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The lamest photos ever received


Besides this blog in broken English, this author is also responsible for the largest website in Portuguese dealing with UFOs, ghosts et al. There we have a section with UFO and ghost photos analysis, which also invites visitors to send their images for evaluation. With nearly a million pageviews a month, we do receive several images.

Most of them are honest mistakes and misinterpretations, some of them are intriguing (which I will share here in Forgetomori soon), but some are not only hoaxes, but seemingly stupid hoaxes. For your amusement, I will share a bunch of them right now.

First, we have the photo above, purportedly of UFOs in the sky. The sender didn’t even care to remove the area around the light blue piece of card that he scanned. That is, if you didn’t realize, that’s just a piece of paper with some holes. Someone actually sent that to me claiming it was a UFO photo. More after the jump.

In the same vein, we have the photo below:

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That’s somewhat more sophisticated. The sender wrote that he decided to take UFO photos, went outside and captured that. There was also another image in the series, almost the same. In the low resolution version above it’s not that clear, but in the original (which you don’t want to waste your time seeing), it’s easy to realize that he just photographed a wall. A blue wall, with a hole.

Next we have the images below, two of them side by side, which weren’t sent to me directly, but rather to the CUB website:


The photographer asked if the UFO was a kite, a meteorological balloon, airplane or indeed a UFO. First thing, if that (other) thing is the moon, then this alleged UFO is many times its size, with a huge angular size of several degrees. With that brightness and appearance, it should have scared the witness or, at the very least, it couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a very unusual sighting.

Then, if you simply adjust the brightness and contrast values of the original images, you get this:


The alleged UFO is always in the same relative position to some straight lines and planes that look suspiciously like part of a roof. I don’t know exactly what that was, perhaps a fluorescent lamp, but it’s hardly a UFO. Never underestimate our ability to use a simple gamma adjustment.

Then we have the following image. The sender was not intending to perpetrate a hoax or anything, he just found this in the Internet and was intrigued:


If you don’t see anything to be intrigued with, let me help. In the background, there’s a flying saucer expelling some holy smokes, either going away or just landing. Perhaps you mistook it for a simple fountain.

We then go to the scary ghost photographs.


The sender asked what was that smoke-like ghost at his side. It’s obvious that’s just a light reflection, reason why it’s here in the lamest photos I have ever received. That and his defiant expression. He probably wanted to be famous, but I had the mercy to pixelize his face.


It’s embarrassing. I do think that the person who badly photoshopped the infamous Indonesian girl in this photo did that just to embarrass the girl. So, we pixelized her face. It’s a lame ghost photo nonetheless.

Like this other Rasputian Photoshop job:


No further comments. We also have photos which may be honest mistakes, but are boring nevertheless.


In the photo above, the only mystery is that the photographer says that there was no one there. He may believe so honestly, but for a ghost to use casual urban outfits is somewhat lame.

Finally, as this list may be lame and boring already, we have this one:


I suspect the girl is underage, and pondered if I should censor something besides her face, but she’s not actually showing anything. By the way, in the mirror you can see some other girl dressed and acting like a ghost. A ghost who wears black shorts under her white dress.

And that’s all for now, folks. Sometimes the lamest photos do go beyond the lameness and achieve the genius, like the best UFO photo I have ever received. But usually they are just slightly amusing.

We may follow with more soon if you readers like this.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Lara October 11th, 2008 2:21 pm

    Okay these are terrible attempts at faking ghost photos but why do you think its impossible for a ghost to wear casual urban clothing? Or are the spirits of the dead only allowed to return in Victorian clothing???

  2. Mori October 11th, 2008 2:32 pm

    Good point, Lara. I promptly admit it’s possible that that could be a ghost, clothes don’t really prove anything, and Victorian clothing for contemporary ghosts may in fact be evidence of hoax…

    On the other hand, I think we all agree we can reasonably assume that pending contrary evidence, it was just a girl (alive) back there that went unnoticed at the time.

  3. me October 16th, 2008 2:49 am

    Not really a good point.

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