I don’t usually put a whole lot of stock in the theroy that Orbs are evidence of somthing paranormal happening. I mean they might be somtimes, but as a rule not so much. Of course, I know that there are a lot of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators out there who do see orbs in this way. Not as illuminated dust particles, but as spirts in the early stages of manifestation.

Well if they are right about that than my ring doorbell camera can not only alert me to the arrival of the mailman, or go off anytime a truck drives by. It can also record visitors from the spirt realm!

My house: this is the video my ring recorded, there are 2 separate orbs. Watch with the sound on because there is an unexplained noise just as the orb makes it to the front door.

My Ring Doorbell Captures Orbs

I actually had forgotten all about it until today when I was going through some old files on my computer and I came across this odd little clip my doorbell camera caught. I saved it because it was a pretty strange incident and I thought it would be definitely worth rewatching.(Or useful in marketing my home as a legitimate haunted house to rich weirdos)

This was recorded back on November 26th of 2019. Oh, those glorious pre Coronavirus days, when we were blissfully unaware of mandatory lockdowns, facemasks, social distancing and murder hornets. You know the good old days.

Anyway it was 9:36pm and I was in the family room with my wife watching TV when our ring notifications went off, than we both heard one single knock on the door. Well I got up (being the man of the house means its my job to answer the door after dark).

Anyway there wasn’t anybody around and I thought thats weird I know I heard a knock on the door. So I pulled up the video and watched it . My wife and I both got the goosebumps seeing the “orb” make for our front door. Belive it or not even though I am basically pretty skeptical it still doesn’t stop me from being a scaredy cat.

I couldn’t quite explain it especially the knocking sound, so I turned to the internet. Research video doorbell orbs and you will get a lot of hits on Google. But most of them seemed a lot easier to explain than mine.

Moisture or dust.

Like this one. It is clearly moisture. I watched the video and the orb doesn’t fly to the front door and knock to come in.

To me this looks like dust or a tiny water droplet reflecting infra red light back into the camera lens, it is way too close to be in focus. So the lens sees an out-of-focus point of light as a ‘circle of confusion. A video artifact.

Science. Dust between the focal point and cameras lens
More science : final effect is a soft out of focus orb.

Are Orbs Ever Paranormal?

The Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee have done a lot of very fine research on this topic. They explain that there are microscopic things floating in the air all the time, we just can’t see them. Things like dead skin cells, animal dander, and textile particles are suspended in the air. When the flash from a camera catches these particles just right, the light reflects back out of focus and creates the ball of light that we see. That would explain why we don’t see these things with our naked eye. And raises the question if any orb is ever even supernatural.

Dust caused orbs from the Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee

Some times bugs and insects are the culprits behind orbs. These orbs are sometimes harder to debunk and are usually brighter due to the higher density of insects compared to dust. Many times they are flying and thus a moving orb is created.

Insect caused orbs from the Paranormal Investagators of Milwaukee

Insects are a great candidate for my Orbs but there is still somthing bothering me. It was late November and we don’t usually see bugs that time of year where we live. And than there was that damn knock.

Anyway I don’t know what I captured. I probably never will be 100 percent sure on way or the other. The only thing I am certain of is that sometimes your video doorbell camera will capture things that you might not really want to see.

Scary, just not in a paranormal way.

All those lovely things have a way of unleashing misfortune

Many years ago I had the chance to visit family over in Ireland. Somehow after one of my many trips down to the local pub for a creamy pint of Guinness, I allowed my Aunt to convince me to go with her to a local antique shop. I’m not sure how but there must be something in Irish stout that makes me very aggregable, because I pulled myself away from the barstool long enough to find myself digging through musty old piles of other peoples memories. apparently antique stores the world over are pretty much the same. They are all filled with old glasses, books, maps and a bunch of hats and scarves no one is willing to wear anymore.

Evalyn Walsh McLean (August 1, 1886 – April 26, 1947) was an American mining heiress and socialite who was famous for being the last private owner of the cursed 45-carat (9.0 g) Hope Diamond

Well after browsing for a while I found something I did actually want to buy (a sterling silver ring). I thought it would make a great souvenir, so just as I was about to slide it on to my finger my Aunt yells at me “stop, don’t put that on” Why I asked a little annoyed “you could get a spiritual attachment from some one else’s jewelry.” Ok I thought that’s crazy talk. Who has ever heard of something like that happening? Well I didn’t get the ring and it wasn’t because of “superstation” either, I just really just wanted to get back to the pub for another frothy round. Anyway I forgot all about that incident until I happened to stumble upon the Horrifying History podcast.

