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Maurice TownsendWelcome to the ASSAP paranormal blog! Though this blog is aimed at anyone interested in the paranormal, it will be of particular interest to the paranormal research community. Updated frequently, but not regularly (don't expect something new every day!), it covers any paranormal topic, as well as highlighting recent changes to the ASSAP website. You may not notice it but this site changes on an almost daily basis.

Whenever new information becomes available on a subject ASSAP covers, it is added to the relevant pages of the website straight away. So, just because you've read a page, don't assume it will still be exactly the same when you next look. That way the ASSAP website remains an up to date research resource.

The photo (above right, pic by Val Hope) is the ASSAP blogger himself, out looking for anomalies wherever they are to be found, so that you can read about them here. To contact the ASSAP blog, email here.

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29 September: A glowing transparent ghost!

Transparent objectThere is a popular idea that ghosts are transparent. Another widespread idea is that some ghosts, at least, glow. This latter idea may explain why so many people hold ghost vigils in the dark. Paradoxically, actual ghosts sightings are usually of witnesses seeing quite ordinary looking human figures. I have seen a number of ghosts myself and they all looked like perfectly ordinary people. So, you can imagine my shock when, recently, I saw a transparent, glowing ghost!

I was on a bus when I noticed this bizarre figure standing on a small patch of grass in an otherwise tarmac and concrete urban landscape. The figure vanished within seconds, just in case I had any lingering doubts that it was indeed a ghost! So what was going on?

I soon realized that the ghost was a reflection in the bus window of a real person on the opposite side of the street. The figure appeared transparent because it was a reflection. It appeared to 'glow' because it was strongly illuminated by the orange sunlight of the setting sun. The area of grass was, by contrast, in deep shadow, making the figure look as though it was glowing. What made the ghost so convincing was that it appeared to standing on the grass and was of ordinary size. Also, no objects apart from the figure were reflected in the window. Had the figure appeared above or below the ground, or looked particularly magnified or diminished, I would have spotted it at once as a reflection.

The whole effect relied on coincidence. Firstly, the lighting had to be just right to strongly illuminate only the 'ghost' but not its accompanying background. The grass also needed to be in shadow. On a subsequent trip to the same location, on the same bus, I could clearly see a whole scene reflected in the window, not just passing pedestrians. Clearly the sun had to be at a particular angle for just one figure to be illuminated. Secondly, the figure had to be reflected in such a way that it appeared to be walking on the grass, not below or above it. The area of grass is significantly elevated above the pavement opposite, which probably explains that. Thirdly, the figure needed to be a credible size in the reflection. I think this effect was due to the fact that the bus was on the same side of the road as the person who became the ghost. This meant that the reflected figure appeared a natural size in a reflection in the bus window opposite. If the bus had been on the opposite side of the road, the figure would have looked a different size.

I suspect the ghost effect only works at a particular time of day on a few days a year, due to the angle of the sun. I say this because I travel on that bus route regularly and always look at that grass patch. That's because I am a birder and the grass often attracts interesting birds. I must have done this trip thousands of times in total but only ever seen the ghost once! That gives a good idea of how rare a coincidence it must be.

Having seen this particular ghost I now see that is entirely possible for witnesses to report glowing, transparent ghosts. So why are there so few reports of such phenomena? It is odd, given that many people actually expect ghosts to be transparent and glow. My own best guess is as follows. Firstly, if this case is anything to go by, it may takes a rare coincidences to produce a glowing, transparent ghost effect. Secondly, witnesses may realize quickly that they are seeing a reflection. Thirdly, even if the witness thinks it IS a ghost, they might consider it so fantastic that they dismiss it as imagination.

Whenever a transparent ghost is reported it is always worth checking for the presence of windows or other reflective surfaces at the scene of the sighting. This is obviously an important factor where someone reports something strange from inside a vehicle of some kind.

