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Peaches Geldof is known for having famous parents, a rock star boyfriend and a spat with a former reality television contestant. Whether or not you consider the twenty four year old to be ‘famous’ in her own right or not, it’s clear that she’s a bit of a tabloid darling. And to be fair, she has undergone a bit of a transformation over the last five years.

Geldof has gone from a messy socialite who was always the last to leave the party, to a sleek and stylish young mother. Her recent This Morning appearance, alongside The Apprentice star Katie Hopkins, earned her a lot of kudos too. So, should we take her new claims seriously – especially if they appear to be backed up by photographic evidence?

Last week, Geldof posted a picture of herself and her son enjoying a bath on Instagram. Right in the corner of the photograph, there appears to be a disembodied hand. The hand can be clearly seen curled around Geldof’s hair and shoulder. The young mum claims that the eerie body part belongs to a woman who committed suicide in her house a hundred years earlier.

It’s easy to laugh and dismiss Geldof’s claim – after all, she does have a reputation as being a bit of an airhead. Whilst this might actually be far from the truth, she’s certainly no paranormal expert. Then again, the photograph is admittedly rather strange. There is little doubt that the shape in the picture is a hand – it looks just like a set of curled knuckles. The eerie thing about it is that there’s no real way for a hand to have appeared in the photograph.

If Geldof is telling the truth when she says that she and her son were the only people in the room, it makes it very difficult to find a rational explanation for the ghostly hand. There may be one, let’s not forget that. Then again, it just doesn’t make sense to assume that the hand belongs to Geldof or her son. If you’re curious about this story, feel free to Google the picture and take a look for yourself. It is a strange shape, one which doesn’t really look like it could have been mistaken for anything else.

There is a scientific word used to describe our human tendency to attach order and meaning to random shapes – pariedolia. In most cases, eyes accustomed to seeking out patterns can trick their owners into believing that they see something that isn’t really there. A lot of people believe that this is what has happened to Geldof’s photograph. At this point, nobody has offered any good suggestions as to what the ghostly hand could have been mistaken for.

Geldof is adamant that the hand belongs to a rich woman who drowned herself in the bath after losing a child. She describes the presence as being friendly, maternal and fond of babies. This is, in itself, quite unusual. How often do you hear people admit to feeling comfortable around the ghosts in their house? If anything, this only lends credibility to her story – not all spirits are malevolent, just as not all people are.