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In folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance.
The belief in the existence of an afterlife, as well as manifestations of the spirits of the dead, is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary, human-like essences, though stories of ghostly armies and the ghosts of animals rather than humans have also been recounted. They are believed to haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life.
The overwhelming consensus of science is that ghosts do not exist. Their existence is impossible to falsify, and ghost hunting has been classified as pseudoscience. Despite centuries of investigation, there is no scientific evidence that any location is inhabited by spirits of the dead.

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    Washington  WA ghost guns

    It looks like ghost guns will remain legal. Limits on ‘ghost guns’ are approved by lawmakers
  2. Joe Link

    Washington  State AG Ferguson testifies against high-capacity magazines, ghost guns

    State AG Ferguson testifies against high-capacity magazines, ghost guns
  3. Vaultman

    Ghost of Highway 20 (Oregonlive)

    Not sure if any of you are following the Oregonian's series on the Ghost of Highway 20... I am not an Oregonian Fanboy, but I think so far this is a very well written/produced piece. As someone that wasn't around this area then (or really even born yet) it is really interesting to read about...
  4. Marnrfn

    Ghost Guns and Concealed Carry

    A friend and I were talking last night and a discussion came up about ghost guns. I am in the process of finishing a Poly80 G19 and G43, respectively. I carry a registered XDS or XDMod 2 on a daily basis for my concealed carry but was thinking of carrying the G43 when complete. I remember seeing...
  5. Nick Burkhardt

    Other State  Connecticut man faces charges after shooting at 'ghost'

    <broken link removed> Silly Yankee. He should have used a "Ghost Gun".
  6. Joe Link

    Other State  Vernon Hills case involving home-built firearms shines a light on ghost guns

    Vernon Hills case involving home-built firearms shines a light on ghost guns
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