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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.

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.

Important note: If anything in this blog does not make sense, try following the links in text! If it still doesn't make sense, that's probably my fault ...

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30 November: Are we missing some vital information from witness reports?

Sun behind treeWhen researching spontaneous anomalous phenomena most researchers have to rely on reports from witnesses. Few researchers are lucky enough to see any phenomena themselves. Whenever I read a witness account I always wonder, what would I have seen if I'd been standing by the side of the witness. Crucially, would I have seen it differently in any way?

When we deal with witness testimony there are various factors to consider. Firstly, there is perception. Specifically, did the witness see exactly what physically happened in front of them or did their perception alter what they saw in some way? In the case of misperception, for instance, the witness may have seen a human figure when, physically, there was actually a poorly seen tree in front of them (see here for a discussion and case study on this). Secondly, there is the problem of witness memory. Every time someone recalls something, that memory can (unconsciously) change and any alteration becomes the 'real' memory from that point onwards. This means that if a witness discusses their experience a lot, before they are interviewed by a researcher, it may bear little resemblance to what happened, even though the witness is convinced it is absolutely correct (see here for a discussion of witness memory). Thirdly, there are psychological factors, like priming, that can affect what a witness sees. So there are many reasons why what I might see and remember may be different compared to a witness standing next to me. Fourthly, some reports are caused by hallucination.

Luckily, I've witnessed a number of anomalous incidents, or things that might be reported as such by other people. Many of them have been reported in this blog. Many of these incidents appeared, at first sight, to be anomalous but I always found a xenonormal explanation. In many cases the incidents were the result of an unusual coincidence involving many factors coming together in an unlikely way. These factors typically change soon after the incident. So unless you notice them at the time, you may miss vital clues to the true nature of the incident.

I suspect that I would probably see much the same as a witness standing next to me. If it was a misperception I might see something similar or something quite different (a tree rather than a human figure for instance). If it was a hallucination, obviously I wouldn't see the anomaly at all. But the key point is, would I have the presence of mind to look for things other than the anomaly itself? It is difficult to ignore something extraordinary in front of you. So, whether I would notice such details I can't honestly say.

I strongly suspect that many details, particularly what was going on around the anomaly at the time and what happened just before, may not be noticed by witnesses, for understandable reasons. My experiences have led me to conclude that many reported anomalous incidents may not be as inexplicable as they seem. We just lack the relevant additional information that is lost soon after the event.

Note: I just had that 'sound behind music' thing again (see here for background). Wow, it just got weirder! I had a feeling there was someone standing just behind me when there was not! So another form of sense of presence may be caused by sound! Obviously this was all with loud music playing.

27 November: The man who moved instantly!

BlurredAs I turned my head, the person in my peripheral vision did something extraordinary, impossible in fact. The man turned round completely - instantly! In a flash, the man went from facing forwards to sideways. Doing impossible things is a trait of ghosts! But I was totally convinced the man was utterly normal and real. So what's going on?

I could write a book about the odd things I see as a short-sighted person. I've already got a title - 'Tales from Myopia'. I've mentioned some of this stuff recently (see here and here). This latest effect is caused by wearing glasses. I've never noticed it until recently but that's because I've got new glasses. I think it is a combination of the particular strong prescription of the lenses and their size. It means that objects in my peripheral vision, at the visible edge of the lens, can appear distorted visually. I only notice it in certain situations but when I do it can be quite extraordinary. Objects can look as though they are facing a different direction to the one they really are. And if I turn to look at the object directly this distortion instantly vanishes. This is what happened to the man I noticed. He did not move at all while I was watching but by turning my head, he appeared to be suddenly facing in a different direction.

Another effect I've seen is a stationary object apparently moving when seen through a narrow slit In a recent case it was the gap formed by a narrowly open door. Something seemed to move inside the unoccupied room as I turned my head from a peripheral to central view. The effect happened repeatedly every time I moved my head, even though nothing physically moved in the room beyond the door. Moving my head repeatedly proved a a reliable way of testing for such an effect. Obviously, if there really was an object moving on its own, moving my head should make no difference. Sadly, it's unlikely that a witness to a spontaneous incident would have done this test at the time.

