Anita's Notebook - Life is better with stories!


  • About This Blog

    A picture of Anita Wirawan in Seattle, Washington.

    My name is Anita Wirawan and I love stories :).
    Stories can: make you smile -- show a deeper meaning behind something -- or even change your life.
    I started this blog in 2008 after my brother Jody died & over the years it's become my notebook for stories.

    My mission is to find the best stories to share with you.
    So go ahead... look around and read some stories!

    If you have questions or comments, text (909) 264-8248 or email me using the form below...

    Yes I will answer :) just make sure you put in your email address:

  • **What are people saying about the stories on Anita's Notebook??**

    Love the stories I've read so far,can't wait for another one!
    -Melissa N




    hey anita this story was mind blowing and scary .I n my friends freaked out after reading this story ,awesome job man !!!!!!!


    i wanted to thank you for all of your amazing stories.
    -Paniz S


    i couldn't choose one so i chose all they were all gr8
    -Karina C


    I love it honey....stuff like that makes me tear up every just goes to show the bond of siblings no matter how much they agree and disagree.
    -Tonja H


    This is much more believable then that stupid rugrats theory thanks for putting the truth out there :-D
    -Ivy S


    Haaiiii (: i just started reading your blog, you are amazing :o!^___^ lol
    -Angie M


    that was soo scary ^ ^ those red eyes gave me the creeps lol


    I like more stories as it's near Halloween. I find them quite interesting while I'm in bed for the night. Keep up the good work
    -Tracey C


    That was an awesome story personaily i love slender man so this story just made my day
    -Evie M


    i read all of ur stories lol i just love scary stories ^ ^


    I enjoyed the article about Hello kitty's history. I learned many things throughout this article and had a few laughs as well.
    -Charity M


    I love this story, I love to read your storys before I go to sleep its very exciting and it just makes me wanna read more and more ... Anita, I love your stories just keep them coming. :)


    This is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Thanks!


    Loved both stories the scary one nd the boy with the coins nd mean waitress :) cant wait for more stories :D


    i liked it! can you send me all your new storys plz


    -Doralina P


    Hope you post more scary stories. :D, Loved this! Now we all just need a campfire and some smores :D


    it helps me to just come here and look up stories. it also helps me past the time by when im not tending to childern. i loved the story of bloody mary. its my favorite thing to read about. so thank you for puting up this notebook.
    -Desiray M


    I like this better than the more "traditional" Cinderella stories, frankly.


    Hi Anita, So this isn't a question, but I recently saw your posts about the Hey Arnold! truth and then, about the Rugrats truth. I just wanted to say thank you writing these posts. I have been wondering the real stories for a long time, hoping that the "truths" I kept reading about were untrue. And now I know they are. You saved my childhood=o) Also, I love stories too=o)


    The stories you've posted so far have really fueled my interest in legends
    -Joyce S


    Lovely. Last night I read it, as if I'm a child. The more I read the more I was delighted. I wanted that this be real :). Thank you, I love this.
    -Lizbeth W


    Oh my god , this is so weird i been looking for answers like this for many years thank you! : )


    More STORIES PLEASE ! I love them !!!
    -Brianna C


    I have been reading your stories for a long time and you have inspired me to look further in to things than just the obvious. you have made my life so interesting, THANK YOU. (:


*The Fairy Picture Hoax: How Two Girls Fooled The Author Of Sherlock Holmes*

Cottingley Fairy Picture first one released by Elsie and Frances.This picture may look innocent but it caused a major controversy back in the early 1900’s, fooling many people around the world …including the author of Sherlock Holmes.


It all began when two girls named Elsie and Frances became obsessed with playing by a certain stream near their house in Cottingley, England one summer. Problem was, the stream was really muddy.

Cottingley Fairy Picture showing Elsie next to a flying fairy.Finally Frances’ mother had enough of dealing with muddy clothes and yelled that they were banned from playing near the stream again. The girls stood there stunned for a while, until Elsie spoke up and said that they absolutely had to keep going back to the stream. Why? Because they were doing something very important there: they were visiting with fairies.

Yes, fairies, the tiny creatures with wings and magical powers to bewitch humans.

