Alleged alien sets Australian house ablaze (June 2011)
For the 12th time, a young Australian man named Alex has uploaded footage of an alleged alien sighting to his YouTube channel. The videos have been around since about 8 months ago when the first sighting was recorded while he was testing his new night vision camera. The YouTube channel (user) uploading these videos is known as “ThePolishedKnob”.
I’ll show you the video and run down what happens to explain the scenario after you’ve watched it.
Here it is:
Warning! The following video has intense and plentiful swearing. It’s suggested to leave sound on throughout the video regardless of the swearing, as it may give a better feel for the video.
0:05 – View of the back yard filmed through a night vision camera. The backyard has tall grass in the distance that the alien hides behind. On a stick is two pieces of paper, which might look like the ‘alien’ at first but is just paper that was intended to ‘send a message of peace’ to the being.
0:09 – The being points what seems to be a red laser towards the camera and the wall of the house catches flame.
0:14 – Alex, the video recorder, picks up a bucket full of water and splashes it onto the wall, dousing the flames.
0:22 – Alex retreats into the house, closing the sliding glass door behind him, trying to find the stick he made earlier with the paper on it through the screen but unable to see it properly.
0:55 – Alex claims he heard something ‘down here’. He runs down the hall and tries to find it, insisting to the camera that he heard something. He continues, seeming genuinely afraid, to look around the room and a flight of stairs to find the source of the noise, but finds nothing.
1:39 – The back sliding glass door is opened and reveals a very bright light. This is because the camera is out of focus. It’s not actually that bright.
1:48 – Night vision is turned off, revealing the red of the fire, still out of focus.
2:08 – Focus is regained, showing the flames.
2:11 – Alex pans the camera, whispering “Where is it?”.
2:15 – Night vision is back on.
Some people seem to think the video is a hoax (some more so than others), according to the video comments on YouTube. The first suspicion is that brick can’t burn unless under extreme heat and that it looked as if lighter fluid had been poured over the wall.
I disagree, it doesn’t really look like that, but I’ve never seen lighter fluid on a wall, so what do I know? I just think it’d spread and leak down the wall more, rather than making patches like the fire.
Watching from 0:09 for a couple seconds, you can see the red circle of light from the being’s laser slide along the wall, and apparently the bricks on the bottom of the wall light up as a cause of this, or so it seems.
Now, I’m not saying I’m totally with the video’s authenticity – I have my doubts, too – I’m just saying this doesn’t sound like a valid argument. It does also seem like, if this alien could travel between planets or other dimensions, there’s a chance it can also inflict extreme heat with its laser.
Another argument would be the so conveniently placed bucket full of water.
I disagree here, too. It doesn’t mean that the bucket was purposefully placed there. It was convenient, yes, but there are many reasons to have buckets on your deck. First, people put buckets or similar containers out to collect rainwater. They’re placed just under the edge of the roof so extra water from the roof (assuming there is no gutter) slides into the bucket, which fills quick even in light rain. This is helpful for watering your plants, especially if your area is witnessing a drought at current (though you might not be getting so much rain in that case). Also, in a later video (posted below), Alex addresses this, noting on the comments in the video claiming the bucket was too convenient. He says that he always keeps buckets out, shows you how murky they are (water left out for a while tends to collect a lot of stuff, trust me, I have containers outside under the roof) inside, and shows you the rings on the patio from the buckets sitting there so long.
Alex does react rather quickly to this new ordeal of flaming bricks, yes, but he is a rather brave person if you think about it. He has in past sightings walked out into the yard and tried to talk to the being, communicate with a flash light, and so on. Once, he was even dragged away by the alien and into the grass.
He also seems genuinely fearful in the video, and his voice constantly cracks and he seems afraid when he’s searching the house for the noise. He has reason to be afraid, though, after what he’s gone through.
The Morning After:
The next morning Alex posted a video detailing the scenario, where the alien was standing, etc.
Here it is.
Warning! There will be swearing in this video, too.
You can clearly see the bricks, which do look blackened in many spots. The way they’re burnt is really rather fitting to the way they were supposed to be burnt: by the red circle of light emitted from the laser. It looks like the marks were made with a circular device in mind.
He also addresses the buckets as I mentioned earlier, showing the murky water and rings on the patio where past buckets were left.
He slips in an “I’m so sick of this sh**” as he walks down to the tall grass.
The stick that held the two pieces of paper was blackened and the top seemed burned off. Alex notes on how the papers on the stick are nowhere to be found – totally burned away.
The “hole” and “string traps” he mentions are two things he set to try and help find the alien. He dug a hole, fairly deep, to see if the alien was dumb enough to fall in it, and laid grass out over it. It seemed to have fallen in, but there is no footage of that, only scratch marks on one of the rocks after the grass has been upset in one of the many “hole vlogs” updating you on the progress.
By the advice of another YouTube user, he also set clever traps with strings on them, one string one foot into the air, another two, another three, something like that. These strings were each wound around two sticks that were aligned with each other and set a little over a yard apart. The point was to measure how tall passersby were when the strings were broken; if one was broken, it was one foot or so tall. Two strings, two feet tall, and so on. These were broken a few times, but once again, no real proof or video footage.
Later he talks about not knowing what to do, how he thinks he’s “pissed it off”.
He also notes on how, from where the being was standing in the yard, the part of the wall that burned was directly next to the stick, and that other YouTube comments say that it missed the stick on accident with its laser and pointed at the wall by accident, causing it to burn instead of the stick. Alex says he believes that’s what happened.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions – for my posts on a few of the other sightings, click here.
Once again, the YouTube user who uploads these videos is known as ThePolishedKnob.
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