Video: Perfectly good UFO hoax ruined by familiarity of model

posted at 3:12 pm on April 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

Free advice for amateur FX wizards: If you want your clip to go viral and be written up in major American newspapers, don’t use an object that everyone on the planet over the age of eight will instantly recognize.

If you don’t want it to go viral and prefer to have it viewed by a few hundred geeks whose Star Wars obsession is as bad as yours, well, then, carry on.

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This has gotta be fake, Han Solo would know better than to pull negative G’s like that.

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 12:47 PM

I want to believe

joewm315 on April 14, 2008 at 12:51 PM

The new anti-illegal immigrant system.

jgapinoy on April 14, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Tony, there’s got to be some sort of a G-force compensator aboard. Think how many G’s would be involved in the jump to Hyperspace.

eeyore on April 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Cheney must be behind this.

CP on April 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I’m calling BS…it banked the wrong way in the turn. And Han Solo never kept the Millenium Falcon that clean.

flipflop on April 14, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Chewbacca was unavailable for comment.

Zorro on April 14, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Think how many G

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:08 PM

so jawas were a metaphor for mexicans?

lorien1973 on April 14, 2008 at 1:08 PM

so jawas were a metaphor for mexicans? – lorien

Don’t know ’bout that, but we all know who the ‘Sand People’ are!

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Looks like Mexico has its own problem with unwanted aliens.

Bigfoot on April 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Lame. Really lame. Festeringly lame. In other words, lame.

I’d rather see another link to the cute-as-a-button 3-year-old Star Wars girl than lame CG like this. Seriously.

Splashman on April 14, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Best YouTube Star Wars video … Triumph the Comic Insult Dog takes on Star Wars Geeks

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Dammit! No link, anyway, search triumph star wars, you’ll laugh your azz off!

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:18 PM

I’d know that flying anywhere! That was Billy Dee Williams!

tlynch001 on April 14, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Best YouTube Star Wars video

eeyore on April 14, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Lemme try that again: Link

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:43 PM

AAAARRGGHH!

LINK!!!

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Ok, I give up, I guess I’m not dorky enough to do this, anyway, thanks for the help Eeyore!

I laugh myself silly everytime I watch that. Triumph also has another YT vid where he goes after Bon Jovi, it’s freakin’ hysterical!

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I smell BS – the Millenium Falcon never makes that long of a flight without some major breakdown. /sarc

And being in space may result in weightlessness but has no effect on mass. F=ma. Jumping to hyperspace, weightless or not, would be a little hard on human physiology. /nitpick

innominatus on April 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Does anyone want to … question the timing?

Rosmerta on April 14, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Of course there are G’s in space, or else there would be no need for Inertial Dampers or Structural Integrity Fields.
/duh

Did I just commit a crime – mixing Star Trek jargon into a Star Wars post?

JimRich on April 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Did I just commit a crime – mixing Star Trek jargon into a Star Wars post?

Yep.

JetBoy on April 14, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Best YouTube Star Wars video

JetBoy on April 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:08 PM

ummmm…. hate to burst ur geek bubble, but G-force is a function of mass, not weight. they are not the same thing. w/o some sort of “inertial damper” a jump from any sub-light speed to hyperspace (there is some ST to SW translation required here) any living thing would be a very very thin red/green/blue stain on the rear of the ship and would not be enjoying a rainbow colored light show in the viewscreen…

or something like that…

TheCulturalist on April 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM

“Repeat to yourself: it’s just a show and I should really just relax.”

I love the geeks on Hot Air!

TX Mom on April 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

“w/o some sort of

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM

G-force is a function of mass, not weight

Yup. For proof, see the “Ludicrous Speed” section of Spaceballs.

Or is that another crime?

db on April 14, 2008 at 2:58 PM

that dog is way funny…

TheCulturalist on April 14, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Yup. For proof, see the

TheCulturalist on April 14, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Ha! My fav is

JetBoy on April 14, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Did you see what it said on the side?


“GOOGLE RON PAUL”

EJDolbow on April 14, 2008 at 3:14 PM

The USS Enterprise, off of Star Trek, would’ve worked better.

;O)

OhEssYouCowboys on April 14, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Whoa whoa whoa. So Im to understand the Mexicans didn’t develop a superior aerospace vehicle?

Chuck Schick on April 14, 2008 at 3:21 PM

I refuse to believe somebody actually intended this as a hoax (i.e., hoping somebody would believe it’s real). These days, any 3rd-grader with a hacked copy of 3DS could do better. The only explanation is that a 1st-grader did this during recess, and his/her teacher thought it would be great to put this A-for-effort project on the interweb.

