A woman went viral on Twitter for sharing a photo of a vintage chair in England advertised as “unhaunted”.
The woman, named Heather Cowan or @hwardcowan, posted a photo of the “haunted chair” to Twitter, where it has garnered 1.2 million likes, 116,000 retweets and 5,000 quote tweets as of Wednesday afternoon. The tweet can be found here.
The viral photo showed an old wing chair with a sign that read “definitely not haunted!”. thereon.
“That’s definitely something a haunted chair would say…” Cowan tweeted with a photo of the chair attached.
A study published in October by data website YouGov found that more than 2 in 5 Americans believe in ghosts.
About 20 percent of people reported having had a face-to-face interaction with a spirit, with Americans under the age of 30 being the most likely to report encountering a spirit.
Cowan said the chair is for sale at Oxfam, an organization that runs various businesses around the world, in Liverpool, England. Oxfam stores sell second-hand items such as clothing and furniture, as well as books and music.
Sadie Cherney, a franchise owner with three resale boutiques in South Carolina, told Newsweek that while shoppers are a popular way to shop, shoppers should be cautious about resale items and thrift.
Cherney recommended that individuals look for items that still have tags attached and ensure all zippers are working. She added that it’s important to learn about return policies, as policies vary by store.
Experts also recommend making sure buttons are intact, checking for tears or stains, and washing clothes after purchase to ensure they are hygienic.
More than 4,700 users commented on Cowan’s tweet, many commenting on the character’s humor and saying they wanted to buy the chair.
“This is the plot of every goosebumps book,” tweeted another user.
“I remember watching a horror movie when I was younger where a chair like this ate people,” replied another.
Another said she crashed into a haunted chair herself, sharing: “I once bought a haunted chair from a thrift store and figured it out after a few things happened in the room it was in but I had had an uncle come over and he said, “Hey, something’s wrong with that chair,” so I said, ok, it’s going in the dumpster – true story.”
“My son and his partner bought an old church in Scotland. You are definitely looking for haunted furniture. It’s one thing,” one Twitter user replied to Cowan’s tweet.
“Beautiful chairs with winged backs but… they’re way over there and I’m way up in Tennessee so I think I’ll pass them along,” wrote another user.
“I would love it but it’s a bit of a journey coming from Germany,” tweeted another.
news week has reached out to Heather Cowan for comment.
This isn’t the first instance of a person going viral for claiming an object is being tracked.
A woman recently went viral for claiming her “haunted” doll collection scared off her neighbors.
Ghost hunters in England were called to investigate a pet shop after the owner said they believed a ghost was inside.
Another woman went viral on TikTok after seeing an alleged “ghost” reflection in a mirror at her home.
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