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Monday, August 5, 2013

Craigslist Exclusive: Haunted Coffee Grinder

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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No, "haunted" is not the new "X-Pro II." This Craigslist poster's coffee grinder is just home to an extremely hipster ghost. From the ad:

"Take a picture using Hipstamatic or Instagram in a low lit room with the grinder to your right, in line with and roughly level with your heart, and a ghostly image of Timothy Leary will appear in the frame. Also, I've woken up several nights to find the grinder had moved from my kitchen counter to my nightstand and was watching me sleep. The grinder has been known to go missing for weeks at a time only to reappear back in it's original location on the counter. Despite the drama, I've kept it this long because it makes a fine cup of coffee when it's around. Unfortunately, it scares my new girlfriend so I've been asked to get rid of it."

Instagram this grinder and what do you see? A ghastly image of Tim Leary.

click to enlarge Leary in Los Angeles, 1989. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Leary in Los Angeles, 1989.

The post creator put the Bay Area on the "Best of Craigslist" list with his spooky, expensive French presser back in April. Lawsuit-happy citizens take note: this man assumes no responsibility for the machine's potential to boot you into the Twilight Zone.

"I'd ask $1,500 for it, but California being a particularly litigious state I can't afford to be deemed liable for destructive paranormal activity or demonic gates that open in your home, thus I offer it anonymously for free."

Apparently, this ghostly grinder's got a local bias when it comes to purveyors of mind-altering substances (Alfred Peet began his business in Berkeley, and Leary lived and taught in the Bay area for much of his life):

"Works best with Peets."

Which makes sense. A good San Francisco spirit avoids Starbucks like the Pacific Northwestern plague that it is.

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