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Can you spot the "ghost" in the picture?

Pareidolia. One of nature’s cruelest tricks on humans. Many people have traveled thousands of miles because they believed the image of a divine figure appeared in a piece of toast, or a Doritos chip. Some even pay a lot of money to collect these imprints.

I have to admit that most of them do look purposely created, and others that are created by accident, look highly detailed. Although most cases of pareidolia are very abstract and you really have to stare at the image for a bit to really “see” the face in question, some just jump out at you. For example, can you see the profile of “Jesus” in this picture?


Upon closer inspection you see that it is really the outline of the baby with a hat that creates the “face of Jesus”.
Pretty neat right?

Andrew Watters captured a neat looking “ghost” while on a weekend ghost hunt in St. Bathans, New Zealand. A strange photograph, it’s apparent that this could very well be just the reflection of the clouds.


So you might want to just hold off on that bid for $4,000 on Ebay for that Pistachio that looks like Yoda. On second thought that would be kinda cool to own, bid on!

Full Source:

Andrew Watters travelled to St Bathans, near Alexandra, with his partner Kim Ward during the weekend in search of the spirits that reputedly haunt its buildings.

“I’d always been nagging my Kim to go and have a look at the Vulcan Hotel and its supposed ghost, hoping we would find something.”

That search turned up short.

“I had a beer at the pub and got goosebumps but I think it was just the excitement.”

The pair took plenty of photos and didn’t think they had anything until a friend spotted a shape with an uncanny resemblance to a woman in the window at the post office, he said.

“It’s freaked me out a bit. The shape is very close to a human figure.”

The photograph did not make him any more or less sceptical about the existence of ghosts but it was bizarre, Mr Watters said.

Vulcan Hotel leasee Jude Cavanagh said it was the first she had heard of a ghost sighting at the post office.

“It’s a very spirited town, so who knows?”

The post office, which was managed by the Department of Conservation since the 1950s, had been vacant for about a year, at least in the bodily sense, she said.

“It all adds to the legend of the place.”

The department’s Alexandra community relations programme manager Amanda Ware said she had no knowledge of any phantom presence at the post office.

The building, opened in 1909, was a category two historic place and had been vacant for about a year, she said.

The interior largely remained unchanged from its days as a working port office and the second floor, where the mysterious shape was seen, was the postmaster’s living quarters, Ms Ware said.

“Maybe it was him coming back for a visit.”

She would tread carefully the next time she stopped by, she said.

  • Graham

    Clouds or Photoshop? The window frame looks a bit suspect. The coincidence of the picture being taken by someone who hunts ghosts and the ease with which pictures can be faked makes it hardly worth reporting!

  • I’m leaning to hoax on this one also (as Graham suggests), moresoe than for our good friend pareidolia.

    Still, either explanation is plausible. Far more so than the spirit of a dead person showing up on a digital camera.

  • Binx

    Looks like someone has photoshopped a picture of the Pope in there! : )

    I call fake on this one.

  • Flautodorato

    But how could one take a photograph of a spirit / ghost /angel /demon and so on?
    What are these “entities” supposed to be made of?

    Truly, I’ve had expercienced strange/paranormal phenomena myseld ever since I was a teenager, but not every day, and not even every month. Perhaps twice of three times a year, it depends.

    I could say that some of those were related to ghosts, I mean, “souls”: dead people, and I had so many E.S.P., and very clear, related to “the dead”, that I could easily recognize the ghost/soul of my grandmother: she called me by my name and was kind to me. None of these ghosts tried to scare me o hurt me in any way, they wanted me to pray, to give them spiritual energy and so I prayed, I tried to concentrate, pray for their Peace, and as I kept on praying hard, one by one, they all left my house, joyfully.

    This is no faity tale, this is real. Believe and pray for your beloved ones who have died.