Splashman on April 14, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Actually, this was better than anything that’s been on the Sci Fi channel, in years.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 14, 2008 at 3:24 PM

If they don’t have permission to enter Mexican airspace, are they illegal aliens?

I know; Most obvious pun evuh.

amerpundit on April 14, 2008 at 3:26 PM

You mean the Millennium Falcon isn’t real?

Then where are we really not supposed to…you know…

Thanks for spoiling it for simply everybody, AP – and I daresay that whole Wookie inspired nocturnal emission issue is now slightly more than a laundry challenge…

Wind Rider on April 14, 2008 at 3:26 PM

What the hell is that? It looks like a flying horseshoe crab.

Leonidas Hoplite on April 14, 2008 at 3:32 PM

A hoax?!? You people are overlooking the obvious; that Millennium Falcons are actually quite common in the universe and George Lucas was aware of this because he’s an alien.

FloatingRock on April 14, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Best YouTube Star Wars video … Triumph the Comic Insult Dog takes on Star Wars Geeks

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

To this and every ensuing comment relating to it I say: YES! YES. Dear God, a thousand times yes… Triumph can be hit or miss with me, but the Star Wars and the Michael Jackson trial videos are endlessly funny.

loganthompson on April 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

the falcon was WAY bigger than that.

beefytee on April 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Well, now we know Lucas stole the idea for the Star Wars vehicles from another planet…….

Think_b4_speaking on April 14, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Rove!

bloggless on April 14, 2008 at 3:36 PM

“Never tell me the odds.”

labrat on April 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Talk about illegal aliens…

I wonder what Obama’s stance is on intergalatic imigration policy?

Wyznowski on April 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Lame. Really lame. Festeringly lame. In other words, lame.

I’d rather see another link to the cute-as-a-button 3-year-old Star Wars girl than lame CG like this. Seriously.

Splashman on April 14, 2008 at 1:15 PM

The Star Wars Kid was less lame than this was!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU

Pulchritudinous Patriot on April 14, 2008 at 3:39 PM

I find your lack of faith… disturbing

Viper1 on April 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM

REAL

TroubledMonkey on April 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Talk about illegal aliens…

I wonder what Obama’s stance is on intergalatic imigration policy?

Wyznowski on April 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM

I bet he has a real issue with Gui…I mean Greedos

beefytee on April 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

If I were an alien (and I swear I’m not) and I wanted to visit the earth freely and still maintain plausible deny ability, I would cloak my craft with the image of an obviously fictional source that would make impossible to believe…if If I was an alien…which I’m not. Scouts Honor.

ronsfi on April 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM

0.5 Worp

catmman on April 14, 2008 at 3:53 PM

These days, any 3rd-grader with a hacked copy of 3DS could do better.

Errrr…am I the only one here who couldn’t do better?

tlynch001 on April 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

There was a detour during the Kessel Run to get some White Castle.

thebrokenchair on April 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Errrr…am I the only one here who couldn’t do better?

tlynch001 on April 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

I don’t think I could do better.

beefytee on April 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM

This is fake but accurate. It flew right off of Lucy Rameriz’s hanger 18. I am checking on further frequencies from our launch coordinator, Kenneth. – Dan Rather (wearing his tin foil hat)

Sergei on April 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

It looked good until it turned around the building, then the light on the ship made showed that it was obviously plastic. Other than that a good attempt.

srhoades on April 14, 2008 at 4:03 PM

It looked good until it turned around the building, then the light on the ship made showed that it was obviously plastic. Other than that a good attempt.

Sorry.

srhoades on April 14, 2008 at 4:05 PM

If I were an alien (and I swear I’m not) and I wanted to visit the earth freely and still maintain plausible deny ability, I would cloak my craft with the image of an obviously fictional source that would make impossible to believe…if If I was an alien…which I’m not. Scouts Honor.

ronsfi on April 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM

You brilliant bastard. The logic is impeccable. Plus, it made me laugh.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 14, 2008 at 4:09 PM

So the one in my driveway is fake?

Limerick on April 14, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Tony, there’s got to be some sort of a G-force compensator aboard. Think how many G’s would be involved in the jump to Hyperspace.

eeyore

Well a G-Force compensator is not required for Hyperspace because it’s not the ship that accelerates, is the universe around the ship that moves. It’s a rapid pinching and release of the space time continuum. Requires lots of power, that of about 100 stars which is why Chewie always hit the couplers with a wrench to get it to work.

