Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The Ghost of Shakespeare Garden

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Photographic proof of the existence of the “Ghost of Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden” is available for the first time. It’s existence was news to me. Having never heard a rumor that the place was haunted I was doubly shocked to have stumbled on the provocative and eerie scene at just the right moment. I assure you that the photo was not concocted in Adobe Photoshop or some other software. It’s a genuine image. So what is the spectral figure lurking in the shadows?

The photographic solution follows tomorrow.

Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [larger image].


  1. #1 Laelaps
    August 30, 2007

    Aw, there’s a little kitty in there… I actually see something relatively similar when sitting in my living room from time to time. The smallest of the cats I have, Charlotte, loves to sit in a little hole in the scratching post and look out into the other room, so I usually see the eye shine from the tapetum lucidum when the light is just right.

  2. #2 matthew
    August 30, 2007

    I bet it’s got big nashy teeth!

  3. #3 llewelly
    August 30, 2007

    I agree with Laelaps – looks like a cat.
    There are a number of other animals common to the area (like raccoons), which also have a structure similar to a tapetum lucidium.

  4. #4 Chris' Wills
    August 31, 2007

    I’ll guess that it is a pussy cat.

  5. #5 Victor Tabbycat
    September 4, 2007

    Kitty! Laser eye kitty. Hosta are good fur hidin, I see.

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