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(International Business Times)   UFO Spotted by 'World's Biggest Sceptic'   ( ibtimes.co.uk) divider line
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2013-01-03 12:20:56 PM  
I'm gonna go with, "UFO Spotted by 'World's Biggest Drunk Sceptic'"
 
2013-01-03 12:36:55 PM  
I'm skeptical of this claim.
 
2013-01-03 12:37:00 PM  
Tank?

spellun an grammur ar gud.
 
2013-01-03 12:38:14 PM  
nice video.
 
2013-01-03 12:38:21 PM  

The Cornballer: I'm skeptical of this claim.


I'm sceptical of your claim.
 
2013-01-03 12:38:36 PM  
Those look like paper lanterns to me.
 
2013-01-03 12:39:25 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-03 12:39:30 PM  
He sounds fat.
 
2013-01-03 12:40:02 PM  
Well duh. If you're the world's biggest skeptic, all things you see in the sky are unidentified flying objects until you see detailed flight records.

It's when you start calling the blinking lights aliens that the problems occur.
 
2013-01-03 12:40:08 PM  

Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.


That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.
 
2013-01-03 12:41:31 PM  
l believe him, yo. l don't know why, but l do.
 
2013-01-03 12:43:49 PM  
What does the "U" in UFO stand for again?
 
2013-01-03 12:45:49 PM  
These UFOs must be pretty common. One of our neighbours spotted one in Fairfield County, CT, shortly after midnight on Jan 1st.
He reported it to the local paper. I guess he didn't think that anyone might be launching paper lanterns on New Year's Eve.
Eeejit!
 
db2
2013-01-03 12:46:19 PM  
Just because it's "unidentified" doesn't necessarily mean "of extraterrestrial or supernatural origin". Could be military, meteorological, geomagnetic, or any other mundane object/phenomenon. Doesn't mean it isn't worth trying to figure out what it is, though.
 
2013-01-03 12:49:07 PM  

lohphat: What does the "U" in UFO stand for again?


Exactly. Big pet peeve of mine: "UFO" does not mean alien spacecraft!!! If you don't know what it is, that MAKES it a UFO.

A father and son have filmed what they believe is a UFO in the sky above Cardwell in Queensland, north east Australia.

Wait... If they've identified it as a UFO, does that mean it's not one?
 
2013-01-03 12:49:34 PM  

Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.


Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.
 
2013-01-03 12:51:31 PM  
United Fruitcake Outlet?

/not mine.
 
2013-01-03 12:51:56 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.


Ummm, yes they do. Two lanterns often behave exactly like that, and seem to pivot around each other, because they're caught in separate air currents. You can see this every single night in the hippier part of London.
 
2013-01-03 12:53:00 PM  
Society for sceptical inquirery to investigate.
 
2013-01-03 12:58:22 PM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.


Me too, except for the last few seconds... weird direction change that would have looked more random if it was caused by a wind gust.
 
2013-01-03 01:03:12 PM  
James Randi moved to Australia?
 
2013-01-03 01:03:40 PM  
I saw a UFO once when I was a kid. My mom and I were in one car following my dad and brother in another. It was a clear bright fall day and we were travelling on a straight road in rural PA with fields on either side. I remember seeing a green ball of light move from about 11 o'clock (directionally downward to about 2 o'clock, where it appeared to go behind a treeline a mile or so away.

There was no telling how far away it was or how fast it was moving as it seemed to just be light without any real definition, but it all happened in maybe 15-20 seconds or so. My mom remembers it being yellow, and also there being more than one. Totally silent, as far as we could tell from our moving vehicle. Also my brother and dad saw something along the same lines, as we learned afterward when we finally stopped.

At the time, I begged and begged for my mom to stop and let me just run over really quick to see if I could see where it "landed", but she refused. I can't say I blame her now, of course, but I always wonder what the hell that was. I've never seen anything like it before or since. But when I finally got my driver's license I spent a few late night hours laying in that field, staring up. Good times.
 
2013-01-03 01:03:53 PM  
You called?
www.dealspwn.com
 
2013-01-03 01:05:44 PM  
UFO Spotted by 'World's Biggest Sceptic'

Bullhonkey. How did he make it out his door to see the sky, let alone a UFO?
 
2013-01-03 01:06:17 PM  
I'm certainly not saying those were flying saucers, but I saw something very similar New Year's Eve in Southern Ontario.

Two big red lights moving across the sky in formation (West to East), followed shortly after by two more travelling the same path.

I just assumed it was some military jets celebrating the New Year by lighting up some bright lights.
 
