Hearsay Hobbies: Ghostbusting

Yesterday, I wrote about Harold Ramis’s effect on how I think about comedy and storytelling in general. Today, I thought what better way to honor the late legend than by exploring a hobby that he was greatly interested in during his illustrious career?

Thus, this week’s hearsay hobby is ghostbusting.


You ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts, huh? Well, you should be. They’re all around us. Why do you think horror film and TV shows are so popular, and there are multiple reality shows about ghost whisperers? It’s not because they’re running out of Kardashian episodes.

People are genuinely afraid and equally obsessed with dead spirits. I’m not talking about really old alcohol either, though that might make you see some weird visions, too. I’m talking about ghosts in the strictest, Wikipedia-est form:

“A soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions… Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.”

While I believe it’s incredibly important to remember loved ones who have perished, I also think it’s imperative to get rid of any lingering, haunting sprits caught between here and the afterlife. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ramis taught me that.

That being said, ghostbusting is not only a hobby, it’s a human survival must. Please do not confuse ghostbusting I’m talking about with the Urban Dictionary definition:

“Ghostbusting is an act named by crack dealers, when crack heads continually look and pick up things on the side walk that they presume to be crack cocaine. When a crack head had his last hit he thinks he might find one more hit somewhere scattered on the ground.”

Yikes. I’d hate to see you take up that type ghostbusting.

The Ghostbusters made a fortune by terminating pesky spirits, and I think you can too. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ecto goggles
  • A slime scoop
  • Psycho kinetic energy meter
  • Belt gizmo (have no idea what this is, but it sounds sweet)
  • An old hearse (funeral car)
  • Ghost vacuum
  • Proton pack
  • Fireball whiskey

That’s just a shortlist to get you started. The Fireball is key in all of this because you’re going to see some serious shit, and the only thing that can make you feel better is an alcoholic drink that tastes like Big Red chewing gum.

Oh! I almost forgot one thing. You’ll need to watch this on repeat a couple times to get you pumped up before you go out and blast the dead back to where they belong.

Please note all the awesome cameos in this classic video. No decade did music videos better than the 80s.

RIP, Ramis. We’ll miss you.


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