There are a lot of posts going round the Internet and Social Media claiming “this is paranormal” or “that is paranormal”. We all love a good ghost story or maybe something that just cannot be explained (hence the name of our site), however, most of the time you will find that with a little bit of research most of these “paranormal” things are in fact just…..well, err, normal and we have a list of “Paranormal” items to show you that do the rounds over Social Media that aren’t paranormal, just normal.
Orbs in photo’s
This is the most common photo I see where people claim there is some kind of paranormal activity going on when a little Google Search for “orbs in photo’s” brings over five million search results. The top one as of writing this post is for a page on Wikipedia on the subject of “Backscatter”. The following is taken directly from Wikipedia:
In photography, backscatter (also called near-camera reflection) is an optical phenomenon resulting in typically circular artifacts on an image, due to the camera’s flash being reflected from unfocused motes of dust, water droplets, or other particles in the air or water. It is especially common with modern compact and ultra-compact digital cameras.
Caused by the backscatter of light by unfocused particles, these artifacts are also sometimes called orbs, referring to a common paranormal claim. Some appear with trails, suggesting motion.
I’m not saying all photo’s with orbs in them are due to water droplets or dust etc, however, I would guesstimate that at least 95% of them are because of this.
Vampires, Zombies and Caged Graves
This one makes for a really intriguing tale but that is all there is to it, there is no truth to the covering of graves with a cage when a fear of zombies and vampires was prevalent. If you are still dubious about this then here are some facts:
The Victorian Era was from 20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901.
One of the first books to expose Western culture to the concept of the voodoo zombie was The Magic Island (released in 1929 – 28 years after the Victorian era ended) by W. B. Seabrook.
Vampires properly originating in folklore were widely reported from Eastern Europe in the late 17th and 18th centuries. These tales formed the basis of the vampire legend that later entered Germany and England, where they were subsequently embellished and popularized. These dates could validate that the grave cage’s were there as a “just in case”, however, there is one issue with that…..
….. these are called Mortsafe‘s and again, our friend Wikipedia comes to the rescue:
Mortsafes were contraptions designed to protect graves from disturbance. Resurrectionists had supplied the schools of anatomy in Scotland since the early 18th century. This was due to the necessity for medical students to learn anatomy by attending dissections of human subjects, which was frustrated by the very limited allowance of dead bodies – for example the corpses of executed criminals – granted by the government, which controlled the supply.
Mortsafes’ were there to stop people from stealing the corpse NOT to stop vampires and zombies from escaping the grave.
112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville
We all know about The Amityville Horror, most of us will have seen the films and a lot will believe the story to be true, or at best will believe the Lutz families part of the story is true.
The truth is, Twenty-three-year-old Ronald “Butch” DeFeo shot his two parents and four younger siblings in their beds. He later quickly confessed to the murders under police interrogation, claiming that “voices in the house” told him to do it. He was subsequently sentenced to six consecutive life terms after his insanity plea was thrown out of court.
Another truth is that a year after the murders, the Lutz family moved into 112 Ocean Avenue but that is where the truth ends. The truth is DeFeo’s own lawyer says he and the Lutzes made up most of the story after consuming several bottles of wine. Indeed, no one who has lived in the house since then has reported any paranormal activity.
Ancient Egyptian Spinning Statue
Back in 2013 the video above caught the attention of media outlets worldwide when the Manchester Museum had a video of an Ancient Egyptian statue rotating on its own.
The 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue had curators at Manchester Museum scratching their heads after it began to mysteriously rotate on its own.
Neb-Senu is a 10in (25cm) statuette made in about 1800 BC as a medium for the soul of an ancient Egyptian man.
Explanations for its movement ranged from the mystical and magical – from ancient myths, curses, and spirits to the object being possessed, however, after an investigation, the modern day reason has been unearthed ….the figure rotates as a result of vibrations from road traffic and visitors walking past the statue.
More information on this can be found at https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-museums-ancient-spinning-statue-6325627
Wem Town Hall Ghost
Back in 1995, the Town Hall of Wem burnt down and photographer Tony O’Rahilly was said to have stood across from and took a photo of the Shropshire building as it burnt down and captured the now infamous picture – showing a little girl standing in the blaze.
For 15 years it was widely thought that Tony had captured a photo of a ghost in the fire but it wasn’t until two years after Tony had passed away and the use of technology available in 2007 that wasn’t available back in 1995 proved the photo was a fake.
The first ever image of a ghost?
Credited with creating the first ever photography to show a ghost is William Mumbler in the 1860s. It turns out it wasn’t a ghost at all as it was simply an accidental case of double exposure while taking photograph of himself.
The entrepreneur in him turned this into a business, where members of the public would have their portrait exposed with an image of a dead relative.
The Copper family ghost photo
This photo apparently shows the Cooper family sitting around a table, just days after they had moved into their new family house in Texas and supposedly what the family was unaware of is that when the photograph was developed, the image of what appears to be a falling body emerged in the left hand side of the room.
Now this one hasn’t 100% been officially debunked but it is widely accepted within the paranormal circles that it is a fake and the “hanging upside down” body is that of a ballerina but turned upside down.