31
Aug
10

How to Fake a UFO

To complement Jim Stone’s post on the subject, here’s a fun project that demonstrates how easy it is to fake a UFO with household objects.

What you will need:

-a camera
-scissors
-black tape
-a window that opens up onto a nice landscape and open sky, or a portable clean sheet of glass.
-some gullible schmuck

STEP ONE:
Use the scissors to cut a tiny oval out of the tape. It should be real tiny, like a quarter of the size of your fingertip.

STEP TWO:
Affix the tape oval to the glass. Position it high up so it looks like it’s in the sky.

STEP THREE:
Take you camera and focus on the sky beyond the tape, not the tape itself. If you’re at a window, make sure the frame isn’t in the picture.

You should end up with a picture like this. Since you focused on the background, the tape should be blurry, giving the illusion that it’s far off in the background. Viola! Instant UFO!

Now find your gullible schmuck. If you did everything right, they should be totally duped. Laugh at them for being gullible.

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5 Responses to “How to Fake a UFO”


  1. 1 Jim
    August 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Fakes are so easy because there are many who are UFO gullibles. The HuffPost article I linked, [ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/23/ufo-on-the-record_n_689518.html#s129376 ], includes the Paul Trent (1950) fake in images 7&8 of 16.

    ‘UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record’ states, “The Trents were impeccable witnesses, and their two pictures of this object are among the most thoroughly analyzed in UFO history. No evidence of a hoax has been found.” “No bona fide investigator yet knows or claims to know what these unidentified objects are.”

    Unfortunately for the deluded author, the object HAS been identified. It is a metal pie plate. Scientific photometric analysis (which I have read) established the fact of what is immediately obvious to unbiased observers.

    Bermuda Triangle ‘literature’ is similar. The majority of front-page accounts of missing boats & airplanes were followed by back-page reports that the craft had been either found (and were safe) or that prior reports omitted communications from the incident which removed all mystery.

    • August 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      HuffPo is absolutley abysmal when it comes to science. UFO nuts, anti-vaxxers, “alternative health” practioners, evo-psych folks and creationists are all aided and abetted by that website.

      So in that regard, it’s not much different then print media. :p

      I got the idea for my project from Michael Shermer, he once did a kid’s show where they had all sorts of UFO hoax projects. I bet it’s on YouTube, somewhere. It was called Exploring the Unknown. I clearly remember one kid employed the infamous pie plate for their UFO.

  2. 3 Calvinist of the Ozarks
    August 31, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Hey, I have a copyright on that photo.

  3. 5 john the epiphany flyin' saucer dude
    December 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Hey,
    I saw that same UFO as I was coming from having a
    few too many from down there at that place, the Honeydew Inn,
    like, uh, in Granby?
    Yeah, that’s it.
    Our UFO.
    cool

    ps

    how did you ever get a blog in jay-town?
    Last I heard, it was so conservative there
    they ran all the john birchers outta town.


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