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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Brown Lady of Raynham
This is one of the most famous ghost photos of all time. It supposedly shows the "Brown Lady" who haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England.

The image was taken by Captain Provand and Indre Shira (a pseudonym), two photographers on assignment for Country Life magazine. According to their later testimony, the pair saw an ethereal form descending the staircase and quickly snapped a picture.

Skeptics argue that the photo does not show a ghost, but rather was the result of mundane causes such as camera vibration, afternoon light from the window above the stairs catching the lens of the camera, and double exposure. What is not known is whether these effects were produced purposefully, or if they were the accidental result of a faulty camera.

Links and References
Murdie, A. (Sep 2006). The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall. Fortean Times.


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