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Originally posted by teamnick
I can't answer all your questions, however, I can at least say that not all the shows are fake. We had one of the shows (I think it was Ghost Hunters) come in to my old workplace (USS Hornet, one of the more haunted places around) and if I remember the video correctly, they did get some footage, although I was not terribly impressed. I've seen much spookier stuff while working there, but the footage was real.
Lights out is real, you rarely see ghosts in the light.
Sometimes you do if you spend enough time in a place, but if you're going for maximum ghosts in a fixed period of time, you want the lights out.
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
The TAPS Ghost Hunters are a legitimate group, like one user said. I took a "haunted jail" tour in South Carolina with my family while vacationing there. Our tour guide was a sweet gal who had been giving the tours for a few years. I caught hundreds of orb / mist photos while walking through the jail. At the end of the tour, after everyone had left my family was still standing around studying the place (we're all avid believers). So I asked her if the tour company collected photos that guests had taken. She gave me a website to go to and submit them.
I started talking with her a bit about the place, asking if there were things not included in the tour that had happened. She had a lot of stories. Her and I ended up talking for another 40ish minutes (almost the length of the tour!) about non-tour experiences common to her and the other guides. Towards the end I asked her if any professionals had ever come to try catching anything, and she said TAPS had. And that they were pretty big jerks about it too.
I guess the tour company had to supply a guide/host for TAPS, and that the guide had to come in early and unlock the whole place, give them a tour, wait around while they set up, and then chill outside during the entire investigation. And the real kicker - TAPS said they didn't have to pay this guide because it was some kind of honor to have TAPS investigate your haunted place.
So, that's my TAPS story. They're a real group, but they're kind of a bunch of jerks I guess.
As for lights out, my guess is that it's easier for things to move and travel in the dark (like phantom noises) than it in the light. Same reason that our voices and natural noises travel louder and faster at night than during the day.
That's my thoughts.
~ Wandering Scribe
Originally posted by teamnick
reply to post by evil incarnate
I saw my fair share of ghosts there. My job was to spend the night after serving dinner to overnight guests then set up breakfast in the morning. After a while, I took to driving home every night and coming back in the morning cause I couldn't ever get a wink of sleep. I've had ghosts grab me and yank me around, apparitions wake me up, heard footsteps all night where I knew nobody was, seen figures in period dress walking around at two in the morning, and have brought friends in who didn't quite believe in ghosts and had them leave convinced. One friend I brought sat with me and a few others and watched an apparition walking around sick deck, a good four of us watched it...
Very rarely would you see things in the light, I can recall seeing a figure while the lights were on only once, but sometimes you would hear footsteps while the lights were on.
Seen too much weird stuff since then though, seems the more you look for it the more you open yourself up, and vice versa, so I try to avoid ghosts now.
And from what I know, the bit about all ghosts trying to suck electricity is horse pucky. Some of them are afraid of it, as we found out one night when we had a group of ghost hunters (not a show, just a group) come in with some kind of electric dealy that let the ghost speak through it somehow. Not sure of the mechanics of it, but it was definitely our friendly mess deck ghost cause it knew who we were. He was certainly afraid of the lights we had on.
Most ghosts don't even know they are there, so characterizing them as trying to suck up power isn't fair, they just sort of exist like, i dunno, a statue or movie tape.
There certainly are some of your cold-spot electricity gobbling spirits around, but I don't think it's fair to characterize all ghosts that way. Then again, ghosts can describe a pretty broad range of things, how much do we really know? I don't really care to know too much more myself anyhow, I don't think any good comes of it.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
So you wanna be on the TAPS crew ???
Well the only experience you need is being able to loop video together, run in a black blanket, .... and use fishing string.
Seriously, there are so many video's of their stuff getting debunked, I think Ghost Adventure's are the most credible of any team.
[edit on 7-7-2010 by IntastellaBurst]
Originally posted by
To be quite honest I'm very surprised no one else knows this. They have explained it a couple times on different shows.
When using the ghost hunting thing that detects the electricity in the room that shows a ghost is present, electricity running though the wires in the walls and lights can give a false positive, making you think a ghost is present, when there is nothing. So they cut off all power at the master breaker so there is no electricity running through the building. Not a sure fire guarantee there won't be some residual current running through, but a far better chance at spikes being an actual presence versus just some old wiring.
Hope this cleared things up a bit for you.
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