Is that a ghost in your pocket, or are you just happy to hear from me? | Tower of Technobabble

Is that a ghost in your pocket, or are you just happy to hear from me?

Funny, Ben and I were just talking about this – Why do all ghost hunters (at least on television) carry electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors? Who decided that ghosts put out an electronic signature similar to a cell phone? Did Ghostbusters get the idea from the actual ghost hunters, or did Bill Murray et al set the agenda for those to come?

EMF DetectorAnyhoo, here are the schematics from 1968 necessary to build your very own EMF detector, so grab your soldering iron and head on down to the neighborhood Radio Shack.

To be fair, this was designed to detect UFO activity (at least that makes a little more sense, because a UFO would emit an EM field, right?), but hey, see if you can find ghosts with it, too. What the hell?

http://strangeattractor.co.uk/further/1968-ufo-detector/

* This has nothing to do with EMF, the indie rock band from England who had the hit “Unbelievable.” Whatever happened to them, anyway?

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