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(International Business Times)   UFO Spotted by 'World's Biggest Sceptic'   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 80
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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?


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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
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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.

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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"


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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:
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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
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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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