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  1. Itchy-Scratchy

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    It all started a few weeks ago when my elderly father was telling me about the bed bugs and rats and other vermin they endured during the 1930's on the farm. I, of course, asked how they dealt with the problem. My father said that his grandmother had a curse to get rid of the vermin. He swore it worked. They would wait until dark, after the local church bell rang, and then repeat the curse ... poof! Within two days, the vermin would be gone. I pressed for details of the curse, but my Dad couldn't remember the whole thing.

    After many trans-atlantic phonecalls to various family members, my dad has finally pieced the BB curse together for me and gave it to me when I was over for lunch today. I made him perform it for me and almost killed myself laughing.

    But here I am, back home. It's been almost 5 months of battling, and I'm feeling desperate enough that I am going to give this a try. I will share it here, in case anybody else is feeling desperate. I don't speak Hungarian, so my Dad wrote it out phonetically for me with specific instructions.

    With no further ado, for all my fellow BB sufferers, here is the Ancient Hungarian Bed Bug Curse :

    Wait until after 8:00 p.m. Ring a bell and in a subdued manner, chant :

    OOM KY KONYOO MONYOO OOM KY KEE
    POLO SHAKA POLO SHAKA MANY MAR KEE
    DOOGY MAGY KARA FARA KOONYOO MONYOO OOM KY KEE

    Repeat three times. Ring a bell when finished. No laughing allowed.

    I'll keep everyone posted on the results. Still not sure what I'm supposed to wear for this sort of thing...

  2. spideyjg

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Do you dust the cracks with paprika afterwards?

    Jim

  3. Itchy-Scratchy

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    LOL!! Well, I hadn't asked him if I needed any spices or herbs!! Perhaps I should burn some as incense while I do the chant!

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Hey! I'm not proud - I'll try anything. Besides even if it doesn't make them leave, I'm down w/ cursing them.

    How do you pronounce Ky? (like die?)

    Let us know if it works.

  5. Itchy-Scratchy

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    Oh bugbattler, you are a good sport!

    Yes, he pronounced it Kie - like die. Hmm. Die. I like that idea!

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    Maybe it works because the bed bugs hear it and think if they are prepared to do that they are prepared to do anything and flee before its too late.

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    Kate - you are a piece of work!!! how hysterical.. but may I add some suggestions?

    I think some dim ambient lighting and holding a tall candle placed in an ancient metal candle holder (non infested please) with lots of melted wax around it

    also I may add wearing a very mysterious hood

    Good luck with all that!!

    be sure to let us know the results

    (and try not to laugh as that would REALLY spoil the mood)

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    If it works, Itchy-Scratchy, maybe we can distribute CDs of your dad authentically pronouncing it for us.

    It would surely go to the top of the billboard charts in NYC.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Well?????????? Itchy-Scratchy what happened? Did the curse banish Itchy-Scratchy instead of her bed bugs!?!?

  10. Itchy-Scratchy

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    Sorry, I've been off the boards for a few days, busy with paperwork.

    We haven't successfully performed the Curse yet because we can't get through it without laughing!! But we'll give it a try again tonight. At this rate, we may have to ask my Dad to come over and do it for us!

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    I think the curse reading would work better with tin hats on.

    David

    I have been researching tin hat theories for some time now and have concluded that I can spray it back on the outside so that it matches my company dress code its just a matter of making enough to be able to protect myself from the satellite messages and still be able to have a fresh one for each job

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    David,
    Glad to hear you worked out the problem of getting your tin hat to match your company dress code. Have you really been researching tin hat theories?? Plural? There's more than one theory?? Oh David, you make me laugh.

    Speaking of which, I CAN'T wear tin hats while doing the curse because it will just make me laugh even more!! I still haven't made it through the process without bursting into laughter ...
    Kate

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    Itchy, are they gone? Maybe it's the laughter that scares them away? As long as they stay away!!!

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    Interesting you should mention tin hats then, perhaps you might try aluminum foil in case the current crop of bed bugs came from outa space. Actually I will confer with an associate who is Hungarian in regard to the curse and possible translation.

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    I remember my elderly neighbour telling me that about 30 years ago they had bb's in their house and she got these fern leaves (the giant ferns apparently), she laid them between the mattress and boxsprings of each bed and presto! the bb's were never seen or felt again...

    Although she said you had to be sure to get the fern leaves in June for some weird reason.

    Hey, if we'er going to try chants then why not?

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    Winston O. Buggy - 2 hours ago  » 
    Interesting you should mention tin hats then, perhaps you might try aluminum foil in case the current crop of bed bugs came from outa space. Actually I will confer with an associate who is Hungarian in regard to the curse and possible translation.

    I think David means tin foil hat.

    He did not say "aluminum," because he'd have to say "aluminium" and then giggles would ensue.

    (Going to make my shhhedule now, David.)

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    At this point I would like to point out that we had language, culture and civilisation before the country you reside in was even discovered. In fact I have artifacts in my house older than the USA.

    Now this argument starts to fall apart when you also realise that the initial US colonies of BB's most likely hitch hiked on the Mayflower.

    I did in fact mean to type tin foil hat, I don't need a tin hat yet despite some of the infestations we deal with its not trench warfare yet.

    David

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    Bumping an oldie but goodie…

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
    - Psalms 91:5-7

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    How about we contact the vatican and see if they have an exorcism ritual for these things. I can't stop laughing Maybe it will start with e pliribus unum

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    In Voodoo, salt is used (I know it's used for lots of things good and bad). Now, I hadn't given it any thought before now, but salt is caustic and I would love to see how a BB would survive a salt shower. Eggs too. (Don't you like salt on your eggs?).

