posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 06:17 PM
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You may remember the sightings of a UFO over Morristown, N.J., in January, which was blogged about and even captured on video that has been posted to
YouTube as clips from TV broadcasts.
It was all a hoax, as the perpetrators reveal in this month’s issue of eSkeptic
Last November, write Joe Rudy, who describes himself as “an avid reader of Skeptic magazine” who teaches science and gives private music lessons,
and Chris Russo, who works in sales and says he “intends to continue his quest to spread reason and truth, one pseudoscience at a time,” the two
20-somethings were sitting around discussing pseudoscience and the many people who believe one or another form of it. “We had always had a strong
interest in why people were so easily fooled by such irrational superstitions as psychic ability, spiritual mediums, alien abductions, and the
like,” they write. So they “set out on a mission to help people think rationally and question the credibility of so-called UFO
They cooked up a spaceship hoax “to show everyone how unreliable eyewitness accounts are, along with investigators of UFOs.” They used 5 feet of
fishing line to tie flares to each of five 3-foot helium balloons and launched them from a field on January 5, 2009. “Once all five balloons were
ready for takeoff (with our fingers on the verge of frost bite),” they write, “we struck the 15-minute flares and released them into the sky in
increments of fifteen seconds,” filming the UFOs as they floated away.
I have posted videos of the news reports and the videos of the guys setting up the hoax. You can view all videos at this link: