Weakly Ghost Bulletin #9

What? Oh my gosh. Can it be? Is this… why yes! Yes, this is the Weakly Ghost Bulletin, risen from the grave like Jesus himself. Hallelujah!

Eerie Photo of Little Girl Followed By Ghost Goes Viral

Anastassia Perets ghost phot

This photo is really creepy when you look at it without consideration. The little girl in the photo, Anastassia Perets, claims that upon looking back at photos from her childhood she spotted a mysterious girl in the background of this photo of her that her parents say was not present. In this context the image looks really creepy… but Perets is 21 now and she is very young in the photo meaning that the best part of two decades have passed since the photo was taken. Us humans have really bad memories but we think that we have really good memories meaning that we rely upon what we remember being accurate more than we should. In my opinion this “creepy” apparition is probably another child.

h/t The Anomalist

This Baby Was Photobombed By A Ghastly Hand

ghostly hand behind baby

This photo is so old that the baby now has a law degree. It was determined back when it first surfaced in 2013 that it’s entirely possible that the hand belongs to a child standing in the background of the photo even though we are told there was nobody present when the photo was taken. You can see that they’re wearing a white t-shirt and grey shorts or trousers. The pink blur at the top left of the photo is a finger slightly over the lens. Boring.

Ghost Girl Appears In Photo Taken At El-Paso High

el paso ghost

The image above apparently shows a ghostly figure standing near two people at a football stadium. You can make out what appears to be two stumps legs. My initial impression is that this is a faked photo or the “ghost” could be a photographic artefact. It’s so difficult to tell either way because the quality of the photo is so, so bad.

Unidentified Dementor-like Mist Flies Past Car In Nebraska

A woman filming a storm while in a moving car caught this odd object flying through the air at speed. People have been quick to say this is a UFO or, more bizzarely, a dementor from the Harry Potter universe. Guys, as much as it pains me to say this what with being a huge Potter fan, the Harry Potter books are fictional. There are no such things as happiness-guzzling dementors flying around.

Speculation is rife over what this mystery object could be and although my money is on it being Tony Stark most people think it is some sort of a test drone.

And now for something completely different…

College staff thought they were being haunted by ghosts… it was actually a goat

‘Caretakers at Coleg Cambria’s Northop campus kept reporting lights were regularly being left on in the rare breeds centre’s goat barn. Baffled animal centre manager Wendy Gacem began to suspect a ghost or intruders were to blame. But the truth finally emerged after Jake the Bagot Billy Goat was caught red-handed flicking the switch’ the Daily Post reports.

…because when lights are left turned on the first conclusion to reach is ‘ghosts or intruders’, right?

The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters

I wrote previously about a research team at Clarkson University headed up by Professor Shane Rogers that seek to establish whether there is a link between air quality and strange experiences people often associate with a haunting or with ghosts. Rogers said “experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by individuals exposed to toxic moulds. Psychoactive effects of some fungi are well-known, whereas the effects of others such as indoor moulds are less researched.”

I have seen a frankly bizarre and at times bitter reaction from large swathes of ghost hunting communities to this news such as… Continue reading The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters

Book Review: Abominable Science

abominable scienceAbominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands.

The combination of good research, good references and an honest, open-minded yet critical outlook turns Abominable Science! into a must-have for anybody with a passing interest in monsters and strange creatures.  Continue reading Book Review: Abominable Science

Is Mould Haunting You? Maybe, Say Scientists

This is really fascinating. Researchers at Clarkson University are studying whether the air quality in reportedly haunted buildings could contribute to the ghostly experiences had there by comparing samples from “haunted” buildings to air samples at “non-haunted” buildings. Medicaldaily reported that ‘since toxic mold can trigger psychosis, they believe the real reason that one pesky poltergeist will not leave you and your ancient house alone has to do with air quality and your own sensitivity to indoor pollution.’ Continue reading Is Mould Haunting You? Maybe, Say Scientists