22 September: An unsettling ghost

Hair in front of the cameraWhen I saw an amorphous, misty shape flit behind me it was unsettling. It was not the thought that it might be a ghost - that would have been exciting. No, it is seeing an unknown person in a place where I thought was no one around that was disturbing.

In many ghost sightings witnesses do not even realise they are watching a ghost at the time they see it. It is only afterwards, when the figure disappears, or the witness realizes there could not have been anyone there, that it becomes obvious it was a ghost.

In this latest incident I was looking out of a window. It was twilight outside and the window was partly covered in condensation because of the cold outside. Behind me there was a light on in a different room. I could clearly see the reflection of that room in the window. It was in that reflected room where I saw a dark shape move. At first I was puzzled as there should not have been anyone there at the time. It did indeed appear to be a ghost!

I then saw the same thing again and this time I was able to watch it more carefully. I deduced that the shape was actually part of the condensation on the window. It was partly obscuring the otherwise clear reflection of the lit room behind. The movement was caused by me! As I moved slightly, it made the area of the reflected room obscured by condensation move too. This gave the appearance of a dark, misty amorphous shape flitting around in the room behind.

Most ghost reports describe perfectly normal looking people who just happen to disappear or be in places where they should not be. Misty ghosts tend to be more typical of anomalous photos, where the explanation is often the photographer's own breath on a cold night (see here). So it is interesting to have an example of a misty ghost not involving photography!

21 September: There is no 'I' in dream

Crows in a tree"Now there was going to be trouble. I reached for my phone." This the latest 'voice' reported by my acquaintance (MA) who experiences MWRs (microsleep with REM). MA goes straight into a dream state during microsleep episodes that last just seconds. Being awake before and after means that the dream episode can feel very much like a waking experience. A small proportion of the general population, typically with certain sleep disorders, have such experiences. As I've reported recently, MA often just hears a voice. It does not appear to address MA but is more like an overheard conversation. Since the dream state during MWRs does not appear to be very deep, MA is able to remember what happens, including precise wording, easily. In contrast. MA does not remember ordinary long sleep dreams well.

This latest couple of sentences are extraordinary and here's why. They are in the first person but, though presumably originating in MA's brain, do not 'feel' as though they are MA speaking. Indeed, MA had no phone at the time this latest incident occurred, nor was there any imminent threat of 'trouble'. So it appears that the 'I' in this case was not MA but someone else.

The sentences sound like those of a narrator or protagonist in a novel or movie. Indeed, such short speech fragments are deeply frustrating because MA never finds out what happens next. What was the trouble coming and who was the narrator going to call? We will simply never know. MA has never heard speech fragments that appear to be a continuation of earlier examples.

MA also gets visual MWRs and these have a similar quality. It is as if MA is present at some scene but not involved in it. No one addresses MA. the scene simply unfolds on its own. It is as if MA was an invisible witness at the centre of a movie set where a scene was being filmed. There always seems to be some sort of unknown plot unfolding, driving the action forward. However, the MWRs, whether visual or spoken, do not appear to direct extracts from actual movies that MA has seen.

What is interesting about all this is that the movie-like quality of the MWRs can make them feel very real. Not only that but some of the material seems to be directly taken from actual movies, albeit altered (see here). So it is possible now to see a direct path for someone who has watched a movie about UFOs, for instance, to have a MWR about aliens loosely based on those memories. And if that person was not aware of what MWRs are, they might very well accept the experience as a real alien encounter.

I'm not sure how different MWRs are to long sleep dreaming but they do seem, for MA at least, to follow a quite specific pattern. Maybe this is because the brain experiencing a MWR is not as profoundly asleep as in the long sleep dream. This may be why MWRs usually feel much more real than long sleep dreams and why they may be mistaken for paranormal experiences. MWRs may be playing an unknown movie sequence in someone's heads as if it were real.

