Don’t just fall for anything.

May 15, 2009 on 3:23 pm | In Article | No Comments

Do you love a good ghost story?

Do you love to hear about the unexplained?

I , and most of us do,  BUT……we need to be very careful what we “fall for”. Here at the Sweetwater County Library we hear many reports of ghosts and shadows, but we have learned to be cautious.

Unfortunately there are people out there that either believe anything they hear and try to pull a fast one on us. It is human nature to get excited when hearing these stories. I have done it myself. When I first started working for the library two of my new co-workers decided to step me up. Well bless their hearts. I was told that a radio in the back room was picking up ghostly voices. I was intrigued to say the least. I was taken back to the area and we bent over the radio and listened intently. Well it was a trick of course and I fell for it. I am happy I could give them a laugh.

My point is to be careful. Not every shadow is a ghost, not every unknown light is an orb, and not every voice is a disembodied spirit. Like my favorite Wednesday night television show, Ghost Hunters tells us to try to debunk all reports whenever possible. We try to incorporate this into the findings at the library. When a report is given of some activity, we record it, but also try to debunk it. Many times we have found a surprising result.

Example Report: The cash register was going off by itself.

Result: The electrical cord was a little loose in the outlet. DEBUNKED

Example Report: Voices heard at the back of the library by the emergency door.

Result: The neighbor’s dog had gotten out and was running around the library. He was calling for his dog and it could be heard inside.

Some things can be so simple. This is not to say all accounts are explained. We have many on record that are believed to be actual ghost sightings, voices, shadows, etc. We all would like to find out what is out there, what is real. Just be cautious and educate yourself as best you can on these things.

Good Luck!

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