GungFu: SFC: Spontaneous Field Combustion.It's rarer than the human (SHC) form
JonnyG: "We are baffled. We will not investigate further."Seems appropriate.
TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]
Ivo Shandor: Spotted nearby, whistling nonchalantly:[i.imgur.com image 768x410]
MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]Stellar Converter warning shot?
BumpInTheNight: Bad_ad85: [pbfcomics.com image 850x283]Leavin' satisfied, very satisfied./RIP PBF
This Face Left Blank: Just someone testing their phase conjugate tracking system./ Ooh, popcorn!
wildcardjack: Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.
jamspoon: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 255x198]It was the Russians
gerbilpox: [img.gawkerassets.com image 532x299]Reversed fire this time?Reversed
brantgoose: Could this "LASER beam" be something called "lightning"?Or a tiny fire ball? These consist of plasma and while they are not totally understood, scientists have admitted that they exist ever since one flew through an airplane full of scientists. Sometimes you have to practically hit a scientist with the evidence before they will believe in it. Not that long ago, they refused to believe rocks fell from the sky, but one almost hit a French scientist with enough credit to make the argument that they do.Two scenarios I think most likely: the grass was set on fire by a natural cause which is fairly rare, such as clear sky lightning or a meteorite of very small size but high temperature, or two, the scorched ground is unconnected with the light seen falling from the sky. The grass is clearly dry and flammable, but not very high. A cigarette tossed by a hoaxer who saw the light could be the cause rather than the light itself.Either way, we are unlikely to ever know what caused it because it is a tiny localized fire and they sometimes happen spontaneously, and otherwise can be the result of any number of different causes.If you want scientists to believe in something, you may have to hit them with it.The gorilla was a myth until the mid-1860s, meteorites until the early 1800s, and fireballs until, IIRC, a bit before I was born.This is a case where "it was on the ground already" just might be the truth, whatever Charles Hoy Fort would say with his tongue in cheek. But I am willing to entertain alternatves, but not believe it was a laser, human or alien.LASERS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!
brantgoose: wildcardjack: Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.True, but they would spread out a lot before they got there. Lasers are "coherant light", all pointed in the same direction, but not perfectly. A laser battle would have to be quite close to your planet for the rays to arrive coherently enough to ignie flammables because the power spread out as the square of the distance. This is why the laser beams used by people in SF stories can be set to cut or heat or simply light large objects by expanding the beam from a very intense thin beam to a very wide, lower-power beam.
Evil Mackerel: MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]Stellar Converter warning shot?I miss that game.
SquiggsIN: Evil Mackerel: MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]Stellar Converter warning shot?I miss that game.download and install it then. I prefer the Plasma Cannon and Damper Field over Disrupters/Phasors+ClassX&PhasingCloak
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