18 September: Linear photographic anomalies

Hair imn front of the cameraThere is a type of anomalous photo that contains a glowing linear object, or strand, like the example here (right). The linear objects in these photos look out of focus and strongly illuminated by a flash. This implies that the objects are close to the camera. In all the examples I've seen, the linear object reaches the frame edge suggesting it is not floating free. The obvious possibility is a strand, or strands, of the photographer's own hair. Since cameras are often used near the face, it is likely that long hair will sometimes intrude on the image, unnoticed by the photographer.

It is certainly possible to reproduce this type of photo by dangling a strand of hair, or a thread, just in front of a camera. I have, however, never been able to test the idea of the photographer's own hair being responsible. Until now! I have recently taken to wearing my hair quite long.

Hair in front of the cameraSo I decided I'd see just how easy this sort of dangling hair photo really is. The answer I got is that it is not as likely as you'd imagine. It took a little effort on my behalf to get my hair, admittedly not that long, to get in front of the lens. I imagine it would, however, be easier with a tiny camera or phone. I was, nevertheless, able to get the photos I wanted, the one above being an example. Notice how there are brighter bits along the linear anomalies. These are highlights, bits reflecting more strongly than the rest. It certainly demonstrated to me that the idea at least works.

The next photo (right) was a real surprise. I've seen anomalous photos like this before. I'd always assumed it was mist or the photographer's own breath showing up on a cold night. While many such photos are indeed caused in those ways this one was not. It is, in fact, my hair! I had only intended a few strands to intrude on the frame but got this by mistake. The effect does not obviously suggest hair, to me at least. There are so many strands that it has a sort of wispy misty look overall. It is certainly a possibility to consider when examining photos like this.

15 September: Insect ghost

Apparent ghost insectI recently posed the question (here), why aren't there more animal ghosts? While animal ghosts are certainly reported, what about insects? I'm not sure anyone would even notice an insect ghost. If you're trying to find an insect in a room it can be difficult to see. You hear insects more easily than see them and they disappear from view regularly, only to reappear later, often nearby. So I'm not sure how you could tell a real insect from a ghost one.

I'm thinking about this because recently I saw an insect on a white wall. Nothing strange about that except that it wasn't really there. It was, as far as I could tell, a ghost insect! Before I explain how I deduced that, I'll show you my attempts to recreate the incident.

In the photo (right) you can see how I got on. The photo shows a 'thing' on a white sheet of paper. The 'thing' has legs and a rather flat body. It looks similar to what I saw in the original incident.

Apparent insect on paperIn the original incident, I was looking at the white wall from an acute angle. From there I could see the 'insect' quite clearly. But when I approached the 'insect', it suddenly looked flat. It was actually a dark mark on the wall. So I drew a similar squiggle on a piece of paper and photographed it from an acute angle. This is the photo above. In the next photo (right) you can see the squiggle from above, looking nothing like an insect. I think the effect is all about the white background. A plain featureless background makes it difficult to judge perspective. So it can give 2-D marks on the surface a 3-D look, depending on what they show. A touch of misperception would have made the object look like a very real insect.

So, my first insect ghost! I wonder if it might be possible to produce the 3-D ghosts of larger objects in a similar manner on a white wall. Perhaps even human figures!

14 September: UFO in clouds

UFOHere's a photo (right) of a UFO I took recently. The object, resembling a fuzzy brown pillar, appears to be emerging from a cloud. So what is it?

Well, I suppose it could be an alien spacecraft floating among the clouds, its fuzzy appearance perhaps due to an unknown exotic propulsion method. Or maybe it is in the act of materializing in our atmosphere from some kind of teleportation. Or perhaps not.

The truth is more prosaic. UFOs are sometimes discovered in photos when nothing odd was noticed at the time of exposure. This is similar to what happens with a great many ghost photos. Whenever this happens, it is always useful to look at photographic artefacts for an explanation (see here).

