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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UFO Over St. Charles County? Probably Not, KTVI Fox 2 Investigation Finds

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

click to enlarge UFO? Fox 2 is on it.
  • UFO? Fox 2 is on it.

Did Google Street View capture an unidentified flying object over St. Charles County? KTVI Fox 2 says that "many are still debating" the content of an image that could maybe, possibly be a mysterious UFO. And who exactly is debating this? Not John Lakey of the St. Louis Science Center -- the only person interviewed in one of the more absurd local news segment in recent memory.

The news story includes some wonderful quotes from Lakey, like this:

"That's almost certainly a lens flair effect. Yeah, it just looks like an artifact from a lens."

And this: "An alien spacecraft is probably one of the most least likely of things that an unidentified object may be."

Journalism!

The reporter relies on Lakey, from the McDonnel Planetarium, to investigate the strange image captured in Google in St. Peters off Dingledine Road.

Spoiler alert: The segment ends with "UF-Oh-No." Yeahhhh.

Here's the video, courtesy of KTVI.

Our favorite part? When the reporter learns that it's probably not an alien or UFO in the sky, crosses his arms, says, "Darn" -- and makes this pouty face:

KTVI SCREENSHOT
  • KTVI screenshot

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