Date Added: Sept. 23, 2002
The problem with even the best joke is that if people don't hang around for the punchline, they may not recognize it as humor. Many who don't stick around for the catch on this one are left wondering if this story is just another web hoax.
This is totally cool. It takes a minute or so to see it, so don't give up. This is pretty neat.
Apparently the owners of this house had been seeing images and hearing voices for quite a while. They did some research and found that a lady once lived in the house who lost her husband during the civil war. Legend says that she used to sit at the table and look across the fields in anticipation of her loved one returning home. He never came. So, they say she still waits. They caught this photo of what they claim to be her.
This one was wild and a little spooky once you find the ghost in the picture. It took me a few seconds to find it, but when you do it just stands out. Like one of those optical illusions. To save you some time, concentrate around the table. Best not to focus too much on one spot. Look around the table and toward the window. Click on the link below for the picture. Best to enlarge. For an added touch turn up the volume, it's faint but you can hear the ghost talking, sometimes in a low murmur.
If you're up to being the butt of a joke, go ahead and visit this link - it's harmless. If you're curious, but don't like being a sucker, read on for a spoiler:
The story and image (actually, a Macromedia Flash animation) are part of a semi-elaborate practical joke. The ghost story gets your curiosity up and coerces you into concentrating on the photo. After 30 seconds of intense staring, the image flashes an eerie face and emits a scream (thus the encouragement to turn up your speakers and really scare your pants off). The realization that you've just been "got" sinks in about a half a second after your heart rate starts coming back down.
There are many different variations on this theme. I've seen the link above simply presented as a "find what's wrong with this picture" game. I've also seen different images and other stories, but the ghost story seems to be the most pervasive - as well as the most persuasive.
Of course, once you've been the victim of a practical joke, you won't rest until you get someone else with it. It's human nature, so telling you to Break this Chain, would probably be futile.