Leaf UFOThis object in this photo is actually a leaf (photo right). It was caught in a spider's web and blowing around in the wind. It is blurry because, being much closer to the camera than the trees or clouds, it is out of focus. The position apparently in the clouds is fortuitous. In fact, I took a great many photos and selected this one deliberately because of how it looked. Most of the others look more like an out of focus leaf. But, of course, if this is the only photo someone took of the UFO they might not get those useful comparison shots.

One interesting point about this UFO is that it appears to be among the clouds but is, of course, much closer. It can be difficult to judge how far an object really is away from the camera.

11 September: Why are there more ghosts of people than tables?

Island mirageWhy do we see ghosts of people but not of tables or other inanimate objects? Well, actually there ARE some reports of ghosts of inanimate objects but they are rare. Generally, the vast majority of ghosts are human figures. But why?

On careful investigation, a large proportion of ghost sightings are caused by misperception. Many others are caused by hallucination. Given the high proportion caused by misperception this is a likely place to look for answers. You can misperceive absolutely anything. There seems to be no theoretical reason why it is more likely to misperceive a human figure than a book case or an island. So what's going on?

We all misperceive all the time. However, most people never notice it and even those who do only do so rarely. Regular readers will know that I have, for a few years now, noticed myself misperceiving far more than I ever did before. And the majority of the misperceptions that I notice are of human figures that are not really there (otherwise known as ghosts!). So, I wondered if I am just forgetting most of the non-ghost misperceptions.

I decided to record all the misperceptions I noticed over a period of 2 hours. The results were surprising. Firstly, I was astonished to find that I noted 7 misperceptions in that period or around 4 per hour, far more than I expected! Clearly I am forgetting most such incidents quickly. Secondly, all the misperceptions were of everyday inanimate objects without any paranormal feel to their appearance. Thirdly, in every case I was not expecting the misperception. I've found, over the years, that it is impossible to predict just when I will get a misperception. Fourthly, most of the misperceptions were of objects not in their usual place. Thinking about it, I can recall this being an aspect of many of my misperceptions. When in a familiar setting I will usually only misperceive an object if it is an unusual place. This makes perfect sense. The brain builds a mental map of surroundings which inform its perceptual guesses. If you know there is a bookcase in your peripheral vision, that's what you'll see. However, in the bookcase has been moved, you may misperceive instead.

I did this micro experiment in familiar surroundings. I'm not sure what would happen in unfamiliar surroundings. I would guess I might misperceive more. I will have to try it some time.

So back to the original question. Why do we, generally, see ghosts of people but not of tables? If my micro experiment is anything to go by it is probably a question of significance. Briefly seeing a small piece of wet cloth as a plastic badge (an actual example from the experiment) is hardly important or significant in my life. Unexpectedly seeing an unknown person certainly would be. I think the same principle may apply to the population in general.

Another interesting result of my experiment concerns seeing misperceptions. Firstly, I cannot make a misperception happen. I think my mind has to be in a state where I am NOT expecting it for one to appear. However, I can encourage noticing misperceptions, as they occur, simply by being alert to the possibility. And then they can be noted and recorded.

PS: The illustration shows 'ghost islands' - a mirage.

8 September: More about the way ghosts vanish

Crows in a treeOften, with ghost experiences, the witness does not even realise they are seeing a ghost during the experience. This happened to me recently. I was walking along a suburban street when I noticed a small car parked ahead of me. It was in an unusual position, which is why I noticed it. And there was someone in it, which was also noteworthy. The person in the car appeared to be looking in my direction but not directly at me. Sitting in the driver's seat, the person had an arm draped over the top of the adjacent seat.

As I approached closer, still looking at the car, the figure vanished. It wasn't an abrupt disappearance, like in a ghost movie, they just simply weren't there any more. I could see now that it was a misperception.

The figure's 'head' was actually a light coloured head restraint. The 'draped arm' was actually a dark garment lying along the top of the back seat. The two objects lined up, from my viewpoint, to resemble a head and outstretched arm.

