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The Sciences

Plane collides with UFO… literally

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJune 12, 2008 12:45 AM

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While I was in London I read the daily "Metro" paper and thought it was pretty good. But I guess they stoop to conquer as well; yesterday they ran a story with the headline "Fighter jet hits UFO". Assuming the story is true, something hit a Romanian MiG 21's windshield during a training flight, forcing the pilot to land. It's not identified what it was -- but an investigation shows it wasn't a bird, ice, or a meteorite. So now you may be all pedantic if you want and say, "but if it's not identified than it really is a UFO!" True, and you can also get all pedantic and say, "UFO doesn't mean alien spaceship!" Also true. But then why did the Metro run this picture next to the article?

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Grrrrr. Tip o' the tin foil beanie to Kevin Conod.

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