Pillow Demons

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I have just learned that I am haunted by some kind of evil pillow spirit.


TRANSLATION: pillow flipper
ALTERNATE NAMES: makura-kozō
HABITAT: bedrooms
DIET: none

APPEARANCE: Makura-gaeshi are a kind of zashiki-warashi: a child ghost which haunts specific rooms of a house. They are found all over Japan, though details about them vary from region to region. They take the form of a small child dressed as a Niō, a monk, or a samurai, and appear in bedrooms late at night.

BEHAVIOR: Makura-gaeshi gets it is named for its primary activity: flipping pillows. People who sleep in a room haunted by a makura-gaeshi often wake up to find that their pillow has been flipped and is now at their feet. Makura-gaeshi are also known for other minor pranks, such as running through ashes and leaving dirty footprints around the rooms they haunt.

I have been haunted by a Makura-gaeshi for years, I just didn’t realize it. While I sleep it tosses my pillows on the floor. Sometimes it just pulls the pillowcases off.

When it is feeling extra frisky it steals my shirt and throws it behind the bed. It apparently hates it when I leave things on my nightstand because it dumps those on the floor too. At least once a week it pulls up one or two od the corners of my fitted bottom sheets.

I never see it do these things because it only does stuff while I’m sleeping. It doesn’t seem to be bothered by the gargoyles I put in my room to keep my Psycho Ex-Girlfriend away.

This is an open thread.

Taggart, aka "Tag"

Taggart, aka “Tag”

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146 Responses to Pillow Demons

  1. The Klown says:

    Jeez, the flash on my camera brings out ever speck and stain in my place, not to mention the worn-out and dilapidated condition of the furniture and furnishings. I usually don’t notice due to dim lighting and poor eyesight.

    I either gotta clean this place up or quit posting pictures.

  2. The Klown says:

    Tag only looks huge in that picture because it’s a close-up. That green thing behind him is a coozie holding a can of Diet Pepsi.

  3. HELENK3 says:

    Afghanistan, US sign security pact allowing US forces to remain in country past end of year – @AP

  4. Somebody says:

    What? No new pictures of your adorable grandbaby? Surely you took your camera to the hospital last night. The kittens are cute, but you can’t beat cute baby pictures!

    I hope you’re able to sleep in spite of your ghost. Since cats are nocturnal and you are their caretaker, it sounds like they need to do a better job protecting you while you sleep. They’re young still, but I’m sure in time they’ll be the best ghost protection squad ever!

  5. HELENK3 says:


    I guess backtrack thought that Farris Bueller’s day off was a primer on how to be president
    missed over 1/2 his daily intel briefings

  6. HELENK3 says:

    my son had a ghost name phinias who used dump the glass of water by his bed every night. if you fell asleep on the couch the ghost would take any change that fell out of you pocket and hide it. it was a very quiet ghost until he got hungry, the he was very loud and did get your attention. I was wondering if you now have 4 ghosts in your house?

    • votermom says:

      I think around $63K this year if you include room & board.
      But they have generous financila aid so only people with
      $150K + income pay full freight.
      I hear they admitted an illegal kid this year.

      • Jadzia says:

        I hate to be all “what about the upper middle class,” but even if you make 150K before taxes, which let’s just say takes you down to 100K net, it might be tough to pay 63K if you also want a house, a car, and groceries too. Assuming you live in a high COL area, which you probably are if you’re making 150K.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Salon has a clickbait article up on boycotting “Radical Right Wing” businesses, including Chik-fil-a, White Castle, Waffle House …. I won’t post the link because that’s what they want me to do 😉

    Don’t use the “radical” word unless these businesses are slaughtering their customers. So tired of the fauxrage 😦

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Here we go again Andy Kaufman fans, how he faked his death ? But he’s a few months overdue for the prank to expire after 30 years (May 1984-May 2014). Can’t make this sh*t up, but somebody’s trying to make money here……


  9. fif says:

    Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

    A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

    The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

    The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

    “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.

    According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.


    • The Klown says:

      Obama suffers from a lack of intelligence.

      • Lulu says:

        You can’t make this stuff up. Prezzy Slacker Idiot Guy is found out. They still think they can bully everyone into silence because he is so “popular”.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama has far more important things to do than worry about our security. His day doesn’t even start til 10 or 11, unless he has an early flight to a fundraiser or something else more funner than boring Presidenting. He’s also surrrounded himself with roadies and an entourage (think Beiber) who only exist to amuse, make comfortable and keep happy. He only plays golf with his junior aides who can’t/won’t say no.

      • 49erDweet says:

        IMO backtrack is just being a responsible personal time manager. He knows he’s never gonna use any information from those briefings, so why waste the time and effort to attend? What he would hear there will in no way alter his own, personal viewpoint, and he knows it!

  10. The Klown says:

    Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee will be grilling the head of the Secret Service in a few minutes.

