Gotta Watch: Challenger witnesses; witchy homes; Conan
1986: Spectators look on as the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff.
January 28th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Challenger witnesses; witchy homes; Conan

Witnessing tragedy – The novelty of manned space travel may be a bit worn after hundreds of manned spaceflights. But in 1986, a shuttle launch was a special event. This haunting video captures the simultaneous awe and terror of spectators watching as the Challenger launches and subsequently explodes.

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Witchy real estate – The amount pain and anguish that comes with losing a home to foreclosure can be enough to haunt a home for years to come. But, if you're buying a home in Salem, Massachusetts, you may be in luck. New homeowners can hire a witch to clear out that pesky negative energy that previous owners seem to leave behind.

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Conan on wax Conan – In case you missed "Conan" last night, here's your afternoon pick-me-up.

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  1. Bite Me

    Why would anyone want to highlight and promote this snuff video clip, let alone watch it?

    January 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I agree – calling this section "Gotta Watch!" plays to our lowest morbid curiosity by dressing it up as fun or exciting.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      agree 100%

      January 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. theloveoftragedyasnews

    News is the love of tragedy: good ratings in Y2k hyteria of any kind when the real news is complex and reveals
    that FLAGS are not the issues in todays world. Hyponotised by flags the sheep that we are will continue to do
    just what sheep do and say "geee...we are SO lucky while at the same time pretending to be victims within the richest
    wealth machine of all time. after one decade of all that flagging is it any wonder that bevis and butthead America LOVE tragedy or what they percieve as anarchy in any form to take attention from their sorry state of regression? More tragedy selling please... it just feels "right". this way the only thing left is military sabers of "the true and good"...
    Who never lie or suffer from systemic corruption or simple greed at any expense.

    War crimes tribunals anyone? Nope... time to switch over to FOX football and some more phony flags.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BE

      What? Sheep say "geee"?
      Not that this solves the content issue you seem to be struggling with, but try some punctuation.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 4-robinsnest

    So, alas it has been 25 years . . . What lessons have we learned from the incompetence of the once powerful space shuttle managers and their failed ego inflated decisions that have cost the very precious lives of our best and brightest who trusted the tax payer supported NASA employees with their very lives . . . ?

    January 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ps

    It is a bit tacky to mix the Challenger tragedy video followed immediately by some crazy witch story, and Conan! On the 25th anniversary, it could have had a separate page.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Oh DerpDigger. Always good to hear your kind good hearted comments. You must be texting from a could near heaven. You're a saint.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Cloud not could

    January 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    Sorry I watched it!

    January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Yet another reason why CNN is not bookmarked on my favorites. Poor judgement on the part of your editors–I mean, interns.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GuerillaGorilla

    It you've seen the Challenger explode once (I watched it explode via live feed TV) you've seen it a thousand times. Still makes me cringe. And the "witches" of salem... most are posers (or "fluffy bunnies" as truely dedicated witches call them) who make a farce of the faith. Conan? Conan who?

    January 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Denizen Kate

    Regarding the Salem "witch," seriously? Do people really pay this woman for this so-called service? A house is wood and brick and stucco and whatever else goes into the building of it. Negative energy from foreclosure "victims" is a crock. It just goes to show that people will believe anything. Also, the video shows her sprinking powders and liquids all over the place. Does she at least clean up after herself?

    January 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      I agree, in part, with what you are saying. I do believe in negative energies and the power of positive thinking. I do believe we leave an intangible "mark" everywhere we go. I do not believe that just anyone can walk up and for a few bucks, or even a few thousand bucks, just wipe that mark away. I believe the only way to remove that "negative" mark that was left behind is for the people who take their place to impose their own mark over it. The sprinkling of powders and fluids may be a part of the rite, but these Salem witches are hacks who are robbing people of their money for false services.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raventide

      Nowhere in the article does it say the Witch charges for this. If you read the article about the same Witch in the Wall Street Journal, you will see that she does not, in fact, charge for it. She does it as a labor of love for people who need it. I think she's pretty cool.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank

    The crash of Challenger is old news. CNN trying to resurrect the grief and sorrow from the incident, is a waste of time for most people. Most of us watched this the first and only time (before, during, and after) it happened. That was enough.
    Conan on the other hand is a very funny comedian to watch, but a lot of working America (including myself), don't have time to watch episode after episode of this show. Sorry.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GuerillaGorilla

    In further clarification:
    The fluffy bunnies of Salem are hacks. They ply their fake religion for money, and if they truley knew and followed the witches way they would know this. For one, the person buying the home would have to perform these rituals, because ANYONE else would disrupt the spell.
    For two, their outfits scream "Look at me! I'm a witch!"
    For three, they talk all mysticism and oogidy-boogidy-boo. That is not the way true witches speak, nor how they want to be viewed as speaking.
    The witches above, to borrow a phrase, "use witchcraft as a fashion" rather than a true faith.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raventide

      As I said above, the Witch in the video does not charge for this. If you read about her in the Wall Street Journal, you will see that she does not charge. She does it out of the goodness of her heart and, judging by the way she comes across, probably doesn't take the time to think about haters on a message board. She seems like she's got more important work on her plate.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lebanese

    Not only is space exploration a waste of money (Building shuttles, reparing the space center, supplying astronauts etc.)
    It caused the death of many astronauts in a horrible way.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Very profound. Now can you please go back to your cave!

      January 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dude

    Sure looked like those folks in the first video were laughing

    January 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That is exactly what I was thinking. They must've thought it was part of the show or something. I remember when I walked into the room with people surrounding the TV on 9/11 I said "What movie are y'all watchin'?"

      January 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Astronauts know what can happen when they apply for that job.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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