Yet another odd effect I've noticed is when I get a peripheral view of a well-lit room from outside. It can look as if there is an object in the room which, when I look straight at it, isn't there. Again the effect is reproducible by doing the same movements repeatedly. Also, straight-edged objects can sometimes look curved.

These visual effects do not happen that frequently and I haven't been able to say exactly in what circumstances. It appears to relate to relative positions and distances of the objects involved as well as the angle of view. I expected to stop noticing the effects as I got used to the new glasses. However, they continue to happen from time to time, months after getting the glasses. I think they reappear after I've forgotten about them for a while. Nevertheless, they were more frequent when my glasses were new.

Paranormal case investigators would usually take note if a witness is short-sighted. However, if the witness was wearing their glasses at the time of the incident they will probably discount this as a factor in a strange observation. That's because, of course, glasses correct vision! However, my recent experience suggests glasses can also sometimes cause apparent paranormal effects.

The picture (above right) has been edited! It attempts to illustrate how the edge of a lens distorts the view seen by someone wearing glasses,

22 November: More ghostly irony

ArchMore ghostly irony, this time at my expense! As I entered a walled garden recently I noticed someone on the opposite side. I was immediately struck by how still the figure was. Then I realized what it was - a misperception ghost! Intrigued, I continued to watch the figure, expecting it to turn into a tree or bush at any moment. Except it didn't.

After a little while the figure moved! It did not turn into something else but remained stubbornly human. So, a real person after all, I decided. I looked away for a few seconds and them back again., The figure had gone. This puzzled me because the figure was surrounded by high walls. They did not have enough time to vanish from my sight while I looked away. So, another kind of ghost then!

Sadly not! It turned out that there was an open gate in the wall near the figure that I could not see from my initial angle of view. So the person could easily have left the scene in the few seconds when I looked away. Final conclusion - a real person. I think the figure was very still at first because they were taking photographs.

So here's the irony. Another witness, who knew less about ghosts than me, would most likely have reacted quite differently. They would have seen the person, thought nothing of it and never considered the possibility of a ghost! So it is only because I know a bit about ghosts that I thought I saw one. I wonder if some things reported on ghost vigils may come from this sort of expectation of what ghosts look like and how they behave.

20 November: We're talking one Alexander right now!

Sun behind tree"We're talking one Alexander right now". This was heard by my acquaintance (MA) who gets microsleep with REM (MWR) in an empty room recently. MA often hears these 'voice MWRs' which sound like something overheard from a slightly bizarre conversation. They always make sense grammatically and hang together as a coherent thought. But, as this example illustrates, it is difficult to see how they might fit into anything other than a bizarre conversation. See here for more examples.

However, there was something new with this latest example - it was said in a distinct American accent. MA has never heard any voice MWRs in any noticeable accent before. In what is surely not a coincidence, MA was reading an article about American elections just before the MWR occurred. MA has not noticed voice MWRs specifically linked to real life events just prior to the experience before but it would be unsurprising if it happened.

So how might this play out to someone who gets MWRs but does not know their true cause? Well an obvious possibility is seeing a ghost in a place the witness knew to be haunted! It is even possible that if such a witness knew what the ghost was supposed to look like, having seen a picture, that might be who they see! For more on this idea of how MWRs could produce sightings of identifiable ghosts, see here.

17 November: The unexpected fall of night

Dark kingfisherFrom my ongoing study of anomalous photographs I would say there are basically two main types. Type 1 is where a witness sees something anomalous and photographs it. Type 2 is where the witness notices nothing unusual at the time of exposure but sees an anomaly in the resulting photograph.

Type 2 photos are far more numerous than type 1. Since the anomaly was not visible at the time of exposure in type 2 photos, it is likely that most are photographic artefacts. See here for a description of some of these such artefacts.

I've always wondered why there are so few type 1 anomalous photos. Years ago this could be put down to the fact that few people carry cameras around. However, nowadays most people carry a mobile phone and these contain cameras. And yet the number of type 1 photos remains low. There was an incident recently which made me realize why this might be.

