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Ghosts
Have you ever seen a ghost? Do you believe in ghosts?
 
     Scientifically accepted proof of the existence of ghosts does not exist. But does this fact alone convince you that ghosts do not exist? Why does every culture in the world have stories about ghosts and haunted buildings? Why have eyewitness accounts of ghost sightings remained similar over many centuries? Will we ever know the truth about ghosts?
 
     A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that is capable of making itself seen or heard by the living. The oldest known record of a ghost appears in an ancient Babylonian tale known as The Epic of Gilgamesh, which is dated from around 2200 BC. Ghosts can take several different forms. Some shapes ghosts can take include a solid or see-through image of a dead person, a disembodied voice, or some other unusual visual effect such as strange lights. The world’s various cultures believe ghosts take different forms.
 
     Several explanations are given for the possible existence of ghosts. There are those who believe that ghosts are people trapped between the living world and the world of the dead. These dead people can be stuck inbetween worlds because of some wrong they did while they were alive, or because they must deliver a message to someone before passing onto the next world, or even because something tragic happened to the person.
 
     When the same ghost is seen repeatedly in the same house, it issaid that the house is haunted. The word haunt means to "visit often.” Hauntings can continue on and off for years, and affect different occupants of a haunted house. In most cases the ghosts in haunted houses once lived in the house. Usually the ghost repeats the same actions each time it makes an appearance, and witnesses often say that the ghost looks like a person who is sleepwalking.
 
     A special kind of ghost is called a poltergeist. Poltergeist is a German word, which means "noisy ghost.” Poltergeists live up to their names: they are noisy! A poltergeist disturbance includes noises such as knocks, thumps, scraping, footsteps and other sounds. Poltergeists are known to move objects, sometimes throwing them across the room. Usually a poltergeist does not stay longer than a few weeks. Young people are the preferred targets of poltergeists, and occasionally poltergeists have followed a particular person from one location to another.
 
     Modern techniques for investigating paranormal activity, or ghostbusting, involve using sophisticated equipment. Researchers use Geiger counters, infrared cameras and computers. Hitech instruments allow ghost detectives to detect radiation, take photographs in the dark without using a flash, register temperature changes and record any movement in a room. Psychics, who are people who can supposedly sense activity going on beyond our normal comprehension, are often called to help ghost investigators, as well.
 
     Still, the fact remains that there is no scientific proof of the existence of ghosts. Surely they must not exist. But how can you explain the countless ghost stories from so many different people and from so many different places? And you would have an impossible time trying to convince the victims of a haunting that ghosts were not real. They must exist. Or do they? Death is the end of life. Or is it?
 
 
 
 
UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU READ
 
If you can, answer these questions from memory. If you cannot, look back at the article.
1) What is a ghost?
2) List reasons why dead people can be trapped between the living world and the world of the dead.
3) What kinds of noises do poltergeists often make?
4) Would it be easy to convince the victims of a haunting that ghosts were not real?
 
 
INTERPRETATION
 
1) Do you believe in ghosts? Why? Why not? Do you think proof of their existence will ever be discovered? Discuss.
 
2) Do you know any ghost stories? Take turns telling ghost stories.
 
3) What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? Why? Do you like scary movies? Why? Why not? Discuss.
 
 
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[color=red][size=14]ANSWER.
[size=8][color=blue]1)A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that is capable of making itself seen or heard by the living.Ghosts can take several different forms. Some shapes ghosts can take include a solid or see-through image of a dead person, a disembodied voice, or some other unusual visual effect such as strange lights. The world’s various cultures believe ghosts take different forms.A special kind of ghost is called a poltergeist.
2)There are those who believe that ghosts are people trapped between the living world and the world of the dead. These dead people can be stuck inbetween worlds because of some wrong they did while they were alive, or because they must deliver a message to someone before passing onto the next world, or even because something tragic happened to the person. When the same ghost is seen repeatedly in the same house, it issaid that the house is haunted. The word haunt means to "visit often.” Hauntings can continue on and off for years, and affect different occupants of a haunted house. In most cases the ghosts in haunted houses once lived in the house.
3)A poltergeist disturbance includes noises such as knocks, thumps, scraping, footsteps and other sounds.
4)Still, the fact remains that there is no scientific proof of the existence of ghosts.And it to be necessary for us time a great lot to convince victims of phantoms that they weren't the presents.
[color=red][size=14]INTERPRETATION
[size=8][color=blue]1)As I didn't see phantoms that I in them I do not trust And that that people see reductions this all their subconsciousness and in fear people all think out it in the head!!!
2)Once my friend has told to my story which has occurred to it one year ago. All has begun that in the house the woman has opposite died. I saw its only some times. All speak - it is impossible to look out of the window, when from the house take out a coffin... But it left casually - I it has seen... Same night the dream has dreamed me...
I try to forget nightmares, but this, nevertheless, I remember with shudder against will...
My dream has begun a very simply - usual household situation. I sat under a tree at the house with the friends... Also it became suddenly too silent. I have looked back on the parties - to me it seemed that all became any gloomy. Friends have disappeared. I have risen and have approached to road... Silence... And suddenly someone suffices me for a hand. I was frightened and wanted to escape - but have seen that it is the little boy. He begged me, having hung on my hand: "It all right!!! Please stop it!". Its sight has been directed on other party of road, and I have translated there the sight - there there was that woman... But it was another - the person has become covered by scabs, and eyes were empty.... It came nearer to us.
The boy has pulled me a sleeve has stretched a chalk and has told that I have drawn a circle.
I feverishly drew it and have finished just when it has approached to us too close... Becoming in a circle I and the boy have stood. The woman has stopped before cretaceous line. "All has turned out". But suddenly it with a derisive smile takes a step and crosses a line!!
I in horror shout: "Isn't present! You can't pass in a circle!!" The boy fingers me for a hand, but my sight is directed on the woman. The wrist starts to be ill - I translate a sight at the boy... It has changed! It became similar to it - a decaying body, empty eyes... I with shout pull out a hand and I wake up...
On that to calm down cunningly approximately minutes 10... I lay and simply looked at a ceiling... And suddenly I have felt a pain in a wrist. Having brought it to eyes I has cried for horror - on a wrist there were bruises - as though someone strong held me!!!
I do not know as it to explain but so it was never terrible to me still.
After this history to me became not on itself but I all the same don't trust till now in reductions!!!
3)For me the most terrible film which I would remember well a film "I know that you have made last summer" which I has looked when I was 6 years old. I not so love horrors but if I need to choose between horror and dramatic mine I certainly will choose horror!!!!

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