The other day, my son came home from school with this fine piece of artwork:
"Dude," I said. "What is that thing?"
"An ugly jug," he said.
It sure is! I thought. "You made it ugly on purpose?"
The boy nodded. "In African culture, ugly jugs scare away evil spirits."
Evil spirits. Interesting. "Do you think we have evil spirits here?" I asked.
Bubba looked around. "No. But I know where some are."
"Where?" I asked.
"At the house on the corner. The one that's been for sale for three years."
"How do you know there are evil spirits in it?"
"Everyone knows the place is haunted. Five people died there. Lights flicker on and off. Doors bang shut. It's why nobody wants to buy it."
I have heard a lot of rumors about the place, but I've never seen or heard anything myself. "So, you're going to bring your ugly jug over there, and scare away the ghosts?"
He nodded. "I'm going to sneak up on the porch and put it on the window ledge. It'll scare any ghost that sees it."
All right, then. This will be interesting. Do you think the ugly jug will scare away the ghosts, or do you think the ghosts will knock over the ugly jug and smash it to smithereens?