Saturday March 25, 2017
The new series of 'Fortean Talks' kicks off with poltergeists.
There's a fair bit of footage on the interweb that purports to show anomalous events caught on camera.
Some of it is arguably genuine, or at least shared in good faith, while other examples are the product of hoaxers or marketing types seeking to draw attention to a new film or product, as was quite likely the case with the 'Polish yeti' footage that emerged in 2009 just prior to the launch onto the local market of the Škoda Yeti SUV.
Bearing this in mind, those cunning cryptozoological foxes over at Fortean Talks, viz Rake & Herald fortean editor Raven Akki and his mate Edgar with the hat, devised a little test.
And what a cunning test it was!
Under the watchful gaze of Dr Wendy Crate of Camborne Universty (who sadly couldn't make it as she was bottling a cow), they first rounded up a couple of human guinea pigs in a haunted pub in Cornwall, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to Rake & Herald religious affairs/football editor the Reverend Marcus Trepanning.
Hmm, a doppelgänger, perhaps.
Anyway, they then showed their subjects some footage off of YouTube apparently depicting the actions of a poltergeist caught on CCTV somewhere in Asia, all the time keeping their mouths schtum other than to tell them that they had found it via a certain UK national newspaper last year.
Here is the footage in question.
SPOT THE ST PIRAN'S, DID EE?
But what did the pub punters think?
Hmm, better watch this to find out.
Ten points if you can spot the Cornish national flag.
Twenty points if you know which pub they're in.
Clue: The town's got a big brass turd.
THE VERDICT KIND OF THING
But was the clip kosher or was it something else?
Yep, it was footage released to promote the Malaysian horror film Bangunan and it wasn't fooling anyone.
Hoaxers 0 Pub Punters 1.
The pub wins.
Anyone fancy a pint?
Or a shot of Earthbound spirits instead?
That was a cracker.
Chief hack's note: The first of the above two vids is embedded here on the fortean-tastic Rake & Herald from Funny Video 57's YouTube channel, which you can check out here.
The second, meanwhile, comes from one of Raven's two top-notch YouTube channels. To see him dishing out some Trufax on his other, have a click of this.
See also Fortean Talks returns!, posted 15/2/16, among others.
What mean fortean?
The terms fortean and forteana derive from the work of Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932), an American journalist who catalogued anomalous and paranormal reports, ranging from frog falls and spontaneous human combustion to ghosts, cryptids and UFOs. Spending much of his time sifting through "the data of the damned" in the New York Public Library and the British Museum Library, he wrote four seminal texts based on his findings and theories, viz The Book of the Damned (1919), New Lands (1923), Lo! (1931) and Wild Talents (1932). To learn more about this home-brewing inventor of topeacho, have a read of this.
Sandi Toxic was raised by wolves inside a disused clay pit near Lanjeth. You can befriend her on FaceBook here. She is still quite feral.
Top pic: An Undead Alien Getting His Pint Abducted © Ignatius Rake.
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