Second-Hand Shop in North Carolina is Selling a 'Haunted' Dresser

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A thrift store can be a great place to find used books, potentially valuable art, and if you're lucky, a haunted dresser that tormented its past owner. As WBTV reports, a Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Salisbury, North Carolina is selling an allegedly supernatural piece of furniture and making no attempt to hide its dark reputation.

Habitat For Humanity ReStores sell used home goods, appliances, and building materials to raise money to build housing around the world. The Salisbury location recently received a donation that came with a disturbing warning: The highboy chest of drawers included with the two-piece bedroom set is haunted.

The shop decided to sell the item with a note detailing its backstory. It reads: "previous owner reports that the highboy is haunted. He reports continuous nightmares for he and his wife while it was in their room. He also reports that the dogs would not stop barking at it."

Demonic vibes aside, the dresser is a valuable piece of furniture. It was carved by hand in the 1950s and it comes with a matching queen canopy bed for $1000 altogether. If you're looking for haunted items for a more affordable price, you can sometimes find possessed paintings, jewelry, and even Ziploc bags on eBay.

[h/t WBTV]

A Ring Containing a Lock of Charlotte Brontë’s Hair Found Its Way to Antiques Roadshow

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A ring that “very likely” contains a lock of Charlotte Brontë’s hair appeared on a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow that was filmed in northern Wales, according to The Guardian. The jewelry itself isn’t especially valuable; the TV show's appraiser, jewelry specialist Geoffrey Munn, said he would have priced it at £25, or about $32.

However, an inscription of the Jane Eyre author’s name as well as the year she died (1855) raises the value to an estimated £20,000 ($26,000). That isn’t too shabby, considering that the owner found the ring among her late father-in-law’s belongings in the attic.

A section of the ring comes unhinged to reveal a thin strand of hair inside—but did it really belong to one of the famous Brontë sisters? Munn seems to think so, explaining that it was not uncommon for hair to be incorporated into jewelry in the 19th century.

“There was a terror of not being able to remember the face and character of the person who had died,” he said. “Hair wreaths” and other pieces of "hair work" were popular ways of paying tribute to deceased loved ones in England and America from the 17th century to the early 20th century.

In this case, the hair inside the ring was finely braided. Munn went on to add, “It echoes a bracelet Charlotte wore of her two sisters’ hair … So it’s absolutely the focus of the mid- to late 19th century and also the focus of Charlotte Brontë.”

The Brontë Society & Brontë Parsonage Museum, which has locks of Brontë’s hair in its collection, said that it had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the ring.

[h/t The Guardian]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures

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Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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