Metabunk

Feb
18
by Mick West at 11:26 AM
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Multiple fake news and clickbait sites are repeating variations of a story that FEMA expects the Oroville dam to collapse, killing thousands of people. This story is false. The source quoted is KCRA:
http://www.kcra.com/article/fema-su...ce-base-in-case-of-oroville-emergency/8944641
Perhaps the most obvious clue there is that only "two dozen" personnel have been deployed. Not a lot for the "worst disaster in American history".

But the facts...
Feb
08
by Mick West at 4:10 PM
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Moderator Note - deirdre
A page of quick access links from within this thread can be found at:
https://www.metabunk.org/oroville-dam-spillway-thread-quick-links.t8416/

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Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oroville_dam_infographic_feb_14.png

UPDATE 2/14/17 - Evacuation order lifted.


UPDATE 4:50PM 2/12/17
Officials Warn of possible collapse of the emergency spillway. Evacuations ordered
http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132332499.html
Feb
05
by Mick West at 12:27 PM
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In the classifications of causes of death shown in the chart above, CLRD (the red line) is "Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease", which is a combination of bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. CLRD is currently the third leading cause of death in the US, moving from 4th to 3rd in 2008.

However the actual rate of CLRD is largely unchanged from 1999, actualy moving down slightly from 44 deaths/100,000 in 1999-2001 to 42 in 2011-2013. So there is no rise in respiratory mortality. The reason CLRD "overtook" stroke in 2008 was because the rate of deaths from stroke is decreasing faster than deaths from CLRD. Let's compare just stroke and CLRD:...
Jan
25
by Mick West at 9:01 AM
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An odd theory floating around the internet is that one of Trump's secret service agents has fake hands, and is actually holding some weapon under his coat with his real hands. The evidence given for this is that the agent holds his hands in the same way for long periods of time.

He doesn't have fake hands, in fact you can see his hands move:
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But he does hold them like that a lot:
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(Even in the above you can see he does change hand positions, his thumb in particular.)

But what's up with the guy and the stiff hand position? Well it's actually a core...
Jan
16
by Mick West at 6:00 PM
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When I first saw this it was nearly horizontal, and looked, if not a flying saucer, then at least like a flying plate viewed edge on. It's a distant sunlit contrail, often mistaken for UFOs, space junk, or meteors. So I thought it would be useful to get a sequence of photos and video at different zoom levels.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTEZarmsG8Q

The video above is unedited, zooming from 24mm to 2000mm.

The sequence of photos are all straight from the camera, except the first where I've called out the trail as it's hard to see.
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Finally some digital zoom:

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Jan
06
by Mick West at 5:51 PM
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Chilean Navy UFO Metabunk 3.

If you are short on time, then I made a one minute video explaining this:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bFfuIidCK0

Background: Infrared footage from the Chilean Navy appears to show some kind of flying object that briefly leaves a trail behind it.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry..._us_586d37bce4b014e7c72ee56b?lciacn1ruwjkmx6r
Jan
03
by Mick West at 3:48 PM
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Moon Terminator UFOs Metabunk.

The Moon's "terminator" is simply the line between the light and dark areas of the moon, i.e. the line between the sunlit portion of the moon and the shadowed portion. To the naked eye this looks like a smooth line, but if you look closer (with some binoculars, or zoomed in with a camera) you can see it's actually ripply, with the various craters, ridges, canyons and mountains both creating shadow, and poking up into the sunlight.

Those "poking up into sunlight" features are a potential source of "UFO" or "Alien Structure" photos from the moon. The above example is some that cropped up recently. A video of the moon appears to show some kind of object in the dark area of the moon. Because it's "behind the line" there's an illusion that it's actually flying above the surface of the moon, perhaps even an orbiting spaceship!

However all it is is the top of a ridge at the...
Dec
31
by Mick West at 10:43 AM
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http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co....photographer/story-30020380-detail/story.html
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This does look curiously saucer shaped, but then compare it to the second photo from the story, in...
Dec
27
by Mick West at 11:23 AM
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hole punch clouds google images.

Hole Punch Clouds, Canal Clouds, and Fallstreak Holes are all names for an interesting cloud phenomenon where a hole forms in a thin layer of cloud, usually with a streak of cloud falling from the middle of the hole. They are relatively rare (I see them a few times a year, and I watch the sky a lot) but also very photogenic, so a Google image search shows up lots of nice examples, see above.

Hole punch clouds form when a layer of supercooled liquid water cloud is disturbed by something (usually a plane) and this triggers freezing of the droplets, which further disturbs the layer, causing more freezing. The resultant ice crystals are composed of the water from several drops, so are heavier than the surrounding cloud and fall out. This is the "fallstreak" you see in the middle, it's essentially snow.

Generally hole punch clouds are formed by...
Dec
26
by Mick West at 6:10 PM
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150 mph Golf Ball metabunk.


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkB81u5IM3I

The above video has been around since 2009, although the original source is unknown. It claims to show a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 mph. It almost looks like a water balloon. However if we compare it to other videos of golf balls hitting things at the same or faster speeds, we can see this it is not what it is claimed.

Here's a real ball being hit at 175 mph (video at 1:19)

Source: https://youtu.be/6TA1s1oNpbk?t=1m19s

And another more similar to the first, of a ball hitting steel at 150mph.

Source:...