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2007-02-18 05:44:31 PM  
www.whoosh.care4free.net

ITS AN INVASION!
 
2007-02-18 05:44:33 PM  
Let's look at this logically...

1) The United States of America, arguably the most technologically sophisicated country on Earth, is capable of constructing earth orbit manned spacecraft that cannot be seen by radar nor most other means of detection. This same country can also send unmanned probes to the edges of the Solar System, but is probably nowhere near sending manned spacecraft out of the inner part of the Solar System and returning it home (yes, Mars is part of the inner Solar System).

2) It's pretty much a given that other alien races exist. Whether any others exist in this part of the Milky Way Galaxy is anyone's guess, but the evidence would suggest there's nobody out there that is listening and capable of responding out to about 50-60 light years. Face it, we as a planet have been squawking like a newborn to the galaxy since radio came out. If they were out there and could respond, we'd have heard by now...or at least heard their version of Rush Limbaugh gripping about Liberal Gennksdiipndhhhs.

3) Anyone visiting here would therefore have to have traveled from a good distance away. It is reasonable to assume that any civilization capable of sending spacecraft not just *interstellar* distances, but dozens of light years away from their homeworld is far more sophisticated than the U.S., thus would have at their disposal methods of avoiding detection that makes stealth technology look like sharpen stone arrowheads.

4) Xenfkhsdgashdfgdajmknsiii wouldn't run around in a scoutship with its headlights on.

My point is this: UFOs are many things, but alien spacecraft isn't one of them.

A UFO is what it is, an Unidentified Flying Object. I've seen one. At the moment it happened it was scary shiat. I stood watching it for 1/2 an hour until it appeared to fade. Afterwards, I was able to figure out it was the planet Venus magnified by the angle I was looking at it through the atmosphere. At that point it stopped being a UFO and became something cool that was explained by science.

forked_at_fark saw a UFO. Congratulations. That doesn't make you stupid, nor should it make you the subject of mockery...unfortunately this is Fark, so you were poked at the way that Farkers poke at things on teh Interwebs--with all the sophisication of a 3 year old with a plastic baseball bat. Good luck in your quest for an explanation as to just what the hell that was. I was lucky. You may never really know.
 
2007-02-18 05:45:01 PM  
Thanks TFers for the pressure to bring this green!
 
2007-02-18 05:45:34 PM  
it is some sort of electronic photon emmiter placed approximately 22 feet above the ground on either a wood or steel structure, possibly used for illumination of asphalt or concrete surfaces.
 
2007-02-18 05:46:21 PM  
ok, the line to make fun of hdhale starts....here.
 
2007-02-18 05:46:32 PM  
hdhale: Let's look at this logically...

1) The United States of America, arguably the most technologically sophisicated country on Earth, is capable of constructing earth orbit manned spacecraft that cannot be seen by radar nor most other means of detection. This same country can also send unmanned probes to the edges of the Solar System, but is probably nowhere near sending manned spacecraft out of the inner part of the Solar System and returning it home (yes, Mars is part of the inner Solar System).

2) It's pretty much a given that other alien races exist. Whether any others exist in this part of the Milky Way Galaxy is anyone's guess, but the evidence would suggest there's nobody out there that is listening and capable of responding out to about 50-60 light years. Face it, we as a planet have been squawking like a newborn to the galaxy since radio came out. If they were out there and could respond, we'd have heard by now...or at least heard their version of Rush Limbaugh gripping about Liberal Gennksdiipndhhhs.

3) Anyone visiting here would therefore have to have traveled from a good distance away. It is reasonable to assume that any civilization capable of sending spacecraft not just *interstellar* distances, but dozens of light years away from their homeworld is far more sophisticated than the U.S., thus would have at their disposal methods of avoiding detection that makes stealth technology look like sharpen stone arrowheads.

4) Xenfkhsdgashdfgdajmknsiii wouldn't run around in a scoutship with its headlights on.

My point is this: UFOs are many things, but alien spacecraft isn't one of them.

A UFO is what it is, an Unidentified Flying Object. I've seen one. At the moment it happened it was scary shiat. I stood watching it for 1/2 an hour until it appeared to fade. Afterwards, I was able to figure out it was the planet Venus magnified by the angle I was looking at it through the atmosphere. At that point it stopped being a UFO and became something cool that was explained by science.

forked_at_fark saw a UFO. Congratulations. That doesn't make you stupid, nor should it make you the subject of mockery...unfortunately this is Fark, so you were poked at the way that Farkers poke at things on teh Interwebs--with all the sophisication of a 3 year old with a plastic baseball bat. Good luck in your quest for an explanation as to just what the hell that was. I was lucky. You may never really know.



