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Do ghostly apparitions actually make a noise? If they are physical manifestations of a lost soul or some sort of hallucination, it should not preclude them from being accompanied by some sort of noise, or even a smell. Do ghosts go WOO? I’m probably wrong, but I can’t remember coming across an apparition that was both seen and heard or smelt.

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Neither can I. Ian, how do get these questions? Do they just come to you while eating your corn flakes?

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Are talking about a distinct noise every single apparition makes or just in general?
There are a number of ghosts which are supposed to make particular noises or to leave peculiar smells.
I have already in the past the (Continental) Celtic legend of the Santa Compana, the souls being led to the afterlife who are supposed to either pray or sing and accompanied by the smell of burning candles (old tallow candles being rather more unpleasant than the modern, scented ones).
In Rome there's a place near the Aurelian Walls where prostitutes, thieves and other "unwanted" persons were buried. According to local tradition the souls of two revolutionaries beheaded in 1825 (buried here because they refused the Final Rites) walk near the old cemetary on certain nights, a terrifying sight. Yet they are harmless and if somebody will approach them on friendly terms they will even tell him the numbers to score a lotto win!
A much better researched case (again by the same CNR team which investigated the Hessdalen Lights and other cases) comes from a castle in Romagna. Here the ghost of a child, lost and never found, is accompanied by sobbing sounds, cries and the sound of distant bells (of course there are no bell towers nearby). The CNR mounted three expeditions in 1990, 1995 and 2000 and in each occasion extremely interesting sound recordings were obtained.
I'm currently looking for a link: they are quite interesting...

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Of course there are

Of course there are numberous cases of people seeing 'phantom' aircraft and hearing engines, and occasionally tales of them hearing the engines and not seeing anything. Afraid I can't quote any specific cases.

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Do they see the phantom

Do they see the phantom plane and hear it's engines at the same time?  Do you think there coul dbe differences between appartions of people and those of vehicles?

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Personally I'm quite

Personally I'm quite skeptical at the cases where people see the plane and hear the engine, or just hear the engine. That to me indicates a real plane, maybe an old one, but a real one. I seem to recall one in the letters or 'happened to me' section of FT a good few months ago. Admitedly the plane ghosts don't really hook me because I'm not convinced they are real.

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Do Ghosts Go Woo?

I was talking to my father the other day about the only ghost he has ever seen.  It happened within the last two years.  He was awoken by the sound of his bedroom door opening, then he say what he thought was a hoodie that had broken in.  It moved down the side of the bed and vanished into thin air when challenged.  The bedroom door though was already open when he went to bed, so he didn't hear the actual door opening and scraping on the carpet.  The figure itself made no noise whilst moving.  Are we looking at two seperate components of an experience, a noise that woke him up followed by a silent figure, or do you think the figure may have made the noise that woke him up?

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Many years ago, camping and walking in Scotland with a friend, we met two girls.  On discovering that we had a spare tent they asked if they could borrow it, as they didn't like the B&B they were in.  We thought that a bit odd, but we gave them the tent. They later told us that in their B&B they had been awakened several times at night by the sound of their door opening.  On investigation, there was never anyone there or in the corridor outside.
They decided that the door must be swinging open by itself, so they lifted an old and very heavy wireless set from a table and placed it on the floor to hold the door closed.  Later they were awakened by the sound of the radio being pushed slowly across the floor by the opening door.  Again on investigation there was no-one to be seen outside or in the corridor beyond.
Of course this might all have been a story to get our tent and make our acquaintance (we were all about 18 at the time), but they did seem quite genuinely scared.
 

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Hi Vronsky Thanks for that

Hi Vronsky
Thanks for that account, can you remember where the B&B was?
 

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Hello Vronsky and welcome to

Hello Vronsky and welcome to the forum.  That is a great account.  One of the cases I have been involved in investigating does a door that opens by itself, though we have now been measuring the drafts under the door and are satisfied that there is a natural explanation.  But to move a heavy radio?  Obviously it is hard to comment without actually checking the site out itself.
Something must had unnerved them to want to move from a B&B into a tent :)

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It would seem that the

It would seem that the Barnoldswick Phantom Bomber would support the theory that apparitions are silent.



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