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The Swinging Jersey

Growing up, I spent a lot of time reading true ghost stories and still do. When we were little, my sister and I would borrow the ghost books from the library. The best were the ones with real pictures.


I remember reading one of those ghost books when I was in middle school. It was right during the time when midterms or finals were coming up, and I had a pile of school books on my desk. A ghost book was tucked away there somewhere, and for a break, I'd pull out the ghost book out to take a break.


At the time, I was part of the school basketball team and proudly received my practice jersey (which I still have) that I kept hung on a hook at the back of my bedroom door.


That night, I was studying for finals with the bedroom door closed. My desk faced the wall and the door was four feet to the right. I had my walkman on (remember those things?) and started getting into the rhythm of doing my English homework to the tunes of rap. Then out of the corner of my eye, I was distracted by some movement.


I looked up to see my jersey swinging back and forth on the hook. It looked just as if someone had tipped the hanger to one side with a finger causing it to swing.


Right away, I checked to see if the door was locked. Maybe my father had opened the door after I didn't hear him knocking. I didn't want to be bothered while studying so it was logical that I would have locked it. When I checked, the door was definitely locked and there was no noise behind the door. All the while the jersey continued swaying back and forth, eventually stopping after losing speed.


Next, I checked to see if the window was open, but it was November, and the windows were all closed to keep out the cold. Right before I noticed the jersey swinging, I had just put down a very large hard-covered dictionary onto the desk. The dictionary was about 10 inches long and 3 1/2 inches thick. I thought maybe it made a slight wind as I put it down, but no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't cause the jersey to move from four feet away.


I didn't feel scared, and just continued studying with the walkman on. Nothing like this has ever happened again but I can't explain what caused that jersey to swing.

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