Ghost Images

University of Hertfordshire psychologist and researcher Richard Wiseman (he wrote The Luck Factor book featured previously on Neatorama here) is interested in scientific research into the paranormal.

So he asked people to submit their "ghost" photographs in an effort to find scientific explanation of the mysterious, "ghostly" images found in them. Here's the preliminary result, a list of 10 most remarkable ghost photos as voted by web users:


(This one above is the Tantallon Castle Ghost, as taken by photographer Christopher Aitchison)

Previously on Neatorama: 15 Famous Ghost Photos | Ghostly Angel

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Some people analyzed the Wem photograph and came up with a possible explanation, although it's far from conclusive:
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Martin: The shape in that photo does look remarkably like a girl, but it's basically just a couple of dark splotches.

Our brains are so face-attuned that we interpret a colon followed by a closing parenthesis as a sideways smiley. Couple this with the fact that there are hundreds of billions of photos in the world, no two of them alike, and it's not too surprising that some of them have splotches and blotches that we try to see as people.
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