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Mysterious Object Found In Seabed

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the so-that's-where-i-left-my-spaceship dept.

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iONiUM writes "Scientists have found a strange object in the seabed between Sweden and Finland. While claims are flying around that its a UFO that strangely resembles the Millennium Falcon, it is probably something more benign."

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A chunk of Skylab (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963382)

Regurgitated by a giant squid...?

Re:A chunk of Skylab (3, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963834)

Regurgitated by a giant squid...?

Nope ... it's Bat Boy's [wikipedia.org] undersea sanctuary. Perhaps he should have put it in Yucca Mountain.

Re:A chunk of Skylab (1)

FriendlyPrimate (461389) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963902)

Yes...of course...it's just a 60 foot diameter piece of Skylab!

Nothing to see here folks...move along.

Re:A chunk of Skylab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963956)

More like the ruins of Sealab.

Aluminum Falcon (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963414)

What the @#$! is an Aluminum Falcon?

Re:Aluminum Falcon (3, Funny)

NitroWolf (72977) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963986)

What the @#$! is an Aluminum Falcon?

Best Line Ever.

lol Daily Mail (0)

deains (1726012) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963426)

Which "scientists" did they drag out to say this was a UFO?

Re:lol Daily Mail (2)

nhat11 (1608159) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963566)

Did you read the article? No scientists said that, just people who read the article speculating that it might be a UFO.

Re:lol Daily Mail (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963658)

Did you read the article?

The first line is "A mysterious circle on a grainy scan, this is what scientists are claiming is finally evidence that Earth has been visited by aliens." Emphasis added.

Re:lol Daily Mail (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963694)

I like the emphasis, it should be in the original article. It really makes it sound way nuttier.

Re:lol Daily Mail (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963718)

Needs some quote marks add.

Re:lol Daily Mail (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963940)

Without a direct quote and the name of the scientist, these lines are best taken with a grain of sea salt.

Re:lol Daily Mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963678)

Ummm... The first line of the article: "A mysterious circle on a grainy scan, this is what scientists are claiming is finally evidence that Earth has been visited by aliens..."

Though I didn't see where they specifically tried to embarass a "scientist" by name.

Re:lol Daily Mail (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963804)

I am a scientist, and my speculation is that it is a giant washer. Either that or it is a ginormous viking shield accidentally dropped overboard after a raid.

Re:lol Daily Mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963672)

If it once flew, it's a UFO by definition, since it's unidentified.
Maybe it was a US(wimming)O though...

Re:lol Daily Mail (4, Insightful)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964078)

We should start using loldailymail that as a story tag, to indicate that it just isn't good enough for idle.

Re:lol Daily Mail (5, Informative)

BeardedChimp (1416531) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964108)

I'm actually quite annoyed at this. I foolishly clicked the link without checking where it led (just wanted a peak at the pictures). The daily mail is a disgusting newspapers that spreads lies and promotes racist and homophobic agendas. The damage it has caused to vaccination in the UK is more than enough reason to boycott it and I am now ashamed to have provided them a hit.

SPHERE?!? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963440)

Somebody round up Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson!

Re:SPHERE?!? (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963934)

Mr. Jackson wasn't available for comment, though we did hear him shout "I have had it with these motherfucking aliens on this motherfucking planet!" as he was leaving.

Re:SPHERE?!? (1)

steelfood (895457) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963966)

Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking UFO's on this motherfucking planet!

He should know better (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963496)

"While claims are flying around that its a UFO that strangely resembles the Millennium Falcon,"

Everyone knows when you let a Wookie fly your insurance rates go up for a reason.

Kessel Run (1)

Stealth Dave (189726) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963500)

That ninth parsec is a bitch to navigate!

UFO? (4, Insightful)

rickyb (898092) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963526)

An "object in the seabed between Sweden and Finland" could hardly be classified as a flying object, unidentified or otherwise.

Re:UFO? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963648)

It's a USO!

Re:UFO? (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963714)

What they meant to write was UFO, an unidentified flightless object.

Re:UFO? (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963906)

What they meant to write was UFO, an unidentified flightless object.

Or a UFFO - unidentified formerly floating object.

Re:UFO? (2)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964000)

Underwater Found Object

UIO (1)

plaukas pyragely (1630517) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963972)

No. It's UIO - unidentified immersed object.

Re:UFO? (1)

impaledsunset (1337701) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963830)

"Flying" could mean "able to fly", not "flying at the moment". And all objects can fly if there's a big enough explosion....

Re:UFO? (5, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964100)

And all objects can fly if there's a big enough explosion....

Except your mom.

Re:UFO? (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963910)

Un Floating Object, obviously.

Did many Bothnians die... (5, Funny)

SuperJ (125753) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963538)

To bring us this information?

Re:Did many Bothnians die... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963860)

Bothans

Re:Did many Bothnians die... (1)

MarcQuadra (129430) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963894)

What's a Bothnian? Is that like an Bothan from Glendale, CA?

