Video: Worst ghost hoax evah

posted at 12:13 pm on May 11, 2008 by Allahpundit

The problem isn’t the clip itself, which is sufficiently creepy to have become a viral sensation in Singapore over the last month or so and inspired elaborate attempts at debunkery. It’s the motive behind it. A fake vid and a fake blog — all for this?

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neat trick.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM

You fell for the linkbait.

lorien1973 on May 11, 2008 at 12:22 PM

How did John McCain’s mom get in that shot?

stonemeister on May 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Oh know…. there goes the social security trust fund.

Micheal on May 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM

At first I thought the GMP guy was talking about couriers.

Vizzini on May 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Reminds me of The Grudge…except the girl got a lot older…

JetBoy on May 11, 2008 at 12:32 PM

I have to admit it did kind of freak me out though.

socalconservative on May 11, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Grandma!

Good Lt on May 11, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Allahpundit: Why are you so fascinated with these ghost/ufo hoaxes? I pretty much back away from anyone who believes or starts talking about this nonsense. I find Medved’s belief in Bigfoot nuts, too.

Blake on May 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM

THIS GHOST VID is a quick one…one I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now, only because as a kid I saw a ghost like this.

JetBoy on May 11, 2008 at 12:44 PM

How did John McCain’s mom get in that shot?

stonemeister on May 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Aaaaaahahahaha

loganthompson on May 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

If we’d had privatized SS, grandma would have her own elevator and not have to share it.

SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 1:19 PM

I don’t buy it! I say it’s fake!

Vntnrse on May 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM

JetBoy on May 11, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Spooky. A lieutenant and I had a similar experience in the service. I’m not saying it was a ghost but it came out of the graveyard, crossed a stone wall and disappeared into the woods. Whatever it was sure was creepy. The LT and I just looked at each other and we both said ‘Nahhhhhhhhhh’ at the same time. Your video is the closet thing I’ve seen yet to what we saw that night. Ticks me off that with millions and millions of cams in the world these kind of sightings are always blurry. A big red flag for believability.

Limerick on May 11, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Theres something to the phenomenon, but this video is bogus.

johnnyU on May 11, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I think I dated that chick.

Chuck Schick on May 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Has anyone shown this to Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson yet?
;)

Habiki on May 11, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Ghosts are about as real as NO THEY’RE NOT REAL!

Seixon on May 11, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Jetboy: From all I’ve seen and read on that one…it was supposedly shot in the vicinity of Gettysburg National Military Park.

That has to be one of the best examples of a residual haunt I’ve ever seen.

Once, I got a strong whiff of tobacco smoke at Bentonville Battlefield (NC) while walking by myself back near the old Union trench lines.

I was there again this past year, walking alone on a dirt path, when I suddenly found myself lying face down in the dirt, as if someone had tripped me.

There was no rock or tree root on the path that could explain my suddenly tripping and falling.

I just got up, brushed the dirt off myself and said laughingly aloud, “nice joke boys”, then continued down the path.

The Ugly American on May 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Limerick on May 11, 2008 at 1:42 PM

The Ugly American on May 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Glad I’m not alone…most people think you’re crazy if you claim to have seen a ghost. But I’d bet my life on it…ghosts exist.

Yeah, I’ve heard of people smelling tobacco smoke, or perfume, when around certain spirits. And ghosts probably appear on a lot of people’s cameras and videos…they just don’t see them, or write them off as glare or a thumb in the way.

Like UFO vids, most ghost vids and pics are probably fake. But I’m sure a few are real.

JetBoy on May 11, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Awesome post

Baphomet on May 11, 2008 at 3:45 PM

JetBoy on May 11, 2008 at 3:41 PM

About the crazy part…yeah. I’m one of those show-me type people, but that incident really made me wonder. It was a wispy (like your vid) and was skimming about two feet off the ground, then floated up over the stone wall (about 3ft high), back down the other side and off into the woods. Thinking back I’d say about 150 ft of travel. Ugly American’s post causes me to add it came from the National Military Cemetery at Presidio San Francisco. It was full of wild west cavalry troopers who had been exhumed and transfered when the old west forts closed. Needless to say I have gotten the ‘yeah-right’ look from people whenever I tell the tale.

Limerick on May 11, 2008 at 3:57 PM

It looked more like a reflection of light when the
elevator door opened!

