HOW TO GHOST HUNT CONTINUED...
What do you look for?
While ghosts have been reported to take many different forms, don't expect to encounter the obvious - floating white sheets or 7-ft. zombies. Pay particular attention to strange sensations you might experience; hot and cold spots in an otherwise comfortable room, unsourced electrical fields, etc. Most clues to the presence of a ghost are very subtle, so it is important to be acutely aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the corner of your eye, resist the urge to turn and look directly at it. Just stand still, look straight ahead, and utilize your peripheral vision. Let the image move into YOUR eyeline. This is a basic skill used by all Ghostbuster personnel. Try it with a friend-- you can become quite adept with a little practice.
If you're really lucky you might find the Ghostbuster's ambrosia: the cherished Ectoplasm. This foul, dripping substance is the material by which ghosts physically manifest themselves, so keep an eye out for slimy pools of ghost ooze during your hunt. As a word of caution, Class 3, 4, and 5 entities are known to utilize ectoplasm as a weapon. The "ecto" hasn't been known to cause physical injuries, but the mental distress resulting from having the 3 gallons of gooey snot dumped on your head has been known to send many an amateur running. Finally, remember the buddy system! Find a friend to join you. He/she can act as a second pair of eyes, as well as a corroborating witness should you actually have a ghoulish encounter.
While you do not have the proper training and federal licensing to carry a high-grade particle beam accelerator, PKE detection device, or electro-plasmagnetic vortex containment unit, as a novice ghosthunter there are a few simple tools you can bring along to improve your chances of trapping a spectre. First and foremost - carry a camera loaded with low light or infrared film. If you expect anybody to believe that you've encountered a ghost (even yourself), there's no better proof than a crisp photograph. Take pictures at frequent, regular intervals-- the camera may catch something your eyes don't see. Bring a flashlight, too. Use it sparingly during the hunt to find your way. Also, a digital thermometer can be utilized to keep track of temperature changes.
If you find you have a real passion for Ghostbusting, you may want to invest in some amateur ghost hunting technology such as the EMF (Electromagnetic Field Detector). These simple "spectre detectors" are used to locate sources of electromagnetic energy - a phenomenon frequently associated with paranormal activity. The Ghostbusters use an advanced version of these devices of my own invention: the PKE (psychokinetic energy) Detector. Newer models claim to be able to filter out false readings but, keep in mind that many common household appliances such as TV's, stereos, and VCR's create electromagnetic fields which can register on many EMF Detectors.
There you have it. Until next time... the rest is up to you. Happy Hunting!!!
Dr. Egon Spengler
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