    A little background... someone tried to curse me by sprinkling salt around my chair at work. Maybe the curse was for me to get bug bites? I dunno....

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    I actually believe that some people probably can banish vermin through meditation. The Tibettan buddhists have done some amazing things and it's been scientifically documented. that said, I don't have those powers. I have, however, been able to make an arrangement with the roaches in my apartment building. I said to them, "I know you're here. I know you've been here much longer than me. I know I can't stop you. but if you could please just stay completely out of my sight, that would be really great for me. But if I do see you, I'll start putting poison down and stomping on you. So what do you think? Can we work this out?" And guess what? I don't see roaches for months. And if I do see one, I remind them of our deal. I think the caulking helps too. LOL

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    How about "E pluribus nil"?

    Are they cursing you with BB bites or with a confusing prep sheet from a stoned PCO?

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    So what happened to ItchyScratchy???

    Did it work and she got rid of her bbs?

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    mangycur - 7 months ago  » 
    I actually believe that some people probably can banish vermin through meditation. The Tibettan buddhists have done some amazing things and it's been scientifically documented.

    For that reason I don't totally discount things like this.
    My ancestors are Hungarian, so I am going to try the curse! Can the bell be a sound on the computer?

    I have a certain song I listen to right before going to sleep. Can't say it has done anything BB wise but has brought me peace and helped me emotionally.

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    Kirads, Share the song with us. I love peace and emotional stability.

    I , too, would try a chant or a spice or a leaf to deal with this issue. Why not? I am spiritual and do believe in the power of prayer/medidation.

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    I have a bell !!! youhou !! I'll try that tonight... You know I've heard Hungarian is often refered to as the Devil's language, because it's so different from the ones in this region and aparently so hard to learn... maybe it explains the efficiency of the curse !

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    This wonderful curse sounds to me like the meeting of the Monty Python monks and Sly and the Family Stone: "Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem ... boom shaka laka laka, boom shaka laka laka!"

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    A few years ago I had a minor bed bug problem and made a little speech to them, warning them that I was embarking on a program of eradicating them (vacuuming, steaming, spraying, etc) - it was very like mangycur's roach arrangement above.

    No bugs afterwards, until yesterday. Time to go through it all again.

    I am all for including the mind/spirit factor.

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    Too funny to not bump!

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    Ok, thank you SO much for this. I laughed out loud by myself.

    elderflower,
    A friend of mine taught me how to get rid of ants, and other pests. He learned from his (Irish) mother who seems to have been a bug-whisperer of sorts. I only tried it three times, and I'm afraid to admit that it worked for me, in case I jinx it. ( impressive whisper:but it DID)

    Considering all the components of the process, I don't think it would work for bedbugs, since part of it was promises about leaving food and such, unless I offer myself...hmmm, maybe I'll try it. What have I got to lose (other than jinxing my bug whispering abilities, which are legendary in my family)?

    Sigh, great laugh.
    -Grateful.

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    Just one of those posts that goes round and round. Although it doesn't seem to be deterring BBs much.

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    We don't understand the words, but the Hungarian word for BB sounds a lot like "polo shaka". After initial snickering, I've developed a fondness for "the curse". People have a long history of invoking the spiritual to try to cope with pain. The curse might not have literally banished BB, but perhaps it helped a family to feel less frustrated while treating their home, or to sleep better at night.

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    I meant, considering all the components of the bug whispering I was taught....THAT method might not work in this case.

    But as for the curse, believe me, I wasn't questioning the Hungarian Bug Curse, it looks amazing, and my sister and I are TOTALLY going to try that

    I can see how you'd develop a fondness for it. Very funny.

    -grateful

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    OOM KY KONYOO MONYOO OOM KY KEE
    POLO SHAKA POLO SHAKA MANY MAR KEE
    DOOGY MAGY KARA FARA KOONYOO MONYOO OOM KY KEE

    I've told that the word above should be POLOSHKA and not written as POLO SHAKA. More information when I get it.

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    Reviving this old favorite thread to note I gave it a nod in a post today about the ancient Balkan remedy (which is a bit more of a physical endeavor than the Hungarian one). Check it out here.

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    > Repeat three times. Ring a bell when finished.

    We should post links to some nice bells.

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    Please do!

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    Some bells which may be helpful:

    Large solid brass bell with wood handle -- school bell

    6" Solid Brass Fire Bell with Knotted Lanyard

    And for shades of Fawlty Towers, Kikkerland Classic Stationery Bell

    Note, this post is mostly in jest but these are Amazon affiliate links. Shopping (for anything) via them helps keep the site running at no additional cost to you, but I am letting you know as part of our Disclosure Policy.

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    When I saw the following video, I knew I had to share it with the tin foil hat proponents here, including David and Winston (and Ci who has, no doubt seen it already).

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    (And yes, let's just say this was the only thread mentioning "tin foil hats" which I could bear reviving. In fact, this thread MUST be revived regularly in order for the site to function properly.)

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    The responses are FUNNY. See if you like these bell sounds:

    1. Brass Bell (sound)

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    2. Brass Bell (sound)

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    Yup, and if you do that each day whilst standing on one leg here in the US it will also keep elephants from trampling your tomato garden.

    In fact, this time tried and proven, handed down from generation to generation, preventative methodology has worked 100% for over 200 years except for that one time when Mr. John Smith's tomato garden, located in Brooklyn, NY, was in fact totally trampled by elephants but that was due to three escaped pachyderms from the touring Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus nearby so, there's that . . .

    Otherwise, it works great !

    pjb


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