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Hoaxers fool thousands with fake UFO snaps

By T.K. Randall
September 26, 2014 · Comment icon 40 comments



The photographs were produced using Photoshop. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Several images showing a strange object hovering over Portsmouth have turned out to be fake.
When photographs of the object were posted online by several different witnesses over the last two weeks the mystery of the Portsmouth UFO quickly became a hot topic on social media. Nobody seemed to know what the object was and the Met Office confirmed that it wasn't a weather related phenomenon.

As it turns out however the mysterious object hadn't actually existed at all - it was a complete fabrication put together by the people behind an upcoming science fiction and fantasy festival.

"We got eight or 10 people from around Portsmouth to take a picture at the same time on the same evening," said event organiser Joshua Hibberd. "I e-mailed them to another organiser, Dan Cook, who is a whizz with Photoshop. He added the UFO, and we had help from others to get people talking about it on social media."
The result was a convincing and elaborate hoax that gained attention from around the globe.

"It’s amazing how people’s imaginations have been taken by this," said Hibberd. "We wanted it to be Portsmouth-wide, but we didn’t expect it to be worldwide."



Source: Portsmouth News | Comments (40)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #31 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
Welcome "starseed526" I too have had my experience but for many,many years ago ! I didnt even report it ! But It dosnt make it any less real ! See, this I don't agree with. First, if you don't want to talk about your experieince, don't wave it in front of us. Second, don't let the crazies and hoaxers that deserve ridicule stop you from posting your stuff. Whether or not it is accepted, it's still your experiences and nothing will change that. This forum is supposed to be for this, and you're holding back. Shame on you.
Comment icon #32 Posted by ChrLzs 8 years ago
Thorvir, to be fair, Dont has been forthcoming in the past, and I suspect he's just a little weary of repeating it. But no, I don't have a link - maybe he has..? Having said that, I agree with your point - a well-reported incident is *only* laughed at or derided by the ignorant or trolls, and people should not fear reporting a sighting if they are being honest about it, and are at least prepared to listen to possible explanations.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
Thorvir, to be fair, Dont has been forthcoming in the past, and I suspect he's just a little weary of repeating it. But no, I don't have a link - maybe he has..? Ok, that's cool. But if he's still holding juicy stories back, shame on him Having said that, I agree with your point - a well-reported incident is *only* laughed at or derided by the ignorant or trolls, and people should not fear reporting a sighting if they are being honest about it, and are at least prepared to listen to possible explanations. Agreed, to a point. You used the phrase "well-reported". Those are what interest me the m... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
Just find it really hard to believe that we are the most advanced race in the whole Universe! We've done alright but really!? Tribal and warlike is the best the infinite Universe can do? Hmmm? I don't know that anyone said we are the most advanced race in the universe. That doesn't mean Aliens are visiting us.
Comment icon #35 Posted by comatosed 8 years ago
People who hoax like this have no other way of getting off. So they sit here and mess with us normal minded people. While they are at home with a towel and you know what.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Ryu 8 years ago
I don't understand the psychology of hoaxers. What's to not understand? They are like bullies who love to pull garbage then sit back and laugh at the ridiculously predictable reactions of a exceedingly gullible populace. They get a kick out of watching the hysterics of people who blindly believe everything they see.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
What's to not understand? They are like bullies who love to pull garbage then sit back and laugh at the ridiculously predictable reactions of a exceedingly gullible populace. They get a kick out of watching the hysterics of people who blindly believe everything they see. I don't know that they are like bullies. I would say they are more like pranksters.
Comment icon #38 Posted by hellwyr 8 years ago
it only means unidentified flying object, even if you see something like that it doesnt mean aliens are in there. It is more likly that it is something made by the military then something which aliens made.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Jacques Terreur 8 years ago
I don't know that they are like bullies. I would say they are more like pranksters. true. I think the condemnation and hate towards hoaxers grows proportional to some folks' own wishful thinking being disappointed....
Comment icon #40 Posted by AlienDan 8 years ago
I don't understand the psychology of hoaxers. Same psychology behind prankers and magicions. Fun too fool people. Easy attention. Or monetary gain. When I was younger I used to make crop circles, and it would get lots of attention. It was also fun making people believe things that arent true. Plus I just liked the art and challange of it. Id also fake creature photographs, and me and my friends would go out on 'hunts'. It was just another way of playing pretend, but they actually believed it. Also made UFO photos. Again, fun to fool people, as well as testing peoples mental capacities, i've ha... [More]


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