Now if a parent heard that story these days they’d probably get mad at the girls for lying, or at least think they were imagining things. But back then in England many people believed that fairies were real and lived in forests, dancing around and doing fairy magic. Fairies were thought to avoid humans but would sometimes show themselves to the right people.

Picture of Elsie who took the Cottingley Fairy Pictures.The mother was intrigued but not totally convinced, so Elsie volunteered to take pictures of the fairies to prove their story.

Elsie had worked in her father’s photography lab before and knew how to use the clunky camera equipment, so it would be easy for the two girls to go “take pictures of fairies” on their own. The girls insisted that they definitely had to go alone, because if anyone else was there the fairies wouldn’t show themselves. Hmm.


And so Elsie and Frances went out to the stream the next day and came back with a single picture. It showed Frances near the stream and leaning on a little hill which had fairies dancing on top of it.

Frances’ mother was thrilled that the girls might actually have proof that fairies exist. And not only that but that the fairies were in her own backyard!

Elsie’s father had pretty much the opposite reaction though and thought it was a fake right away.

Cottingley Fairy Picture showing Frances with fairies dancing in front.

He knew that his daughter was not only good with a camera but also loved to draw. He figured the “fairies” in the picture were just drawings done on cardboard and that the girls were perpetuating a lie.

And when Elsie and Frances borrowed his camera a couple months later and came back with another fairy picture –this time showing Elsie in the woods holding out her hand to a tiny gnome with wings and a pointy hat– he banned them from ever borrowing his camera again.

It was too late by that point though. More and more people started to believe in the fairy pictures and the story spread beyond the little village of Cottingley to the rest of the country.Cottingley Fairy Picture girl with gnome fairy in front.


People were abuzz with the news of the fairy pictures and a photography expert was called in to examine them.

Amazingly, the expert said that without a doubt the pictures were 100% real and after passing this test they were then sent to the famous Sir Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series.

Sir Conan Doyle was desperate to prove the existence of life after death and other spiritual things, including the existence of fairies. He was in the midst of a deep depression since many of his close family members had recently died, and he found comfort in the idea that their spirits lived on. So when he saw Elsie and Frances’ fairy pictures his heart soared.

His enthusiasm was so contagious that even Elsie’s father started to believe that the pictures could be real. It wasn’t long before Elsie and Frances gave Sir Conan Doyle more pictures of fairies and he happily published them, sparking a worldwide debate about the existence of fairies –a debate that was very emotional and sometimes got ugly.

Cottingley Fairy Picture of Elsie with fairy standing on a branch.On one side were the fairy believers, who insisted that the youthful innocence of Elsie and Frances is what convinced the fairies to let their picture be taken. On the other side were those who said that the fairy pictures were a hoax, that the girls were just mischievous kids playing a trick on gullible adults.

The truth? Well that didn’t come out until many decades had passed. Later on in life Elsie and Frances started to admit that the photos were not quite what they said…


The first major crack in the story came when Elsie said in an interview that the pictures were “photographs of figments of our imagination”. Then later she outright admitted that all the pictures were fake.

Picture of a newspaper article about Cottingley Fairy Picture hoax revealed.But Frances was more stubborn. She said that most of the photos were faked but that one of them was definitely real. The last photo, she said, was taken of real fairies (like, for real-real this time lol).

She insisted that the girls just happened to come across the fairies one morning when they had the camera with them. Yeah, right.

From reading through all their confessions the true story behind the fairy pictures seems to be this:

Elsie used her drawing abilities to copy pictures of fairies from a book called Princess Mary’s Gift Book onto cardboard. Her and Frances then cut out the cardboard fairies and used long pins to prop them up for the pictures. A simple but effective hoax.
Picture of Princess Mary's Gift Book pictures similarity to Cottingley Fairy Pictures.

It’s hard to imagine that the creator of a logical and skeptical character such as Sherlock Holmes was so easily fooled by two kids with cardboard cutouts of fairies. But he was just so desperate to have proof that fairies really existed that he was willing to ignore the evidence that was right in front of him.

In the end there were no fairies needed to bewitch humans, only the cleverness of two mischievous girls. It’s a good thing that they didn’t have Photoshop back then or else who knows what Elsie and Frances might have gotten people to believe!