I was so impressed by this strong misperception that I straight away retraced my steps and walked towards the car by the same route again. As feared, the misperception no longer worked but I could see why it had. The head restraint and garment certainly resembled a human figure, though not enough to actually appear as one on the second attempt. Misperceptions rarely work a second time because the witness's brain now knows what it is really seeing. Also, misperception usually only works when the witness is not expecting it. I have seen ghostly figures in cars before. They usually involve a head restraint because it occupies the space where you'd expect to see someone's head. Misperception is always helped by an object being a position where you would expect to see a person.

The weather during this sighting was dull and overcast giving flat lighting with faint shadows. Lighting is crucial to misperception. On this occasion, it made the interior of the car difficult to see well, though the light head restraint showed up prominently.

The way misperceived ghosts vanish is interesting. As I said, they don't suddenly disappear, like in a movie. Nor do they fade away slowly. It is hard to describe but they are just no longer there. It doesn't feel odd at the time, only afterwards when you realise what's happened. It is as if you completely believe you are seeing a figure one second and then completely believe you don't see one in the next, without any feeling of contradiction. That is a strange experience in itself! This expands a little on my previous attempt to describe the process of misperceived ghosts vanishing here.

7 September: A new class of strange experience?

Crows in a treeA large number of paranormal reports turn out, on investigation to be xenonormal. That is, they appear paranormal but actually have a natural explanation. The word xenonormal means 'foreign normal'; in other words 'the unfamiliar but natural'. It is all about witnesses seeing something but thinking it is something else. With misperception, for instance, someone might view a poorly-seen tree as a human figure. Or a witness unfamiliar with Chinese Lanterns might see them as alien spacecraft. In the first example, the witness obviously knows what a tree looks like but does not recognise it due to poor viewing conditions. In the second example, the witness has never seen a Chinese Lantern before and so does not know what to make of it.

I mention this because my acquaintance (MA) who has microsleep with REM (MWR) episodes reported something new, along these lines, recently. MA was on a short trip by train. MA does this trip frequently and so is very familiar with the scenes from the train window. But while coming out of a MWR on this particular trip, MA looked out of the window and was momentarily completely lost. The scene was utterly familiar, and yet at the same time completely unfamiliar. The state of confusion only lasted a second or two but it was disturbing. MA has never had this experience before, despite having microsleeps frequently on trains.

Although the 'unfamiliar' scene turned out to be completely familiar, it felt utterly foreign for a second or two. The incident happened during the transition between MWR and full consciousness and was, presumably caused by that transition. Although I can think of no obvious set of paranormal reports that correspond to this type of phenomenon, it seems highly likely other people ARE experiencing it. Such an odd experience COULD certainly be reported as paranormal or at least strange. It seems possible, if unlikely, to be a 'new' class of strange experience. If anyone has come across an incident like this, I'd be interested to hear about it.

3 September: Invisible ghosts

VigilA Goldfinch flew over. I didn't look up. I knew what species the bird was without seeing it. I recognized its call. But it got me thinking about those cases of haunting where no actual apparition is ever seen. Why do witnesses assume a ghost is even involved?

With no apparition, a haunting consists of some odd occurrences happening at a particular location. That a ghost is responsible is an assumption. Of course, you could argue that similar events occur in hauntings with or without apparitions. But even when ghosts are seen they are not observed producing knocking noises, moving objects about or any of the other stuff associated with hauntings. Ghosts are also often seen without any accompanying haunting phenomena. It might, therefore, be better to think of ghosts as a rare symptom of certain hauntings.

Despite this, there is a general assumption that hauntings are caused by ghosts, seen or unseen. This brings me back to the Goldfinch. Suppose I was in an empty building and I heard a door close somewhere out of sight. I would assume that there was someone present. But if, on searching, I could find no one, I would either conclude that they had left rapidly or it was a ghost. But there is another possibility, of course. What if the sound was not a door closing at all but just sounded like it? There is even a small possibility that my Goldfinch was something else entirely. A Starling, for instance, can mimic other bird calls.

