Chances are that at some point you've looked up at the night sky and seen something unusual. Your heart starts pounding, and you bust out your camera in hopes to catch something truly unbelievable. In most cases, what you're seeing ends up being a plane, a satellite, or just a star.
Still, these moments fill our hearts with a sense of wonder. After all, we have no idea what is out there in the stars. Just like in the movies, it only takes one second for our world to go from normal to extraordinary. We just have to hope that our alien visitors are nice.
When it comes to freaky lights, San Diego recently had quite an interesting situation go down as people looked up to see a series of lights that could only be described as extra terrestrial. So, did the people of San Diego get visited by space aliens, or was there a more reasonable explanation?
It was about 8pm, an hour or so after sunset that people began reporting a series of unusual lights hovering over San Diego. Within seconds, people were posting on social media, providing videos and descriptions of what they were seeing in hopes that someone could provide an explanation. One San Diegan by the name of Uma Aggarwa told the San Diego Tribute: ""They were hovering in place and they were extremely bright. It was the craziest thing."
As you can see from the video, the lights remain stationary in an odd pattern. With it being night, it's hard to tell if there is a structure around the lights or if they are truly hovering. THe picture above was tweeted by Mario Sevilla who asked other twitter users, "Ya'll see this?" Clearly people were very freaked out.
Social media has truly changed the game when it comes to spreading information. In the past, people would have to wait for news and radio reports to find out what was going on. Even then, there is no guarantee that the information you'd get would be correct. With Twitter, people were able to share their findings instantly. Even KUSI news, a local San Diego news affiliate, was able to quickly connect with people, tweeting: "Did you see this? San Diegans have reported seeing strange lights in the San Diego sky. If you have any pictures or videos send them to [email protected]" People quickly sent in videos and pictures.
Another Twitter user, Daniel Burns, gave a more fantastical description: "What's happening over the downtown skyline? Looking from La Mesa to downtown. Looks like floating balls of fire?"
Speculation ranged from government testing to UFOs, but FOX 5 San Diego was able to provide the full update on what actually happened: "UPDATE: A Navy spokesperson says those lights seen in the sky tonight are flares. An aircraft squadron is performing "flare training" about 30 miles off the coast of San Diego. The lights might be seen intermittently through Thursday night, when the drills are expected to end."
While this explanation might appease some, one Twitter user was not convinced so he reached out to noted UFO investigator and musician, Tom Delonge: "Howdy @tomdelonge , what do you make of this? It was in our (San Diego) night sky tonight. The official word is that it was a military flare exercise. I don't agree." What do you think? Government cover up, or is it as simple as it appears to be?
When we think of inventors, the image that comes to mind is usually that of a frazzled scientist toiling away in a lab, not celebrities pulled from the pages of Us Weekly. However, a number of well-known public figures hold patents for various innovations. Some are related to the work that made them famous, while others are offshoots of hobbies or just a single great idea.
Part of guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen's signature sound was his two-handed tapping technique, but letting all ten fingers fly while simultaneously holding up the guitar's neck could get a bit tricky. Van Halen came up with a novel way to get around this problem, though; he invented a support (top) that could flip out of the back of his axe's body to raise and stabilize the fretboard so he could tap out searing songs like "Eruption." While Van Halen was obviously interested in improving his guitar work, the patent application he filed in 1985 notes that the device would work with any stringed instrument. Want to tap out a scorching mandolin solo? Find someone selling Eddie's device.
It’s probably not surprising that James Cameron—who designed a submersible to take him to the deepest known part of the ocean—will often invent technology to make his films if what he needs doesn’t exist. He holds a number of patents, including US Patent No. 4996938, “apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment,” that he and his brother, Michael, created to film The Abyss and patented in 1989. The device is basically an underwater dolly equipped with propellers that makes it easy for a camera operator to maneuver in the water—and allowed Cameron to capture the shots he wanted for the 1989 film, part of which was filmed in an abandoned nuclear reactor.
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis designed and patented a disposable diaper that included a waterproof pocket that held baby wipes. She hasn't profited from her idea yet, though, since she refuses to license the patent until diaper companies make biodegradable products.
You know him as a rock legend, but Neil Young also loves trains—so much that he owns a stake in a model train manufacturing company and has an extensive collection. He also holds seven patents related to model trains, including Patent No. US5441223, "Model train controller using electromagnetic field between track and ground."