covid-19 Vintage – The New Trend in Quarantining

Quarantine confession: We can’t stop online vintage shopping. With Covid-19 still present, it seems the only thing to do is drool over the Covid-19 vintage pieces on the internet.

Luckily we have the internet. So even from the social safety of our home, we are able to admire some of the cutest vintage pieces. You heard the trend here first, it’s time for Covid-19 vintage fashion.

Our website has some wicked cute clothes on TomatoVintage.com. We carry both vintage clothes and modern styles.

Our small company curates handpicked vintage clothing for our fashionable clientele. Our collection includes pieces from the minimalist 1930s to the funky Y2K generation. Us Floridan stylists post photos of the pieces in ensembles they styled on their social media and website. Which is proof that we kind of know what we’re doing.

One vintage piece that totally attracts the eye is the 90s Pastel Southwestern Flavor Windbreaker. This jacket is a must need for those daily walks outside to keep your sanity (6 feet from everyone else of course).

A woman modeling a covid-19 vintage purple 90s windbreaker jacket.

This 1990s windbreaker is made of lightweight nylon material and has a zipper closure, 2 front pockets, and is machine washable. Style the windbreaker with a black pair of biker shorts or your trusty leggings.

We price it at $42.99.

Everyone will definitely be looking at the girl strutting her stuff down the street in this lavender dream windbreaker totally throwing it back to when we weren’t all suffering from cabin fever.

Sometimes you just have to purchase something that will nurture your soul, even if it isn’t logical. Like these 80s UnionBay Shorts. Sure it’s not quite spring yet but how can you not indulge in your summer fantasy when all you’ve been wearing is stained sweatpants for the last 2 weeks.

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Is Pepsi Soda Worth 17 Submarines and 3 Warships? The Russians Thought So

Sometimes the only way to quench your thirst is to trade 17 submarines and 3 warships for Pepsi cola. Which is exactly what the Soviet Union gave Pepsi in return for their soda.

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What started as probably the best example of product placement the world has ever seen, turned into one of the most peculiar international business deals in history.

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