5 Creepy Ghost Sightings Caught On Tape #2
5 Creepy Ghost Sightings Caught On Tape #2
“One typical morning, my husband got up and went to work. When he has to get up early, our Great Dane would get on the bed and sleep with me for the rest of the morning. Great Danes are huge as everyone knows–when she would stand up on the mattress, it would shake the whole bed and it felt just like 150-pound adult standing on the mattress.
This one morning she stood up, circled around. I guessed couldn’t get comfortable so she jumped off the bed with a huge thud as you would expect from a dog her size. I heard her walk down the hallway (we had squeaky floors). I was kind of awake but had my eyes closed.
I wasn’t ready to get up so I rolled over only to feel her still laying there fast asleep, even snoring a little. I had no idea who or what was standing on the bed and had jumped off. I was laying there kind of freaked out and wide awake. Then I heard a loud smack on my husband’s side of the bed. Just like someone smacking the palm of their hand on a wall. Then I heard another thud at the foot of the bed followed by what sounded like little footsteps running down the hallway. It ended with a rustle of a plastic bag that was sitting in the dining room.
My dog immediately woke up and popped her head up and started growling. Then she fell back asleep… Thanks a lot, Lily. By this time I’m freaked out, but wondering, maybe there was no work that day and my husband was sent home early. I didn’t want to move, so I called his name. No response.
I grabbed my phone and called him from under the sheets. I asked if he was home. He was still at work. He asked if everything was okay and I said that the house was creeping me out again. He said he wanted to tell me something but didn’t want to freak me out. I wanted him to tell me.
He told me that that morning, he was sitting in the chair in the dining room, at the end of the hallway. He was bent over tying his shoes when he heard what sounded like little footsteps running down the hallway toward him, at his face since he was bent over. He said he felt a breeze hit his face and immediately after he heard what sounded like someone stepping on a plastic bag. The same one at the end of the hallway. He said he saw it move.
He had forgotten his lunch because he said he booked it out the door right after it happened… Oh yeah… Thanks for leaving me lol. That weirded me out so bad.”
Nursing Ghost Stories as told through Natural Language Processing
Language comes natural and easy to humans but is difficult for machines because of its structure and ambiguity. Ghost stories perhaps showcase that ambiguity as paranormal experiences are difficult to reconcile or explain within known scientific principles or inferences
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field of computing that enables computers to analyze, understand and communicate human language. Today natural language processing powers several technologies such as: speech recognition assistants; language translation; sentiment analysis; entity and relationship recognition; as well as text summation, parsing and analysis
The Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) is a platform of libraries and programs for natural language processing written in the Python programming language. NLTK was developed at the University of Pennsylvania and first released in 2001
Word clouds are visual representations of a text, where the sizing of words displayed reflects their prominence or emphasis within the text. The word cloud application used here was developed with NLTK and other Python modules
Word clouds provide high-level analysis of themes associated with a corpora (body) of text. In business, they can be used to highlight pain points from customer feedback. For this effort, word clouds were applied to a collection of ghost experiences as told by nurses
Allnurses.com hosts a long-running discussion thread called “Nursing Ghost Stories” (NGS). The NGS collection spans over a decade (2005-2017) amounting to 199 pages as of the time of this writing. The NGS archive contains a mixture of first and second hand accounts along with commentary
Two corpora were developed from the NGS collection. One corpus contained plain text and another corpus was tokenized (tagged) by sentences, words and parts of speech. A word cloud was subsequently generated from the plain text corpus that is displayed above. Common stop words, for example prepositions were filtered out prior to the generation of the display
The word cloud is interesting for what it does and does not emphasize. For example, the words ghosts and hauntings along with their roots or extensions are not prominent in the display. Hauntings involve recurrent paranormal experiences commonly experienced in the form of ‘imitative noises” and in more elevated forms through apparitions. Many NGS discussions appear to involve sensed presence experiences
There also appears to be substantive emphasis on nearing death awareness (NDA) type experiences as said or told by patients, many of whom were in long-term care or hospice settings, to nurses under their supervision. In their final phases, terminally-ill patients often perceive welcoming apparitions or visitations from deceased relatives or loved ones. In NDA experiences, patients often appear to hold conversations with persons who are not physically present
As would be expected, terms of reference associated with medical profession are most prominent in the word cloud, however these terms could be filtered from future word clouds to potentially obtain deeper insights on the experiences
In the near-term, NGS corpora can be used to develop sentiment analysis. Also worth exploring are word pairings and conditional frequencies connected with them. A longer term effort would mix natural language processing with machine learning to characterize types of encounters within the NGS collection
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Kircher, P. and Callanan, M. (2017, Dec 14). NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the Terminally Ill. International Studies for Near Death Studies (IANDS).