We have a side door to our house,I heard the door open
I looked,seen a shadow on the wall leading to the basement!

Wife says who’s home,I dunno,I go downstairs and nothing,
yet the door opened and closed and I was in the kitchen
on the way to the living room,that was spooky!

canopfor on May 11, 2008 at 4:04 PM

“Have you seen my homework?”

- The Cat

MirCat on May 11, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Ugly American’s post causes me to add it came from the National Military Cemetery at Presidio San Francisco.

TAPS shot an episode there recently and managed to catch a few things on camera…though none were out in the cemetery area.

The Ugly American on May 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Ghost hoax? Has anyone ever looked at a piece of video and actually thought it was a ghost?

Ortzinator on May 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

It was a dark and stormy night…..

Years ago I worked at a hospital on the night shift as a security supervisor. It was at about 3am when I came into the main facility from the employees lot and entered into what was called 1st East. I was a distant wing of the hospital were it was mostly elderly people went to die. It wasn’t a skilled nursing unit, it was just a wing were 90% of the people left feet first.

When I came in from the parking lot I was walking by a patients room and I caught something in the corner of me eye, it looked like someone standing at the foot of the patients bed dressed in a long black victorian era type dress. They had a big black rimmed hat with a black veil that covered the face. Like I said, I just caught it in the corner of my eye. Since it caught my attention I stopped at looked right at this person for about 3 seconds. It was somewhat strange seeing someone dressed like that, but again, these were old folks and they do things their own way. So I tried to be polite and said hello and turned and began to walk on down the hall towards the nurses station.

When I came to the station, the nurses asked me if I was keeping warm in the January tulie fog that would overtake Bakersfield. I told the nurses that I was able too, and if they had any fresh coffee that would make it easier. A nurse went to the pot and poured me a cup, and while she was doing that I asked what the deal was with the patient at the end of the hall. They asked what I meant, and I said that as I was walking into the facility I passed the room at the end of the hall and told them about the lady I saw all dressed in black with the black veil over her face. One nurse gasped really loud and the one who was pouring the coffee dropped the cup she was pouring into and nearly dropped the pot as well. One nurse turned pale, but they all jumped up and started to run quietly down the hall telling me to come with them.

I went with them, and when we got to the room the patient was sleeping in the bed, but there was no woman dressed in black. The nurses in the hall started whispering “Holy S#!7, holy S#!7, you saw her!” I asked who, and they said that many people, and a couple of the nurses who were there that night, reported seeing a woman dressed in black on that wing of the hospital and it is usually just before a patient dies. They did say that the patient wasn’t expected to live till the morning and was just on comfort measures. The nurses told me that the story of the woman in black goes back many, many years. We had a PBX operator who had been at the hospital for 20+ years and she said the same thing.

RobertInAustin on May 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Don’t listen to him, AP! If you didn’t work late, what would I have to read late at night before I trotted off to bed. Keep those crazy hours going!

TX Mom on May 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM

So that explains certain smells in elevators.

SouthernGent on May 11, 2008 at 5:47 PM

This is an excerpt from one of my brother’s essays called “Militant Solipsism and Onion Cube Reality.”

…a man I know is a solid, extremely honest, well grounded Mormon. I have tried to interest him in so-called free energy devices and he has regularly expressed disdain for the whole notion saying everyone knows perpetual motion machines aren’t possible. He is practical incarnate and not given to metaphysical speculation. His Mormon beliefs just about cover it. This man, call him Les because that’s his name, is a navy noncommissioned officer who teaches electronics. On the side he is quite a handyman and does a variety of jobs for some property owners I know.

It was while doing one of these jobs that Les got the shock of his life. While he is normally placid and friendly I could hardly get him to talk about this incident. As he did so he paled and became visibly upset. This is his story.

A few years ago northern California experienced a very rare hard freeze. Temperatures went down into the teens at night and stayed there for a couple of weeks. Plants died, ponds froze and people remembered why they had moved to California in the first place. Now they thought they were in the wrong state.

It was at this time that Les was working in an apartment building doing odd jobs for its owner. While doing these jobs he was followed around by a tenant we’ll call Mr. Cheney because that was what his name was. Now Mr. Cheney had a special problem, he was an agoraphobic. Agoraphobics are sort of the opposite of claustrophobics which everyone knows about. Agoraphobics can’t stand open places and Mr. Cheney never left this building. The outside world terrified him. He was a prisoner of his self-imposed solitary confinement. You can imagine that he lacked stimulation and was lonely for company. Les tolerated his almost puppy-like heeling and endless questions because Les is kind and tolerant. He’s the kind of person who enjoys helping other people.

