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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/15/1996 12:00 (Entered as : 1996? 12:00?)
Reported: 9/3/2002 3:12:41 PM 15:12
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Carlsbad, NM
Shape: Disk
Duration:
"Flying saucer" in southeastern New Mexico

There's not a whole lot I can say about the UFO sighting involved in this picture. A friend of mine took the photo and gave it to me. It sat around in my dresser for a while before I got it scanned and put it up on the internet. And then it was another couple of years before I found this site and decided to submit it. (I haven't been terribly interested in the whole thing.) Apparently, my friend just saw this thing go flying by and snapped a few photos. (The others were not as good, and I ended up losing them anyway.)

((FOLLOW-UP COMMUNICATION FROM WITNESS))

OK, maybe this is the better way to go at this....

I'm really interested in getting a first-hand feel for how good UFOlogists are at recognizing hoaxes. I've
placed this photo up in a couple of different places and asked people what they think of it.

When I submitted it to you, I wanted to pose it as a real UFO photo (it is actually a hoax), and then see
what sort of tests were performed on it. Apparently, my conscience won't let me follow through on that :-)

I've heard stories of UFO researchers who have wasted lots of money on examining hoaxes, and I certainly didn't want that to happen here. (I figured my photo probably wasn't good enough to justify it.)

So basically....I've often wondered how easy it would be to dupe UFOlogists....but I guess I'm not the man for the job 'cause I just don't feel right doing it.

I'm sorry for any trouble I may have caused.

In Christ, ((name deleted))

((END FOLLOW-UP))

((NUFORC Note: The report and the photo are a hoax. We would be most grateful if people would not waste our time by submitting fraudulant claims and material. It is a terrible waste of our time, and we are working hard enough, as it is, without having to deal with this type of nonsense. PD))