From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul> Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:03:06 +0100 Archived: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:42:09 -0400 Subject: Iconic Belgian UFO Claimed To Be A Hoax July 26, 2011 1:16 p.m. RTL (Belgian television station) http://tinyurl.com/3jhhg5o Video of interview at link above (in French), accompanying text translated using Google and with corrections below. I suspect 'Frigolite' is similar to Polystyrene. Thanks to Jean-Michel Abrassart of EuroUFOnet for the lead. --- The mystery of the famous UFO from the 1990s revealed: "A hoax" The photo had been around the world and was analyzed by the most eminent specialists. None had solved the mystery of the UFO and Petit Rechain became the emblem of the Belgian UFO wave of the 90s. Eighteen years later, the author unveils the answer. The end of 1989 and the 90's were marked by a mysterious UFO flap in Belgium. The sightings were never explained}. Emblem of the phenomenon: a picture of a triangular UFO with three lights, one in each corner, taken April 4, 1990 in Petit Rechain, near Verviers, by Patrick, a young turner-fitter of 20 years. The slide would travel around the world, would be discussed by leading experts up to and including the Belgian Royal Military Academy. A frigolite panel But the enigmatic image does not reveal it's secret, resolutely impervious to human reason. "The puzzled scientists: it is a material phenomenon and artificial, but what?", "The thing", "The mystery remains," " a real phenomenon, coherent, original, " A slide scanned at the scanner": these comments were printed in the press at the time, it's what Samuel Ledoux read this morning in the newspaper clippings kept by Patrick at home. But our reporter did not visit Patrick to read the newspapers of the time. Today, Patrick has revealed the explanation of one of the greatest mysteries in Belgium from the last decade of the second millennium. UFO enthusiasts, addicted to the Damned, lovers of mystery will be disappointed: the Petit Rechain UFO is not a spaceship from a distant galaxy, but a frigolite panel painted with three spots. A craft, constructed and photographed over a few hours in the evening, a joke, inspired by the wave of UFO born a few months earlier which sought to trick Patrick's colleagues at the small business where Patrick worked. But now, the joke will leave the walls of the plant. "We did not think it would come out of the factory where we worked. It went much further than we expected it to go" acknowledges the microphone of Samuel Patrick Ledoux. Resistance to all analysis The picture soon became the symbol of the UFO wave of 90 years in Belgium. It intrigued the world, including experts from NASA. "Many people have worked on it," says Patrick, who thought that some day or other experts would eventually highlight the deception. "But they didn't discover anything," concludes Patrick proudly. Twenty years later, a false witness decided to reveal the truth. Why now? "We must say at one time or another," Patrick responds quietly as he apologized to all those who believed, [?however, saying that if it again, he referred?]. What conclusion does he draw from this? "It is possible to fool everyone with an [animated?] model in frigolite". Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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