|UFO Sightings...Fake UFO Reports
During different periods of the year, you almost can tell that news agencies are having
slow news days because the amount of UFO sightings that are then, reported, seem to
rise. It's as if newspapers and TV stations send their reporters out to chase the
unexplained. And it is during these events that many of the UFO sightings are probably
not real – because it's time for the news media to create a story.
If astronauts are seeing ice outside of the space capsule, then they are “really” seeing
UFOs; swamp gas at night in the south can quickly become unidentified space aliens
floating over a bog. And some UFOs are the product of pranksters – yes, pranksters.
Those who wish to get a good laugh can't resist launching a flying saucer into the sky.
Back in the 1950s, UFOs seemed to be seen everywhere. Hollywood, and the
government who used the idea of alien spaceships to cover-up military aircraft testing,
embellished the idea of a possible invasion of UFOs from space. This helped seed the
idea among millions across the globe and sightings of UFOs rose and continue to be
seen to this day. Not all UFO sightings are real. Some just aren't.
Building a Fake UFO: The Dry Cleaning Bag UFO
There have been stories of UFO reports that have surfaced after myriads of candle
lanterns took to the skies, usually after a wedding or some big celebration. This idea of
the candle lantern, a glowing bag with a lit candle under it – much like a hot air balloon
but way smaller in size, has been done over decades to spoof UFO sightings. In the
1960s, one of the easiest methods was to acquire a clear plastic, dry cleaning bag,
mount a candle underneath it, let it fill with hot air and release the contraption into the
night sky. The glowing orb may travel for miles before it eventually goes out and
sending a squadron of night-glow bags looks, well, astounding. Of course, this idea of
sending something into the air that is burning might not be the safest thing to do, but
one can just imagine the effect on those who spot it for the first time. UFO reports come
sizzling into the police station (and news reporters' desks). In fact, in 1973, such a fake
UFO launch made worldwide news when a flotilla of these UFO balloons were launched
off Australia soil. Keep in mind that in little to no wind, these balloons can float up about
1000 feet, becoming visible for miles.
If one were to get to building a fake UFO, all that person would need would be some
clear plastic dry cleaning bags, strips of balsa wood (light in weight), some glue or tape
and some birthday candles to make a torch (think lightweight). Below is a video
showing a dry cleaning bag UFO launch and flight:
|Note: Please be aware that sending something into the sky with fire might not end well if it
catches something on fire. So, if you try building a fake UFO, be careful!