2013-01-03 01:07:17 PM  

Parallax: Smoky Dragon Dish: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.

Me too, except for the last few seconds... weird direction change that would have looked more random if it was caused by a wind gust.


Your user name.
10/10
Bravo!
 
2013-01-03 01:08:02 PM  
I think he's full of shiat
 
2013-01-03 01:08:19 PM  
Why would alien craft run lights?
 
2013-01-03 01:08:24 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.


Well, have to disagree, I actually have a picture of some that were launched about a mile from my house, and from my viewpoint they formed a straight line almost perfectly evenly spaced for about 10 minutes.
 
2013-01-03 01:09:14 PM  

c81650209" target="_blank">GaidinCanuck: I'm certainly not saying those were flying saucers, but I saw something very similar New Year's Eve in Southern Ontario.

Two big red lights moving across the sky in formation (West to East), followed shortly after by two more travelling the same path.

I just assumed it was some military jets celebrating the New Year by lighting up some bright lights.


farm8.staticflickr.com

 
2013-01-03 01:10:06 PM  

Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?


Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.
 
2013-01-03 01:11:13 PM  
Why is it that something flying you can't identify, suddenly becomes an alien?

People are morans.
 
2013-01-03 01:11:20 PM  

Bungles: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.

Ummm, yes they do. Two lanterns often behave exactly like that, and seem to pivot around each other, because they're caught in separate air currents. You can see this every single night in the hippier part of London.


Well no wonder that bridge burned down.
 
2013-01-03 01:11:35 PM  

Parallax: Smoky Dragon Dish: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.

Me too, except for the last few seconds... weird direction change that would have looked more random if it was caused by a wind gust.


Perspective can be weird at night with almost no frame of reference... I thought the same thing though.
 
2013-01-03 01:11:49 PM  
I'm anti-sceptic.
 
2013-01-03 01:12:38 PM  

db2: Just because it's "unidentified" doesn't necessarily mean "of extraterrestrial or supernatural origin". Could be military, meteorological, geomagnetic, or any other mundane object/phenomenon. Doesn't mean it isn't worth trying to figure out what it is, though.


Better explanation:
img521.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-03 01:13:01 PM  
Big deal. I've seen lots of UFOs.

Couple weeks back, I seen one that I later found out to be the ISS, which was awesome.
 
2013-01-03 01:13:25 PM  
My son launched several of these at his wedding. Yes, they travel in formation, apart from minor differences caused by air currents. The lights in the video looked exactly like fire ballons.
 
2013-01-03 01:13:29 PM  

Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?


Easy, Teasers.
 
2013-01-03 01:13:39 PM  

dryknife: I'm anti-sceptic.


This is my anti-sceptic tank.
 
2013-01-03 01:13:54 PM  
You call that a "skeptic"?

A TRUE skeptic would continue to deny, deny, deny - even while being repeatedly ass raped by a gang of green, spiny-dicked aliens.
 
2013-01-03 01:14:30 PM  
They have streetlamps in Australia?????

Next thing you'll be telling us they speak English.
 
2013-01-03 01:14:40 PM  
Is that a streetlight?
 
2013-01-03 01:15:58 PM  
No, wait, this is my anti-sceptic tank.
 
2013-01-03 01:17:23 PM  
I give up.

farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2013-01-03 01:19:05 PM  

Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?



The lights run the craft.
 
2013-01-03 01:21:24 PM  
She said she could not say what the lights were but believed they were extra-terrestrials.

I see evidence of irrational thought patterns and poor education.
 
2013-01-03 01:26:57 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.


They need to be more advanced.
 
2013-01-03 01:27:26 PM  

Bungles: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.

Ummm, yes they do. Two lanterns often behave exactly like that, and seem to pivot around each other, because they're caught in separate air currents. You can see this every single night in the hippier part of London.


Nope, that's just what is said by people who refuse to accept the obvious truth that this is video evidence of alien spacecraft.
 
2013-01-03 01:30:00 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.


Wouldn't the crash always come in at roughly the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance, regardless of the length of the trip?
 
2013-01-03 01:32:23 PM  

sxacho: KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.

Wouldn't the crash always come in at roughly the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance, regardless of the length of the trip?


I guess I just has to be greater than the Planck length.
 
2013-01-03 01:34:17 PM  

KarmicDisaster: sxacho: KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.

Wouldn't the crash always come in at roughly the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance, regardless of the length of the trip?

I guess I just has to be greater than the Planck length.


How long is a normal plank?
 
