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Reasons for closing K Ministry of Defence UFO desk

#1  Postby tolman » Jun 21, 2013 2:09 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22991014

The truth, wherever it was, wasn't very interesting.
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Re: Reasons for closing K Ministry of Defence UFO desk

#2  Postby lpetrich » Jun 27, 2015 4:49 pm

Chinese lanterns = fire balloons

They have been a common sort of prank UFO. I've seen them proposed for the 1966 Michigan UFO's that J. Allen Hynek had officially identified as swamp gas. Something that got a LOT of ridicule back then.
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Re: Reasons for closing K Ministry of Defence UFO desk

#3  Postby tolman » Jun 27, 2015 6:02 pm

A co-worker of mine years ago had, in his youth, tried making a hot air balloon one night out of multiple garbage sacks with a cotton-wool alcohol burner underneath.

When it unsurprisingly caught fire after travelling up, up and away, it resulted in all manner of interpretations, from people reporting a microlight crashing in flames to the inevitable claims of UFOs.
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Re: Reasons for closing K Ministry of Defence UFO desk

#4  Postby lpetrich » Jun 27, 2015 6:33 pm

I prefer to use "UFO" to mean plain old "unidentified flying object" rather than "extraterrestrial spacecraft or something else equally weird". So I wouldn't be surprised if some people called it a UFO.
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Re: Reasons for closing K Ministry of Defence UFO desk

#5  Postby electricwhiteboy » Jun 29, 2015 3:25 pm

tolman wrote:A co-worker of mine years ago had, in his youth, tried making a hot air balloon one night out of multiple garbage sacks with a cotton-wool alcohol burner underneath.

When it unsurprisingly caught fire after travelling up, up and away, it resulted in all manner of interpretations, from people reporting a microlight crashing in flames to the inevitable claims of UFOs.


We did similar with a small camping gas stove and space blankets. We didn't really think it would fly, despite some back of a fag packet calculations. It was only when it was sailing away we thought about what happens when it came down! Thankfully the wind took it out to sea.
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