"...Low and behold: the fan spun counterclockwise in both reverse and second!..."
Ed, I think the technical term for that is a poltergeist .
I know you were focused on the switch and on whether or not it was working, but did you notice the demonic spirits escaping at the bottom of the photo?
Is your garage located anywhere near a cemetery, or maybe a former cemetery?
In any case, I'd stay away from your TV for a while.