It's a streetlamp.
 
2007-02-18 05:46:46 PM  
BGatesUranus

Heh heh... you said Uranus.

/channelling 9 year old son
 
2007-02-18 05:46:58 PM  
..although I'm sure it's been mentioned before :

Did you know that NFL Films (yes, THAT NFL Films with Steve Sabol, Football Follies, etc) produced the Journey video "Faithfully".

Just a random piece of 'net pooh I stumbled across this weekend that I thought I would share given the Journey reference. That is all.

For the record, I was Googling NFL Film info when I found this out, NOT Journey...

..not that there's anything WRONG with that...
 
2007-02-18 05:47:00 PM  
After laughing hysterically for 20 minutes, I showed the picture to my wife. Since the light seems to be squared off, she thinks you're peeking in someone's window at their ceiling light. Shame on you!

/Let me know if you see anything good. Then, share THOSE pictures.
 
2007-02-18 05:47:20 PM  
I was lucky. You may never really know.

I wasn't even there, and I know it's a streetlight.

That post better have been made in jest.
 
2007-02-18 05:47:44 PM  
forked_at_fark saw a UFO. Congratulations. That doesn't make you stupid, nor should it make you the subject of mockery

He saw a streetlight. That makes him the subject of great and broad mockery. And, now, you.
 
2007-02-18 05:48:31 PM  
hdhale: Let's look at this logically...

you could've saved 2,547 words and just gone with 'it's a street lamp'.

we would have respected you more in the morning

did you start drinking yet? if so, slow down.
if not, please begin ;)
 
2007-02-18 05:48:33 PM  
Better take a picture of it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
 
2007-02-18 05:48:33 PM  
hdhale:

How's the commute now that you get to ride a black helicopter to work?
 
2007-02-18 05:48:42 PM  
Just showed the image to a series of photographic experts here in Washington DC, and they consensus is there is an anomaly from the apparent light and subsequent light trail at the right side of the light from the viewpoint we are given. This anomaly, when processed through special forensic filtering equipment at our lab, indicates this could be something unusual and unique. Whether this could be duplicated in a studio set up, or an outdoor setting, is unknown and we wish to receive a high res file to investigate further.


/farkin streetlight.
 
2007-02-18 05:48:45 PM  
PhysicsJunky

I gave up when the words "digital zoom" came up, it's hopeless

forked_at_fark

I did NOT use the digital zoom on that image, only the optical and extended optical.

To be fair, she's right. "Extended Optical Zoom" on that camera is literally just a crop, not one of those awful "stretch the image out to full size" things. The more you zoom past the 12x optical, the smaller the resulting picture will be.

/Streetlight?
 
2007-02-18 05:48:57 PM  
Nick Nostril, they apparently need to add a new one to that. Subby's picture, labeled "Street light". Or possibly "Street light....dumbass".
 
2007-02-18 05:49:04 PM  
Astronomers report that this thread has now developed its own gravitational field.
 
2007-02-18 05:49:23 PM  
I play the streetlight, because there`s no place I can go
streetlight it`s the only life I know
streetlight and there`s a thousand parts to play
streetlight until you play your life away

You let the people see, just who you wanna be
And every night you shine, just like a super star
That`s how the life is played a temptin masquerade
You dress, you walk, you talk
You`re who you think you are

streetlight you can run away from time
streetlight for a nickel or a dime
streetlight but you better not get old
streetlight or you`re gonna feel the cold

There`s always love for sale a grown-up fairytale
Prince charming always smiles behind a silver spoon
And if you keep it young your song is always sung
Your love will pay your way beneath the silver moon

streetlight streetlight
streetlight - streetlight

I play the streetlight, because there`s no place I can go
streetlight it`s the only life I know
streetlight and there`s a thousand parts to play
streetlight until you play your life away - ooh

streetlight - streetlight
streetlight - streetlight
 
2007-02-18 05:49:23 PM  
hdhale :

he saw a street light

the U and the F in UFO kills your "he saw a UFO" theory.

U is for "unidentified".

It is identified as a street light.

F is for "flying"

that object (as it is a street light) is on a pole.

It is, however, an object. 1 for 3 aint bad.
 
2007-02-18 05:49:37 PM  
hdhale: The United States of America, arguably the most technologically sophisicated country on Earth, is capable of constructing earth orbit manned spacecraft that cannot be seen by radar nor most other means of detection.

You fail to notice that this photo was taken in Germany.
 
5OV
2007-02-18 05:49:42 PM  
I just finished watching Casino Royale, and the first thing I thought of was Le Chiffre's bleeding eye.

