Utah UFO revealed as marketing attempt

Just after the controversial piece on hoaxes The Deliberate Skeptic Hoax, comes this story making news in the Daily Mail.

What is it? Man captures video of spinning blue UFO ‘cruising slow’ over Utah

The stunning image of a UFO was captured on video last week, but is it an alien craft, or is there a simpler explanation?

Anthony Piceno, of American Fork, Utah, said he was drawn to the sight in the air because it was like nothing he had ever seen before.

The video shows the blue craft resembling a spinning top floating in the sky and moving very slowly.

Mr Piceno said: ‘I looked up in the sky and, you know, it was just a different object, it was neon blue, red flashing lights’.

Credit: The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail dismisses the man-made potential explanations and proceeds to take a credulous approach to the story by noting a “top secret FBI memo” was found regarding a UFO that exploded over Logan, Utah decades ago. [The photo shown under this description is a different memo that relates to “flying discs or flying saucers” recovered in New Mexico and recovered alien bodies.]

Anyway, the main point of this story is not that, but an additional detail. The same night, in the same place, someone manufactured a ring of light, sent it aloft. Wouldn’t you know, he made a video…

Sometimes UFOs are just someone attempting to make a scene. In this case, to expose the logo of the website “freelancer.com”.

So, while it’s not a deliberate hoax, it shows that there is NO reason to accept that anything in the sky has a paranormal explanation. The best we can say is “I don’t know” because human ingenuity should never be discounted.

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