But during the big freeze Mr. Cheney made a major mistake. The water pipes had frozen and he was becoming thirsty. It was the middle of the night and no one was available to go out for water. So Simon did the next best thing, he put a blow torch to the pipes in hopes of unfreezing them. What he succeeded in doing was burning the building down, or so he thought. It was subsequently found that a clandestine drug lab in the building had exploded and that caused the fire, but Mr. Cheney took the blame upon himself.

No, Mr. Cheney did not die in the flames. When the firemen came they discovered that he would not leave the building. So terrified was he of leaving that he preferred to stay and burn to death. That was less frightening. The firemen bodily carried him out despite his kicks and screams of protest. Later they deposited him in a veterans home but Mr. Cheney could not adapt. Two weeks later he simply died.

It was months later that someone bought the ruins of the apartment house and began to rebuild it. Les was called in to help out. While there he and the other workers noticed strange events such as lights going on and off, doors slamming and unusually cold spots and rooms. They did not think much about it and probably attributed it all to faulty electricity and drafts, even though no windows were open and the electrical wiring was new. Then when it was almost finished Les crawled under a sink to put the finishing touches on the plumbing. As he groped for his wrench someone handed it to him instead. Since he was alone and he wondered who his helper was he peered out from under the sink. Standing before him was Mr. Cheney!

Les said he looked as real as you or I. Then he spoke. He said he missed the place and could he help out in return for being allowed to stay there again? Death could not even separate him from his home. Les excused himself to go get a tool and flew out the door as fast as he could. Later as word got out a priest was called in to try to banish Mr. Cheney, but as far as I know he is still there, afraid to leave. He is still seen there occasionally and workers who tried to remove his belongings stored in the garage got nauseous and couldn’t do it. Mr. Cheney doesn’t even want his possessions to leave, either.

The rest of the essay, which I highly recommend, is at
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=53811426&blogID=97285440

NNtrancer on May 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Maybe it’s Barack’s racist grandmother?

brotherbell on May 11, 2008 at 7:27 PM

A fake vid and a fake blog — all for this?

Ever been to Singapore? Singaporeans give new meaning to the term “work ethic”. This vid and the people behind it, I suspect, are probably playing on that.

flipflop on May 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM

That ghost looked like another gun toting, Christian, typical white person to me. Sheesh!

Mojave Mark on May 11, 2008 at 7:43 PM

If there’s anyone who appreciates a good ghost story, it’s me, LOL. People aren’t believers and remain skeptical until they experience something unusual for themselves. Many extraordinary experiences have a rational explanation, but there are always those events that expand one’s perceptions of what indeed constitutes reality.

If anyone’s interested in a good book, from the perspective of the ghost itself, check out Aaron’s Crossing, sort of the first quasi-autobiography written by a ghost.

Mister Ghost on May 11, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Jetboy is a ghost groupie and a McCain supporter. Why am I not surprised. You live, you die, your rot. The end. Sorry, sucks doesn’t it?

ClassicCon on May 11, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Reminds me of a scene in “The Eye” with Jessica Alba.

Mooseman on May 11, 2008 at 9:34 PM

I think I dated that chick.

Chuck Schick on May 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Did she go to high school with Bob Dole?

Bigfoot on May 11, 2008 at 10:09 PM

You live, you die, your rot. The end. Sorry, sucks doesn’t it?

ClassicCon

And of course all this is based on empirical research you have done first hand so you can speak with authority?

RobertInAustin on May 11, 2008 at 10:25 PM

I expected something a little more subtle, but nevertheless it did remind me of FEAR..

Reaps on May 12, 2008 at 1:58 AM

Jetboy is a ghost groupie and a McCain supporter. Why am I not surprised. You live, you die, your rot. The end. Sorry, sucks doesn’t it?

ClassicCon on May 11, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Not that I’m a big believer, but, you cannot say say that ghosts are not possible unless YOU have actually lived, died, rotted….and came back to tell us about it. : )

kcd on May 12, 2008 at 10:20 AM