It’s Official: We’ve All Watched ‘Ghostbusters’ Too Many Times…


How is it, people of the world, that when you’re watching an item of local news like this one, and you notice a strange shadow moving around in the background, your first thought (and occasionally mine too) is not that something has happened to the camera – the means via which you are able to see anything in the first place – but rather that a ghost or spirit of some kind has attempted to cross a busy motorway in broad daylight, leaving ectoplasm in its wake?

I mean, surely there are more immediate and rational explanations that don’t require faith in the supernatural?

Never mind the kind of astonishing attention to detail it requires to even see the blessed shadow in the first place!

It turns out to have been an insect on the lens, y’say? Well OF COURSE IT IS! Sometimes unexplained events are just that.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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