Wednesday, 20 March 2013

TV test card & "The Scarfolk Nurse"

Here's a BBC Scarfolk TV testcard from 1970.

The SHS (Scarfolk Health Service) suggested these particular photographs in an attempt to subliminally accustom citizens to the plummeting success rate of state healthcare and to lower their expectations.

But they got more than they bargained for. Throughout the 70s a very faint, ghostly image of a woman's face began inexplicably appearing on Scarfolk's local TV broadcasts. Because she was first seen on this early 'SHS' testcard, she became known as "The Scarfolk Nurse."

She appeared on all kinds of programmes, but was most often seen during children's television broadcasts at times of social unrest. Engineers at the TV station never found a technical explanation for the phenomenon, nor could they for the examples of distant, eerie voices on the radio, which were also attributed to the "Nurse".

Can you see her? She's there if you look hard enough....


15 comments:

  1. This is absolute genius. I love the pictures in the four corners, to 'lower their expectations'...

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  2. I can't see her! Damn, it's like Magic Eye all over again!

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  3. Oh, she's there alright if you look hard enough. A few people have already found her....

    ...but have they also found the 2ND instance of the Scarfolk Nurse?...

    No spoilers please from those who know!

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  4. I can't see her either!

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  5. I just found her and she FREAKED ME OUT!

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  6. So this is where Da-da lives. You can even see him in the picture.

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  7. Found 1, brrrr, sent a course of shivers through my veins. Not sure if I have found the 2nd..Not sure I want to either.

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  8. There.......she.....IS!

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  9. If N Korea ever get hold of this technology........

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  10. lol my eyes just keep crossing. I think this is a sign that my eye appointment is long overdue. That and all those letters saying the same that keep appearing in my mailbox...

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  11. aaah please tell me where she is, it's driving me nuts!

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  12. I kept thinking it was the nurse in the lower left circle until I SAW THE REAL ONE....Ack!

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  13. I finally found her! Yes! I'v e been looking for weeks!

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  14. Wait, is the second occurrence in a different post? Please help, Mayor.

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