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13 Creepy Facts You've Never Heard About Harvard

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Harvard University was founded way back in 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States. With such a long history, there are bound to be plenty of creepy stories about the place. This list is full of creepy facts about Harvard. Hauntings abound at the famous university, and there was even an infamous murder committed in one of the chapels.

Harvard has the lowest acceptance rate of any school in the US—6 percent of applicants accepted—so it's statistically unlikely you'll ever encounter these creepy things first hand, unless you live in Boston and hang out on campus. If you're one of the lucky few going to Harvard, prepare to be spooked. If you're one of the 94 percent who got rejected, use this list to rationalize why you didn't want to go anyway. Vote up the creepiest things about Harvard.
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    Ghosts Abound in Memorial Hall

    Ghost sightings are ubiquitous at Harvard, and Memorial Hall has been called the campus's most haunted building. It was built to honor Harvard students who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Rumor has it ghosts have been spotted looking out of the building's windows and even wandering around its lawn.
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    A Dismembered Body Was Found In The Chapel

    A Dismembered Body Was Found In The Chapel
    Photo: Daderot / via Wikimedia Commons
    In 1849, a janitor at Harvard Medical School discovered a dismembered and partially burned body in the Holden Chapel, where medical students used to dissect cadavers. The body was that of George Parkman, a well-known doctor and philanthropist in Boston. A Harvard chemistry and geology professor named John White Webster was convicted of his murder and hanged.
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    Amy Lowell Is There in Spirit

    Amy Lowell Is There in Spirit
    Photo: Houghton Library, Harvard University
    Amy Lowell was an American poet who posthumously won a Pulitzer Prize in 1926. She was the sister of former Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell. Amy Lowell's ghost supposedly still lingers in the Lowell House, a dorm which was named for her family.
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    The Library Has Written Messages From Spirits

    Harvard has a slate tablet that supposedly has messages from the dead written on it in chalk. One message is from a remorseful minister to a woman, the other from a man named Will, to his sister.
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