World's Largest Ouija Board Unveiled in Salem, Ma. - Geek.com
The world's largest Ouija board, of course.
Dubbed Ouijazilla, the record-breaking spirit board made its debut in Massachusetts' historic Salem Common on Saturday.
Rick "Ormortis" Schreck, vice president of the Talking Board Historical Society, spent more than a year working to surpass the 2016 Guinness World Record holder: the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pa.
The beast of a board weighs approximately 9,000 pounds, measures 3,168 square feet, and lives in the heart of the Salem Common park, where folks are invited to pose with the behemoth toy.
Introduced in 1890, the ouija board was regarded as a parlor game unrelated to the occult. Until American spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.
Now, every kid in the country has had a go on the planchette, waiting to see what words the board will spell (then arguing over who actually pushed the plastic piece).
Schreck's hand-painted board and heart-shaped plank are modeled after the original Parker Brothers' Ouija board-with a few personal embellishments by the New Jersey-based tattoo artist.
Rick began collecting different styles, shapes, sizes, and spirits of talking boards in 1992, and eventually moved on to designing his own, using unconventional materials like human bones, hair, and ashes.
According to Ripley's Believe It or Not, Schreck now owns about 300 boards-both acquired and homemade. But even all of those put together don't stack up to Ouijazilla.
The impressive project features 99 individual sheets of plywood, all covered in more than 20 gallons of wood stain.
The standalone planchette, which weighs roughly 400 pounds, is cleverly designed to be maneuvered across the playing surface by one person.
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