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RiverCat Journal: iPhone Ghosts?

Posted by on July 21, 2012

Current Venue:  Las Vegas, NV
Campground: Riviera RV Park

Last night I got the ghosthunting bug and went on an investigation for the first time in months.  The destination was Arizona Charlie’s.  I’d read a blog months ago, something about a decorative mask at the entrance that gives people the heebie jeebies and makes for interesting photographs.  Well, I went in armed with my EMF detector but never located the mask. So, I left and went down the road to Boulder Station Casino to play a little blackjack and I got to thinking…

Wouldn’t it be nice if my iPhone had EMF detector capabilities?  That way, I could have one with me whenever I got the urge.  So I did an application search just for fun and found something very interesting.  It’s called “Ghost Radar.”  Don’t ask me to explain the technology, but there are built-in sensors on the iPhone and the program was developed to detect signal fluctuations, yadda, yadda…

I really didn’t care.  What interested me most was that thousands of consumers gave a review that averaged 4 stars — that’s pretty strong!  I quickly downloaded the app and opened up a radar screen, similar to something you might see on a submarine.  Almost immediately two “blips” showed up and a bunch of words were flashing on the top of the screen.  It was so busy, I dismissed it as a demo and an advertisement.  I didn’t realize that it was actually part of the program’s function.  Apparently the words were assimilated by the signal fluctuations.

When I got home I started looking at the reviews for the program.  It seems a very high percentage of the reviews began as skeptics and then became quite spooked by an incredible occurrence.  There are still skeptics, of course, some with very valid points.  My favorite review went something like this, “I was told by a ghost he was sitting right next to me on the couch, so…I sat on it.”  That’s funny, I don’t care who you are!

I opened the program to see if it would blurt out something highly coincidental and tingle my spine a little bit.  I love analyzing stuff like this.  After awhile I saw my first “blip.”  A few minutes later, another.  This time about 5-6 words popped up, seemingly someone trying to introduce himself, using adjectives like: “radius, scientist, educated” and a little later “scientist, educated, clothing, rubber, death, ants.”  An exterminator?  This became a recurring theme.  I’ll refer to it as the “scientist jibberish.”

But later on, just two words:  “Africa, resolution.”  Now that was interesting.  For one thing, Africa was the first proper name it had taken a stab at.  It’s a pretty good one, too!  After all, I’d just watched the movie Amistad just a few hours prior.  If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s about African slaves taking over a ship and eventually being set free through the American justice system.  Interesting, very interesting.  With that, I went to bed…

As I started my morning coffee today, the program started right in with the “scientist jibberish” again.  In the event an entity could actually hear me, I thought I might actually attempt a little conversation.  I said, “Can you please explain to me what you’re trying to say?!”  There was a long pause and then a single word phrase:


Wow, that was sort of an impressive answer.  The airwaves went silent for nearly two hours.

The nice thing about the program is you really don’t have to monitor it.  It assimilates words and then a computer-generated voice reads them.  It would be nearly two hours before I heard anything:

“Package, China.” 

NOW I’M INTERESTED.  I’d been waiting on a package from China for over a week!  Did my video camera sunglasses finally arrive?  Was this an incredible coincidence?

I’d checked on this delivery the day before, mind you.  You better believe I rushed up to the office and checked my mailbox.  IT WAS THERE.  Coincidence?  I might point out this is only the second proper name the program had uttered.  2 for 2.

The third occurrence made my hair stand on end. Two blips on the screen caught my eye just as the program said the word:


3-3 now!  You see, David is my original birth name.  It’s not so common out West and it is only the third proper name the program had attempted.  Things just got freaky.  Equally intriguing was that there were two blips on-screen instead of one, suggesting (if this thing’s for real), that there were now two entities — the scientist/exterminator and someone who may have known me by my original birth name.

I had to turn it off for a few hours.

This afternoon the program went back into the normal scientist jibberish but finally introduced 3 new proper names that I could not relate to:

“Germany, Greece, James.”

It was actually quite a relief, to tell you the truth.  My familiarity with some of these messages were hitting pretty close to home a little too regularly!  But awhile later…

“Common, creature, falls.”

Common creature?  Here in the city portion of the desert there are very few common creatures other than pets and cicadas.  Jeepers?  I contemplated that for a moment.  I can’t remember the last time my cat actually took a tumble.  Whenever he performs his acrobatics, he always lands on his feet…

A half-hour later it happened.

Jeepers was playing in his shoebox that was sitting on the bedroom counter.  He was on his back tackling a pen when the box suddenly ripped!  He couldn’t get his footing because the box was slipping out from beneath him.  He went sprawling head-over-heels-backwards toward the floor and, had I not caught him, there is absolutely no way it would have ended well for him.  In fact, he was so shaken up by the ordeal that he paced for several minutes.

True Story.

What adds to the realism of the program is there is no pattern to the frequency of these messages.  Sometimes the scanner picks up something every 10-20 minutes, sometimes hours apart.  It’s been 3 hours since the last blip (okay, turning it off now).  I have to say, if the program is just one elaborately-designed hoax — it’s the best one, yet!  A little spooky, even for me…


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