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Bernard Bragg visited The Haunted Hotel

October 31, 2011 4 comments

BB signs “Ghost”

By Bug

Estes Park, Colorado is known for the Stanley Hotel, named as one of the top ten haunted hotels in the United States, inspiring Stephen King to write his famous Novel, “The Shining”. The hotel has many ghost stories but no of which have been violent so it seems that the ghostly residents are just residents. Many staff and guests of that hotel reported on hearing the piano in the Ballroom being played, when they investigated and found no one at the piano or anywhere in the Ballroom. On the fourth floor, many visitors may hear the squeals of children playing echoing down the hallway.

Bernard Bragg and his friends went to Stanley Hotel for lunch. He is nationally known as a performer, playwright, writer, and educator. He has done many different things such as being a director/ playwright, an artist, a poet, and a writer. He is known as “BB”.

We were aware that hotel is one of the most famous ghost stories of all time. We decided to take a tour. We stopped by the room #217, the same room that Stephen King stayed in and reported a maid’s ghost in it. BB told a short story about the maid’s ghost. See video below.

Visitors can take a ghost tour of the Stanley Hotel where they will learn about the history and haunting of the hotel. If you are interested in staying at the hotel in Estes Park or getting spooked, come and stop by.

Michael Jackson Signed to His Pet Chimpanzee

June 26, 2009 8 comments
Bubbles & Michael Jackson in 1986

Bubbles & Michael Jackson in 1986

By Bug

How many signed words did Michael Jackson know? How did he learn American Sign Language?  Nobody really knows. Fookem and Bug team found a rare footage from Jackson on a tour of Japan in 1987. This video shows that Jackson signed “SIT” to his monkey Bubbles.  He understood Jackson’s sign language. Michael Jackson almost wanted to sign “sit” to Bubbles at 0:27 but a chimp did not see it. Finally, Jackson signed to him at 0:36.  View this video of Jackson signing to Bubble. And they are doing the moonwalk:

For many years the baby chimp Bubbles was always beside Jackson until he grew up and became less cute and more unpredictable.  Jackson claimed that Bubbles had slugged him.  Also, he was afraid that Bubbles may attack Jackson’s newborn son, Prince Michael II. He gave his 11 year old chimp friend to a private zoo.The singer stated he regretted having to remove the chimp, as they can live to 60 years old.

How did Michael Jackson meet Bubbles?  In 1985 Jackson rescused him from a cancer-research lab in Texas.  He adopted three year old baby chimp as his pet and friend.  Bubbles lived at Jackson’s Encino home, but moved to Neverland Ranch in 1988. He slept in a crib in Jackson’s bedroom. He was allowed to use Jackson’s private toliet. His chimp sometimes wore a diaper.

Bubbles was taught how to moonwalk and he famously made a cameo in the video for “Liberian Girl” and accompanied Jackson during the recording sessions for Bad.  “Liberian Girl” was not one of Jackson’s bigger hit but was still the ninth and final single from the bad album. See Bubbles in this video at 2:08 – 2:14 but no closed captions or subtitles:


Bubbles and his little Bubbles

The sad news of Michael’s death made many people thinking of Bubbles. The news of his death still doesn’t seem entierly real, and there are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered. Good news is that Bubbles is still alive and enjoying his life at a ranch in Sylmar, California.

At last does Bubbles know his beloved friend Michael Jackson’s death? It is possible because the animals can sense the death of someone they are loyal too.

Bubbles’ life saved by Michael Jackson. He is probably the luckiest chimp. Over years Jackson out to animals for their unconditional love and non-judgmental companionship, he often gave back to them in return. Bless Michael Jackson.

Most online Tic-Tac-Toe Deaf players are good, true?

October 30, 2008 7 comments

By Bug

 Most of us have better visual skill than most hearies? Let’s try and play the online Tic-Tac-Toe game (see the link below). It must be special to be in this spot, right? Good luck !

Deaf Boy Regains Hearing as Cotton Pops Out

April 30, 2008 4 comments

Boy, 11, who was deaf for NINE years regains hearing… after cotton bud pops out of his ear

For nine years, Jerome Bartens had to cope with the handicap of being half deaf.
Ever since he was a toddler, the 11-year-old had been unable to hear anything on his right side and doctors said they were unable to help.

Then suddenly the reason for his problems became clear – when the end of a cotton bud popped out of his ear.

Jerome with the cotton bud that was stuck in his ear for nine years. It popped out while he was playing pool with friends

His family believe that he must have poked the bud in the ear at the age of two and the tip must have broken off the plastic stem.

The result was that he has always struggled at school, was constantly forced to turn up the volume of the television and music, and became used to everyone shouting at him.

But now he is waking up to a whole world of noise – while his father Carsten is demanding to know why medical experts failed to identify the problem for so long.

Cured: Jerome Barten can now hear perfectly
Yesterday Mr Bartens, 45, told how Jerome was playing with his friends in a church hall when he heard a popping sound in his right ear.

He put his finger in and found the tip of a cotton wool bud.

“It was just incredible – his hearing returned to normal in an instant.

“He was cured as suddenly as he became deaf. I had always suspected Jerome had stuck something in his ear when he was little and that was causing the problem.

“But the doctors and hearing specialists said it was wax and he would probably grow out of it.

“I am amazed they didn’t spot something as obvious as a cotton wool bud.”

Mr Bartens, an HGV driver from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, has now complained to his GP and hearing specialists who examined Jerome over the years.

He said: “It has held Jerome back in school and caused him problems in communicating with his friends.”

The cause: Experts could not figure out why Jerome was deaf but a simple a cotton bud was to blame

Mr Bartens – who also has two daughters Takita, 16, and Tiffany, 14 – says he is “thrilled” that Jerome’s hearing has come back.

He said: “If he was playing in the garden I would have to shout for him eight or nine times before he would respond.

“But now he has 100 per cent hearing and he’s just a normal boy again.”

Jerome is due to be examined by hearing experts this week – and his father is taking along the cotton wool bud as proof of his “miracle cure”.

“I can hear much better now and I think I’ll be much happier at school now my ear does not ache all the time,” said Jerome.

“I was just playing pool in the church hall when my ear made a popping noise. It was very strange at first to be able to hear everything.

“But now I’m getting used to it – it’s great that people don’t have to shout to me and that I don’t have to turn my head all the time.”

An article can be found at

Sign Language Barbie Doll

March 2, 2008 17 comments


In 1999, Sign Language Barbie was developed in partnership with the National Center of Deafness at California State University to ensure the doll instructed sign language accurately and was not offensive to deaf people or those hard of hearing. They are rare to be found at the stores. You might want to read more about Sign Language Barbie Doll, click:

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