Freaky! Street sign casts shadow of hanging man


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I see a wood pecker pecking a tree. A pine, I think.


I wonder if there really was a gallows anywhere nearby, or if it’s a folk-tale created to make a bit of pareidolia seem even more creepy. I suspect I’ve answered my own question there. (Now I want to go find shadows that resemble things and make up stories about them. “See this shadow that looks like a frog? This is where the 'great frog massacre of ‘67’ happened.”)


No offense, but aren’t there people who’s livelihoods consist almost entirely of photoshopping?


Yeah - but they are using photo shop for work, not make fake weird shadows of wood peckers for no reason.


The junction is locally known as “Dead Man’s Cross” and is reportedly the former site of a gallows.

And I’m sure that report comes from the always reliable source of The Guy Who Makes Shit Up.


Not to mention that it doesn’t look like a hanging man so much as a man tied to a pole.


Keep Calm


Hang On


Yes, they commonly work for fashion magazines.


I feel like a professional photoshopper would have known that people were typically hanged by the neck, not the forehead.


Oh, please! Hang-person!


Oh, great. Woodpecker hauntings. That would irritate the hell out of me.


ho-hum, another ARG for the new Lego™ Star-Wars™ game…


It is clearly a man tied to a post, with a one and a half quart saucepan on his head. Not quite as visceral an apparition as a gallow-less hanging.


IG-88 is very kinky.


(Why can’t I edit or remove this?)


The Daily Mail quotes “a spokesman for Dartmouth Museum” as saying “hangings were common at Dead Man’s Cross in the 1400s” and that according to her a book by Ray Freeman called Dartmouth and its neighbours described hanged bodies being left in chains at Dead Man’s Cross for days to deter as a deterrent…
There is also quite a bit about the Gallows Gate in Devon to be found online. Then there is this list


New, more efficient crucifixion: just a pole and one giant nail, straight through the head. Works just the same.

No cross required, actually. We might need to invent a better name.


Listen, jerk. What other people do for fun is none of your damn business.

Also, yeah, in what way does this look like a hanging man?


I suppose my question is not really so much whether “dead man’s cross” actually existed (as a hanging spot), but whether this is actually that location, or if, as a result of the shadow, people decided that was the location. Every mention of “dead man’s cross” I can find is connected to this story of the shadow. It wouldn’t be the first time that people remembered a significant location but had only the vaguest notion where it had been, but then decided it must be in a specific spot when something else happened there, and people couldn’t resist turning it into a “coincidence.”