Ghostly Hand Appears In Socialite’s Selfie?

A British socialite is paying host to a

holiday visitor she never expected: The

ghost of a woman she believes died in her

house 100 years ago.

Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Live Aid

organizer Bob Geldof, recently took a

selfie of herself and her son Astala in the


But when she looked at her picture, she

noticed what looked like a mysterious

third party: a translucent hand of what

looks like a ghost just above her


Geldof, 24, posted the spooky selfie on

Instagram, and believes the haunting

hand belongs to the spirit of a woman

who committed suicide in her home 100

years ago after delivering a stillborn


"The house was built in the 1920s by a

rich man and his pregnant wife," Geldorf

said, according to the Daily Mail. "

However, his wife had a stillborn baby

and was so grief-stricken she went mad.

She apparently drowned herself in the


Geldof insists that the mystery hand is

not hers. She wrote on Instagram:

Close up shot of the mystery

ghost hand in pic I took of Astala

and me In the bath!! And no that

isn't my hand — one of mine was

round his waist to hold him

during the photo, the other

holding the camera to take the

shot. Also the hand is around my

shoulder so totally weird angle if

I did it myself!! How terrifying!!

I am shitting myself! #haunted


Potential defecation aside, Geldof said the

spirit is friendly, maternal and enjoys

being around babies, she said, according

to Fox4KC.com.

Whether the bizarre hand-life pattern is

really paranormal remains to be seen,

but it could just be an example of

"pariedolia," a word that means

assigning meaning to patterns that are

actually just visual "noise."

In 2011, researchers at Northwestern

University led by Joel Voss did a study

showing that the human brain is wired

to look for familiarity and meaning in

the most abstract squiggles.

Here's why: Our brains automatically

identify similar objects and then organize

them according to type. That's why we

can look at a baseball cap and a fedora

and know right away that both are hats.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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