In addition to whacky music videos, horse porn, mind-bendingly dull video blogs, Chuck Norris fight-scenes and flesh-crawlingly cute kittens on record turntables, YouTube is also a portal for all class of UFO shenanigans, allowing as it does, for the easy sharing of 'UFO movies' from around the world.
Theoretically, this should be a goldmine of Forteana: the very cream of what the UFOlogical community has to offer. However, YouTube's strength is also it's weakness: the ease with which you can upload a file means that many people don't bother to explain the provenance of the footage. The result is a mixed bag. No matter, it's been far too long since we had any hot UFO action around these parts, so I decided to strap-on my bullshit detector and wade in to the thick of it.
The following is a vieo clip filmed over Frankfurt, which at first glance seems to be the tail end of nothing more extraordinary than a passegner airline. Take a look and see what you think.
This video seems to have been taken from Japanese T.V. and would seem, at first glance, to show a meteorite or small body falling to earth. The dramatic flames are probably just the result of atmospheric entry.
Ah. Hamlet. This clip shows your classic 'cigar shaped' UFO. At first I thougt this might have been your bog-standard, run-of-the-mill weather blimp, but the cheap special effect at the end tends to show it up for what it is: a feeble fake.
A much clearer image here, in this clip which purports to have been shot in an apartment complex in Bulgaria. Problem is, it's so clear that I find myself looking for the wire to the balcony above where the object was being dangled from...
Osama Bin Laden ate my UFO
This is, according to the title, the video footage of the air strike which killed Al Qaeda heavy Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Oh and there's a UFO zipping about just as the missile comes in...
'What the fuck is that? OH MY GOD! What the fuck is that?' so roars the cameraman in this piece. Well, we're not experts but that looks suspiciously like a B-2 stealth bomber.
F is for FAKE. M is for MONG.
And finally, this is a classic example of how a site like YouTube can cause all manner of confusion. The following shows a UFO doing a merry jig around the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. Lovely. Problem is it's a advertisement for a TV channel which many folks seem to have taken to be real.
Follow this link and have a root around for yourselves. And if that doesn't keep you busy, well there's always Chuck.
The sheer number of YouTube UFO clips is dizzying and would require a whole website of it's own. Which I'm not about to create. So, feel free to slap any links to any pieces of footage in a comment below that you think are worthy of inclusion.
Shame so many crappy/fake "UFO" videos are posted because they dilute the credibility of legitimate videos. This topic is full of fraud and hoaxes, and it doesn't help one bit!
Posted by: James Sinclair at October 18, 2006 11:28 AM
Yes, I have a question on your page... Why are the Japanese people speaking Chinese...? Was this in Japan or did you just assume they were Japanese?
Posted by: BT at October 19, 2006 5:40 AM
an error our our part BT
Posted by: damien at October 23, 2006 10:14 AM
The one video above is that of the U.S. Air Force's F-117 Night Hawk, a modern stealth aircraft, and nothing more!
Posted by: Rick Krusee at November 6, 2006 3:50 AM
in response to your post: i agree that it's crappy that there are such poor videos showing here. the selection is based around simple searches on you tube under the terms 'ufo' 'ufo video' and 'flying saucer'. the videos here are a fairly random sample of what the search engine produces at the top of the lists. i just didn't find much good video.
if anyone has any links to more compelling video evidence, we'd love you post them here in the comments. cheers.
Posted by: damien at November 8, 2006 12:34 AM
Then you not seen these clips mate nothing more and nothing less than UFOs and none are fake.
Well I'll grant you that the light in that video may constitute a UFO in the technical sense (as a) I don't know what it is, b) it seems to be an object, and c) it appears to be flying) but very little else can be learned from the footage.
The 2nd Video -- "Meteorite?"...not from Japan, but from Singapore's Channel News Asia. From the video's audio commentary, the falling object was shot somewhere near Singapore and Malaysian border, and the object took 15 minutes to dissapear into the back of the hill.
What sort of meteorite took 15 minutes to fall from the sky?