Security cameras capture ghost?

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09/25/2008
If this were a Sherlock Holmes story, it might be "The Case of the Floating Orb." Let's use our deductive powers: Unexplained Orb Floating Around Dumbbells Baffles Gym Owners Security Company Rules Out Bug, Dust, Car Lights Why do I get the feeling that this story involves lots and lots of "dumbells?" OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A white orb repeatedly seen on motion-detecting cameras inside a Kansas gym has baffled owners and a security company. Yes, this is another one of those stories involving "a security company." They name the gym, but not the security company. Why is that? Security cams at the Overland Park gym videotaped the image hovering and lingering around dumbbells between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. "Cams." That's a technical term. The motion-detecting system has been activated nine times at the business. By these same orbs? Always at the same time? It's unclear. Gym owner Kim Peterson said she's sure there is a logical explanation but her security company is unable to explain the events. Representatives from the security company said the system is activated by motion but a bug would not activate the model of cameras used at the gym. They also ruled out dust or headlights passing by from outside the gym. "I called my security company and said, 'Is there a lightbulb going out or do I need to get up and clean the lens?'" Peterson said. "They reviewed it and said, 'We have no idea what that is.'" The security representative said 600 other clients have the same system and had problems. I, Sherlock Holmes, will now solve this mystery: The system ... is CRAPPY! Now I know why the security company didn't want to be named. If this situation were unusual, maybe it would be interesting. But 600 other clients are having similar problems? Shouldn't that have been a bit higher up in this non-story? [[ Edit: Okay, someone pointed out another version of this story where the above sentence is "600 other clients have the same system but none of them have ever recorded a mystery." That version also contains camera being made plural as "camera's" and a fundamental lack of understanding about comma use, but is much more clear about this: "It leaves the frame, then comes back and kicked the motion sensors into action a total of 9 times between 2 and 4:30 in the morning." Interesting that two stories can be so similar and so different, no? ]] This could also be the solution to the mystery, though: "My 8-year-old said, 'Maybe Grandpa is just making sure you are OK in your new business, mom,'" Peterson said. "It could be a spirit," a woman at the gym said. "Nothing is impossible." "Woman at the gym" makes a good argument. Holmes is now going with this conclusion: It's the ghost of Captain Lou Albano! (Huh? What's that? Lou Albano's not dead? Hmmm. Back to the drawing board.)