Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) – Vidcast Episode 10 – German Girl Shrine

Online supernatural figure, cited in relation to a number of real-life incidents, is heading to the big screen

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A movie based on the mythical online figure Slender Man is reportedly on the way.

The meme, which originated in 2009, centres on a supernatural character who abducts and stalks others, especially children. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony division Screen Gems is set to produce the film, with the script by David Birke, whose credits include Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming thriller Elle.

The figure originated on website Something Awful as part of a Photoshop contest. Eric Knudsen submitted images of a man with long arms and featureless face, and the character spawned a mythology and various games as well as a low-budget film in 2013. TV shows such as Supernatural and Law and Order have also used the character as inspiration.

In 2014, Slender Man also made headlines when the character was connected to a number of real life incidents. In Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls stabbed a classmate to allegedly please the character, while later that year a 14-year-old girl set her house on fire, with her family inside, citing a similar motivation.

News of a film follows rumours that the next series of American Horror Story will also focus on the character, while a HBO documentary called Beware the Slenderman recently premiered at SXSW.

How a 15-year-old discovered an ancient city

What was your biggest achievement at the age of 15? Well, a Canadian teenager may have outshone the experts after discovering a lost Mayan city. William Gadoury, from Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec, made the discovery by comparing star charts with satellite images. The new city, discovered in a Mexican jungle, is thought to be the fourth biggest Mayan city, and has been named ‘Mouth of Fire’ by the teenager.

William Gadoury

William has been fascinated by the Mayans for much of his childhood, ever since a Mayan calendar predicting the 2012 apocalypse sparked his interest.

His hobby eventually turned into serious research. The imaginative youngster theorised that the locations of Mayan cities might correspond to stars in Mayan constellations. He analysed 22 Mayan star maps from ancient books (known as the Madrid Codex), and overlaid the star positions onto Google Earth images of the Yucatan Peninsula. He was able to show that the 117 Mayan cities did indeed match the star positions, with the brightest stars representing more major cities.

A Mayan pyramid in the ancient city of Comalcalco

A Mayan pyramid in the ancient city of Comalcalco

William then overlaid a 23rd constellation, finding a discrepancy; three stars but only two known ancient cities. The location corresponding to the third star was on the Mexico-Belize border. But the as-yet undiscovered city was covered in thick vegetation, making his findings inconclusive.

Thankfully, the teenager had a close relationship with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) – he had won a science competition a year earlier for his theory – and they had already been providing him with images from their RADARSAT-2 satellite, which has cutting-edge terrain mapping abilities. They gave him images of the new location.

Canadian Space Agency satellite images showing the lost Mayan city

A radar image taken by RADARSAT-2 shows a square, man-made structure in the Yucatan Peninsula jungle

He also scoured the internet for other satellite images from 2005, when a fire had engulfed the area leaving it more exposed – and any remains more visible.

Armed with his images, he then collaborated with Remote Sensing expert Dr. Armand Larocque from the University of New Brunswick. By studying the satellite images and applying digital image processing a fascinating discovery was made; LaRocque concluded that the 15 year old had found a major city with 30 buildings and an 86 metre pyramid.

His findings have been met with widespread praise, with scientists from the Canadian Space Agency describing his work as ‘exceptional’. They also presented him with a medal of merit.

William named the city K’ÀAK ‘CHI’ which means Mouth of Fire.

So what next for William? He plans to go to the International Science Fair in Brazil in 2017 to present his findings. He also hopes that archaeologists will visit the site very soon. On the possibility of an archaeological dig, Rocque is realistic, telling The Montreal Journal “It’s always about money. An expedition’s costs are horribly expensive”.

Regardless, William’s legacy will almost certainly be etched into history. According to reports, the findings are soon to be published in a scientific journal, and it is thought that methods similar to his could lead to the discovery of more lost Mayan Cities.

Update: Since publication of this article some other experts have expressed scepticism at William’s findings. Dr. David Stuart, an anthropologist from The Mesoamerica Center, University of Texas posted a response on Facebook claiming ‘ancient Maya didn’t plot their ancient cities according to constellations’. Stuart – an expert on the Maya Civilisation – described the square feature as an ‘old fallow cornfield’.

 

SPI – St John’s Island Investigation Pictures

SPI investigated at St John’s Island and here are some of the pictures we captured.

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Some happenings during SPI Investigations, Ipoh Sungai Pari Tower

Alleged Haunting & possible role played by EMF/Infrasound/psychological


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Some people believed that they have experienced some type of ghostly phenomena.  These experiences include reports of apparitions, unusual odors, sudden changes in temperature and a sense of presence. In a small number of cases, witnesses consistently report these experiences in certain locations, giving rise to the notion that these places are “haunted”. Some alleged haunting last many years and involving large numbers of seemingly trustworthy witnesses. Scientific research in this area aims to discover why this is the case, including the possible role played by magnetic fields, infrasound, and various psychological factors.

Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF)

EMF does stand for electromotive force in electronics engineering (also known as voltage), but in the world of “ghost” hunting it is more recognized as an acronym for electromagnetic field. There are conjectures that EMF is correlated either with

(1) induced illusions of ghosts or
(2) the presence of actual spirits.
Ghosts cause EMF fields and need energy to manifest? Our question is what type of evidence is available to prove that a ghost causes or even raises an EMF field?

Like everything else in paranormal research, it’s open to debate. 98% of the time, EMF is caused by unshielded wiring or some other man-made source. However, when you encounter an EMF fluctuation with no apparent cause
(i.e., a higher reading outdoors, many meters away from the nearest power line or electrical outlet or no possible EMF at a particular venue) *in addition* to other activity (EVPs, anomalous photos, etc) or EMF in atmospheric effects.

