The Selfie from Beyond the Grave

By on October 20, 2014 // Ghosts & Phantoms // 1 Comment

Image: Andrew Brown via CC by 2.0
Image: Andrew Brown via CC by 2.0

Full disclosure: I don’t like the word ‘selfie.’ It’s weird, and I don’t understand why we can’t just call it a picture. As Rex W. Huppke of the Chicago Tribune describes them, “Selfies are likely a sign that human civilization has outlived its usefulness and will soon slide back into the ocean and be rightfully devoured by sharks.”

But I’m guessing you’re not here to read about my psychological issues regarding social media, so let’s move on.

Earlier this year, a Romanian woman, Gina Mihai, claimed that her dead grandmother took one of these dreaded selfies using her cell phone. The picture, I have to admit, is pretty creepy:

Image: Gina Mihai

Image: Gina Mihai

According to everyone’s favorite tabloid The Daily Mail, Mihai said, “When I switched the phone on I was horrified to see my dead grandmother’s face. She had what looked like a snake around her neck, and the whole image looked as if it had been taken through a hole, like it was shot through a tear in the fabric that separates the living from the dead.

“I took it to a fortune-teller who told me that my grandmother was sending me a message from the other side, the snake around her neck was a symbol of the fact that she was being punished in the other life for some sin.”

The fortune teller told Mihai that this “sin” was likely her failing to provide food for the poor at the service of alms, a Romanian tradition. She hadn’t participated for three years.

And, strangely enough, Mihai found the selfie while she was cooking doughnuts.

Believe it or not, as they say.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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