I was out taking photos of wildlife, something I do regularly. I was watching a kingfisher which remained stubbornly distant. Then, unexpectedly, it perched nearby for a few seconds and I took several photos of it. My joy at this bit of luck was short-lived. The resulting photos were highly underexposed. This was because I'd changed the standard settings for an earlier photo and forgotten to change them back. You can see the result here (top right) which looks as though night suddenly fell unexpectedly!

It made me appreciate how difficult it is to get a photo of a short-lived, unexpected event. I am an experienced nature photographer who had his camera out and ready. And yet I still made a mistake which messed up the photo. The situation for a witness facing an unexpected anomalous event is much worse. They are highly unlikely to have a camera, or phone, out ready for just such an event. And they may, in any case, fail to react quickly enough because of the shock of seeing something truly extraordinary and unexpected. And even if they do get a photo taken what are the chances it will be well exposed?

It is not easy taking photos of short-lived events even when you are ready for them, as I was with the kingfisher. So I am no longer surprised that there are so few type 1 photos. I think we're lucky that there are any at all.

16 November: Ironic ghosts!

ShadowI love irony! There is a fine example in the current ghost hunting boom. The assumption-led methods used in the ghost vigils that are the a central feature of the boom revolve around a fundamental belief - that ghosts are spirits. This is despite the fact that the evidence for this is less than compelling (for a discussion of this evidence see here). So here's the irony - the ghost hunting boom itself is making the case for ghosts as spirits less and less likely.

The reason for this is simple. We now have what must be thousands of people spending millions of hours ghost hunting. With all that effort you would expect at least some some kind of consistent thread of evidence to emerge supporting the idea of ghosts as spirits, assuming that the idea is correct. And yet, no such body of evidence has so far emerged from the boom.

Careful research based on spontaneous cases of people seeing ghosts has revealed that many such sightings are caused by misperception or hallucination. There are other causes too (like coincidence) and there have always been other cases that might possibly be explained by such things as recording ghosts or spirits. So the evidence collected before the ghost hunting boom did not rule out spirits as one possible cause but did make it unlikely. But now the lack of any consistent evidence implicating spirits from the boom has reduced the odds of them being involved.

I believed ghosts were spirits when I started my interest in this subject because that was, and is, the overwhelming popular idea about ghosts. But I gradually realized from examining real cases that things didn't support that idea in any compelling way (see here for a brief account of how I came to this conclusion). I have always continued to believe, however, that some ghosts may have a paranormal cause. But I'm not convinced that any ghosts are spirits and the ghost hunting boom 'results' are only tending to reinforce that view.

14 November: Directional ghostly voices and an unexpected return!

Paving slabsAlone in a room, MA heard a voice say something. Then a different voice said something else. The voices did not appear, judging from what they said, to be talking to each other or to MA. Unfortunately, MA cannot remember exactly was said at the time. Both voices spoke just a few words each. But here's where it gets interesting. One voice came unmistakably from MA's left side while the other was unambiguously from the right. In other words, the voices appeared to come from two specific places in space. This is the first time MA has noted voices coming form any particular direction.

MA is my acquaintance (MA) who gets microsleep with REM (MWR) which is what this experience was. It was a 'voice MWR' a type where MA hears a voice when alone, while still seeing the actual physical scene ahead normally. In all previous 'voice MWRs' MA was not aware of the voice coming from any particular direction in space. It is quite possible that previous voices did actually came from a particular direction but, if so, it was not obvious at the time.

So what's the significance of this observation? MWRs are essentially a combination of real current sensory data and dream material. From this latest observation it seems that the dream element is so realistic that it even includes directionality. It is more like an immersive virtual reality experience than watching TV. It also implies that we dream in stereo!

MWRs can, of course, be mistaken for genuine paranormal experiences by a witness unaware of their true cause. They may be indicative of a sleep disorder or severe sleep deprivation. The fact that they are so realistic will simply add to the impression that these are completely genuine paranormal experiences. In other words, just because ghostly voices come from a specific direction it doesn't mean they are definitely real!

