In October 1972 a photographer stood at the entrance to a wedding reception in Paisley, Scotland, snapping pictures of the guests who were arriving to celebrate. But arising from this seemingly everyday scene, something creepy was soon to materialize. Mind you, when a pair of couples posed for their snapshot, nothing seemed amiss – until, that is, the photographer developed the image, revealing a sight that still terrifies observers to this day.
If you’ve ever captured a photo featuring a floating translucent sphere, some believe you have snapped the unliving. But this claim naturally comes with little evidence to back it up. And on the website for Skeptoid – an award-winning, science-focused podcast – host Brian Dunning even tried to debunk the myth. He wrote, “The usual hypothesis presented by believers is that orbs represent spirits of dead people…”
However, Dunning explained, “There are no plausible hypotheses that describe the mechanism by which a person who dies will become a hovering ball of light that appears on film but is invisible to the eye.” And he continued, “There are lots of other things that a dead person might become, presumably.”