There’s been a mysterious number of loud noises similar to a sonic boom around the country lately the cause of which no one seems to be able to pin down. The most recent one took place in San Diego on April 4th and prompted this news item about the odd phenomena that speculated on several possible causes. It’s your typical something-odd-is-happening-and-no-one-knows-why type story and in addition to the usual possible explanations it dips into the fringe areas of conspiracy theorists and UFO nuts to see what they have to say about it. Here’s what one so called “UFO expert” came up with:
Even UFO experts are baffled by what happened in San Diego. Asked whether a flying saucer might have caused such an event, Peter Davenport of the Seattle-based National UFO Reporting Center said, “Probably not.”
“UFOs almost never generate sonic booms or shock waves,” he added. “They accelerate so rapidly that they leave a vacuum in the sky, much the way lightning does.”
Dumbass. Lightning doesn’t create a vacuum in the sky. The intense heat causes the air to expand rapidly resulting in thunder, which is just another form of sonic boom. If a UFO traveled at the same speed as lightening (which would be damned impressive in its own right) it would create sonic booms of amazing proportions.
And to think these “UFO experts” wonder why no one takes them seriously.
Link via Boing Boing.