2013-01-03 01:39:13 PM  

maverickzy: KarmicDisaster: sxacho: KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.

Wouldn't the crash always come in at roughly the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance, regardless of the length of the trip?

I guess I just has to be greater than the Planck length.

How long is a normal plank?


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Well, uh, your average plank comes it at,uh, just over 5ft long. Of course that's in this country. We've got a lot of good trees. Other countries, well, some of them have shorter trees due to malnourishment and whatnot, so that average can vary quite a bit depending where you go.
 
2013-01-03 01:40:07 PM  
Townsville?

Clearly, it was the Powerpuff Girls. Nothing to see here folks.
 
2013-01-03 01:49:58 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
Frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2013-01-03 01:53:21 PM  
That's the proof I needed, I'm a believer.
 
2013-01-03 01:55:57 PM  

Cagey B: Well duh. If you're the world's biggest skeptic, all things you see in the sky are unidentified flying objects until you see detailed flight records.

It's when you start calling the blinking lights aliens that the problems occur.


Bingo.
 
2013-01-03 02:09:29 PM  
It's a UFO because it's two dots in the sky that can't be identified. As I posted there, it looks like two jets, lead and wingman, crossing the sky. Or as you say, lanterns, which are illegal in the US because of DHS insecurity.
 
2013-01-03 02:12:23 PM  

maverickzy: You called?


One of my favorite gaming experiences of 2012 right there.
 
2013-01-03 02:13:01 PM  
If you see a light in the sky, and immediately, without question, attribute it to "aliens, you are not, nor have you ever been, a skeptic.

Hope this helped!
 
2013-01-03 02:13:28 PM  

Bungles: c81650209" target="_blank">GaidinCanuck: I'm certainly not saying those were flying saucers, but I saw something very similar New Year's Eve in Southern Ontario.

Two big red lights moving across the sky in formation (West to East), followed shortly after by two more travelling the same path.

I just assumed it was some military jets celebrating the New Year by lighting up some bright lights.

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x338]


Well great, this thread just got Tangled....
 
2013-01-03 02:16:23 PM  
TFA: He told the Townsville Bulletin that he used to be "the world's biggest sceptic" when it comes to aliens, but that the experience "really rattled" him.

... so everyone responding with "well, he's just saying it's 'unidentified'" can bugger off and grab a nice steaming glass of RTFA.
 
2013-01-03 02:21:37 PM  
A father and son

He told the Townsville Bulletin that he used to be "the world's biggest sceptic"


www.meh.ro
 
2013-01-03 02:31:49 PM  
By the light flickering off the objects and the straight paths they took, I'd say space junk. Now if they did a 90 degree turn, that would be cool.
 
2013-01-03 02:43:12 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: db2: Just because it's "unidentified" doesn't necessarily mean "of extraterrestrial or supernatural origin". Could be military, meteorological, geomagnetic, or any other mundane object/phenomenon. Doesn't mean it isn't worth trying to figure out what it is, though.

Better explanation:
[img521.imageshack.us image 630x547]


OK, that right there is a funny pic.
 
2013-01-03 02:45:58 PM  
"We couldn't tell if the lights were from one or two machines. .."

There's your skeptic fail right there.
 
2013-01-03 02:50:00 PM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Parallax: Smoky Dragon Dish: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.

Me too, except for the last few seconds... weird direction change that would have looked more random if it was caused by a wind gust.

Perspective can be weird at night with almost no frame of reference... I thought the same thing though.


It's perspective.  The cameraman approached that pole thing to keep them in frame.  The lights didn't change direction at all.
 
2013-01-03 03:24:48 PM  

FloydA: Smoky Dragon Dish: Parallax: Smoky Dragon Dish: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

That was my first thought. Chinese Lanterns.

Me too, except for the last few seconds... weird direction change that would have looked more random if it was caused by a wind gust.

Perspective can be weird at night with almost no frame of reference... I thought the same thing though.

It's perspective.  The cameraman approached that pole thing to keep them in frame.  The lights didn't change direction at all.


So...are you saying it was just a street light?
 
2013-01-03 03:48:33 PM  
I believe in extraterrestrial UFOs but this example is dumb. There is much better evidence than ephemeral little lights in the sky.

Read "Operation Trojan Horse" or a Richard Dolan book.
 
2013-01-03 03:53:19 PM  
Time was strange lights in the sky had to exhibit some strange behaviors before people 'believed' they were aliens.
Incredible speeds, sudden sharp turns -- at least *multi-colored* lights.