Re:Did many Bothnians die... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964072)

*whooosh*

Re:Did many Bothnians die... (5, Informative)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964132)

Its a Bothan who lives in the Gulf of Bothnia. [wikipedia.org] Which is where this was found. Which is why it's doubly funny. Triply since it seems to have whooshed all of /. Despite the fact that at least 3 people have made this exact joke.

Re:Did many Bothnians die... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963908)

It's a trap!

Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963634)

Another wonderful piece of speculative garbage from The Daily Mail - how surprising...

If it's (3, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963646)

In the Daily Mail - it must be true! Also this line was cute: "his team do not have the money or resources to examine the shape further. If it does turn out to be a UFO it will be priceless". All that's needed is an address so I can send the cheque!

Re:If it's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963786)

Typical... they have the money to recover the items in the wreck, but not enough send a flipping small robot with a camera to get a closer look.... that's how they get you....

Update (3, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963664)

After further study, scientists discovered that the object consisted almost entirely of old discarded IKEA furniture.

Re:Update (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963922)

And it's actually supposed to be a couch. It wound up looking like the Millennium Falcon because, well, you try following IKEA instructions.

Re:Update (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963980)

After further study, scientists discovered that the object consisted almost entirely of old discarded IKEA furniture.

I feel sorry for the aliens then. Ikea Spaceships are only good for one move to another planet, then they just fall apart.

Call Indiana Jones (1)

Nanosphere (1867972) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963668)

Maybe he can examine the skeletal remains of the pilot.

Answer to "...found a crashed flying saucer?" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963680)

no [wikipedia.org]

Re:Answer to "...found a crashed flying saucer?" (2)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963978)

The difference is that we can send down a submarine to verify what we see.. With a slice of toast that looks like the Virgin Mary, you can't prove that it wasn't put there by divine intervention, It's just a matter of faith. So while this may or may not be a crashed flying saucer, I could be verified. Couldn't you just lower a waterproof camera on a string, with a light on it to at least verify the claims? Seems like it would be a pretty cheap thing to do even if it turns out to be nothing.

Get your facts straight! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963698)

That's not Millenium Falcon. The galaxy is too far away. But it's clearly a Dralthi [wcpedia.com] , Kilrathi medium fighter.

Re:Get your facts straight! (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963748)

Luckily, Mark Hamill could help you if it was either

Re:Get your facts straight! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963766)

Awesome. I'm glad somebody else's first thought was Dralthi as well :)

Re:Get your facts straight! (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963836)

That's not Millenium Falcon. The galaxy is too far away. But it's clearly a Dralthi [wcpedia.com] , Kilrathi medium fighter.

Lol, I was going to just say, "Kill....Rathi..." and see who got it; too late for that.

(At least, I think that's what the dying Kilrathi pilot said in Ultima 7)

Many... (1, Funny)

Lester67 (218549) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963700)

...Bothnians died to get us this information.

Re:Many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963870)

Bothans, retard.

You Are A Huge Fucking Nerd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964010)

See subject.

Also, from the article: Gulf of Bothnia.

This just in... (2)

Drathus (152223) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963702)

People like rushing to snap judgements; the more outrageous the better.

Re:This just in... (1)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964122)

People like rushing to snap judgements; the more outrageous the better.

Sarah Palin's people have come to reclaim her!?

Smiley face (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963730)

I think it is alive as at the top right of the item it looks like there is a smiley face in the grainy sonar image. It must like having its picture taken.

Cthulhu fhtagn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963732)

Ia! Ia!

What's the rule on rhetorical questions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963734)

What's the rule on rhetorical questions in news headlines?

The editor thinks it would be a better story if the answer were yes. But it is actually no.

Xenu (2)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963740)

Damn, Tom Cruise was right after all.

That's a crater (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963746)

It really should be called a USO (Unidentified Swimming Object) instead.. harr!
In all seriousness, intelligent life is not the only force capable of producing circles. Nature does this all the time, in form of craters, bubbles, sinkholes, erosion (like in rivers or currents)... that could be anything. To me it looks like some sort of crater that has been naturally filled in with some sort of substance, like sand.

U.F.O. (2)

Saberwind (50430) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963762)

I agree it's an Underwater Found Object.

Re:U.F.O. (1)

Nanosphere (1867972) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964056)

Unearthed Forensic Observation

Hmm... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963764)

Never heard anything about this in any Swedish media what so ever, not even our crappy papers that posts every new "UFO autopsy in Russia" video they find.

"Scientists " must be the most misused phrase ever.

Lucas did it (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963780)

It's a viral publicity stunt. Either that, or it's where Lucas hid the evidence that HAN SHOT FIRST!

A Terrible Price (1)

bradorsomething (527297) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963792)

"The shape was found at the bottom of the Gulf of Bothnia during a search for a sunken wreck which contained several cases of champagne."

Many Bothnians died to bring us this information...

It is NOT a UFO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963808)

It is not flying hence it can't be an Unidentified Flying Object...

It might be an USO Unidentified Sunken Object...

It might also be a big rock... But it is not a UFO!!!