Meanwhile, I was utterly shocked to see the door ghost again recently (background here). I mentioned the ghost recently (here) having not seen it for 14 months! I think this return is the result of an unconscious psychological priming process. It is similar to the way I've started to hear 'voices behind music' (see here) a lot recently after discussing it in this blog. I also mentioned the door ghost recently, of course. Despite that I was not expecting the door ghost again so when it appeared I thought it was a real person. Turning round there was, of course, no one there.

9 November: When ghosts rarely turned up on vigils!

Sun behind treeWhen I used to go on ghost vigils, we seldom experienced anything. In those days, before the current ghost-hunting boom, vigils consisted of people sitting around quietly waiting to experience something paranormal at a haunted location. We had little or no equipment. The idea was simply to try to experience whatever had been reported by prior witnesses who would not have had equipment either. We all wanted to see a ghost and reckoned a haunted place had to be the best place to go. I never did see a ghost on those vigils though I've seen several since (many reported in this blog).

So why didn't we see much on those ghost vigils? The favoured explanation at the time was that, if ghosts were reported, say, a couple of times a year at a particular venue then it was unlikely they would be seen simply by turning up on one random night of the year. It was a reasonable explanation but it would mean that if you went many, many times you must eventually see a ghost. But even after a lot of vigils the reported ghost count remained stubbornly low. So was there more to it than ghosts simply being very rarely seen? All these years later I've got some other possible explanations.

Firstly, if the original ghost sightings at a haunted location were caused by misperception then deliberately looking for ghosts was the not a good strategy. Misperception usually only works if you are NOT expecting it. It might help explain a curious thing we noted on those vigils. We found that many of the phenomena that WERE recorded on vigils happened during break periods when people were moving around between sessions and not expecting to experience anything. This idea of not seeing ghosts when you look hard for them was noted at the time, though not with misperception in mind. Some people even tried doing things other than looking for ghosts at haunted locations and it produced some promising results.

Secondly, I believe on some occasions we DID actually experience what previous witnesses had seen or heard without realizing it at the time. That's because we had formed our own mental picture, based on witness reports, of what to expect. But that mental picture probably owed more to ghost movies than reality. For instance, I remember one place (a haunting hot spot - see recent post) where ghostly whispering was frequently reported. It was only after I'd heard a particular sound there several times that I realized it could be interpreted as whispering. I'd already worked out that it was really the sound of water flowing intermittently in pipes behind walls in that room. It did not agree with the dramatic, obvious whispering sound I was expecting but it certainly fitted the witness description.

8 November: Ghostly 'sounds behind music' - again!

Sun behind treeRecently (here), I mentioned how I sometimes hear the sounds of someone moving around, or voices, when quite alone and playing music loudly. I said it was a very rare occurrence. However, as noted in both posts since then, I've heard it several times since. In fact, I've heard it more times in the last few days than in the previous year. I think that writing about the phenomenon may have raised my psychological expectancy, causing me to hear it much more. This has allowed me to make some more detailed observations. I haven't heard the 'voice' version of the sounds recently, though I did as few months back, just those resembling someone moving around nearby in a different room, Here is what I found.

Firstly, the sounds are surprisingly distinct despite the loud music. In fact, they are more obvious than sounds caused by a real person moving around nearby! It is almost as though the phantom sounds are amplified compared to their real counterpart. They are, however, much less varied than the sounds of a real person moving around. They consist largely of clicks and knocks. And the strangest thing is that I never hear these quite distinctive phantom sounds when there is a real person present moving about.

What do I conclude from all this? Firstly, psychological expectation appears to makes the sounds appear more frequently. However, if I deliberately listen for them they don't occur. I have to be distracted by doing some other activity, like writing this post. Secondly, the noises are significantly different from the sounds of a real person moving around. This is important because it makes the phantom sounds recognizable. That's how I know they are NOT heard when there really IS someone else around. Thus, I conclude, that being alone is a prerequisite to hearing the sounds. This, and the fact that the music needs to be loud, fits in with the idea of the witness unconsciously feeling vulnerable since they could not hear anyone's approach. Hearing the sounds always prompts me automatically to turn the music off to see if there is anything real going on. So as a way of keeping me alert to my surroundings, it works!

