"When I first heard about the Winchester Mystery House in California, I instantly fell in love. A mansion owned by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who had construction going on the home 24-hours a day while she lived in order to fend off the curse that plagued her family (because of their work in the gun business). What? You’ve never heard about this amazing story before? Well read on folks, I’m going to tell you all about it and why a movie is long overdue.
"Winchester, the wife of William Wirt Winchester, became the owner of the now famous estate and 50% of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Their only child passed away from the childhood disease marasmus a few weeks after birth and William died of tuberculosis in 1881, leaving Sarah the business but in a deep depression.
"Winchester became convinced she was being haunted by those who were killed by Winchester rifles after visiting a medium. She moved to San Jose, California where she began building a mansion and didn’t stop until her death in 1922, disproving the theory that by continually building onto the home, she would never die.
"The Winchester House started as an eight-room farmhouse, grew to over seven stories high through construction and stands at four since the 1906 earthquake. There are over 160 rooms on 4.5 acres. Among the quirks of the property are staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that lead to open space (with nothing underneath it), and the repetition of the number 13 throughout the property (she also had a dedicated séance room). Winchester purposely designed the house in such a strange manner to trap the ghosts she thought were haunting her. The house also featured numerous modern conveniences that weren’t common at the time such as forced heating, indoor plumbing and elevators. Construction immediately ceased when Winchester passed away from heart failure on September 5, 1922."
“When you encourage people to be ashamed of their bodies, you decrease the chances that they will believe that they are worthy of care.
Shaming may actually create the problems that it’s purported to solve: Peter Muennig from Columbia found that the stress of stigma and shame were correlated with the same diseases with which obesity is correlated. So every time you make someone feel bad about themselves, you put their health at risk.”
Mythbusters seriously needs to do an episode to see if two people could actually fit on that goddamn door without flipping it or sinking it so that we can finally put this issue to bed after fifteen years.