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9 Eerie Photos That Actually Have an Explanation


Sometimes we all want to believe in time travelers, UFOs, giant beasts, and ghosts. But unfortunately, paranormal photos and videos are just tricky hoaxes. They managed to fool millions of people and were published by the mass media. Let’s find out how and why they were created.

Bright Side will show you 9 paranormal photos that can be scientifically and logically explained.

9. Singapore elevator ghost

This eerie recording was taken by a security camera in an office in Singapore. When a man comes out of an elevator, a shadowy figure appears right behind him. When this video was published on social media, it got millions of views, and people started arguing about what it could be. It turned out that it was a part of a social media campaign, depicting why it’s so dangerous to stay late at work.

8. Photos of giant skeletons found all around the world.

Photos of archaeologists digging out giant human remains can be found on the internet in less than a second. Some sources claim that these bones are remains of Anunnaki, an ancient group of people. The truth is, these are photoshop contest pictures published on where you can also find other works.

7. Time traveler in 1941

You’ve probably seen this picture taken in 1941 in Canada. You can see a modern man wearing a popular t-shirt, sunglasses, and a camera standing among people of the past. But let’s have a closer look.

The man is wearing a Montreal Maroons hockey club fan t-shirt. Polar explorers used to wear the same sunglasses and some ordinary people also wore them. And the Kodak camera that the man is holding was released in 1925.

6. Bigfoot photo

This famous shot of a bigfoot was taken in 1967 and caused fights in the mass media. But not very many people know that in 1967 film director Roger Patterson signed a $37 million contract and was going to make a film about bigfoot alongside Bluff Creek. This picture was taken by a local hunter and published in newspapers.

5. The Brown Lady from of Raynham Hall

The Brown Lady is one of the most famous photos of ghosts. People used to believe it was Dorothy Walpole who lived at the beginning of 1700s. Studies have even revealed that this photo has never been doctored, which is why it considered to be real.

But Alan Murdie, a barrister, found the evidence in a dusty folder in the manuscripts department of Cambridge University library and proved that the lady appeared thanks to light that had leaked on to the photographic plate.

4. A spaceman in a field

In May 1964, Jim Templeton, a Carlisle fireman, took several photos of his daughter during a picnic. When they processed the pictures, they saw a figure wearing a spacesuit behind Templeton’s daughter. By the way, there were no people except Jim, his wife, and his child there at that time.

Afterward the photos created headlines around the world. It was finally figured out that it was Jim’s wife who looked like a spaceman because the photograph was over-exposed, causing her blue dress to look white.

3. Something in the sky over Zambia

Here’s a photo depicting a giant figure in the sky above a mall in Kitwe, Zambia. The photographer said, “We were shocked to see this. Someone thought it was a manifestation of God and some even ran away screaming.”

After this news conquered the internet, it was found that the photo was photoshopped. But this strange figure does exist: here’s a video.

2. Newby church ghost

This photo was taken in 1963 in the North Yorkshire Church. It depicts a human with a white shroud over their face. Initial claims suggested that the figure would measure around 9 feet tall. And even though more than 55 years have passed, this photo still causes hot discussions.

Some experts claim this picture is real and others say that it’s just a result of the double exposure effect. What do you think?

1. Mermaid skeleton

Journalists published this picture and wrote that it was a skeleton of a mermaid found near a Hawaiian beach.

But the most surprising thing is that many mass media believed this hoax even though it’s obvious it’s been photoshopped. On the left, you can see the picture of a “mermaid,” on the right, you can see the original photo.

Why do they fool us and why do we believe them?

Those who create hoaxes have only one aim — money. Before experts get a photo, it appears on lots of websites and newspapers. Just recall the flying “ghost” above the mall in Zambia: after this photo appeared in the mass media, hoax creators earned large sums of money.

Why we still believe it even if it’s obviously a hoax? It can be easily explained: we want to believe in magic, the unexplored, the weird, and even the scary things. Believing in miracles is great, but we don’t think we should feed those who fool us and try to cash in on our trust.

Do you agree with us? What do you think?

By the way, which photo would you have believed was real?

Preview photo credit Jim Templeton / BBC