OK so this one’s going to be right out of left field, to use an American expression. It’s got nothing to do with economics or politics or whatever I usually discuss on this site. It’s strange, totally unexpected, utterly peculiar. And I did not see it coming. Had I been able to see it, it would not have been as mystifying. I would have noticed something moving slow across the sky but I could not have noticed something that flashed across the sky. This is what happened yesterday (Wednesday) morning.It was close to half past nine in the morning. It had been raining and the sky was overcast. I was getting home after dropping off a friend at Philadelphia International.
Let me give you the back story. Yesterday morning as I was driving to pick up my friend around 7:30 AM to take him to the airport, at one point on the road I stopped because a school bus had stopped and turned on its warning lights. As is the rule, a stopped school bus with flashing lights means all traffic has to stop. I did. And my dash cam captured the curious traffic pattern — all traffic in both directions stopped as the kids got on the bus. Every driver followed the rule and I took delight in it.
It was a nice demonstration of a sensible rule that only rich countries can afford to have. In poor countries, the kids have to dodge traffic and some are not successful. Darwinian selection working as expected.
I wanted to review that bit of the dash cam footage. So I ended up watching some other bits of the dask cam videos. That’s when I noticed something that I had missed. I could not have not missed it when it happened. It lasted about two seconds and that’s too short a time when you are paying attention to the road and also singing along to a favorite song. Ragpicker’s Dream by Mark Knofler, if you care to know.
It’s easy to miss even on the video. See for yourself.
It’s there around the 0:48 time stamp of the video — the clock time display shows 9:24:30.
It’s a genuine, honest to goodness UFO. Alien craft? Not necessarily. UFOs don’t have to be alien. It’s just a flying object that cannot be identified. Perhaps the USAF can but I cannot. Perhaps I should send the footage to the USAF. What says you?
(Please note that strictly speaking, it wasn’t a UFO from my perspective because I did not see it at all. And the first necessary condition for claiming something is an UFO is to see it. I didn’t see it at all. Therefore I can’t say that I couldn’t identify it.)