Respectful Insolence

I must admit, I’m rather happy that October is over, as that means that the local news stations doing all sorts of brain dead fluff stories about the paranormal. On the other hand, if I were still living in Cleveland, I’d miss out on awesome pareidolia like this:

Here’s what they’re talking about:

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And here’s more of a close-up:

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I have to admit, I can see the resemblance. I can also see that it’s almost certainly nothing more than a reflection off of the camera lens. Also remember that this picture was taken with what looks like a cheap cell phone camera. It is, however, fantastic pareidolia.

It does raise some interesting questions, though. If ghosts are incorporeal, then why do they need to get it on? That is, after all, a physical act that relies on human physiology to be pleasurable. At the risk of being a bit blunt, if there are no parts rubbing against other parts, what would be the point if you’re a ghost and don’t have any parts to rub against other parts?

Comments

  1. #1 Mrs. Woo
    November 3, 2011

    Um. Wow. That could really be just about anything. The cell phone thing was just a bad connection…

  2. #2 Nash
    November 3, 2011

    One theory about ghosts is that they are an imprint left by humans when in an highly emotional state. Usually most people take this to mean moments of fear or upset, but hey, getting it on is just as emotional

  3. #3 anarchic teapot
    November 3, 2011

    Looks more like a disembodied pair of hands peeling a banana. I do hope there are bananas in the afterlife.

  4. #4 Ren
    November 3, 2011

    There better be bananas on the other side. Or else…

  5. #5 BKsea
    November 3, 2011
  6. #6 Mrs. Woo
    November 3, 2011

    I have to admit I have NOT been able to see the red hooker heels that the woman said are in the image. I kept looking. Maybe I should have picked up my laptop and turned it this way and that?

  7. #7 Mekei
    November 3, 2011

    I hate these eye-teasers. I’m with Mrs. Woo. I can’t see anything. Orac, can you draw an outline around the hanky panky for us please? ;) #ghostporn

  8. #8 Sharon
    November 3, 2011

    If I’m seeing this correctly, he’s a bit too low and off to the right. But then again I’m no Dr…

  9. #9 Igor
    November 3, 2011

    If ghosts are incorporeal, then why do they need to get it on?

    Old habits die hard. Pun intended.

  10. #10 Anonymous
    November 4, 2011

    “the local news stations doing all sorts of brain dead fluff stories about the paranormal.”

    Or the frakking New York Times. grrr

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/nyregion/at-capitol-in-albany-spending-an-evening-with-ghosts.html

  11. #11 DLC
    November 4, 2011

    Sorry. not seeing it. at the most, I see a vague image of what could be a Lilly with a large stamen. #OccupyOrac

  12. #12 Muffin
    November 4, 2011

    Aw, I can’t see it either. The spirits do not favour me.

    I don’t suppose anyone here saw the Morning Show in Australia today. A viewer questioned their resident “psychic” about lights in photographs of her daughter. Apparently, this was her daughter’s guardian angel… Not an incredibly obvious lens flare. Also, that jerk you feel before falling asleep sometimes? That’s your spirit returning from some astral galavanting.

    This kind of thing just makes me despair.

  13. #13 Sharon
    November 4, 2011

    I am surprised others can’t see what seems very obvious to me. It’s like one of those optical illusion tests that reveal a lot about your unconscious….I feel dirty now.

  14. #14 Andreas Johansson
    November 4, 2011

    Looks like a guy in a white sheet to me …

  15. #15 Evilcyber
    November 4, 2011

    Maybe my mind is not x-rated enough, but all I see is a banana.

    Which poses the question what the nutritional value of an ethereal banana would be.

  16. #16 Poodle Stomper
    November 4, 2011

    If there’s an afterlife, that’s what I hope to be doing!

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