UFOs & Aliens

Astronaut and UFO conspiracist Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

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Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon, and paranormal, conspiracy, and aliens advocate, dies at age 85. He had been the last surviving participant of the Apollo 14 mission. Here is his obituary on the NASA site: Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on…

Nothing interesting happens in Canberra, eh? UFO hoax revealed (and it’s deemed ‘not interesting’)

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There was really no story to cover when, on January 4, 2015, several news outlets reported on a video on YouTube, promoted on Reddit, that was getting attention. You see, UFO/portal/wormhole videos are decidedly uninteresting (or should be) because they can pretty easily be faked and ARE regularly faked. All videos and photos (of ghosts, Bigfoot, lake…

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

Betty and Barney Hill movie in the works

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A new partnership was announced to make a movie of the Betty and Barney Hill event – the alien abduction story that set the standard for all future abduction stories. Source: Gotham/Principal And Stellar Partner On Alien Abduction Pic ‘Captured’ The film will follow Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, New Hampshire…

It’s dead, not alien – that’s all you can say for sure

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The absurd and silly UFO mystery site, UFO Sightings Daily, has managed to push this piece of ridiculousness into the media. When the best news source I can find for it is “Yahoo News”, it’s really crap. Conspiracy theorists are in a bit of a flutter after the discovery of what the believe is an…

Carl Sagan bio pic in development

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News tidbit: Warner Bros. is developing an untitled drama about the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan. Lynda Obst and Ann Druyan are producing the film, which will be written by “Deadfall” scripter Zach Dean. Plot details are currently under wraps. Source: Carl Sagan Movie in Works | Variety Good news! Looking forward to it. Dr. Sagan…

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…

Video shows mystery object during plane takeoff (UPDATE: CGI Hoax)

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UPDATE: CGI hoax. See below This is the spooky moment a jumbo jet taking off from New York was seemingly overtaken in the air by a UFO. The incredible footage shows the Virgin Atlantic plane flying from JFK airport before a mystery object is seen in the distance flying quickly past it. Source: Watch: Virgin…

Blink-182’s Delonge detours into UFO-alien land

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It’s not news that rock musician Tom Delonge has been deep into the UFO idea for years now. Once again, a celebrity is using his status to “investigate” something that others have investigated to death. Maybe he shouldn’t have quit his day job. Facebook statuses show Delonge meeting with NASA officials, as well as possibly the…

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…

Texas Black Cube UFO from portal is a hoax

Photo from the video of photos on YouTube. Yeah, it's not really a video. Wonder why...

The Houston Chronicle and the MySA (San Antonio Express) are running the same story about a black cube UFO supposedly seen over El Paso at the end of June. Normally, we wouldn’t bother with giving additional attention to such a ridiculous piece, but when it hits the main news outlets, it’s time for a rebuttal.…

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…

Planet-dolia pyramids and poles (UPDATED)

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A number of stories are circulating online today with claims of weird things found on other planets. As usual, the facts are interesting but mystery-mongering sites overreach and portray them as extraordinary, that is, there are cities or evidence of civilization out there. The evidence for THAT is doubtful indeed. We see what we want…

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…