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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

One dark night, while camping on a Mexican beach, I saw a small green light floating in the air above my head. Many other campers saw it and thought it was a flying saucer, but I knew exactly what it was all along. What was it?
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A firefly? :-)

Geographical location (Mexico) relevant? Relevant that it was on a beach?

Was there a graveyard nearby?
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A firefly? :-) no

Geographical location (Mexico) relevant? no Relevant that it was on a beach? yes

Was there a graveyard nearby? no
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 12:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A reflection of something? Something on your person, perhaps?
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A reflection of something? no Something on your person, perhaps? no
Brid (Brid)
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Was it, perchance, an ufo? (-:

If not: was is caused by human activity? by nonhuman animals? by other natural phenomena?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Was it, perchance, an ufo? (-: no

If not: was is caused by human activity? yes by nonhuman animals? no by other natural phenomena? yes
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It wasn't the northern or southern lights, was it?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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It wasn't the northern or southern lights, was it? No. Don't think they're visible that far south anyway.
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 7:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Some kind of lamp? On an aeroplane? On a ship? On a high building?
Was it visible for seconds? minutes? hours?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 11:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Some kind of lamp? Yope On an aeroplane? no On a ship? no On a high building? no
Was it visible for seconds? minutes? hours? Maybe an hour
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 11:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So you knew what it was all along:

because you were the cause of the green light?
because you had some local knowledge that the others didn't have?
because you have some knowledge of natural phenomena that the others didn't happen to have?

You didn't immediately tell them what it was:

because you were teasing them?
because you were setting some sort of quiz or test for them?
because you were afraid you might be proved wrong?
because you didn't think it important?
because you stood to gain in some way from being the only one who knew what it was?
because you weren't actually there?
or because you were not physically able to tell them for some reason?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 10:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So you knew what it was all along:

because you were the cause of the green light? Yope -- my father was the cause
because you had some local knowledge that the others didn't have? no
because you have some knowledge of natural phenomena that the others didn't happen to have? no

You didn't immediately tell them what it was:

because you were teasing them?
because you were setting some sort of quiz or test for them?
because you were afraid you might be proved wrong?
because you didn't think it important? This -- why I didn't tell them is irrelevant
because you stood to gain in some way from being the only one who knew what it was?
because you weren't actually there?
or because you were not physically able to tell them for some reason?
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Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 6:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a reflexion in the clouds? Was the sky clear?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Was it a reflexion in the clouds? no Was the sky clear? irr
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hint:
My father did something that is not normally done in the dark.
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Is radioactive stuff involved?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 2:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No.
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Was he cooking on a stove? Repairing the car? Looking at the stars? Playing a game of sorts?

Were you embarrassed when you found out your father was doing this? Amused? Angry?

Was it an object in the sky? A kite?

Or was it the reflection of something on land?

Was he signalling? An Aldis lamp?
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Was he cooking on a stove? No Repairing the car? No Looking at the stars? No Playing a game of sorts? No

Were you embarrassed when you found out your father was doing this? No Amused? Yes Angry? No

Was it an object in the sky? Yes A kite? Explore this.

Or was it the reflection of something on land? No

Was he signalling? In a sense An Aldis lamp? No
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A helium balloon with glow in the dark green paint?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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A helium balloon with glow in the dark green paint? No.
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Glow-in-the-dark Frisbee? (My dad owns one of these)

Some other glow in the dark toy you guys were playing with?
Fishing relevant?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Glow-in-the-dark Frisbee? (My dad owns one of these) No.

Some other glow in the dark toy you guys were playing with? Yes.
Fishing relevant? No.
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That glow in the dark toy... a ball? A birdie (for badmitten)? A boomerang? A football? A kite? Simple toy? complex toy? Other?
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None of the above, but a kite is involved, as well as a simple glow-in-the-dark toy.
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Would the thing your father did be considered normal during the day? Would it be possible to do this activity during the day? for the same purpose? neccesary (in order to fulfil that purpose)?
Was the purpose of the incident entertainment?
Was your father doing this for himself? for you? both?
- if both: for the same reason? different reasons?

Was the toy suspended off the kite/kitestring somehow?
Is the identity of the toy relevent? Or just the fact it glowed?
Is the kite relevent for anything other than the fact it flew?
Was the kite being flown at the time? (trying not to make assumptions :P)

Was the light moving? relevent?

Is the beach relevent because of the presence of sand? sea? rocks?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 3:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Answering these questions would pretty much give it away, so...

Spoiler:

My Dad felt like flying a kite in the high winds coming onto the beach. Unfortunately, it was dark, but he had a bright idea. He took a toy lightstick (the neon-colored safety things you can wave that glow in the dark) and tied it to the string, just under the kite. So he couldn't see the kite, but he could see where it was and control it easily.

Unfortunately he neglected to tell anyone else in the campground, and a lot of gullible people jumped to conclusions. <grin>

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