UFOs & Aliens

Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

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This silliness by Mitchell originated in tabloids like the Mirror and Daily Mail. But even Gizmodo is now publishing it. Why? It’s a baseless, vacuous assertion. It gets web hits. But it’s not news, it’s trivial journalism. Mitchell has been on about aliens for years and some news sources love to print sensationalist drivel. Veteran Astronaut…

Rolling shutter causes lightning to look like weird pink column of light

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An odd pink column appears in some photos of lightning bolts. Those who notice the oddity rather naturally think it’s strange. But a little googling can reveal the down to earth cause. This latest example appeared on Imgur earlier today. There is a lightning bolt in the vertical column. This is not an inter-dimensional portal…

Video shows light streak – ball lightning or bug?

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Doubtful news blip: UFO videographer ‘saw a streak of light that I cannot explain or rationalize.’ Source: Tantalizing Theory Emerges After UFO Sighting In Lightning Storm A bright, glowing object appears from the left side of the video that is completely different from the high cloud to cloud lightning in the distant storm. Ball lightning? Maybe, but…

Fake UFO on Fakebook in wrong part of the world

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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…

Vatican astronomer talks about extraterrestrial life, does not say UFOs are real

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The Vatican’s official astronomer talks about life in the universe and drifts into intelligent life, like us. Headline writers went nuts. The remarks come after the finding of Kepler 452b, an earth-like planet that may be hospitable to life. Source: Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens – IrishCentral.com The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes…

Should sky lanterns be banned?

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Chinese lanterns, also called sky lanterns, are small balloons made of paper that fly because of heated air from a small fire underneath. These devices are a prime source of “UFO” sightings since they move with the winds aloft and can accelerate unexpectedly but also remain seemingly stationary for a bit, confusing the witness. They…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

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Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…

UFO cult, alien possession, Russian spies, with Jesus, at Loch Ness, via telepathy

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This story is jam-packed with woo and ridiculousness. I had to read it slowly to pick it all up! SPECIAL branch operatives tailed a UFO cult leader who said he was in telepathic contact with aliens, it emerged today. Source: REVEALED: Special Branch tailed UFO cult leader for FIVE YEARS over fears he was communist.…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

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UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Philadelphia sky blob is not very spaceshippy

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A mysterious mass in the sky fascinated some North Philadelphia residents this weekend. Source: Viewer video captures mysterious mass floating in North Philadelphia Action News viewer Hector Garcia shot the video near 7th and Tioga streets Sunday afternoon. You can see a fast-moving, clear blob floating across the skyline. Here is the video It very…

Odd things in the sky – over southeast and the space station – are not UFOs

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Space junk creates a spectacle over Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. And a video being shamelessly promoted by tabloids sparks paranoia about NASA hiding evidence of UFOs. It’s just the normal stuff that goes on here at DN. A slow-moving mystery object lit up parts of the Georgia sky early this morning. NASA has…

UFOs over Loch Ness — Busted

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Your DN editor, “idoubtit”, thinks it might be prudent every once in a while to send out a “Busted” bulletin for you to respond to clear non-paranormal or mysterious news-like stories that are going around. So, I’m bringing back Al, our mascot, to rate the popular piffle going around. Al the Anomallama rates this story…

His Noodlyness over New Zealand

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Ok, this is good for a laugh. Don’t be fooled by people posting this as real on your Facebook feed or in forums. Quite a disconcerting image and, therefore, we suspect hoaxing immediately. Thanks to Group of Fort on FB (especially Anthony Selletti and Jim Fitzsimmons) for pointing this nifty share out to me and coming…

The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Back in November 2014, we reported on a story from the UFO community – Thomas Carey told the audience at a conference that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials have been here – Kodachrome slides dated 1947 showing an alien. I don’t typically use Billy Cox as a source but he does note that people have…

Bronx UFO report confusing, not good evidence

The red object was identified as the UFO spotted in the Bronx on April 25, 2015. Photo credit: Andres Morales.

Another UFO over New York. Another case of less than impressive and rather inconsistent (and vague) descriptions. While several people claimed to have seen something and called police, when and what they saw is not determined. UFO buzzes NYC | New York Post. A mysterious light in the sky so freaked out some Hunts Points…

UFOs over US and I ain’t too surprised

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According to this map, we are being invaded in the 21st century. This is a time series visualization of UFO sightings in the US since 1933. Adventures in Data Analysis-UFO Sightings and Visualizations in CartoDB | QuantBait. The first thing that jumped out was the increase in sightings during the 1950s and 1960s. It turns…

Oh those crazy Raelians!

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The Raelians are planning to construct and embassy to welcome extraterrestrials, they stated in a press release today. (No, not yesterday; I’m pretty sure they are serious). Wanted: An Embassy to Welcome Extraterrestrials’ Return to Earth Representatives of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) are officially handing over to the White House today a project file…