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2007-02-18 06:05:20 PM  
14 votes:
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2007-02-18 05:50:16 PM  
9 votes:
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2007-02-18 05:27:37 PM  
7 votes:
It's definitely a streetlamp. I have one outside my window too. It's very annoying.

Every single time I leave my house, I have to fight my way through hordes of worshippers come from far and wide to gaze in awe and wonder at its mysteries. A small shantytown has sprung up around the artifact. During daylight hours the faithful mostly lie sleeping in their forest of tents and crude huts, but the lamp is never without some wakeful admirers. It's during darkness, however, that the makeshift village really comes to life, its inhabitants rising from their squalid berths to look raptly upon the mysterious glowing object. They perform strange rituals, and caper at its base like apes at a monolith. "I love lamp, I love lamp", they chant, dancing their strange dances in its benevolent light.

"Fark off out of my way, filthy hippies", I say as I shoulder my way through the crowd.
2007-02-18 10:09:52 PM  
6 votes:
Oops, forgot to enable voting earlier, so here it is again:

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IT'S AN AEROSTAT. They are tethered at 500-4,000 ft., depending on the location, and they and their tether must be lit up by FAA regulation for safety.

They are often mistaken for UFOs.
2007-02-19 07:16:22 PM  
4 votes:
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2007-02-18 06:21:18 PM  
4 votes:
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2007-02-18 05:35:57 PM  
4 votes:
I'm pretty sure it's a donkey.
2007-02-20 03:43:28 PM  
3 votes:
A vote for me is a vote for Streetlight.

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2007-02-19 10:25:25 AM  
3 votes:
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Oh, wicked, bad, naughty Zoot! She has been sending a light to our beacon, which, I have just remembered, is streetlight-shaped. It's not the first time we've had this problem.
2007-02-18 10:02:19 PM  
3 votes:
It's either the big dipper, or the little dipper. Hard to tell with that streetlight in the way.
2007-02-18 06:56:52 PM  
3 votes:
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2007-02-18 06:18:44 PM  
3 votes:
Wait... are you in Scotland?

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2007-02-18 05:29:52 PM  
3 votes:
why are we asking what a picture of a street light is?
2007-02-18 05:17:33 PM  
3 votes:
BGates: Uranus?

The anal leakage gives it away.
2007-02-19 12:02:31 PM  
2 votes:
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/Sorry, forked@fark
2007-02-19 02:49:19 AM  
2 votes:

2007-02-18 11:28:39 PM  
2 votes:
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2007-02-18 10:44:26 PM  
2 votes:
or the best proof of all:

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2007-02-18 09:46:18 PM  
2 votes:
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2007-02-18 08:29:52 PM  
2 votes:
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2007-02-18 08:26:19 PM  
2 votes:
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Is it a jackal?
2007-02-18 08:13:26 PM  
2 votes:
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2007-02-18 07:56:22 PM  
2 votes:
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2007-02-18 07:49:59 PM  
2 votes:
I am surprised no one else thought of this...
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2007-02-18 07:20:48 PM  
2 votes:
This just in.. Confirmation on what the object is:

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/ackbar never lies
2007-02-18 05:53:34 PM  
2 votes:
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 05:40:30 PM  
2 votes:
Don't stop believing

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Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night
2007-02-18 05:28:46 PM  
2 votes:
I, for one, welcome our new streetlight overlords
2007-02-18 05:28:28 PM  
2 votes:
Oh no.

This is indeed troubling. What you may have stumbled upon, dear submitter, is a classified project between NASA, the US Military and the reverse vampires to develop a secret technology which lights streets at night.

If this is true we're all in very serious trouble.
2007-02-18 05:22:42 PM  
2 votes:
I see a turtle.
2007-02-27 12:02:15 PM  
1 vote:
nekom: don't tell me there are still rejects in here trying to get the last post? god that's so lame.

2007-02-20 09:39:23 AM  
1 vote:
forked_at_fark: I am an idiot.

Congratulations on both realizing and accepting this. This was f*cking epic.
2007-02-19 10:17:13 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-19 06:40:58 PM  
1 vote:
Still a streetlight - but then you knew that all along

/I'm still not giving you the benefit of the doubt. It is patently obvious to everybody that the object in question is a streetlight. You're just trying to make a name for yourself, even if that name is "idiot".
2007-02-19 05:29:51 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-19 04:28:19 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-19 03:36:56 PM  
1 vote:
2007-02-19 02:49:28 PM forked_at_fark [TotalFark]

Dansker: Looks like an aerostat.

Thank you, and the other umpteen people who have said that.

Lurkers, arise !