Egfrow on April 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Under the thumb of the Evil Empire they cling to blasters or The Force, or antipathy to life forms who aren’t like them, or anti-inter galectic immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

mugged on April 14, 2008 at 4:15 PM

someone take those cameras away from the geeks at Nasa and get them back to work on the time machine
Geez

EricPWJohnson on April 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

EricPWJohnson on April 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

shhhhhhhhh

Limerick on April 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

It’s a pretty obvious fake because the scale was all off. I was laying in my hammock Saturday and saw a UFO. It was black, disk shaped, silent and was in view for about half a minute. The only thing I though was that whoever was in it really needed Dramamine because the sucker was wobbling like crazy. I very much suspect it was a Mylar balloon that got away but it got me thinking how easily people are convinced they see something extra terrestrial. It was directly overhead so I had no reference for height or size.

jmarcure on April 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

And being in space may result in weightlessness but has no effect on mass.

innominatus on April 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Being in orbit (or some other form of free-fall) results in weightlessness, not just being in space. Thats why satellites eventually return to Earth, atmospheric drag reduces their orbit so that their weight pulls them back to Earth. The weight of the Moon is what keeps it from flying away from the Earth, and the weight of the Earth keeps it from flying away from the Sun.

pedestrian on April 14, 2008 at 4:49 PM

“Repeat to yourself: it’s just a show and I should really just relax.”

I love the geeks on Hot Air!

TX Mom on April 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

It is just a show? Are you sure? I’m a Trekkie, but I do not and never will own a Star Fleet uniform, no room with my AF uniforms in the closet anyway. Nor, will I go to a convention.

Mooseman on April 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I knew it, real.

koolbrease on April 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Is this the geek equivalent of using the default font of Word to forge Vietnam War-era documents?

pedestrian on April 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

faked!
oh… that aspect was part of the post..

Richard Bushnell on April 14, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Forgot who posted there are no G’s in space, but it’s not so much G’s as it is inertia. If your ship is headed in one direction and so is your body and then the ship changes direction and your body doesn’t you go from being Roguish, Swashbuckling Astronaut/Kessel Run Expert to jellied stuff on a bulkhead. Inertia doesn’t need air to work being one of those basic physics principles and such.

An example, if a big guy with a baseball bat swings the bat and hits your head it won’t matter whether he does it in atmosphere or in the vacuum of space. Your head will pop either way.

Faith1 on April 14, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Well a G-Force compensator is not required for Hyperspace because it’s not the ship that accelerates, is the universe around the ship that moves. It’s a rapid pinching and release of the space time continuum. – Egfrow

Holy crap! My Geek-o-meter just EXPLODED! I picture in my mind the kids who help Tim Allen and Segourney (sp?) Weaver in “SpaceQuest”!

I still say Han would’ve had a major case of “red out” as he pulled those negative G’s.

Tony737 on April 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Is this the geek equivalent of using the default font of Word to forge Vietnam War-era documents?

pedestrian on April 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

No, not quite that bad. The TANG memos will be the all-time ultimate achievement in stupidity, and Rather the all-time ultimate dupe.

Splashman on April 14, 2008 at 5:17 PM

There’s a guy who claims to be photographing strange objects in our nearby space. You can see them at

http://www.rense.com/Datapages/mystmachinedata.htm

There’s another guy who says he spots space battles with his night vision scope. He’s at

http://www.edgrimsley.com/index.html

NNtrancer on April 14, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Klaatu, barada nikto.

My collie says:

Maybe I should treat Triumph the comic insult dog as my new “role model”.

Don’t you cause enough trouble already? Besides, that Conan O’Brien guy is definitely something out of a Men in Black movie.

My collie says:

It’s not much of a disguise, is it?

CyberCipher on April 14, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Ya, but while this was happening, did anyone see Harrison Ford? Huh? Huh? See, it coulda been real. I rest my case.

oakpack on April 14, 2008 at 7:36 PM

It would have been better if the ship were shooting at the monster from the movie, “Cloverfield”.

kiakjones on April 14, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Under the thumb of the Evil Empire they cling to blasters or The Force, or antipathy to life forms who aren’t like them, or anti-inter galectic immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

mugged on April 14, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Brilliant! Send this in to Leno.

Rosmerta on April 14, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Looked very good until it circled back around

Reaps on April 14, 2008 at 11:53 PM

Here’s a static photo along the same lines. The shadow is almost right, too.

njcommuter on April 15, 2008 at 3:20 AM

Here’s a static photo along the same lines. The shadow is almost right, too.

njcommuter on April 15, 2008 at 3:20 AM

After that photo leaked they had to hurry up and make a movie as cover.

- The Cat

MirCat on April 15, 2008 at 5:42 AM

That looked like the Doctor Who special effects circa 1972.

madame_bluetooth on April 15, 2008 at 9:29 AM

At Warp 1 all of the buildings would have been turned to dust from the pressure wave.

MSGTAS on April 15, 2008 at 9:36 AM

What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon?

Kini on April 15, 2008 at 12:06 PM