I Spoke To The Woman Who Filmed A Haunted Puppet Moving In Her Basement

Jayne Harris believes that she has caught on camera the moment an allegedly haunted puppet moves on its own. The previous owner of the puppet claimed the spirit attached to it tried to harm him which is why Harris has been observing the puppet for the last three months in her usually-disused basement with a camcorder. After observing the footage in the news reports I read about this there were several questions that came to my mind. Could it be fraud via the use of wires or magnets? Could it just be falling over as things often do? Why was it only making headlines now, months after being filmed? Continue reading

Manchester Museum, stop trying to be the Catholic Church

visitors view the staute

It has been reported that a statue at Manchester Museum has been caught on camera moving, allegedly, on its own. The Manchester Evening News reported:

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years. But in recent weeks, curators have been left scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way.  Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.

The statue of a man named Neb-Senu is seen to remain still at night but slowly rotate round during the day. Now scientists are trying to explain the phenomenon, with TV boffin Brian Cox among the experts being consulted.

This is all rather silly, and there’s a much simpler way to solve this supposed “mystery” that will waste less time for all involved.

Move the statue off of a glass shelf and onto a solid surface. If it still moves then it’s something worth investigating, but I’m guessing it won’t move because, as experienced in museums and shops across the world, objects on glass shelves will often move because people walking around the display cause vibrations through the floorboards which resonate through the display cases or cabinets. Or, as suggested in the article linked to above by Prof Brian Cox, it could simply be a differential vibration.

Egyptologist Campbell Price is quoted in the MEN article inviting members of the public to go along to see the exhibit for themselves to see if they can solve a mystery.

What a shame a museum has to resort to hearsay about cursed statues spookily moving to attract visitors, like some kind of Catholic Church knock off. Will we have weeping statues and apparitions of the Virgin Mary next?

How disappointing.

photo: Manchester Evening News

How greaseproof paper will fool a ghost

Did you know that all it takes to confuse a ghost is a piece of greaseproof paper? As many of you may know, a lot of ghost groups who claim to investigate the paranormal conduct very odd, old and debunked methods to “communicate” with the ghost that is supposed to be haunting the location they’re visiting. These methods include table tipping, glass divination and ouija board sessions. Continue reading