When is a cat not a cat?

When it’s a hardly visible line-shaped thing on a poor quality piece of footage that is 2 seconds long. That’s when. To clarify for those not in the know, a piece of footage has been doing the rounds in the paranormal interest communities that it is claimed shows an apparition of a ghost cat running across the hallway. The footage was taken from an IR DVR camera in The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York but what we see is a low quality copy of the original that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Continue reading

New Loch Ness Photo: a disappointing reaction from the skeptical community

It was March, and as we walked along the shore of the lake in Bowness I was telling Joe Nickell about the most popular theories about what had caused the ‘monster’ photographed by Tom Pickles and Sarah Harrington. I told him that most people believed it was a tyre, or a bunch of tyres tied together and floating in the water and how, days after the photo hit the newspapers, a sliced up tyre was found on the shore of the lake (pictured right).

Joe asked ‘does a tyre float upright when sliced up?’ and the answer was of course ‘I don’t know, nobody has tested it’. He then gave me that look, the look that says ‘I know you already know the answer to this so I’m not going to patronise you’. So many people had speculated about the cause of the Pickles photo without taking the time to ask the right questions or to speak to the people involved, myself included. Continue reading