My point is that I think people may assume invisible ghosts are responsible for haunting phenomena because they sound like someone moving around. But the sounds of someone moving about are so general that they can be produced by many other mechanisms. The 'closing door' I heard, in my example, may have been some automatic machinery operating, for instance, or perhaps something falling down. I have often been caught out by machinery in this way, causing me to think I was not as alone as I'd thought. And that's just indoors. Outside there are many things, like the wind, flowing water or animals, that can sound like someone moving around.

There's a lot more on this topic here. You will gather from these blog posts that I regard the idea of invisible ghosts as an, as yet, unproven assumption. Maybe compelling evidence for their existence is out there somewhere but I've yet to see it.

PS: "A rational guide to booing". It sounds like the title of an amusing lecture that I'd like to attend. It is, instead, a recent snatch of speech from an MWR (see 1 Sep). I think an acronym is needed for this dream eavesdropping. How about MDE - Microsleep Dream Eavesdropping.

1 September: What doesn't stay in the office?

Crows in a tree'It doesn't stay in the office. It's not long before you miss it.' This is a short snatch of speech heard by my acquaintance (MA) who experiences microsleep with REM (MWR). Essentially, it is a rare experience, affecting a tiny proportion of the population, who go straight into a dream state when they have a microsleep. Some of the experiences feel paranormal, despite their normal cause.

This latest odd experience is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it contradicts something MA had previously noted, namely that speech MWRs only seem to occur while reading. This particular random speech fragment happened while MA was sitting in a chair, resting but very much awake. Such random snatches of speech may feel like psychic messages to some people who have MWRs who are unaware of their true cause. Having said that, many of these 'messages' appear strangely opaque! This one sounds like a cryptic clue in a game. Such random content is typical of MWR speech (another example here). The talking does not seem to be addressed to MA but is more like eavesdropping on someone else's conversation. MA has only ever heard one voice talking per MWR but that may just be because the sessions are so short. It is interesting to note that many reported psychic communications also appear rather cryptic.

A second point that this example illustrates is that MWRs feel more real than ordinary dreams. They can often be recalled in detail. MA wrote down this one directly after hearing it. In contrast, MA cannot recall anything like such detail from ordinary sleeping dreams, only generalities. I suspect this is because the brain state is 'closer' to full consciousness during MWRs compared to normal REM sleep, allowing better recall. Because MWRs can be recalled in detail, they can feel very real.

Meanwhile MA's visual MWRs seem to getting longer and more frustrating. It is like seeing 10s of a thriller and never finding out what happens next! MA feels somehow detached from the action, not playing an active part even though the scenes appear much more real than TV. It is like standing, unseen, in the middle of a film set with the action going on all around. It would, therefore, not be hard for someone else who experiences MWRs, who does not know what they are, to think they are real, possibly paranormal, experiences.

Sadly, we will never know what doesn't stay in the office.

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Previous blog pages ...

