314,711 shares on Facebook?
6,100 upvotes on Reddit?
1.8 million views on Imgur?
Of a reflection of a light in a window.
Why? Because it’s stupid and it’s the internet.
Here is today’s must read skeptical debunking of really stupid stuff on the Internet: The UFO picture from Australia, that Facebook are trying to remove! (Or a lampshade in Jackson Hole, Wyoming?)
Yes, prior plausibility leaves you with the almost certainty that isn’t a UFO. But I’m guessing beyond that. It looks like a ceiling light, therefore it is, wasn’t good enough for me tonight. I wanted to know where in Australia this image was taken. People were genuinely debating this picture on twitter and I wanted to know this time, rather than just brushing it off as the non-UFO it seems to be.
I took the image to google reverse image search, which eventually lead me a thread on reddit.
David was able to locate (with help) the location of the picture (Jackson Hole, WY) and the source of the “UFO”, a light fixture in a local cabin.
It’s not clear why the Facebook user not only claimed this was a UFO, in Australia and that FB was trying to taking it down. All untrue. All silliness. Facebook really is Fakebook.
A similar light-fixture-reflection-as-UFO was reported from Loch Ness back in June as well. Such fakes or mistakes are really pathetic and should be dismissed right away. Not shared!
Credit: @StortSkeptic on Twitter