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‘Ghost hand’ captured in photo sparks debate: ‘Call an exorcist’

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It was like something out of the 2000 horror movie “What Lies Beneath.”

The internet is freaking out over a photo of a “phantom hand” in the ocean off northern Australia, which some paranormal activity buffs have claimed belongs to some form of aquatic apparition. The pic is currently going viral as internet denizens try and decipher the underwater anomaly.

“Soooooo can someone tell me what this is?” wrote Monique Sicheter, 20 in the caption to the spooky pic, which was taken while she and her friends were frolicking in the postcard waters off Magnetic Island, Queensland.

“After sunbaking for quite some time, we decided to go for a swim and take a couple of photos before heading back home,” the Townsend native described to news.com.au. “At the time the photograph was taken, the water was crystal clear, and there were no other people anywhere near us.”

“I personally have no idea what it could be, as there are no reasonable explanations on what it is," said Monique Sicheter.
“I personally have no idea what it could be, as there are no reasonable explanations on what it is,” said Monique Sicheter, referring to the “phantom hand” (lower right).
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The "ghost grabber" appeared to be reaching through the water as if trying to grab the swimmer's leg.
The “ghost grabber” appeared to be reaching through the water as if trying to grab the swimmer’s leg.
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She added, “We did not see anything in the water, as it was so clear, and we were definitely looking in the water, as we have to watch out for things like stingrays and even crocodiles sometimes.”

It was only after she returned home that she noticed the alleged phantom hand lurking beneath the waves in one of the pics. The chilling pic shows Sicheter standing in the shallows while, in the lower right-hand corner, a pallid mitt appears to be reaching through the water as if trying to grab her leg.

“I only noticed the ‘hand’ in the water two days later when I was showing a workmate and they pointed it out. I didn’t know what to think,” the aghast gal explained. “I felt shocked and confused, and couldn’t get my head around if it really was a hand.”

Fans had their own theories on what the "ghost hand" was.
Fans had their own theories on what the “ghost hand” was.
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Some Facebook realists thought the image was a projection of another swimmer's hand created by light getting refracted through the water.
Some Facebook realists thought the image was a projection of another swimmer’s hand created by light getting refracted through the water.
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Some viewers joked that the "hand" belonged to an undersea specter.
Some viewers joked that the “hand” belonged to an undersea specter.
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Hoping to shed light on the ghostly photo-bomber, Sicheter posted the snap on Facebook, where fans flooded her inbox with theories on its identity.

“That is a call for an exorcist my friend,” exclaimed one commenter, while another wrote, “You about to get your leg grabbed and drowned by the babe in ‘Paranormal Activity.’”

One comment section comedian wrote quipped “oh no big deal, it’s just the ghost of someone that drowned and now they want you to join them – it’s sweet when you think about it.”

Some even said the alleged hand belonged to a dead body or a “mermaid.”

The photo was taken while taken while Sicheter and her friends were frolicking in the postcard waters off Magnetic Island, Queensland.
The photo was taken while Sicheter and her friends were frolicking in the postcard waters off Magnetic Island, Queensland.
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Sicheter during a less spooky swimming session.
Sicheter during a less spooky swimming session.
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However, Facebook realists threw cold water on the undersea specter theory. “It’s an upside-down crab or octopus,” scoffed one spectator. “Or it could be a glove floating around in the water.”

“Jellyfish, light, water distortion and an angle making it look weird,” another theorized.

One armchair scientist chalked up the phenomenon to the image of someone’s foot or hand getting refracted through the water. “Water refracts and scatters light and therefore warps visual presentation,” they explained.

“Looks like it’s literally just a reflection of your own hand,” said another.

Sicheter reportedly didn't notice the hand until several days later when a friend pointed it out while she was at work.
Sicheter reportedly didn’t notice the hand until several days later when a friend pointed it out while she was at work.
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Still, others weren’t convinced with one doomsayer exclaiming it was ridiculous to claim it was a crab or other critter when they clearly saw a “right hand, four fingers and a thumb in skin tone.”

“I personally have no idea what it could be, as there are no reasonable explanations on what it is” summed up Sicheter.

This isn’t the first time people have claimed to have caught a spooky image on camera. In November, an Australian man was left shaken after a bone-chilling CCTV clip appeared to show his pet pup Ryder playing with a ghost dog in his backyard in Melbourne.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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