    • cynic says:

      On Morning Joe today, even Mika said what we are all thinking. The Secret Service probably missed the guy jumping the fence and running into the White House because they were probably on their phones. ( I’m sure Issa can check that.) They also turned down the alarms because the staff was complaining that they were too loud.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Well they did just put Obama on his chopper for Camp David, let the party planning begin! I hope they’re honest at the hearing, what an awful rock and hard place situation, being loyal to dickhead or blaming the horrible environment the Obamas have created that they can’t do their jobs. Divorce rates are high in the USSS. 😦

    • Anthony says:

      Listening now.

      Lois Lerner redux – she doesn’t know anything. Just like Preezy. #Jackasses

  11. HELENK3 says:


    about backtrack being a citizen of the world and knowing so much about other cultures, guess he does not

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Oh Snap !

  13. The Klown says:

    I really don’t understand all the Duggar-hate on the Left. RD is obsessed with them.

    They are fundie Christian, pro-life and they believe in having LOTS of kids. So the fuck what?

    They ain’t hurting nobody.

    • Constance says:

      AND the Duggars don’t expect anyone or the government to pay their way. I love the show even though I don’t have a lot in common with them.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s why the Duck Dynasty family is so loathed by the left. The message of strong faith and their beliefs …. they must be destroyed too.

        • Lulu says:

          These families are successful. They are supposed to be poor, barefoot, gap-toothed, ignorant, unhappy, and killing each other. If they were doing those things they would hate them then too. I think at least part of it is the success/happiness gap. If you look at the most strident critics they almost always have a big failure somewhere (professional, financial, and/or personal) in their past. I used to think it was contempt but it is really closer to jealousy and rationalization of their own choices which may not have been very good. This is especially evident with the Palin haters.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      and they pay their own way no welfare for them

    • The Klown says:
  14. DeniseVB says:

    Via Keith Koffler….reporter not allowed to talk to people who attended event. Probably because they would tell her they were paid to be there? LOL, my bad.


  15. The Klown says:


    Meanwhile I got annoyed with the Democrats’ never-ending fundraising emails. They tend to go like this:

    You stood with us in 2008. Will you stand with us now, when your President needs you?

    Please send $3 — we must roll back the Republicans’ anti-woman agenda.

    They start with “Hey-” because telemarketers have found that many emails from actual friends begin that way, so it’s a manner of tricking the eye into stopping at the email slugline. Then they pretend a friendship that doesn’t exist — all of these emails are written as if Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama have a personal relationship with the addressee — and conjure up some dire emergency just over the horizon.

    Then they ask you for money. They often ask for $3, which is not a lot of money, of course ($3 barely covers the costs of processing the credit card transaction), but that $3 indicates the sender is a “live one” — a Glengarry lead — and also invests that person emotionally in the cause.

    It’s a well-known trick of psychological manipulation that if you can get someone to make a small gesture — a token donation — the very act of making that tiny donation will tend to make them more emotionally invested in the cause than they otherwise would have been. Now that they have “skin in the game,” as it were, even just a tiny amount of skin, they become more reliable partisans in all aspects, from donating further to increasing likelihood of voting to donating time to canvas and so forth.

    I think this effect is related to the psychological failing that keeps people at casinos trying to win back all the money they lost (and losing even more money). Once someone has a Sunk Cost, they will be irrationally invested in redeeming that Sunk Cost, in turning that Cost into a Win.

    So these emails are crafted by psychological manipulation experts drawn hailing from the shabby field of telemarketing and cold-call high-pressure sales.

    And the Democrats send millions of them every day.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The $3 donation also ramps up the numbers of “small donors” so we don’t pay attention to the billionaires and bundlers on both sides. If people are really too stupid to see through this psycho experiment, they really are too stupid to vote.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Kind of like having “skin in the game” by paying some amount of taxes, even if small. Oh wait, it’s different when they do it.

  16. driguana says:

    By the way, Klown, don’t put gargoyles INSIDE your house! They go outside to keep evil doers from coming in. They are unpredictable if you put them inside. You don’t see gargoyles on the inside of cathedrals, only on the outside. I did that once a long time ago and had a helluva time getting it to go back out. I think it liked the bacon in the fridge.

  17. The Klown says:
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  19. HELENK3 says:


    stolen for Rev Amy’s place
    why backtrack did not read all the daily briefings

    • DeniseVB says:

      LOL ! I’m reading Barbara Bush’s First Lady memoir now, what a hoot she is, and she’s from my mom’s generation…..so had to giggle when Bar wrote, about her childhood, that her mom always cooked fish on Friday in case any of her kids invited a Catholic friend over for dinner. 1950’s kids would get that.

    • lyn says:

      Love it! 😀

    • mothy67 says:

      She is an ass, but sadly her presence so far has breathed new life into the faltering ratings of The View.Look for lots of hype about clashes on the set and absurd statements as it translates to ratings gold.

  20. lyn says:

    First Ebola case has arrived in the United States. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1550981538450039&fref=nf

    • lyn says:

      The person came here via a commercial airliner and got sick while in the United States. .

