The video: Michael Lee Hill is notorious for shooting video of mysterious lights hovering over Lake Erie, but recently the Ohio UFO enthusiast shot what he calls his best clip ever. In it, the light in question flashes over the water, changes color, disappears, then reappears. (See the footage below.) "[The aliens] know I'm sitting there filming them," Hill says. "Every year they've come in closer and closer." Though the Cleveland Ufology Project, initiated in 1952, has determined that the glimmers Hill films are airplane lights, he disagrees, pointing out that the light in his latest clip does not move. NASA, which has a facility in Cleveland, has long declined to comment on Hill's claims.
The reaction: Maybe this really is the "best UFO footage ever," says Annalee Newitz at i09. It could be that "aliens love the Canadian border so much that they just hang out there all the time." Sadly, though, the Coast Guard checked with Canada, and it turns out "this UFO was caused by a mysterious quirk of the atmosphere" that occasionally beams lights from TV and radio towers across the water toward Ohio. Indeed, this is not a UFO, says Vince Grzegorek at Cleveland's Scene. If you disagree, "we heartily recommend you don't remove your tinfoil hat until further notice." See for yourself:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The 11 worst fast food restaurants in America
- I hate Ayn Rand — but here's why my fellow conservatives love her
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP
- Why Peter Capaldi has a bigger challenge than any Doctor Who in history
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- The secret to Gabrielle Hamilton's amazing grilled cheese sandwiches
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- A scientific fact-check of 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Why are so many parents being arrested?
Subscribe to the Week