Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.

About one in five Americans has seen or been in the presence of a ghost.

In December of 2009, The Pew Research Center surveyed 2,003 adults about whether or not they had ever had supernatural experiences. The 18 percent who had seen a ghost was quite an increase from a survey in 1996, which only found that 9 percent of Americans had seen an apparition.

Similarly, the percentage of people who reported having felt the touch of someone who has died has jumped from 18 percent to 29 percent between 1996 and 2009.

This got us thinking: Halloween must be a tough time for real ghosts, because no matter what they do, nobody is going to take them all that seriously.