There are a lot of podcasts out there, but Horrifying History has got to be one of my favorites. I mean how can you not like a show that’s eclectic enough to cover everything from time travel all the way to tales of being buried alive? And do it well. That’s why I got so much respect for Brenda the host she is definitely doing her homework. Each episode is extremely well researched and entertaining and she also happens to be kind of an expert on cursed objects.

here are two fantastic episodes all about cursed objects (Special thanks to our friends at Horrifying History for allowing us to post them here)

The first one is all about cursed jewelry. My Aunt would love it!

Episode 4 – Cursed Jewelry
I love jewelry, but there is some that even I will not wear.  Why?  Because it is cursed.  This episode you will hear about jewelry that left a path of death, destruction, and sorrow for anyone who comes near it.
Welcome to Episode 4…Cursed Jewelry

Now listen to Horrifying History Episode 20 – Cursed Paintings

A curse is any expressed wish that some form of misfortune will befall on a person, place, or object.  Some believe that curses are created by a supernatural power while some believe that it can be created by magic or witchcraft.  It is also thought that sometimes events occur that stain a person or object, and because of this a curse develops.
Many things are said to be cursed.  There is a bunch of lore that talks about many kinds of things that are said to be cursed, but for me cursed paintings stands out.  I love antiques.  The thought that a piece of art that I bring into my home may cause destruction and pain is not something I usually think about, but when I researched some of the stories that you will hear today – the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
Welcome to Episode 20…Cursed Paintings.

Who knows what’s lurking in your local antique shop!

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.— Genesis 6:1–4, New Revised Standard Version

There are accounts of giants from all over the world. Legends of these beings show up in just about any culture that ever left it’s mark or recorded its history. And everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with the lumbering giant’s sing song taunt of Jack.

I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

Giants have long played the villain in many of the nursery rhymes and bedtime stories we tell to our children. And when you think about that it’s a pretty weird thing to do right? I mean what a strange thing to tell the kids before sending them off to bed. Sweet dreams kid. But sometimes these old fairytales are enough to whip up a nightmare or two so we end up reminding them that it’s all just pretend and explain that there is no such thing as a giant. Never were never will be. Right?

But what if they weren’t always make believe? What if there was a time when these mighty men of renown actually roamed the earth and maybe ruled it? They have been called by a lot of names the Annunaki, the Nephilim or simply giants.

The Choctaw Indians have a tradition (legend or ancestral memory) of battling a race of giants.

There is an old Choctaw legend that says once a very long time ago, the ancestors of the Indians emerged from an artificial underground world which the Choctaw considers to be the homeland of their ancestors. This is an interesting account because the Apache and other Pueblo Indians, such as the Zunis and Hopi, also have legends about their ancestors emerging from an underground world.

At some point after the Indians emerged on the surface they settled into an area near present day Mississippi. It was there that the Indians were invaded by a terrifying race of Giants. The giants are described as having red or blond hair, and are said to have white skin. The giants were so totally foreign and un-Indian like that the Choctaws couldn’t believe their eyes . These Giants were Huge men wielding giant clubs and stone tools. The Indians didn’t think that they stood a chance and so the retuned back into the earth to hide.

The Indians returned back to their undergound world through a portal in a earthen mound called Nanih Waiya. There the Indians hid out for several generations until the giants were no more.

Nanih Waiya is an ancient platform mound earthwork in southern Winston County, Mississippi, constructed by indigenous people during the Middle Woodland period, about 300 to 600 CE. Since the 17th century, the Choctaw have venerated Nanih Waiya mound and nearby cave as their sacred origin location.

It’s kind of interesting that the Choctaw claim that Nanih Waiya mound was filled with natural opening that the Indians could enter or exit through. The Choctaw claim that they have long ago sealed most of them up. The picture below shows a hole in the Nanih Waiya Mound.

My brother Dan and I have always been driven by a sense of curiosity about the world around us. From exploring historical sites to arguing about the meaning and origins behind the native American mounds and earthworks in our area. I guess were just curious. I know we will never get it all figured out anyway, no one will.

There is whole lot out there we will never find answers for but it’s still worth a look. People like us are fascinated by mysteries, conspiracy’s the paranormal and the unexplained. But who isn’t? This is an understandable fascination if not a unique one, most of humanity is with us on this road. It’s called the “big picture “.

So far The best way we found to chew these mysteries over is through the ancient art of storytelling. You can find a lot of truth in stories, even in far flung tales or dusty old legends.

Millions of people from all over the world have reported seeing UFO’s and they all have a story to tell about that encounter. We don’t have to believe all of them, hell we probably shouldn’t believe most of them. But you know what? something is happening and it’s worth talking about. The truth is out there somewhere…. The same thing is true with paranormal sightings and ghost stories,these kind of tales that date back Millenniaum almost to the first campfire. We are still in to them they still do something for us.

Thats what this pod cast is really about …..stories.

The stories we tell ourselves and each other. From fireside folktales to whispered conspiracy theories we want to hear yours and share ours.