Ghost hunters speculate aliens were watching them

This story is just…wow. So apparently a ghost hunting group in Missouri was out investigating a cemetery on the evening of June 5th, and they are now claiming that they captured the image of a UFO in one of their photos. There’s all sorts of things wrong with this, and so many jokes to be made. But first, the article from Before It’s News:

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A Missouri paranormal investigation group visiting two cemeteries near Richland on June 5, 2010, are speculating that they may have caught a UFO on a photo at the first location, and may possibly have heard an alien craft at the second location, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The object on the photo was not seen by the naked eye at the first location.

The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Missouri MUFON State Director Debbie Ziegelmeyer investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update.

MO, June 5, 2010 – Ghost Hunting and took a picture of a possible UFO. Also heard a loud constant humming noise at another cemetery. MUFON Case # 23649.

On the evening of Saturday June 5th our paranormal group decided to do a investigation in a cemetery near Richland Missouri in Pulaski County. It was just the group leader, his wife, and myself that night.

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Enlarged "orbs"

So the photo in the story is what they are claiming is a UFO. Personally, I don’t see anything out of the ordinary. The enlarged picture shows what looks to be orbs. Orbs are not UFOs. Hell, they’re not even ghosts. And this is really the main problem with investigating cemeteries. In order to do scientific research, you must have a controlled environment, or as controlled as humanly possible. Cemeteries are pretty much the furthest thing from a controlled environment possible when it come to typical ghost hunting locations. EVP sessions will be contaminated, since there are many sounds from the surrounding areas that will be captured, such as traffic on the streets, planes overhead, and people talking or shouting in the distance. You may even have other people in the cemetery, such as kids drinking, or other ghost hunters trying to photograph dust and pass it off as “ghost orbs.” Which brings me to the actual orbs. Cemeteries have way too much particulate matter in the air, so much so that it’s almost difficult to take a series of pictures and not have orbs in at least some of them. Bugs, dust, pollen, water droplets, all of these things can reflect the flash and appear as orbs on the final photo. At least this group isn’t saying that their orbs are ghosts. Just extraterrestrial spacecraft. That’s much more plausible.

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