    • driguana says:

      A couple of day ago I wrote here about the large Liberian populations that live in the Dallas/Ft Worth, Washington DC/Silver Springs and St. Paul/Minneapolis areas. We’re talking about thousands of Liberians displaced syringing the civil wars of the 80s and 90s. there are many relatives with passports traveling back and forth between these places and Monrovia. This is just the beginning. the Liberians themselves need to step up on this one or it is going to get worse. I have nothing but deep respect for Liberia and its very diverse populations but this could get really crazy as the situation i Liberia itself has really deteriorated.

      I’m sitting here looking at a beautiful Mende sculpture that I brought back with me from the Ebola area many years ago. She was originally set over medicinal herbs to keep people healthy. I’m thinking I need to get her back.

      • Lulu says:

        Very bad. The CDC was trying to say he wasn’t contagious until he went into the hospital this weekend which is bull. The isolation after contact is 21 days not 48 hours. This is not ‘suggested” quarantine but mandatory which they did not talk about at the press conference.

        • votermom says:

          According to teh interwebs, the incubation period for ebola (meaning the time between getting infected and showing symptoms) can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days. The most common incubation period is 4 to 6 days.

  21. 49erDweet says:

    Not as bad as Liberia, but far more stupid is the OK prosecutor who today said in court:

    “An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker’s head, and had “some sort of infatuation with beheadings,” but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man’s suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.”

    ROFLALALAL “…apparently uttered Arabic words”, and “some sort of infatuation with beheadings.” LOL. Otherwise, a pretty nice guy. HAHAHAHAHA!

  22. The Klown says:
  23. votermom says:


  24. votermom says:

    • mothy67 says:

      Public education period not just the lunches. Spoke with regular math teacher and she said take charge. Only so much she can do under this miscarriage. Math specialist is a card carrying member of the kool aid swillers club. Insane that a bunch of head in the clouds limp dicked academics have thrown the baby out with the bath water. Brat will do well but it is a big hassle Kids come over for dinner on T and R and F before dance or karate. Tears as they struggled with confusing homework WAY to make them hate school and math. 8 and 9 under going serious frustration. So wrong. I have to read and retread the instructions to grasp what is wanted and then ten minutes trying to explain the process. Bizarre. Did I mention I am livid

  25. mothy67 says:

    Common Core is an absolute fucking nightmare. I am livid. Assholes are playing with children’s futures. I just ordered three Core approved workbooks to reteach what she learns everyday. Will do tutor if need be, but what about the poor kids whose parents expect the school to solely do the job. The poor teacher is lost as well. Shit jumps all over the place. Fucking idiots designed this in a vacuum. No way in hell my baby girl is getting lost in this cesspool.

  26. HELENK3 says:


    it keeps getting worse for the secret service.
    man with a gun in elevator with backtrack

    • Somebody says:

      I’m no fan of Obama, but I expect the to SS to do their best to protect every POTUS, even him. There is no excuse for their sloppiness, they need to tighten up. There are so many crazies out there, the SS must take all precautions.

      I can’t wait to see Obama leave office, but not at the hands of some crazy…..HELL NO! History will already be far too kind to him, were something awful to happen he’d be painted a martyr and a saint. No, no, he can leave when his time is up. Better yet perhaps the scandals heat up and he resigns in disgrace, but those are the only two ways I want him leaving office.

      • lyn says:

        I can see Obama telling the SS it was OK to let the guy into the elevator to BS about something. A good reporter would dig into the story to find out what actually happened. Who wants to get rid of the SS in favor of a private crony contractor?

        • Somebody says:

          I’m not advocating getting rid of the SS. I’m just saying they need to tighten up. I don’t think farming out the protection of POTUS to a private contractor, usually the lowest bidder, is a good idea at all.

          I kind of felt like maybe there are some standing orders that we don’t know about that might have led to the issue with the fence jumper……but this elevator guy, I don’t know. I’d really like to know how someone with 3 convictions for assault and battery got a gun. That doesn’t seem right, nor does it seem right that he was supposedly some kind of security contractor. A security contractor for who? For the CDC? For the SS? Either way how in the hell did he pass a background check??? Something about this story doesn’t quite pass the smell test.

          • lyn says:

            Something is fishy when there are more questions than answers, and that’s why we need an objective media. Remember the Warsaw hotel gym video of Obama? Was it an SS lapse or did Obama say no big deal. I think there would have been a story about Obama being pissed off in Poland about the security lapse. It’s all so strange, because Obama is protected so much by everyone.

          • The Klown says:

            I trust very little of the “insider” info we get told about Obama. His minions lie to protect him, and will punish anyone who leaks the truth. They “leak” favorable info about Obama on a daily basis.

            I put more trust in the stuff we weren’t supposed to see – the truly candid moments when Obama forgets that people are watching. The staged moments are often revealing as well, but not in the way they are intended.

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