Unidentified Faux Objects: News Station Fooled by UFO Phone App

Unidentified Faux Objects: News Station Fooled by UFO Phone App


Ohio news station WMFD NewsWatch had a mild embarrassment on their hands this week, after they were informed that their story on an apparent UFO photograph was nothing more than the product of a readily available cell phone app.

The photo, which was taken by a resident of Mansfield named Tom Young, showed what appeared to be a disk-shaped craft floating above a small field, and it was so convincing that it caught the eye of news reporters. From there, the story spread like wild fire. Luckily OpenMinds.tv recognized the silver spaceship immediately and called hoax.

The picture was created using the Camera360 smartphone app, and as WMFD discovered, it turns out Tom Young has that very same app on the cell phone he used to take his “unexplained” photo. When reporters contacted Young about the hoax, he remained firm that his photograph is of a bona fide UFO, but said he would check the photo again to make sure he didn’t “accidentally” use the app.


You have to at least applaud the guy’s audacity though, don’t you?

You can give the full report a watch below, but make sure you let us know what you think. Are cell phone apps like Camera 360 destined to taint the findings of serious paranormal research? Or is it just some harmless fun? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below!


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Managing editor, occult museum curator, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana has been actively investigating the strange and the unexplained for two decades. When she’s not telling ghost stories or penning articles about real haunted places, she's chasing mysteries with Planet Weird. Learn more about Dana.
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I feel like the reporter made it way more awkward for himself by “confronting” the other man and trying to appear in on the joke. Digging the hole deeper…

Now I’m waiting for the “bigfoot app,” which drops a blurry picture of bigfoot into all your family pictures.

Greg Newkirk

Oh, Coppertop, do I have a treat for you: The Bigfoot Prank iPhone App



I would like to imagine Steve Jobs creating this one himself as his last joke before his death


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