Why the Ouija board became so famous

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  • Published on:  9/17/2018
  • This is where Ouija boards came from. And it might surprise you.

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    In this episode of Overrated, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores what Ouija means, from a historical and cultural perspective.

    The Ouija game and Ouija movies permeate our culture. But their origin might be surprising. Before this board game was a staple, it emerged from the spiritualist movement in the United States in the mid-1800s and an aggressive entrepreneur who believed he could make a buck off of it.

    Ouija’s overrated — it’s not real and it’s just a piece of cardboard. But it's also a way for people from the past to speak to us (through history, at least).

    Overrated is a series that takes a look at the things we all know — the books, the trends, and the ideas that have become iconic — and answers the question: “Why is this so famous"?

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  • Winona Murray
    Winona Murray 13 days ago

    The writer in me is telling me to buy one

  • En Gee
    En Gee 15 days ago

    WEEGEE

  • Kendra Plante
    Kendra Plante 17 days ago

    So I bought a Ouija board at my toys r us yesterday and as soon as I opened it it started moving! It typed...
    “HiT oR mIsS”
    Oh god the tik tok lords are coming for me

  • Hunter Hoeltzel
    Hunter Hoeltzel 18 days ago

    My friend is super eerie about them, saying that her friend, who studies the paranormal, said that each board is assigned a demon. I said, yes, Jennifer, Hasbro assigns demons to each board.

  • Dave Davidson
    Dave Davidson 18 days ago

    Are there any Vox videos that dont feel like they're just getting interesting and then that's just the end? So many topics that could really be a fascinating half hour and they're six minutes and have too skip over a lot to make that time.

  • Crank Lab Explosion - lab central

    "Why are Ouija boards famous?" Short answer: edgy tumblr SWJ vvvvvvitches wanting to think they're mystical.

  • Bradley Mathie
    Bradley Mathie 19 days ago

    Not even a mention of 'zozo' ........ Scared i bet lol

  • Abby Liu
    Abby Liu 19 days ago

    yes yes board

  • *Blueberry Cream*
    *Blueberry Cream* 19 days ago

    U know whos the ghost of the OUIJA BOARD?!
    *LUIGI BOARD*

  • J C
    J C 20 days ago+1

    Ouija board is real.
    A boy sprit told me “fak off salty n00b”

  • Kite Corbin
    Kite Corbin 23 days ago

    Um, it's actually spelled Luigi* board?

  • ZiadClappedU
    ZiadClappedU 24 days ago

    They're made by HASBRO U DUMMIES

  • Paul Meissner
    Paul Meissner 25 days ago

    Velvet and vinegar for life will it happen

  • Sairvous
    Sairvous 26 days ago

    I have had several genuine supernatural experiences in my lifetime but I know ouija boards are complete bullshit. How does a board with letters on it randomly have supernatural properties? Lol. I have tried them numerous times with no results at all.

  • Azraelle
    Azraelle 29 days ago

    I have something made from cheap plastic with letters written on it that helps me communicate with those who are not here physically. It's my computer keyboard. It must be haunted.

  • Mr cs93
    Mr cs93 1 months ago

    I ask for it for christmas when i was 15 years old and there was a huge drama between my relatives, at the end they end up taking it from me.

  • Mr Oof
    Mr Oof 1 months ago

    *weegee board*

  • Jason Vega
    Jason Vega 1 months ago

    Everyone: wee-gee Narrator: Wee-ja

  • Liliana Rocha
    Liliana Rocha 1 months ago

    That's not how you pronounce it!!! Lol

  • Obsidian Wildfire
    Obsidian Wildfire 1 months ago

    Who says it's not real?