It is entirely possible that this phenomenon could make someone think they are in a haunted location. The sound of someone moving around, when the witness is alone, certainly sounds like a haunting. I've not come across any cases like this, involving music, but they may well be out there.

6 November: What causes haunting hot spots?

Floor planWhat causes haunting hot spots? I've speculated in the past but it's time to get serious. For those who don't know, when a building is haunted paranormal activity is not usually recorded everywhere. There are usually pronounced haunting 'hot spots' of activity. For instance, in the floor plan (pic right), of an imaginary haunted house, there are only three places on the ground floor where haunting activity regularly occurs. In room A an apparition has been seen. In the hall, B, the sound of footsteps are regularly heard while faint music is sometimes heard at C in the corner of the largest room. So what causes such hot spots of haunting activity?

I was thinking about this recently, as you do, when it occurred to me that I'd already looked into a few hot spots in some detail. So here is what I think is probably going on at these particular hot spots. I already suspected that, like ghosts themselves, hot spots have different causes. Do these examples support that idea?

Firstly, there is the alley where I have felt a sense of presence several times (see here and here). The case for considering this place a haunting hot spot has been considerably strengthened recently. I discovered that someone else has also felt a sense of presence in the same location, also caused by noises suggesting a person walking behind the witness. So for this particular hot spot, the cause would appear to be sounds heard there suggestive of a person walking (caused by leaves on the ground blowing around) combined with discomfort from being in a relatively confined space with few escape routes. There is also a suggestion that witnesses need to be in a particular state of mind for the effect to occur.

Secondly, there is the bed in the Tapestry Room at Muncaster Castle. Independent witnesses sleeping in this particular bed have reported hearing a child crying. I won't bother to describe how this has been investigated as it is described in detail here and here. The overall conclusion is that the crying child phenomenon may be a hallucination induced by certain varying magnetic fields.

Thirdly, there is the door ghost. For an introduction to this see here. Though the ghost has only been seen by one witness (me) it has occurred so many times that I was able to do experiments on it. The cause of the shadowy figure was obvious enough - misperception. The ghost only appeared, however, when I approached the door from a very specific direction. I no longer use that approach so the ghost has vanished. If I use the 'old route' deliberately to see the ghost it does not appear. That's because misperceptions do not usually appear if you are expecting them! Lighting also had an effect on the ghost's appearances.

Looking at these three examples, plus others I've come across in the past, they support my idea that different haunting hot spots have different basic causes, like misperception and induced hallucination. So why doesn't everyone walking through a hot spot have a haunting experience? I think that is because there are many secondary contributory factors that need to be present at the same time for an experience to occur. In the 'haunted alley', for instance, you need things to cause a sound, like fallen leaves being blown around. With the door ghost, the exact position of the witness is crucial, as is lighting. The witnesses themselves also need to be a particular psychological state for such experiences to occur. I walk the 'haunted alley' all the time and the presence has only occurred a handful of times. In one such experience, for instance, I was distracted looking for autumn cobwebs when the footsteps came which is something I can only recall doing on that single occasion. As I've noted many times, anomalous experiences are almost always coincidences, involving many factors that all just happen to come together at one time. This would explain why these experiences are so elusive.

This is just a first stab at understanding haunting hot spots. I suppose on a more speculative level, you could consider recording ghosts as another possible cause of a hot spot though there are problems with this concept (see here). The popular idea of ghosts as spirits does not fit well with haunting hot spots. This may be why hot spots seem to be so rarely discussed.

PS: I just had yet another of those 'sounds behind music' experiences (see here for explanation). As I said last time, I think it is becoming a common occurrence now I've written about it.

1 November: Irregularly flashing UFO

SunsetRecently I spotted a bright light in the sky that I wasn't able to identify, making it a UFO! It was flashing at irregular intervals. I wasn't able to get a prolonged view but then I saw something that could easily explain the UFO.