Then it hit me.

img264.imageshack.us

/i r smrt
 
2007-02-18 05:50:16 PM  
i80.photobucket.com
 
2007-02-18 05:50:19 PM  
I've been waffling back and forth for a while debating whether or not to go TF....

made my mind up with this thread.

/gentlemen, BEHOLD! a perfectly normal...STREETLAMP!
//a pleasant distraction from my essay
 
2007-02-18 05:50:26 PM  
wow
 
2007-02-18 05:50:32 PM  
Let's try this instead:

es ist Straßenlaterne
 
2007-02-18 05:50:33 PM  
Alec Beevers: I play the streetlight,

see 2007-02-18 03:53:04 PM blueswoman

;)
 
2007-02-18 05:50:38 PM  
hdhale: Farkers poke at things on teh Interwebs--with all the sophisication of a 3 year old with a plastic baseball bat.

I'll have you know I asked my 7 year old what to post.
So suck it.
 
2007-02-18 05:52:29 PM  
ptr2void: es ist Straßenlaterne

DaB glaube ich nicht, es iBt wirklich ein UFO!!
 
2007-02-18 05:52:41 PM  
The light and the pull cord in your mother's basement, after OD'ing on Cheetohs and Tang after an all-night Star-Trek marathon on cable?
 
2007-02-18 05:53:13 PM  
i55.photobucket.com

/just sayin'
 
2007-02-18 05:53:22 PM  
rachelehcar:

now that's what I'M talkin' bout!
 
2007-02-18 05:53:30 PM  
magick-man: ...she thinks you're peeking in someone's window at their ceiling light.

img403.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-18 05:53:34 PM  
It is a streetlight.

WRONG. IT IS A LENS REFLECTION OF A STREETLAMP. That explains why it appears to be flying to the smitty.
 
2007-02-18 05:53:39 PM  
goeniegoegoe

Thanks !

/pm sent
 
2007-02-18 05:53:58 PM  
raygundan: To be fair, she's right. "Extended Optical Zoom" on that camera is literally just a crop, not one of those awful "stretch the image out to full size" things. The more you zoom past the 12x optical, the smaller the resulting picture will be.

I still stand by my position that it's clear between the two pictures taken she doesn't know how to use her camera properly.

Which means 100:1 that mysterious image she's capturing is some type of reflection of the street lamp caught from a polarized glass reflection.
 
2007-02-18 05:54:00 PM  
Thanks. In less than 3 minutes you all proved my point.

I never said that it wasn't a street light. Whether or not something is a UFO is entirely dependent upon the perspective of the observer.

/try not to hit the street light with your plastic baseball bat, remember you broke your bat the last time and mom didn't want to buy you another one
 
2007-02-18 05:54:12 PM  
img375.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-18 05:54:27 PM  
This is amazing. I'm seeing multiple glowing objects in my parking lot, just hovering in the sky. Look how they...no, wait...yeah they're streetlights.
 
2007-02-18 05:55:06 PM  
Meet Us at the Stick: It's no "Ballsack Conundrum" but it sure is good for a Sunday morning!

Now that was a thread!
 
2007-02-18 05:55:21 PM  
 
2007-02-18 05:55:31 PM  
Micheal Jackson's true form?
 
2007-02-18 05:55:34 PM  
Why is the original picture called UFOOOOOOOOONOES?

Streetlight or parking lot light. We report, you decide.
 
2007-02-18 05:56:06 PM  
hdhale: Whether or not something is a UFO is entirely dependent upon the perspective of the observer.

or the unidentified part.

or the flying part.

i'm sticking with 'sniper jaysus', for the record.
 
2007-02-18 05:56:10 PM  
Meet Us at the Stick: "Ballsack Conundrum"

I'm still eternally grateful to the TFer who linked that thread in a later one, allowing me to experience its amazingness.
 
2007-02-18 05:56:17 PM  
img253.imageshack.us
 
F42
2007-02-18 05:56:48 PM  
streetlight

Or, possibly, a FRAKKING STREET LIGHT!
 
2007-02-18 05:56:57 PM  
cgremlin

Dunno who it is. Just found her in a GIS somewhere when I was trying to find the hot blonde with nice cleavage at Oktoberfest (that is posted in Fark threads from time to time). Never did find the blonde.
 
2007-02-18 05:57:08 PM  
tomatoboy :

what?

maybe its appears to be flying because he was high when he took the picture.
 
2007-02-18 05:57:40 PM  
hdhale: In less than 3 minutes you all proved my point.


Seems like all you've proven is that you have no sense of humor.
 
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