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A Ouija board is the name generally used to refer to a device which is also known as a spirit board or a talking board. It consists of a heart shaped pointer, called a planchette, and a flat board with the letters A to Z, the numbers zero to nine and the word "good-bye" printed on it. The words "hello", "yes" and "no" are sometimes printed on the board also, as well as decorative images. The board is intended to be used by a group of people who each place one finger on the planchette. The planchette is then supposed to move across the board and spell out messages. The messages are supposed to come from spirits of the dead, although scientists hold that the participants are really moving the planchette themselves unconsciously and involuntarily, making it spell out what they are thinking.
Regardless of their true origins, messages conveyed via Ouija boards are often frightening, upsetting or insulting and cause a great deal of distress to those who read them.
The full radio play The War of the Worlds, originally broadcast on October 30, 1938