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Pearson, P. (2014). Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May be Trying to Tell Us about where They’re Going. Random House Canada. Sponsored
What’s Your Best Nursing Ghost Story? (2017, Oct 30). AllNurses.com
Wordcloud from NGS Corpus. (2018, Feb 19). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved.
3 Haunted Railway Tales from the USA
Here are the stories behind three allegedly haunted sections of railway in the US, dating back to the 19th century.
Script written by Kirstin Gardiner, and narrated by myself.
Music: “A Turn for the Worse” and “Magic Forest” by Kevin MacLeod.
“In [my old] house, frequently but not all the time, when you showered you could hear what sounded like a woman and sometimes a child drowning and screaming. My husband flew out of the shower covered in soap the first time he heard it. He even ripped part of the shower curtain. It upset me too much to be scared. I just made my shower short and tried to ignore it.
The first night we moved in, we heard LOUD angry whispering in the dining room. I don’t know what was up with that stupid dining room but it seems that’s where it is all focused on. It sounded like a large group of people whispering to each other. It was like that angry, spiteful whispering. When we started hearing it I was on the phone with my mom and I had to frequently stop what I was saying to listen to what was going on. My husband and I were freaking out. My mom was on the other side of the phone just laughing at us because we were screaming lol. It was really scary because it was our first experience in the house but now I look back at it and it was kind of funny.
I play the drums and guitar and I had set up the music room in our new home. I got it all set up and left the room and I could hear tap on each of my symbol and each TomTom. Then I heard each string on the guitar play Slowly one at a time E…B…G…D…A…E… That creeped me out, but I was starting to get used to the idea of being in a weird house. I was too chicken to go in and check it out, so I screamed from the hallway, “Stop touching my shit!!” NO ONE touches my Takamine. Not even ghosts. I will haunt you if you touch my instruments lol! I never heard them being messed with again in the six years we lived there.
In the apartment before this house, we could never sleep with the door open and we felt like we could never sleep with it shut. It was weird. My husband and I both felt the same way. It was like we had to leave the door open just a little bit.
After a couple weeks of being there we started hearing what sounded like a little kid in the hallway. I had a strong feeling that it was a little girl. It made me really sad. I realized that when we left the door slightly open it felt more comfortable. I think she felt like she couldn’t come in, but needed to know there were grown-ups there. It made me really sad. More sad then scared. I’ve never had such a strong feeling without seeing anything. The feeling I had was so really specific. It made me wonder if the abused girl lived there at one point.
One night my husband was out of town and it was time for me to go to bed. I knew he thought I sounded crazy, but when it was time for me to go to bed, I opened the door a little bit and said that it was okay and that she could come in if she needed to and not to be scared. I got an overwhelming feeling of comfort that night. I was a little worried about staying there alone since it was the first time I was alone since we were married. After that we really didn’t have a problem.
About a year later I was reading reviews online of that apartment, because we really didn’t like it. It was pretty trashy and the managers were totally trailer. I was snooping through reviews and a few of them said they swear that place is haunted by children. It was really weird to read that! It kind of made me feel a little less crazy.”
Its previous owner claimed that the painting caused several paranormal experiences, caused by an apparent shadow person. “Purchased in Pauanui at Antique shop, suspect it is haunted, not cursed but suspect something came into the house with it,” the original listing read. “Another night a shadowy figure was cast (moving) from the upstairs room window where painting is hung (no one in room).”
Edinburgh, Scotland is that one place in the world which is full of dark history. If you have ever visited there, the city’s old architect itself speaks a lot about its haunted nature. You can find thousands of good ghost stories there everywhere but the there is this one story in which tourists were attacked by a restless ghost which stands out among them all.
The teddy bear is equipped with an EMF meter and can talk out loud. When it detects paranormal activity, it lights up and asks smart questions to supposed ghosts in the environment. The goal is to capture electronic voice phenomena, just as a real-life paranormal investigator would do. The bear is retailing for $200.
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