Monday, 5 November, 2012
I’m not much into things supernatural, but found it hard to go passed a story about the “Greenbrier Ghost”, an apparent apparition, whose “testimony” succeeded in securing a murder conviction in the US in 1897.
On the night before her body had been discovered, her husband had come home and fell into a rage when he saw that she hadn’t cooked any meat to go with supper. The specter went on to tell her mother that her husband, in a blind rage overpowered her and closed his fingers around her throat. Such was his fury that Trout hadn’t merely choked his wife to death. Instead, his iron strong grip had mashed her windpipe, ruptured and tearing ligaments before finally breaking her neck, snapping it between the first and second vertebrae. After relating this tale, as the seemingly reanimated corpse of her murdered daughter made her way towards the door and away from her mother for the last time, Zona turned her head towards Mary Jane, completely around on her body, to show her that indeed her neck had been shattered.
It is, I believe, the first and last time something like this has ever happened.
crime, ghosts, justice, supernatural
Monday, 5 March, 2012
A Polish ghost hunter thinks the spirit population is declining and would like to conduct a census to ascertain phantom numbers.
Piotr Shalkevitz, 40, from Chrzanow, Poland, who has spent tens of thousands of pounds on the best paranormal detection equipment from the US, believes it might be because they have given up trying to warn people to prepare for the afterlife. He said: “Maybe they think we aren’t worth saving, and they have given up trying to tell us whatever it was they wanted us to know.
ghosts, spirits, supernatural
Wednesday, 22 February, 2012
Ghost photography enjoyed a certain notoriety during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, after families came to believe photos could capture images of the spirits of recently deceased loved ones, and unscrupulous photographers discovered how to manipulate negatives to create the impression a ghost was present in the shot.
ghosts, photography, spirits
Thursday, 8 December, 2011
Radio Spiritworld is a radio station that broadcasts live (as it were) from the afterlife.
(Oh yes, that East Berlin reference.)
afterlife, ghosts, humour, spirits
Friday, 25 March, 2011
US psychologist Jesse Bering, writer of The Belief Instinct, questions what really drives our belief in ghosts, the supernatural, and religion.
[As a child], my first career obsession was to become a parapsychologist, when I was less critical-minded. I read books about ghosts that completely convinced me that these things were real. As I got older, I was more skeptical but maintained an interest in the supernatural, trying to figure out why I was so easily seduced by things like ghosts and God for that matter.
ghosts, psychology, religion, supernatural
Tuesday, 7 December, 2010
Most of us probably haven’t given too much thought as to how the four ghosts in Pac-Man behave, or what makes them tick – after all we’re probably too busy evading them – but Chad Birch’s article goes a long way to fleshing out the characteristics and personalities of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.
The ghosts are always in one of three possible modes: Chase, Scatter, or Frightened. The “normal” mode with the ghosts pursuing Pac-Man is Chase, and this is the one that they spend most of their time in. While in Chase mode, all of the ghosts use Pac-Man’s position as a factor in selecting their target tile, though it is more significant to some ghosts than others. In Scatter mode, each ghost has a fixed target tile, each of which is located just outside a different corner of the maze. This causes the four ghosts to disperse to the corners whenever they are in this mode. Frightened mode is unique because the ghosts do not have a specific target tile while in this mode. Instead, they pseudorandomly decide which turns to make at every intersection. A ghost in Frightened mode also turns dark blue, moves much more slowly and can be eaten by Pac-Man.
games, ghosts, pac-man, video games
Friday, 5 November, 2010
When it comes to belief in the paranormal, supernatural phenomena, and superstitions, there is no one-size-fits-all way of determining who believes – adherents hail from literally all walks of life – though if the prevalence of such themes in TV shows is anything to go by, there is certainly an increasing interest in the subject.
There is no hard data on how common it is to believe in the paranormal, which Bader and co-author Carson Mencken define as beliefs or experiences that are not fully accepted by science or religion. But trends in television programming offer a sense that there is a widespread interest in mystical phenomena that is becoming more common. In the 1970s and 80s, Bader said, there were maybe one or two paranormal-themed shows in the TV line-up. Today, there are dozens, including programs about ghost hunters, psychic kids, haunted homes and even possessed pets.
beliefs, ghosts, paranormal, supernatural phenomena, superstition
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010
Rookwood Cemetery, in Sydney’s west, is apparently one of the world’s most haunted places…
There have been many different sightings of ghosts and apparitions in Rookwood Cemetery, by both people who work there and members of the public and it has been at the centre of much paranormal speculation for decades.
In addition to its paranormal reputation, Rookwood also hosts Hidden, an annual exhibition of installation art, which is curated by Sydney artist David Capra.
art, cemeteries, ghosts, supernatural, Sydney
Tuesday, 23 March, 2010
The current population of Earth against the total number of people who have ever lived, found at I Love Charts.
Brings to mind the opening lines of the 2001: A Space Odyssey novelisation, where Arthur C. Clarke writes:
Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.
2001: A Space Odyssey, death, ghosts, infographics, population
Monday, 2 November, 2009
People who think they may encounter a ghost, or other supernatural phenomena, upon entering a suitably spooky looking house or room that is said to be haunted, often go on to report seeing or hearing something ghostly…
More than 90 per cent of participants reported unusual sensations, including feeling detached from their bodies and hearing ticking sounds. About 20 per cent reported sensing a presence, while nearly 10 per cent reported terror. Disappointingly, however, the volunteers were just as likely to report odd sensations regardless of whether the magnetic fields and infrasound were switched on. In other words, they just got spooked by being shut in the eerie room. “If you say to suggestible people, you might experience something weird in here, some of them will,” says French.
ghosts, hauntings, imagination, supernatural phenomena