  • Aug 2015 (including alien robot, white UFO, unlikely prediction comes true, animal ghosts. streaks in photos)
  • July 2015 (including coincidence versus precognition, paranormal smells, music and ghosts)
  • June 2015 (including interactive ghost, presence on train, orbs, spade wings)
  • May 2015 (including ghosts seen during vigils, mystery flash, sense of presence, transparent ghost, daytime UFO)
  • Apr 2015 (including UFO behind trees, orbs behind anything, possible cause of road ghost sightings, white-hatted ghost)
  • Mar 2015 (including moving object looking motionless, retreating ghost, IFO turning into a UFO)
  • Feb 2015 (including best ghost yet, how things vanish, purple thing, ghost in inappropriate attire)
  • Jan 2015 (including winter insect orbs, ghost from a train, strangeness threshold, flashes in the sky)
  • Dec 2014 (including lumpy horizon, green blob, strange lights, orbs, white floating thing)
  • Nov 2014 (including doors opening by themselves, haunting flashes, sense of presence, formant noise)
  • Oct 2014 (including animal ghosts, tricorn-hatted figure, seeing 0.23 celebrities monthly, dancing ghost)
  • Sep 2014 (including paper defying gravity, low flying UFOs, photographing ghosts, moving still photos)
  • Aug 2014 (including figure on a pillar, orbs still worth studying, ghost objects, shadow ghost)
  • July 2014 (including yellow orb, teleportation, ghostly whispers, owl, strange announcement)
  • June 2014 (including hand in a tree, blurry flying object, white alien, strange pattern on a dragonfly)
  • May 2014 (including single witness UFOs, ghosts vanishing, anomalies seen through gaps, rock face, creeping doppelgangers)
  • Apr 2014 (including unrecognized ghosts, odd UFO photo, do short-sighted people see ghosts, man with no face)
  • Mar 2014 (including unusual shaped UFO, ghost on a train, ghost presence, vampires, ghost calling)
  • Feb 2014 (including confusion, daylight orbs, haunted milk bottle, ghost on a bridge, too obvious explantations)
  • Jan 2014 (including colliding orbs, ball lightning, de-orbing, ghost mouse, mysterious flashes, ghost misidentification)
  • Dec 2013 (including popping orbs, new shadow ghost, ignoring a ghostly hand, dust turning into orbs videoed)
  • Nov 2013 (including hearing voices, blurry ghosts, mirrors and ghosts, coincidences, UFOs near airports)
  • Oct 2013 (including fairy photo, mist ghost, yeti, premonitions, orbs are NOT dust, how hauntings start)
  • Sep 2013 (including moving sticks, targets affecting odds in psi tests, shape shifting, not photographing ghosts)
  • Aug 2013 (including ghosts in plain view, mystery photo, seeing faces, ear pointing, shadow presence, time distortion)
  • July 2013 (including floating ghosts, on being a ghost, ghost ducks, follow that ghost - yes, ghosts galore)
  • June 2013 (including transparent ghosts, distance of UFOs, other stuff going on while witnessing anomalous phenomena)
  • May 2013 (including ghost seen AND photographed, time distortion, reproducing anomalous phenomena)
  • Apr 2013 (including door ghost moving, UFOs from a train, missing time, reality glitches, EVP without E, weird photos)
  • Mar 2013 (including witness credibility, distraction to see ghosts, movie in real life, photo or witness)
  • Feb 2013 (including possible orb comeback, OBEs go mainstream, walking ghost, feelings without touch, object movement)
  • Jan 2013 (including a big problem with ghost vigils, time distortions, cryptids, snow ghosts and rods, causes of hauntings)
  • Dec 2012 (including mysterious injuries, ghosts versus people, voice from nowhere, experimenting with a ghost)
  • Nov 2012 (including reflected ghost, isolated EVPs, ghosts talking to each other, invisible presences)
  • Oct 2012 (including ghostly presence, shadow ghost, strange pigeons, window ghosts, hallucinations)
  • Sep 2012 (including yellow grass, weird waterfalls, vanishing buzzard, ghost vigils, slowing down time)
  • Aug 2012 (including seeing unknown animals, glowing lampposts, EMF meters as an accident of history)
  • July 2012 (including turning rods into orbs, psychic insight, making insects spell, glowing eyes, haunting hot spots)
  • June 2012 (including doppelganger mystery, not expecting ghosts, anecdotal evidence, credible witnesses)
