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Top 5 Facts About Ghost Hunting

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There are around 2000 amateur ghost hunting groups active in the US at present, and a 2014 study in the UK found that twice as many people believed in ghosts, than God. There’s got to be something behind those figures, right? Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts! In this installment we're counting down the five most fascinating things that you probably didn't know about ghost hunting! Got any ideas for the next installment of WM Facts? Head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest to submit them today!
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Top 5 Facts About Ghost Hunting


There are around 2000 amateur ghost hunting groups active in the US at present, and a 2014 study in the UK found that twice as many people believed in ghosts, than God. There’s got to be something behind those figures, right? Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts! In this installment we're counting down the five most fascinating things that you probably didn't know about ghost hunting! Since this is one of those topics that may or may not be based in something other than reality, our definition of “fact” is by necessity somewhat looser than usual.

#5: Ghost Hunting Is not a Science


Don’t get us wrong, the purpose of today’s show isn’t to attack the integrity of ghost hunting, or to endorse it, for that matter, it’s just that technically speaking, there’s no scientific method to it. Advocates point to the increasingly advanced technology of the equipment used in ghost hunting as evidence of its legitimacy. But there’s no scientific proof that the instruments used are inherently linked to ghosts. Electromagnetic field detectors, infrared cameras, ultra-sensitive microphones and Geiger counters may unearth odd occurrences at any location, but ghost hunting sceptics will always identify alternative, logical explanations, and therefore label ghost hunting as a ’pseudoscience’. On the other hand, some believers reason that technology isn’t actually advanced enough for ghost hunting yet. Which is why only some of us can sense them, and no definitive, universal proof exists.

#4: Spirits Smell Weird


In general, ghost hunting is a multi-sensual experience. Though it’s usually practiced under the cover of darkness, there’s a focus on visual indications such as orbs of light. There’s also major importance placed on sound as hunters listen for literal ‘bumps in the night’, while feeling around for unexpected cold spots or breezes, which are considered clear signs of an otherworldly presence. But, some hunters claim that our nose knows most about ghosts. Perfume is an almost ever-present at hunts, even when the hunters aren’t wearing any themselves. And it’s apparently possible to determine exactly what type of ghost you’re getting close to by smelling them; most spirits emit a sweet scent, but malevolent poltergeists give off a whiff of rotten meat.

#3: If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighborhood, Call Lorraine


Lorraine Warren and her late husband Ed have perhaps the most impressive ghost hunting resume outside of Dan Aykroyd and co. The couple are founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research, and they claim to have investigated over 10,000 cases of haunting and paranormal activity during their career. They famously worked on the ‘Amityville Horror’ case, an archetypal haunted house story in New York which has since been adapted for page and screen. They were also involved in investigating Annabelle, a doll possessed by demons, and Bathsheba Sherman, a 19th century witch intent on cursing people into an early grave – both of which have also inspired big-time movies. The Warrens are the ghost hunters of Hollywood.


#2: Ghosts All Love the Same Haunts


Supposedly, and not surprisingly, one of the best bets for ghost hunting is the cemetery. The sheer volume of people at rest encourages ghost seekers to graveyards all over. According to GhostHunting101.com, other popular locales include theatres and schools because of the emotional intensity that both those places are host to. Disembodied spirits supposedly find their way to religious structures seeking salvation, making Churches popular ghost hunting sites. Finally, battlefields are prime spectre searching territory. As locations where so many people saw their lives taken so suddenly, the paranormal presence at warzones past and present is reportedly way higher than the average.

#1: Einstein (Supposedly) Provided ‘Proof’


Still sceptically shaking your heads? Perhaps it’ll convince you at least a little to know that one Albert Einstein inspires most ghost legitimacy claims. Einstein proved that every ounce of energy in the universe is constant, that it can’t be created or destroyed. So, when a human being dies, where does all their energy go? Reasonable naysayers say it simply goes into the environment, and that people should stop spouting nonsense in Einstein’s name. “But,” say persistent paranormal proponents, “perhaps there’s a little energy left over for supernatural reasons.” In general, science doesn’t have a huge problem with the idea of ghosts existing, there’s just no hard evidence available, and there’s still no universally-agreed definition of what a ghost actually is! When those two things change, then science will change its stance. Until then, happy hunting!

So, what do you think? Are ghost hunters really detecting signals from the other side? For more multi-sensual Top 10s and rotten meat Top 5s, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com!
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