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A rod is an insect caught in the act of flying by a video camera. Some hoaxers or very imaginative people have been maintaining that rods are actually some sort of unknown life form of alien origin. But, according to Doug Yanega of the Entomology Department at the University of California at Riverside and a member of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, rods are
a videographic artifact based on the frame capture rate of the videocam versus the wingbeat frequency of the insects. Essentially what you see is several wingbeat cycles of the insect on each frame of the video, creating the illusion of a "rod" with bulges along its length. The blurred body of the insect as it moves forward forms the "rod," and the oscillation of the wings up and down form the bulges. Anyone with a video camera can duplicate the effect, if you shoot enough footage of flying insects from the right distance.*
I'm very skeptical about "Rods", and the above explanation seems a good one to me. However, I keep an open mind about the other more traditional instances of UFOs.
Originally posted by heelstone
but I do not see why ETs would bother waiting for humanity to destroy itself rather than doing it very quickly by themselves and with minimal damage to the planet.
Originally posted by Springer
NICE FIND by the way.
NOTE about "Battle of LA" video: The video is NOT presented as actual footage of the event. This looks like "stock" search light/anti aircraft footage. ONLY the audio is presented as actually from the era. Thus, there is still NO VIDEO of the "Battle of LA".
[edit on 6-11-2006 by Springer]
Originally posted by cpdaman
LET me ask everyone about this possibility
could this be accurate
UFO's were first used in germany during world war II by hitler they were called foo fighters and obviously being new know one knew what the heck they were