Why the Ouija board became so famous

  • Published on:  9/17/2018
  • This is where Ouija boards came from. And it might surprise you.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOIn 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"?Watch the more Overrated videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSVlS...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


  • DeoGratias570 10 months ago

    "What's your name?"Ouija: Yes*Everyone panics and starts screaming!*

  • Angel’s World 23 days ago

    DeoGratias570 was

  • luNartic __ 1 months ago

    @voicetgk wtf

  • Mr. Doob 10 months ago

    I bought a Ouija board recently from a strange old man...I got it home, laid out the pieces and before I could even ask it a question the planchette started to move around, it eventually speltI'VE GOT A MESSAGE TO YOU'What is your message?' I asked.YOU SHOULD BE DANCINGFear started flushing over me, 'Why should I be dancing?'NIGHT FEVERI started to become more confused then frightened now, I needed to get to the bottom of this. 'You're talking gibberish' I shouted!JIVE TALKIN. HOW DEEP I...

  • Raisa Cherry 1 months ago

    @Ookei 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Gale P 10 months ago

    a luigi board?

  • Pixar Da Doggo 1 months ago

    Wedgie boar?

  • 如月飛羽 10 months ago

    The spirit world went corporate. Classic USA.

  • Daniel R Goldman 2 months ago


  • Diamantenvogel 5 months ago

    except there's always been a market around religion and spirituality. like everywhere...

  • CurtisTRY 10 months ago

    Ouija Boards are for babies. Weegee boards are for the real men.

  • priya karn 1 months ago

    @Tyler Solvestri How ???

  • gn lilu 6 months ago


  • Reymund Alagos 10 months ago

    Ouija board vs Soulja boy

  • Jonablob 1 14 days ago


  • Hamza Khan 4 months ago


  • Okay WhyNot 10 months ago

    "Ouija" was Egyptian-sounding Me, an Egyptian: literally WHAT 😐

  • MidoPlayz 19 days ago

    I'm Egyptian too!

  • it's me 2 months ago

    Lol (oui) means yes in french (ja) is yes in german

  • jayay 10 months ago

    Vox should do a video on how they edit their videos

  • Ethan L 10 months ago

    @Patrick darryl hi

  • TruelyJohn64 10 months ago

    Ouija boards are typically associated with paranormal things.You know who else is associated with paranormal things?Luigi 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Hey there 1 months ago

    *the Luigi board*

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  • Angel Eyes 10 months ago

    Never forget that Hasbro produced a pink girl themed Ouija Board

  • Apple Car 14 days ago

    @Tiffany Ray 😂😂😂

  • kghafa* kaggaf 5 months ago