Having been temporarily relocated to the University of Lincoln due the the February 22nd earthquake, it now takes me an extra 15 minutes of travel to get to work. This extra time listening to the radio has led me to discover a veritable fountain of woo on Wednesday mornings.
Around 7.40 am each Wednesday morning, the ZM Morning Crew present a segment called Weird Tingly Wednesday where they tell “real” stories of ghostly phenomena and get callers to phone on with their own stories. While I find such encouragement of woo quite irritating, it is interesting listening to the stories and trying to work out a rational explanation for the supposed “supernatural” events.
Many stories involve young children seeing ghosts, which are then “linked” (often through leading questioning in my opinion) to departed friends or relatives. One of this mornings stories involved a bridge in the USA where a busload of children apparently perished when the driver lost control. Apparently if you go to the middle of the bridge, and leave your car in neutral, ghost children push your car off the bridge, leaving hand prints behind. I can’t help but wonder if perhaps a more logical explanation is that the bridge is actually on a slope and that the suggestion of hand prints leads to confirmation bias – turning random marks on the car into hand prints? I think many ghost stories work this way – once a susceptible person is told about a ghost, background noises and movements are interpreted as supernatural.