I’m normally quite respectful and accommodating of people’s beliefs and theories when it comes to the paranormal, but sometimes on a ghost hunt, I hear the most ridiculous things, and it’s hard to bite my tongue. Luckily, this usually happens in a dark environment, so at least I can roll my eyes unseen.
People also have theories about certain aspects of the paranormal, which is fine. Some theories may be right; some may be wrong. For instance, someone might say, “the belief is that spirits can affect this device by coming close to it.” In this case, they’re not stating as fact that a ghost can trigger the device; they’re just saying that’s a commonly held belief.
While many aspects of the paranormal and investigating ghosts are unknown and debated, there are things that can be easily understood. For example, we know that a mobile phone in close proximity to a K-II meter will cause it to trigger, or that dust can create the effect of orbs when using a night vision camera.
What really irritates me is when people push an agenda or opinion that clearly isn’t true or accurate, not because it’s a belief or theory, but because they haven’t bothered to test the claims they’re making. What annoys me is when people share claims that they could have easily debunked if they’d taken just a little time to try to understand them.
I attend quite a few public ghost hunting events, and from time to time, I hear these ridiculous claims being made by team members. This isn’t an attack on any particular paranormal events company. For the vast majority of the events I attend, the team doesn’t make these errors, but every now and again, you come across one team member who shares one eye-roll-inducing belief as if it is proven fact.
Below are seven of these ridiculous claims that are commonly misunderstood, inaccurate or unproven that are told to guests of ghost hunting events as a definitive fact.
Temperature Guns Detect Cold Spots
Point-and-click infrared digital thermometers are very accurate and reliable when it comes to measuring the temperature of a surface or an object, but they can’t measure air temperature. So, if someone feels cold and you point the thermometer at them, you’ll only be reading their body temperature, not the temperature of the air around them. In other words, you can’t detect a cold spot with a temperature gun.
Cat Balls Are Triggered By EMF
However, I’ve recently heard it said that cat balls are triggered by electromagnetic fields (EMF). This is a perfect example of a claim that is very easy to disprove, but it was being presented to guests on this particular event as fact. It only takes a few minutes of experimenting and testing these toys to realise that they don’t respond in any way to EMF.
We all know that if you place a phone or certain other electronic devices near an EMF meter, such as a K-II, it will cause the meter to trigger. The same is not true of a cat ball. Exposing the plastic toy to the electromagnetic emissions of phones and similar transmitting devices has no effect. Cat balls are not triggered by EMF.
Raise The Energy To Stir Up Spirits
At one recent ghost hunt I attended, the team member representing the events company told guests, “do anything you can to increase the energy available in the room.” The obvious fact that is being overlooked here is that the easiest and most efficient way of pumping EM into a room is to turn on the lights. Light is energy in its purest form, and a mains-powered overhead light will kick out much more energy than any ghost hunting gadget. Or perhaps you could try turning on the central heating – again, this pumps energy in the form of heat into the building.
While the effect of filling a room with an energy source on spirits might be harder to detect, measure or observe, it’s simple logic to realise that the little methods and techniques that are employed to “raise the energy” on a ghost hunt are hugely inefficient and ineffective.
EDI+ & Other Tools Alert You To Temperature Drops
Higgypop has rigorously tested these devices and found that while they do trigger if there’s a temperature change, they are markedly inaccurate compared to home heating thermostats, glass thermometers, or inexpensive digital thermometers. We compared one such multi-tool to these three different types of thermometer and found it to be five degrees incorrect, even after being left in the room for an hour. Higgypop also tested the devices with sudden and extreme drops in temperature by moving them from a heated area to a fridge and found them to be highly unresponsive. One device only dropped two degrees in ten minutes when moved from 20°C to 5°C. If the device can’t detect a 15°C drop in ten minutes, then what hope does it have of registering a sudden drop of 5°C instantly?”
The Sprits Are Messing With Us
Here’s an example. Say you’re part of a group of people using a Ouija board. You ask “were you a soldier?” and the planchette slides to ‘yes’, so you ask “can you tell us your name?” and the pointer darts across the board, letter to letter, to spell out the name “William.” Great, a promising start.
You then ask “can you tell us which regiment you were in?” and the planchette tentatively slides to Z, then J, then a Q… B, G and R.
Eventually, someone often says, “the spirit is messing with us now,” implying that the inability to spell the name of the regiment is a sign of tomfoolery on the part of the spirit.
Of course, it’s not. What this should really tell a ghost hunter is that their methodology is flawed, or at the least, they’ve failed to make contact. The board failed to spell out a regiment because the participants didn’t collectively know the name of any regiments to spell out. The gobbledygook doesn’t confirm the presence of a mischievous spirit; it confirms that a Ouija board can, at times, if not all the time, spell out words through the subconscious movements of those using it.
We Can’t See You, But You Can See Us
It’s Impossible To Move A Table With The Back Of Your Hands
Again, this is another case of someone stating something as fact without bothering to check it. Admittedly, you might think at first that it’s not possible to move the type of light, wobbly table used for table tipping with the back of your hands, but try it – it is possible. I have tried it and found it very easy to slowly build up a rocking motion with my upturned hands.