Mars Attacks!

I was at school when the film Mars Attacks! came out.  I think I remember going to watch it with the grandparents, and it was hilarious; it was the talk of school.

Well.  It was the talk of school for all but one person.  Why didn’t he like it?

The aliens aren’t very realistic.

Because he obviously knew what “real” aliens from outer space look like, and it’s not this:


There was a story in the press this week about a man who had taken a picture of a “UFO” in Hawaii.  He’d had his camera in what I know as “burst” mode but what he calls “multiple pictures”.  Either way, press and hold the button and you get lots of pictures.  The orange mark only appears on one.


The unknown eyewitness, according to The Express, “realised” that they had spotted a UFO.

More conclusions were jumped to when Scott C Waring, editor of, made claims about the being evidence for an alien base.  Being near the top of mountains apparently shows that the UFO is leaving an underground base unnoticed…

Hmm, yeah, me too.

So why, you may ask, did this story pique my interest?  It was this line from the eyewitness:

When I zoom up on my camera, there seems to be a dome on the top as well.

It first of all made me laugh that the flying saucers of Hollywood are obviously based in fact, and that someone would then take that image and effectively see what they need to see to prove a theory.  The latter is a more serious point about confirmation bias which I’ve posted about before in Predicting The Future, Maybe.

I find it interesting that we can see things we want to see, but also show those things to other people to try to convince them.  In this case, there’s more than likely another explanation based in what we don’t see.  I guess that showing the whole picture sometimes isn’t as fun though.

It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone
It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone
but when I see you hanging about with anyone
It’s not unusual to see me cry,
oh I wanna’ die
It’s not unusual to go out at any time
but when I see you out and about it’s such a crime
if you should ever want to be loved by anyone,
It’s not unusual it happens every day no matter what you say
you find it happens all the time
love will never do what you want it to
why can’t this crazy love be mine
It’s not unusual, to be mad with anyone
It’s not unusual, to be sad with anyone
but if I ever find that you’ve changed at anytime
it’s not unusual to find out that I’m in love with you

It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones

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