EMF in atmospheric effects – Connections with water vapor, water molecules, atmosphere temperatures.

As well as absorbing radiation, water vapor emits radiation in all directions. Much of this energy will be recaptured by other water molecules.

The water molecule, in the gaseous state, has three type of transition that can give rise to absorption of electromagnetic radiation. ie Rotational transitions, Vibrational transitions & Electronic transitions
The absorption of electromagnetic radiation by water depends on the state of water.

SPI also discovered the presence of EMF on our hands of sweaty palms.

In high doses EMF can be really unhealthy. They can make you see things that are not there, black spots, dizziness, nauseas, headaches, make you feel like you being watched, hallucinate….etc.

 

EMF Detectors

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We are not Ghostbusters and we are only Investigators, the equipments only captured datas and not Ghost!

What do EMF meters measure? In day-to-day use, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters are used to diagnose problems with electrical wiring and power lines and to get readings on working appliances.

EMF meters detect fields emitted by moving electrically charged objects. Electromagnetic field theory lies at the combination of an electric field, produced by a charged object, and the magnetic field created when the charged object moves.

Electromagnetic fields are created using alternating current and direct current, but with different results. EMF meters measure fields produced by alternating current – the type of electricity surging through your microwaves and television. This current moves back and forth.

Infrasound

Infrasound, sometimes referred to as low-frequency sound, is sound that is lower in frequency than 20 Hz (Hertz) or cycles per second, the “normal” limit of human hearing.

Animals have been known to perceive the infrasonic waves going through the earth by natural disasters and can use these as an early warning. A recent example of this is the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Animals were reported to flee the area hours before the actual tsunami hit the shores of Asia. It is not known for sure if this is the exact reason, as some have suggested that it may have been the influence of electromagnetic waves, and not of infrasonic waves, that prompted these animals to flee.

“Frequency Sounds (Infrasound) can cause people to have unusual experiences even though they cannot consciously detect infrasound.” “Some scientists have suggested that this level of sound may be present at some allegedly haunted sites and so causes people to have odd sensations that they attribute to a ghost. Our findings support this ideas.”
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Richard Wiseman (born 1966) is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. His research has been published in leading academic journals, with one Scientific American columnist labelling him “…the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today”. Wiseman is known for his critical examination and frequent debunking of unusual phenomena, including reports of paranormal phenomena.

“NORMALLY YOU can’t hear it,” Richard Lord, an acoustic scientist at the National Physical Laboratory in England.
Lord and his colleagues, who produced infrasound with a 23-foot (7-meter) pipe and tested its impact on 750 people at a concert, said infrasound is also generated by natural phenomena.

Reactions to Infrasound

Lord and Wiseman played four contemporary pieces of live music, including some laced with infrasound, at a London concert hall and asked the audience to describe their reactions to the music.

The audience did not know which pieces included infrasound, but 22 percent reported more unusual experiences when it was present in the music.

 

Their unusual experiences included feeling uneasy or sorrowful, getting chills down the spine or nervous feelings of revulsion or fear.

“These results suggest that low frequency sound can cause people to have unusual experiences even though they cannot consciously detect infrasound,” said Wiseman, who presented his findings to the British Association science conference.

Natural Phenomenon

Infrasound is also produced by storms, seasonal winds and weather patterns and some types of earthquakes. Animals such as elephants also use infrasound to communicate over long distances or as weapons to repel foes.

Psychological factors

Finally, some researchers believed that many of the experiences reported in allegedly haunted locations have a psychological explanation. For example, witnesses may have had prior knowledge about which parts of a building were ‘haunted’, and do become anxious when entering these areas, resulting in mild psychosomatic and hallucinatory phenomena. Alternatively, certain areas may simply ‘look’ haunted (i.e., be especially dark or creepy looking) and again cause people to feel anxious.

Power of Suggestions

Honestly the power of suggestion is probably the #1 reason people
both believe in the paranormal and don’t believe in the paranormal.

Beliefs Systems , Heard, Said, Cultural, Seen, Felt, Myths Happened in unexplainable situations, Judged too quickly, with faiths from religious masters or priest, Astrologers & Psychics etc, that goes through the conscious and subsonscious abilities.   You believe there is, there is.

 

Law of Heat transfer

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Unexplained and strange sounds may also occur due to the weather when its at night.  It can happen when it is cold or when there’s a sudden drop in temperature, then it probably is the building materials (walls and framework) contracting and expanding with the weather. Even new buildings can do this.

 

Conclusion

The Alleged “Haunting” of a place that can be explained mostly by the few factors mentioned above,  which can be in connections with EMF, in connected with infrasounds that stuck in a venue which can be negatives energies, and the psychological minds thinking of the beliefs system of each individual person. (especially the venue can be rated as defined as haunted).  And also the nature taking  its own place of atmospheric or physics  quantum on all objects that may vibrates, moved, produced sounds or  misjudged by others.   Other scary sounds may be produced by Humans or Animals, insects or creatures.

We may also be scared or “hairstand” caused by the fear factors not just haunting or ghosts.  Since young we may  absorbed from parents, people – hair raising stories that may be exegerated through communications many channels.  The scary movies, ghost books, tales or myths heard through the years causes a belief system.

Meanwhile, if things happened, they maybe a reason!

Happy Halloween 2014!

 

Research done, analaysed, tested for some and contributed by :
Desmond Wong
Singapore Paranormal Investigators