  • May 2012 (including lenticular cloud, ghost encounter, ghost train, weird stuff in a tree, van Gogh, resolution)
  • Apr 2012 (including naturalists and ghosts, odd feelings during OBE, wrong kind of sound, voice from nowhere)
  • Mar 2012 (including jogging and ghosts, misty ghosts, image noise, full spectrum photography, EVP of machines)
  • Feb 2012 (including ghost car, analyzing anomalous photos, ghost at rock concert, OBEs and motion sickness)
  • Jan 2012 (including stopping flying rods, photographing fairies, time warp, a ghost tie, ghostly fingers, New Year UFOs)
  • Dec 2011 (including missing time, improving ghost vigils, anomalous photos, ghostly faces, seeing fiction)
  • Nov 2011 (including OBE video games, EVP and VLF, whatshisname, paranormal misconceptions, invisible ghosts)
  • Oct 2011 (including smartphone ghosts, similacrum, smell of ghosts, morphing UFOs, slowing time)
  • Sep 2011 (including tidy ghost, MADS, transparent ghost, big announcement, ghost fox, not alone)
  • Aug 2011 (including cold spots, spectral hound, triangular UFO, ghost photos, rushing air and being dragged)
  • July 2011 (including Hilary Evans, Harry Potter, witness investment, bias in paranormal research, TV detectives)
  • June 2011 (including ASSAP @ 30, detecting lies, hyper-vigilence, strange thunder)
  • May 2011 (including ASSAP @ 30, lone shoes, flying rods, bias, early memories, strange floating object)
  • Apr 2011 (including royal wedding, mirror touch synaesthesia, sleep disorders, new ghost sighting)
  • Mar 2011 (including roof heron, Atlantis, first time witnesses, comparing film to digital paranormal photos)
  • Feb 2011 (including predicting the future, ghost bird, time slip, weird floor, what do we really know about paranormal)
  • Jan 2011 (including the ghost hunting boom, orange UFO, EVP experiment, extreme normality)
  • Dec 2010 (including microsleeps and road ghosts, shadow ghost in snow, lack of ghosts in photos, anthropomorphism)
  • Nov 2010 (including EMF meters, auras, evidence for precognition, sensitisation, the ghost hunting boom)
  • Oct 2010 (including black orbs, UnConvention, mirror visions, levitation, flying rods and orbs)
  • Sep 2010 (including a ring tone from the roof, shadow ghost video, time slip explanation, daylight orb video)
  • Aug 2010 (including Parisian UFO, sense of presence, SLI, consulting experts, misperception)
  • Jul 2010 (including Sherlock Holmes as a paranormal investigator, haunting sounds, what ARE hallucinations)
  • Jun 2010 (including the Loch Ness Monster, gorilla video, getting ghost stories the wrong way round)
  • May 2010 (including ball lightning, Wem ghost photo, waking up twice, eyewitnesses, Robin Hood)
  • Apr 2010 (including causes of road ghosts, new orb evidence, bird UFOs, UFO photo, not quite seeing is believing)
  • Mar 2010 (including experiencing hypnagogia, consciousness, belief, prolonged misperception, doppelganger)
  • Feb 2010 (including visual continuity errors - AKA ghosts, near sleep experiences on trains, spontaneous OOBEs)
  • Jan 2010 (including intelligent oil, SLI, inducing OOBEs, orange UFOs, the bleak midwinter)
  • Dec 2009 (including review of research in the noughties, pretty orbs, imperceptions, river monster)
  • Nov 2009 (including EVP without a recorder, demons and entities, why only some people see ghosts)
  • Oct 2009 (including grey ghost, near sleep experiences, a triangular UFO and seeing David Beckham)
  • Sep 2009 (including latent memory, Tufted Puffin, Bermuda Triangle and garden poltergeist)
  • Aug 2009 (including official UFO files, partial ghosts, flying rods and miracles)
  • Jul 2009 (including garden poltergeist, big cat video, orbs and hypnotic regression)
  • Jun 2009 (including thoughts from nowhere, shadow ghosts, premonitions and metallic UFO)
  • May 2009 (including analysing paranormal photos, making ghosts and ghost lore)
  • Apr 2009 (including phantom bird, choice blindness and grass that gets up and walks away)
  • Mar 2009 (including deja vu, ghostly mists, weird UFO photo, white ghosts)
  • Feb 2009 (including hidden memories, coincidences, auras and window UFOs)
  • Jan 2009 (including animals sensing ghosts, vampires, flying rod season and a haunted path)
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