Is Brigham Young’s Hearse Residing in Disneyland?


I recently went to Disneyland for the first time since middle school, and in the week leading up to my visit I obsessively consumed as much useless trivia about the park and its history as I could find. Being the boring adult that I am, if I’m going to commit to a day in a theme park, I better know some of its back story.So of course I read the story about how the ghostly horseless hearse parked in front of The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is the same vehicle that carried the body of B … [Read more...]

The Politics of Monsters


Editors Note: This post isn't about Mormonism, since it is an unpublished blog for a non-religious publication. However, I think it's an idea still worth exploring, and since Halloween is around the corner, why not? Let's talk about monsters. Specifically, zombies. Monsters in books or film tend to serve a purpose, to reimagine some abstract fear into a corporeal entity. Beings like Frankenstein's monster or Dracula challenge our hubris over science, or our relationship with lust and nature. … [Read more...]

From the Archives: Ghost Stories


Editors Note: Welcome to Halloween Week at Peculiar People! The following is a post from historian and Peculiar People founder Matt Bowman from August 2013. Since it is a good recap of ghost stories from Mormon folklore, we thought we'd repost it to kick off our week of Halloween-related blogs. If you like stuff like this, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I’m revisiting Judith Richardson’s Possessions: the history and uses of haunting in the Hudson Valley as I start thinking about ninetee … [Read more...]

Should We Really Worry About Ben Carson’s Religion?

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Presidential Candidate Ben Carson is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a protestant sect of Christianity that was founded in Michigan in 1863. It's a pretty interesting religion that upholds a number of basic Christian beliefs (the Trinity, the Bible, Adam's fall, redemption through Christ alone) while also adding it's own special flavors (most famously, that Christian's should continue to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week).I don't know much about the SDA Church, … [Read more...]

Did Back to the Future Really Predict 9/11?

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I know we're a day late, because the future was yesterday, but I did just watch this "Back to the Future Predicts 9/11" video.I fancy myself somewhat of a skeptic, but I think I'm sold. Not really, but maybe Zemeckis heard about this theory and put Joseph Gordon Leavitt in the same outfit as Marty McFly just to add fuel to the fire. That's my best guess.Also, in case you're confused about the whole 2001: A Space Odyssey  monolith thing, this video breaks that down rather w … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney Still Doesn’t Want to Talk About Race in the Mormon Church

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So the guy who was in charge of getting Barack Obama elected both times, David Axelrod, recently sat down for an interview with Mitt Romney. Romney, you might remember, was pretty convinced that Obama didn't deserve a second term in office. So much so that he ran against him. You might also recall that Romney lost.So the man who basically orchestrated what may turn out to be the final word in Mitt Romney's political career just had a cordial chat with him for about an hour, and then uploaded … [Read more...]

A Mormon Perspective on the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

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Because the trailer for the new Star Wars movie has officially dropped, I thought I'd give a Mormon perspective to what we know about the newest edition of one of the most iconic film series of all time. This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This looks dope This look … [Read more...]

Sister Wives’ Madison Brown’s Mormon Baptism Rejection, Explained


Confession: I actually really love the show Sister Wives. It is a pretty remarkable snapshot of American life that is uncommon, but it is also kind of an anti-reality show, designed not to hype up mundane existence into needless drama, but instead to normalize the lifestyle of the polygamist Brown family, proving that not all polygamists are cultish creeps like Warren Jeffs.The problem, it appears, is that the mainstream Mormon church isn’t buying this show’s premise. The Browns are members o … [Read more...]