Ghostly face floats near floor

17-year-old Matthew Summers used his mobile phone to take a picture of his sister and some friends as they were preparing to go out. Closer inspection of the photo revealed a ghostly face floating near the floor. writes:

His photo joins a long line of apparently paranormal snaps. The most memorable in recent times was a cloaked figure photographed standing in a doorway at Hampton Court Palace in 2003.
However, Ciaran O'Keeffe, a parapsychologist on Living TV's Most Haunted show, has a more down-to-earth explanation for the "child" in Matthew's photograph.
Dr O'Keeffe said: "As human beings we're very good at finding a pattern in randomness and related to that we're good at finding faces in randomness. The term for this is pareidolia.
"First it was ink blots, then things like clouds in the sky and now mobile phone pictures.
"There is no ghost in this picture, just the coincidental effect of pixelation and darkness and light which combine together."

Sure, it's pareidolia. But it also looks like something was either superimposed on the original picture or smudged the pixels. I'd guess it's an artifact created by the software used to compress the size of the image. (via spluch)

Paranormal Pareidolia

Posted on Fri Jan 25, 2008


It's Chuckie! ow much will it sell for on EBay?
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  09:34 AM
That does NOT look like a photo taken with a phone. That's probably not the focus of the weirdness...but if someone is lying about that, then they are lying about other things.
Posted by Maegan  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  09:35 AM
The screaming, ignored, eye-impaled kid in the other corner is creepier.
Posted by Morgan  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  10:04 AM
I agree with Morgan. Creeps me right out.
Posted by dply27  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  10:16 AM
I think you're being awfully generous to call this "pareidolia." To me it looks more like a deliberate fake.

...But yeah, what is up with the crying kid with the fork stuck in her eye?
Posted by Big Gary  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  11:12 AM
Jesus christ these girls are massive. Women of the US of A are getting fatter every year!
Posted by Phiu-x  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  11:38 AM
Umm...Matthew claims to be from the UK.
Posted by Maegan  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  12:56 PM
"...these girls are massive. Women of the US of A are getting fatter every year!"
Posted by Phiu-x

That they are!!! But as the red-necks are fond o' saying, "F..f..f..fat chicks are t..t..t..tons of fun!!!"

I was on one of those on-line dating sites (PofF). Nowadays women describe this obesity as "About Average" when they describe their "Body Type". When I was a kid, "about average" meant you weren't buff or working out. You just had a non-distinct look to you... I guess they ain't lying when the call obesity "About Average" now... The ones in this picture need to go on a diet, especially that one on the far right that looks like she has an innertube under her shirt.
Posted by Christopher  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  12:56 PM
As for the "ghost" in the picture??? Look at the kid with the fork in his eye real good... Then look at the ghost... They look like the same person...
Posted by Christopher  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  01:01 PM
I think the ghost looks like an afterimage of the face of the person third from the right.
Posted by Vorple  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  01:39 PM
... I still call it, "The kid with the fork in his eye..."
Posted by Christopher  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  07:25 PM
The kid could just be holding something & crying. Jocelynn does it all the time.
Posted by Maegan  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  07:37 PM
Posted by samcoupl  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  03:34 AM
Looks like Einstein
Posted by andrea  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  02:24 PM
I used to watch Most Haunted all the time. I never realized Ciaran O'Keeffe was a doctor of some sorts. I really only watched it because I thought the old buildings and castles they went to were fascinating... not to mention when Derek Acorah got possessed...
Posted by Jackie  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  03:19 PM
The face vaguely reminds me of Deep Roy (the actor who played the Oompa Loompas in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake):
Posted by fnoood  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  03:48 PM
No, you guys are all wrong. It's Chuckie - the homicidal doll. It's escaped from the Hollywood movie lot where it has been hiding at and is getting ready to start a spree in order to start up his career again.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  05:46 PM
Definitely not a cell phone picture at least.

Going OT:how the heck do MEN look themselves?What excuses do they have for beer-bellies hanging over their belts?Not pregnancies and baby-fat at least.Yes,it
Posted by Cecilia  on  Sun Jan 27, 2008  at  02:38 AM
I'm having a moment of prophecy here. Either Jesus' or the Devil's face is going to suddenly appear in a campaign photo or picture sometime in the next ten months. Or both will appear. I won't guess whose campaign will be so decorated but remember, you read it here first.
Posted by Phred22  on  Sun Jan 27, 2008  at  08:49 AM
Dunno why that shouldn't be a cell-phone pic - two of my sisters have phones with 6-megapixel cameras. Times have changed.
Posted by outeast  on  Mon Jan 28, 2008  at  05:25 AM
Phiu-X, this wouldn't happen to be you, would it? 😕
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Sun Feb 24, 2008  at  12:20 PM
Man, not only did that picture capture a ghost, but it caught a few Trolls as well. Look at the one with her eyes closed...And the troll in pink. Eww...Scary!
Posted by Fred Sanford  on  Mon Apr 07, 2008  at  06:10 AM
wow that is scary. I wonder what I will be dreaming about tonight.
Posted by Filipina Lady  on  Mon Jul 21, 2008  at  09:28 PM
i meet a girl who had that pic on her phone, i think she was in the picture and we were chattin bout ghosts lol,
Posted by johnny friel  on  Sat Oct 25, 2008  at  05:56 AM
they're big-boned dammit! just big-boned! ...mama more cheezi-poofs! like to big bone that blonde
Posted by Bama  on  Mon Nov 17, 2008  at  03:01 PM
you can dream about me PI lady...
Posted by Bama  on  Mon Nov 17, 2008  at  03:05 PM
its more convincing than anything ive ever seen on that shitty programme most haunted, bunch of muppets
Posted by the beast XIII  on  Mon Jan 26, 2009  at  10:46 AM
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