Why the Ouija board became so famous

  • Published on:  9/17/2018
  • This is where Ouija boards came from. And it might surprise you.

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    In 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"?

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  • Mr cs93
    Mr cs93 yesterday

    I ask for it for christmas when i was 15 years old and there was a huge drama between my relatives, at the end they end up taking it from me.

  • Mr Oof
    Mr Oof 4 days ago

    *weegee board*

  • Jason Vega
    Jason Vega 6 days ago

    Everyone: wee-gee Narrator: Wee-ja

  • Liliana Rocha
    Liliana Rocha 7 days ago

    That's not how you pronounce it!!! Lol

  • Obsidian Wildfire
    Obsidian Wildfire 7 days ago

    Who says it's not real?

  • uv creations
    uv creations 7 days ago

    Ouja board is fake

  • Nanami Temasuki
    Nanami Temasuki 7 days ago

    I love this guy. 😂😂😂

  • djbolling
    djbolling 8 days ago+2

    Never heard it pronounced weejah before. Always weegie

  • Putin laimayum
    Putin laimayum 8 days ago

    ouija patent the patent officer said they will get the patent if they told him his first name the guys asked the board and spelled out the first name they got the patent

  • John Donaldson
    John Donaldson 9 days ago

    History and Culture?..it's say's much more about the uniformity of immature adolescence for all generatons

  • rex mundi
    rex mundi 10 days ago

    Ha. I'd tell you about an experience I had but pearls before swine.

  • Mackenzie Sigmon
    Mackenzie Sigmon 10 days ago

    Guys it’s real I got one and asked what the ghost was up to, and it spelled out
    “Just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids.”
    I don’t know what to make of it but maybe one of you can help me

  • Lucas Marcotte
    Lucas Marcotte 11 days ago

    I know they say that theres science behind it but once I was with friends and I wasn’t touching a board and I asked a question and it said the right answer and there’s no way it could have known that and I wasn’t doing it because my hands weren’t on it

  • Ira Mallari
    Ira Mallari 12 days ago

    The curse of the *weggy* board

  • Mad Max
    Mad Max 12 days ago

    "Oui" ( _WEE_ ) and "Ja" ( _YAH_ ) are french and german words meaning "Yes".

  • Dante Li
    Dante Li 13 days ago

    Awful narrator

  • Kayla C.
    Kayla C. 13 days ago

    I thought it was pronounced “wee-jee” not “wee-juh”

  • Charlie Glass
    Charlie Glass 14 days ago

    Satan is my friend. He scared of ME - the mfka. 😎

  • Marilyn Meissner
    Marilyn Meissner 15 days ago

    get into velvet and vinegar

  • White King Bleach
    White King Bleach 17 days ago+1

    Luigi board... ?