College students, for all of their education, are usually pretty stupid. I’m not too old to still remember things I did in college, and the even dumber things my friends and classmates did. It’s a dangerous time in life, being that dangerous blend of adult and child. And usually the childish side wins, and usually drinks lots of alcohol and consumes lots of drugs. Thanks to the adult side. And then said college students take laser pointers and start shooting them at UFOs.
Ever heard of night vision UFO laser tag? It’s brand new and seems to be catching on with college students. In the compilation video cited here, it would seem the game started innocently enough, but has taken a dangerous turn.
Sky watchers are fascinated by flying objects which cannot be immediately identified, day or night. But new, affordable night vision technology is now available to the average tech consumer which opens up the hobby and has brought it to an entirely new level.
Posting the results in videos on the web has even changed the face of UFO hunting, elevating the activity by opening up an entirely new branch of Ufology not widely known before.
Some adherents claim that unidentified flying objects, once invisible to the naked eye, are now out in the open, only cloaked by advanced technology.
Whether one believes the source is extraterrestrial, or the result of super-secret, man-made military research is the new dividing line in the never ending battle of the believers vs. the skeptics.
In the video, posted by the paranormal YouTube channel spellground, a compilation of the best examples of night vision UFO hunting, stretching back to incidents caught on tape over the skies of Iraq in 1998 and leading up to just recently, the practice has gained in popularity, helped by cheap infrared iPhone gadgets.
In several clips, a new twist has been added. That of pointing powerful, hand-held lasers at unidentified flying objects passing over the gathered crowd, mainly college students out for some fun.
The idea seems to be to light up the objects with a laser pointer until they “respond” by suddenly glowing brighter. Successful attempts are met with cheering and exclamations running from excitedly delighted to mildly profane.
But is it wise? Or legal?
According to a CBS News report, the FAA has warned people who point hand-held lasers at aircraft that they’re subject to a $1,000 fine.
The popular, and fairly inexpensive devices are being touted as a great way to watch and interact with heavenly bodies in the night sky. But irresponsible users may end up temporarily blinding aircraft pilots and the implications of danger are obvious.
The report claims that incidents of people pointing lasers at truck drivers, bus drivers and passing motorists is increasing, so the fine is intended to curb what, at first, seems to be harmless fun.
Whether these unidentified flying objects are man-made, or, as some believe, aliens ratcheting up to full disclosure, it’s stupid to go pointing lasers at them.
It brings to mind an old warning taking on a new and ominous meaning:
“You could put someone’s eye out.”
I can see how shooting laser pointers at planes could be dangerous, even if it would be very difficult to get the laser pointer exactly in the pilot’s eyes and keep it there long enough to cause a plane crash, as the plane would be at the wrong angle and moving too quickly. And even if these objects were the spacecraft of an advanced race, maybe we should try not to piss them off. Hmm?