The photo (right) was taken at around the same time near to where I saw the UFO. As the photo shows, it was sunset at the time which is, I think, crucial to understanding this mystery. The yellow object just below the centre of the picture is a cloud. It is the same colour as the UFO I saw but though less bright.

What I saw after the UFO was a low-flying plane on its approach to an airport. It was turning, at one end of a holding stack I think. As it turned, the underside glinted reflecting the sun which was near the horizon. As different parts of the plane reflected the sun it gave an overall impression of a brightly irregularly flashing object! I believe the UFO I saw earlier was the same thing, a plane turning and reflecting the sun, but higher in the stack, making its true identity less obvious.

When I first saw the UFO it certainly looked quite mysterious. However, once I realized it was moving like a plane it became fairly obvious what it was. The intensity of the light and the way it flashed irregularly was odd but easily explained by the plane reflecting the setting sun. This kind of UFO could only be seen at sunset or sunrise in a place where aircraft turn, such as in a stack. It is another example of an anomaly caused by a coincidence. It is something worth checking for when investigating UFO reports.

PS: I just had another of those 'sounds behind music' experiences (see here for explanation) as I wrote this post! I fear that writing about this phenomenon may now make it more common in future.

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Previous blog pages ...

  • Oct 2017 (including sounds 'behind' music, non-blurry ghost, ghost with a paunch, small human ghost)
  • Sep 2017 (including seeing ghosts to order, paper defies gravity, precognition, moving aerial mystery)
  • Aug 2017 (including identifiable ghosts, psychic message, like time standing still, on not seeing foxes)
  • Jul 2017 (including invisible ghosts, sense of presence in rain, precognition, haunting sounds)
  • Jun 2017 (including more real that reality, white flying object, pale figure at a window)
  • May 2017 (including ghosts: in a crowd, in a hi vis vest, object movement and sounds)
  • Apr 2017 (including no glasses no ghost, odd ghost, embarrassing ghost, fame month works again)
  • Mar 2017 (including white glowing shape or ghost, another source of 'presence', a ghost returns)
  • Feb 2017 (including fish in sky, best ghost in months, strange transparent object, recounting experiences often)
  • Jan 2017 (including ghostly face, phantom snow boarder, unexpected return of fame month)
  • Dec 2016 (including vanishing mouse. grey fuzzy thing, yellow dots, doppelganger)
  • Nov 2016 (including ghost fox, strange small figure in photo, haunting noises)
  • Oct 2016 (including strange voice, disintegrating ghost, ghostly leaf in focus to short-sighted witness)
  • Sep 2016 (including ghost on demand, shadow ghost, amplified hearing, anniversary ghosts)
  • Aug 2016 (including figure vanishes, strange music, phantom squirrel, fame month again)
  • Jul 2016 (including robot on wall, ghostly hooded figure, new house effect, transparent figures in photos)
  • Jun 2016 (including odd UFO, amplified hearing, alternate realities, strange stick figure on roof)
  • May 2016 (including farewell to the door ghost, restaurant ghost, invisible book, shrinking object)
  • Apr 2016 (including double UFO photo, strange animal, amplified hearing, fame month)
  • Mar 2016 (including time slip, strange brown blob, pig becomes horse, ghosts out or in focus)
  • Feb 2016 (including identifiable ghost, ghost in odd pose, leaning ghost, door ghost returns, ideal witness)
  • Jan 2016 (including too strange to be noticed, vanishing man, giant glowing pig, UFO reports)
  • Dec 2015 (including strange object with a tail, crouching ghost, scurrying ghost, sea serpents, false stepping)
  • Nov 2015 (including paranormal object movement, premonitions., distance of sighted ghosts, soundproof barrier)
  • Oct. 2015 (including monk and nun ghosts, white ghosts, red ghosts, touching ghosts, life going fast forward)
  • Sep 2015 (including glowing transparent ghost, unsettling ghost, insect ghost, UFO in clouds, linear photo anomalies)
  • 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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