More spooky bollocks

Today I have another example of Halloween reporting. It was reported in the Sun and on fox news that a young lady took a photo of a shark, got home and discovered that within the frame was a “ghoul’s head” looking up at the shark.

Click through to the Sun’s website here to see this spooky head for yourselves.

Before we invoke the ghosts of dead smallpox victims, as they do in the Sun Article, let us apply Occam’s Razor to this problem. Occam’s Razor states that if there are two hypothesis that explain the data equally well, choose the simpler.

Emma Place, the lady who took the photo, admits that her father was in the aquarium with her but insists that he looks nothing like the man in this photo. Prove it. I would like to see a picture of Mr. Place before I am convinced.

If this is not her father, I would wager that it is a very well manipulated image.

Both of these explanations are more likely then the proposition that the face in the photo is that of a ghost.

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3 responses to “More spooky bollocks

  1. I’m no expert image analyst, but the head looks too detailed to attribute to pareidolia. So the other leading contenders are: (1) a weird reflection off the aquarium glass, (2) a hoax and (3) an actual severed human head. (I take it the “ghoul” interpretation is too silly to take seriously). My money is on (2), but it could be (1) and even (3) is possible (although incredibly unlikely – and easy to confirm).

    The SGU rogues, by the way, always say that when you notice some weird thing only after the pictures are developed, it’s most likely a photographic artifact.

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