*Caillou And Cancer: Shoutout This Week To Daisy*

Does Caillou Have Cancer StoryThe shoutout this week is to a reader named Daisy, who commented this on The True Story And Urban Legend Behind Caillou:

I love caillou my daughter has cancer and loves that her and him have no hair.

I believe the show is great and positive no matter what the real story is. And whatever parent is against their child watching for that reason is immature and should be ashamed of themselves!!!

Yeah I was pretty shocked to hear that some parents out there will ban their kids from watching Caillou because of rumors he is bald because he has cancer. It’s hard for me to understand why people would choose to act like that :(. Maybe some of them will come across your comment and realize how deeply harmful their decision is.

My heart goes out to your daughter, I’m glad that Caillou is such a positive force in her life and that she has a very caring mother to look out for her!


*Strange But True Story Of The King Who Thought He Was Made Of Glass*

Picture of the insane King Charles VI of France.Remember The Orange Juice Man Urban Legend from a couple weeks ago, about the man who took too much LSD and ended up thinking he was a glass of orange juice?

Well here’s a true story that shows you don’t have to overdose on drugs for something that crazy to happen, sometimes a person’s mind just breaks. And it can happen to anyone, even a king…


At the age of 24 King Charles VI was at the top of his game. He’d been crowned king when he was just a child, and had spent many years building up his kingdom trying to make it thrive.

King Charles VI on the throne before he went insane.Now he was finally able to see his dreams becoming a reality and the people loved him for it, so much that they’d started calling him “Charles The Beloved”.

But it all changed one summer day when a close friend of his was attacked and left for dead by a man named Pierre De Craon. Right away people around King Charles VI noticed something odd about his behavior after the attack on his friend. Anger and agitation would be understandable, but he was in a complete frenzy, running around shouting things that didn’t make sense.

He gathered up a small army to pursue Pierre De Craon, who was fleeing on horseback towards another kingdom to escape justice. But no one could seem to move fast enough for the king and he was almost out of his mind with impatience as they traveled through the forest in the sweltering heat.


At the edge of the forest a man came running down the path and right up to King Charles VI. He looked like a leper and was dressed like a wild man, without even any shoes on his feet. He grabbed the king’s horse and said in an ominous voice “Ride no further noble king! Turn back, you are betrayed!” Picture of King Charles VI being stopped by a leper in the woods.

Well as you can imagine the surrounding soldiers got rid of the man right away, but the strange experience seemed to rattle King Charles VI. No one knew how just much though until after they all emerged from the forest and a sleepy paige accidentally dropped the lance he was holding. The lance fell on a helmet that another paige was holding and it make a loud clanging noise that echoed off the forest.

Everybody cringed at the loud noise and continued down the path, but King Charles VI absolutely freaked out. He unsheathed his sword and started chopping at the people around him while yelling “Forward against the traitors! They wish to deliver me to the enemy!”

By the time some of his soldiers were able to sneak up from behind and pull him off his horse he’d already killed four people. He slammed into the ground and went into a kind of coma, his eyes rolling from side to side.

He was in the coma for quite some time and when he woke up he wasn’t the same. Something had snapped in his mind and he began the insane behavior that would last the rest of his life. Picture of King Charles VI after he went insane.


King Charles VI would go through long periods where didn’t recognize his family or even know he was king. He had to be moved out of the castle during these times and he’d run screaming through the halls of the house, so much that the doors had to be walled up so he wouldn’t escape.

The worst though were the times that he went into deep paranoia and believed his entire body was made of glass. He felt that a nudge or breeze might shatter him and he shrieked at the slightest touch. He made his servants sew iron rods into all his clothes to keep “the glass” from breaking but it never helped, because just like The Orange Juice Man it was really his mind that was made of glass.

In between these periods of sheer insanity King Charles VI would almost seem back to normal. Imagine his horror in seeing his kingdom in disarray and hearing about all the crazy things he’d done.

Those around him did their best to cover up the fact that the king had went insane but over the years it became too obvious. No longer did the people call him “Charles The Beloved”, but instead they’d whisper about the strange doings of “Charles The Mad”, the king who thought he was made of glass.

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