It's a UFO (1)

Narnie (1349029) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964144)

Underwater Flooded Object

Closely related to the face on Mars, no doubt. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963818)

n/t

Re:Closely related to the face on Mars, no doubt. (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963866)

Its kinda like a big round hole... Its goatse on Mars!

It is obvious....... (1)

alex_l83 (1781636) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963826)

......it obviously IS the Millennium Falcon . Lucas is ready to suit .

Get down there already (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963838)

FTA: "Researchers have claimed the fuzzy outline is a flying saucer that ended up 300ft down on the ocean floor between Sweden and Finland."

They found this weeks ago, how come they haven't sent a diver down to look at it yet.

Re:Get down there already (1)

glodime (1015179) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963996)

How could the Daily Mail sell advertisements if they actually had information? No speculation = no revenue.

Re:Get down there already (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964138)

Good news is no news. No controversy = no revenue.

What can be more benign? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963844)

What can be more benign than the Millenium Falcon? The MF was used to restore freedom and liberty to the galaxy.

Unless of cou

Sea Statue (1)

Ambitwistor (1041236) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963854)

Slaver in a stasis field. Don't open it. It's a trap.

Re:Sea Statue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963904)

It's OK, I've got this Tnuctip here to help me...

Re:Sea Statue (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964028)

Nice references.

Sweds searching for booze. (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963864)

Apparently they were searching for a wreck that contained 'several cases' of champagne.

Which surprises me. I'd expect they wouldn't put on a full salvage operation for less then a couple of boxes of Vodka.

DailyFail (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963868)

Why does /. still listed to this drivel?

It's a Stargate!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963884)

Geez didn't you guys see that episode?

Don't Mess with It (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963890)

ITS THE DRAIN PLUG!

Let's park it over there... (1)

vgbndkng (1806628) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963900)

Perhaps they'll find one really wet wookiee.

Han Solo Diary found (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963930)

last entry:
Dear diary, trying to make the kessel run in 11 parsecs this afternoon, will let you know how it goes.

Two Theories: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963952)

1) the "scientists" found the champagne they were looking for or
2) some joker held up a beer can next to the sonar receiver (it might say "please recycle").

By the way, did anyone else notice Nessie swimming by in one of the frames?

Michael Crichton, Prophet (1)

somaTh (1154199) | more than 2 years ago | (#36963960)

Am I the only one that thought of Sphere? Granted, it's in the wrong body of water and shaped wrong (I think the novel described it as something like a B2), but.... you know. Underwater ship that might have previously been used for extraplanetary travel...

Fine, I'll go back to work.

Re:Michael Crichton, Prophet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964046)

Nope, first thing I thought of too...

Swedish Ocean Team Loses Grasp of Priorities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36963998)

A couple hours just to LOOK at a few hundred feet and they can't afford it, but are scouring the ocean for a few bottles of champagne? Hey there, Swedish Chef, slap on that silly tinfoil had and get your f-ing priorities in order. It's not like you'll break the bank to send down one automated sub for 20 minutes, or mix up some good gas for a diver to hit 300. Really? No money? You're fucking retarded.

the Decepticons... Megatron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964006)

underwater crop circle?

I always thought... (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964008)

I awlasy knew that we came from a different world, and that we were not here by nature, more like a terraforming experiment of some superior race (ourselves 20 ,000 generations from now)....i guess this could be that terraforming soucoupe...?

Crop Circles of the Sea (1)

mandark1967 (630856) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964024)

It's just the result of a few drunk Swedes and Fins with diving suits goofing off after a hard night of drinking...

Google "Apophenia" to learn about these aliens (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964034)

For you UFO researchers who know this is no mere rock formation, you can learn more about the alien civilization whose ship this is by reading up on the legendary Apophenia [wikipedia.org] alien civilization. This will tell you all about who put this clearly recognizable spaceship on the sea floor.

Lost cargo? (2)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964042)

My guess is that it's lost cargo that fell off of a ship. There are a number of Swedish and Finnish port cities along the Gulf of Bothnia. Luleå, for example, ships 7 million tons of cargo a year - much of it iron ore from mining. The object in question is probably some large piece of mining equipment.

10,000 shipping containers are lost into the sea across the globe each year. It's not unreasonable that some poorly secured piece of cargo slid off the deck of a cargo vessel, known only to the cargo company and their insurance company.

Re:Lost cargo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964158)

Thank you. I came to the comments looking for some good explanations of what this might really be. Until I got to your note, I was quite disappointed.

Don't worry everyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964070)

Just a weather balloon. Yep that's it, a weather balloon for collecting weather.

Fell in the ocean.

Nothing to see here, please move along. Just a weather balloon.

balloon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964094)

No, its obviously a weather ballon, duh.

There it is! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964102)

I've been wondering where that went. I looked all over my apartment for it, even under the couch! And all this time it was sitting at the bottom of the ocean. Thanks for finding it for me, guys. I'll be over to pick it up when I can.

George Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36964124)

Who can George Sue for likeness rights on this one?

And of course by "scientists", they mean (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36964172)

And of course by "scientists", they mean a group of guys with a boat and sonar equipment.
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