2007-02-19 01:09:29 PM  
1 vote:
2007-02-19 10:42:47 AM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-19 10:36:01 AM  
1 vote:

Seeing as there's a streetlight at exactly the right angle behind some trees in the last photo you posted, this is obviously the object. If it appeared in the sky it may have been an internal reflection inside your camera lens. Crap like that shows up in dark photos very easily in cheap lenses, and usually 180* opposite of center.

Judging by the crop of the original photo, where the streetlight was just off-frame, I'd say internal reflection is the best explination of the phenomenon you're describing.
2007-02-19 10:28:33 AM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-19 10:00:34 AM  
1 vote:
I realize that it's way too late for this, but I just had to:

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/This thread is the perfect sales pitch for TotalFark
//except for losers like me who don't do the whole PayPal thing
2007-02-19 01:49:15 AM  
1 vote:
and me.
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2007-02-18 11:28:07 PM  
1 vote:

thanks to DrumCorpsAlum for the idea

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2007-02-18 10:53:03 PM  
1 vote:
friend49, thanks i am now ultimate.
2007-02-18 10:50:51 PM  
1 vote:
please, please my people, if you liked the pictures so much, YOU'D MARRY THEM!! HAHA

Pee Wee Herman moment

but seriously

vote for them
2007-02-18 10:47:48 PM  
1 vote:
thats right i did

it was clear
i just had to point it out
2007-02-18 10:44:26 PM  
1 vote:
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Thanks, Mr Programmer
2007-02-18 10:42:06 PM  
1 vote:
japple, fredryk phox much?

anyway i have come to conclude, it is a street light
as a brain surgeon and rocket scientist i have three reasons/theories saying it is a streetlight:

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There you have it
2007-02-18 09:04:56 PM  
1 vote:
"It's a streetlignt! A streetlight! It's a streetlight! A streetlight!"
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2007-02-18 08:27:48 PM  
1 vote:
This thread is freaking awesome ~ thank god the mods gave it a streetlight.
2007-02-18 07:59:37 PM  
1 vote:
Unidentified Finger In the Anus?
2007-02-18 07:52:23 PM  
1 vote:
2007-02-18 07:30:57 PM  
1 vote:
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

2007-02-18 07:29:11 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-18 07:23:01 PM  
1 vote:
Ok, I got my friend Jaxson and talked to him, he is going to get here on F.A.R.K. and look at the picture, but based on the detailed description I conveyed to him on the cellular phone he said it very likely that we spotted the same object at 2:40am here in austin texas usa. I will report back as soon as he confirms the picture.
2007-02-18 07:01:15 PM  
1 vote:
I think last night at 2:40am I saw the same exact thing in Austin texas. I'm going out tonight with my digital camera to try and catch it. I used to live in Arizona and before that in California and I don't remember ever seeing this type of object before. I'm sure it must be the same thing, what time did you see it, it might have traveled to Austin texas usa and I saw it next. I think the other guy I was with saw it too, i'm trying to get him on the cell phone and I will post back here on F.A.R.K.
2007-02-18 06:47:12 PM  
1 vote:
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..... but it sure is funny
2007-02-18 06:24:02 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-18 06:07:59 PM  
1 vote:
It's a UFO flushing the toilet.
2007-02-18 06:03:43 PM  
1 vote:
If you were at 48x zoom, the trailers likely came from your camera's stabilizer - an internal gyroscope that fixes your shaky hand. Software corrects for the rest of it, resulting in the main image appearing normal. (camera software is not perfect)

Try an experiment if you have a girlfriend:
Have her take a normal picture of your balls from one meter away, and then have her stand 48 meters away and photograph your balls again on 48x magnification (you may need a football stadium) and have a look at the resulting differences.

And then, whatever you do, do not post photos of your balls.
2007-02-18 05:48:33 PM  
1 vote:
Better take a picture of it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
2007-02-18 05:45:34 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:33:06 PM  
1 vote:
It is the rare hovering streetlamp. it travels the globe bestowing it's pale light to citizens of the world.

//A vote for me is a vote for cheese
///and a vote for dogs
2007-02-18 05:22:28 PM  
1 vote:
It's clearly another form of the great FSM.
2007-02-18 05:20:06 PM  
1 vote:
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2007-02-18 05:18:19 PM  
1 vote:
Cartman's asshole?

...No, I'm wrong. Streetlamp.
2007-02-18 05:16:55 PM  
1 vote:

Dude...here's an idea.

Wait until daylight. Then, go out and take another picture of the streetlight you're trying to pass off as "I thought it was a planet, but it looks really weird."

It'll save a lot of time, and keep you from being ridiculed.

/oh, wait...you ARE being ridiculed.
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