Friday, January 30, 2009

Hospital hauntings.

Derby Hospital is calling in exorcists because staff and patients have reported seeing ghosts. It seems a little odd. This hospital has been around for a very long time, so why now?

I suspect they'll be inundated with local ghosthunters, and it's a hospital so it's not going to be easy to get access. Patients aren't going to like having video cameras around.

Well, at least reports are picking up again. There's been little in the way of reported activity for months because the papers have been full of the woes of the economy. The economy is still a mess but there's only so many ways to say 'doomed'. Whether you consider ghosts real or not, it's good to see something in the news that isn't about the imminent collapse of civilisation.


Southern Writer said...

Over here, an investigation in an active hospital would be as rare as a ghost sighting due to HIPAA laws that protect patients' privacy. Volunteers can't go in to read or entertain patients anymore, and you can't even know the name of the person in the bed next to yours, should you be in a semi-private room, unless they tell you themselves. No more clowns in the childrens' wards. No more Christmas carolers. I'd be interested to know how that turns out.

As for the linked article ... vampires? Werewolves? I'm not going to hold my breath.

Romulus Crowe said...

Our hospitals are as impersonal as yours, I'm afraid. In case of 'causing offence' to some unspecified feeble-minded oaf or other. Unfortunately, offending idiots who deserve it is a hobby of mine so I don't do well in that sort of environment. I'll stick to isolated churches and castles.

Vampires and werewolves are outside my remit but...

I can see how someone might form the deluson that they change into a wolf, but can't see how an actual physical transformation could be biologically possible in such a short space of time. Caterpillars transform into butterflies but it takes a long time, it's one-way and it's a much less complex animal. Turning from human to wolf and back again in the space of one night, if it could be done, would mean learning to use a whole new set of muscles and joints in a few minutes. Not to mention the cost in terms of energy metabolism and body mass loss. So I don't think there are werewolves.

There are people who believe they are vampires and, like those who believe they are wolves, might be dangerous in that they could well attack other people. That's not supernatural, it's mental illness.

On the supernatural side, life-draining entities of one form or another have been around for millenia. Blood-draining is linked to this because of the belief that blood is life. However, succubi and incubi fall into the same category, 'something non-human that steals life'.

I haven't come across anything like that, but then they couldn't be common if they do exist, otherwise we'd all be walking husks.

I doubt they would be human ghosts but you never know. Some (living) people seem to drain your energy just by being in the same room, so maybe there's a malevolent ability at play that carries over into ghosthood. I don't know if anyone's studied that in much detail.

Worth looking into.

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