It was kind of the "sport" of parsing UFO encounter stories: mapping seemingly strange behaviors to normal terrestrial craft + optical illusions.
e.g. the "mystery rocket launch" stuff from the west coast in late 2010

But this? Two orange-y lights drifting across the sky? They don't turn. They don't accelerate. They don't 'dogfight'.
This isn't even fun. It's not even 'overactive imagination'. It's a naked attempt to slap a corporate-produced narrative that sounds 'exciting' onto any old damn thing that happens.
 
2013-01-03 03:55:41 PM  

Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?


We assume they're running lights, when it could very well be an effect of some exotic propulsion system.

*shrug*
 
2013-01-03 04:01:18 PM  

Mikeyworld: It's a UFO because it's two dots in the sky that can't be identified. As I posted there, it looks like two jets, lead and wingman, crossing the sky. Or as you say, lanterns, which are illegal in the US because of DHS insecurity.


It's not that simple. In some states, they are treated as fireworks (which may or may not be illegal).
Given the number of illegal fireworks being set off to celebrate New Year, I think it's highly likely that the odd balloon went up as well.
 
2013-01-03 04:39:29 PM  
I'm thinking it was bigfoot lighting paper lanterns too fark with this guy. Knew he was a skeptic. Heard it from the flying spaghetti monster or possibly the Easter bunny.
 
2013-01-03 04:48:07 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-03 05:59:49 PM  
Saw a UFO a few years ago in my neighborhood in the southern Twin Cities. It was two green lights slowly circling each other. I got out the video camera and got about 5 - 10 minutes of it and noticed at one point these circling green lights passed in front of a star without blocking out the star behind it/them.

At this point most of the neighborhood was out looking at it, speculating it's origin etc. as the lights seemed to slowly get closer. Finally someone noticed a flapping noise and what he called a "flying black diamond". The circling lights were following below and downwind of the "flying black diamond".

"Flying black diamond" guy started to get really excited that he had discovered the stealth mother-ship that was leading the drone scouts when the rest of us pointed out to him, "Um dude, that's a kite." It was shortly after this that the cops showed up because this thing had been causing traffic problems on a nearby busy road (Cedar Ave for those that know the area) and explained to us that these guys had rigged up something involving a big black kite, a hula-hoop, and two glow-sticks. I'm not sure how they got the thing to spin, but had to give them kudos for duping a whole neighborhood (myself included) like they did.
 
2013-01-03 07:37:19 PM  
well, He Identified it as a unknown flying object... I'd say that's fairly skeptical.

Is it a bird?
I don't know.
Is it a plane?
Dono...
Is it an alien spacecraft?
Who farking knows?! It's a UFO alright?!
 
2013-01-03 07:53:42 PM  

sxacho: KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.

Wouldn't the crash always come in at roughly the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance, regardless of the length of the trip?


Someone owes me a keyboard.
//PSA: Lemonade through the nose is painful.
 
2013-01-04 02:03:27 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Tenga: Why would alien craft run lights?

Nothing more annoying than traveling 16.73 light years from Altair and crashing in the last .00000000000000000001% of the distance. So they need lights.


Headlights would be useless if you're flying at the speed of light. The hi-beams would be behind your ship.
 
db2
2013-01-04 11:34:48 AM  

Amos Quito: You call that a "skeptic"?

A TRUE skeptic would continue to deny, deny, deny - even while being repeatedly ass raped by a gang of green, spiny-dicked aliens.


A "skeptic" doesn't outright deny everything despite evidence. A skeptic asks to see that evidence before believing something.

I consider myself skeptical, meaning I don't believe aliens are visitng Earth, as I've simply seen no compelling evidence. But if an alien strolled up to me and described his home star system, I might be inclined to change my mind.
 
2013-01-04 01:36:46 PM  

Bungles: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.

Ummm, yes they do. Two lanterns often behave exactly like that, and seem to pivot around each other, because they're caught in separate air currents. You can see this every single night in the hippier part of London.


Well I was going to say that but it seems as though you beat me too it. Having lived in Asia for two years I can pretty safely say that their movement can vary greatly depending on the air currents. I think these lanterns account for a number of night sightings of UFOs since a great number of people have no knowledge of them. I find it far more believable that UFOs sightings can be attributed to manmade devices or natural effects than I do to aliens traveling millions of miles across space to study us over thousands of years without gaining resources and territory by subjecting us.


Contrabulous Flabtraption: Profedius: Those look like paper lanterns to me.

Then you've never seen paper lanterns. The don't fly in parallel patterns.

 
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