Seeing Things Again
Date Added: Nov. 24, 2003
Telling ghost stories is definitely a popular pasttime. The reach and flexibility of the Internet allows us take our eerie tales to a new level, but they're still just stories - even with supposed photographic evidence.
This is a picture of Lisa caught on camera....
Lisa committed suicide in her room and nobody knew why. Well one day, Lisa's friends put a camera in her room to see if they would be able to see her. When they watched the tape, they didn't see anything for awhile. Later on they watched more of the tape and they saw her come out of the doorway and they were totally freaked out. They never went in her room again.
Forward this to at least 10 people within the next hour!! Or else the ghost of Lisa will haunt you forever. Don't believe me? Karen opened this up and thought it was another stupid and fake forward. She never believed in forwards. So, she deleted it... the next morning Karen was found dead in her bed... Her parents didn't know what happened, she had blood all over her and looked like she was cut with a knife, but there was no evidence to who did it. Could it be because Lisa came in her room and killed her or was it just a coincidence?
If you truly believe that not forwarding a letter like this one will cause a dead girl you never met to haunt you, you might want to stop reading now. Don't want to waste any time, you know. Don't want to bring Lisa's wrath down on you, do you?
Still here? OK, but you've been warned.
The chain letter above is a hoax, a joke intended to produce a cheap scare, similar to another haunted picture practical joke that surfaced about the same time (not surprisingly, both originated and seem to resurface around Halloween).
In case you need convincing, let's dissect the image above. Rather than being the video you're led to believe it is, it's actually an animated GIF image not uncommon to the Internet. The image is composed of 23 frames. The first 18 are identical and display for 2 seconds each. The final five images whiz by in a second and feature the ghostly figure "floating" toward the camera. Looking at the last second frame-by-frame clearly reveals signs the "ghost" was pasted in from another image.
Photographic ghost stories first surfaced on the 'net a few years ago. They take urban-legend-like tales and add a visual element. Usually, the goal of a ghost story is to give someone a cheap scare, then sit back and laugh. Unfortunately, the author of the text above decided to take it a step further with the "forward or be haunted" bit at the end. This is merely a juvenile tactic to make this joke seem more compelling. There is no Karen and no Lisa. You can break this chain and still sleep safely. Trust me.