Woman Disappears During Live TV Interview. Aliens Suspected.
March 18, 2016 7:06 AM   Subscribe

 
Listen, I'm first in line to thrill to the paranormal/supernatural, but this woman just immaculately timed walking with the attendant.
posted by Kitteh at 7:10 AM on March 18, 2016 [40 favorites]


Only an alien could have timing that immaculate.
posted by phunniemee at 7:13 AM on March 18, 2016 [52 favorites]


Yeah, you can see her start to turn and walk just before the woman with the luggage occludes her. No interdimentional reptoids needed.

Good job, HuffPo!
posted by wormwood23 at 7:13 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


She's no doubt an ET, though that day she turned and walked at just the right moment.
posted by klausman at 7:16 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Just a new contestant on How Did I Get Here? She should have stayed away from the coffee machine.
posted by sbutler at 7:18 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


I suspect this is something along the lines of the accidental optical illusion they used in The Good Witch's Charm to have Cassie suddenly vanish on camera and freak everyone on YouTube out. I think in the movie a mirror caused a flash at the exact wrong/right time, something like that.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:23 AM on March 18, 2016


Good job, HuffPo!

This is why Arianna Huffington would never get out of her first round bracket, even if she wasn't up against Beyonce.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:23 AM on March 18, 2016 [20 favorites]


If we could have images, you just know that Centauri who says "I'm not saying it's Aliens..." would be my lazy response here.
posted by Mezentian at 7:24 AM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


"Did you spot her?"

NO asshole, 'cause she disappeared!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:25 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


The incurious nature of the binary "aliens or illusion" framing is an indictment of a New Web Journalism unwilling to ask hard questions about the pervasive influence of Floorgrabbers on modern society.

The threat of sudden envelopment by the searching, greedy paws of the Unterwurms is not extra-terrestrial but indeed profoundly and literally terrestrial.
posted by cortex at 7:25 AM on March 18, 2016 [49 favorites]


Direct from the No-Fun-At-All clubhouse, I made a screenshot where you can definitely see her just to the right of the woman with the cart as she moves parallel and in the same direction and is quickly (thereafter) hidden from view.
posted by taz at 7:26 AM on March 18, 2016 [23 favorites]


Listen, I'm first in line to thrill to the paranormal/supernatural, but this woman just immaculately timed walking with the attendant.
posted by Kitteh at 10:10 AM on March 18 [+] [!]


So, now we know who sold out to the aliens.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:27 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Don't give me that aliens or Reptilians shit. I thought Mefites were smart. Pretty obvious what happened.

Animorphs. She turned into a Chihuahua. She's still there, just not in frame. Chihuahuas are pretty darn small.
posted by duffell at 7:29 AM on March 18, 2016 [16 favorites]


Was yesterday really that slow of a news day? SHE TURNS AND WALKS ALONG SIDE HER FRIEND.
posted by SansPoint at 7:34 AM on March 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


The real story here is the people who still feel the need to explain this to the rest of us chumps.
posted by beerperson at 7:38 AM on March 18, 2016 [15 favorites]


if you freeze frame at just the right spot, you can see the exact moment when the woman transforms into clickbait
posted by prize bull octorok at 7:38 AM on March 18, 2016 [163 favorites]


Watch the space between the woman in the foreground's right arm and her body. Just before she walks off-screen, you can just see the background mystery woman's jeans pass by, in front of the trash can, at roughly the same pace.
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:38 AM on March 18, 2016


Was yesterday really that slow of a news day? SHE TURNS AND WALKS ALONG SIDE HER FRIEND.

This is a day that Occam's razor disappoints us. She obviously disappears, and while it's not the simplest answer, it's certainly the most interesting and accurate one.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:39 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


Good job, HuffPo!

When you point your finger at HuffPo, you point three fingers back at yourself.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:39 AM on March 18, 2016 [9 favorites]


Honestly, some people just can't keep quiet and appreciate a naked emperor.
posted by Etrigan at 7:39 AM on March 18, 2016 [11 favorites]


Jesus Christ people. Aliens are a million times more technologically advanced than we are. Are you seriously suggesting they don't know who to project "start to turn and walk away" markers before they disappear? Really? They have been walking among us for almost 80 years now. They know how to learn.
posted by rtimmel at 7:39 AM on March 18, 2016 [10 favorites]


I think in the movie a mirror caused a flash at the exact wrong/right time, something like that.

As it happens, right behind the guy in center-frame is a TV or something that starts showing a display at the exact moment she disappears. It's just unconsciously distracting enough that it makes the coincidence work even better.

Alternatively, she is The Batman and if you went looking, you'd find her hiding behind that pile of luggage trying to be all mystical and stealthy.
posted by quin at 7:43 AM on March 18, 2016


More than that, who is the robot narrating the video? Are we all in the Matrix?
posted by xingcat at 7:43 AM on March 18, 2016 [7 favorites]


But is her jacket blue and black or white and gold?
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:49 AM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


When you point your finger at HuffPo, you point three fingers back at yourself.

That's not how pointing works and I'm surprised you never learned that.
posted by beerperson at 7:49 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


She's secretly a descendant of Yog-Sothoth, in whom Time and Space are One, and we are seeing a moment in which she has simply failed to be where we expect her to be. It's on us, really.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:52 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Proof of the vanishing middle class! She magically reappeared at a Trump rally in Ft Collins.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 7:54 AM on March 18, 2016 [9 favorites]


This isn't even the best example on the list "10 Times Danish Women Vanished on Live TV".
posted by davebush at 7:54 AM on March 18, 2016 [9 favorites]


HuffPo really dropped the ball here. The real question is, is her dress white and gold or blue and black?
posted by My Dad at 7:56 AM on March 18, 2016


In related news: London's 'Giant Rat', turns out to be 'Someone Holding A Normal Rat Close To The Camera' shocker.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:01 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


She's late for her flight on Oceanic.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 8:10 AM on March 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


Wait, so she didn't dive into the giant pile of trash just off camera that's there because of the garbage worker's strike?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:14 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


I don't have the audio, but the disappearance seems to happen right at a small pause in the interview, about the place where an editor might scrub out a gap.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 8:17 AM on March 18, 2016


The incurious nature of the binary "aliens or illusion" framing is an indictment of a New Web Journalism unwilling to ask hard questions about the pervasive influence of Floorgrabbers on modern society.

This sort of thing drives me nuts, because who exactly do you think keeps society running? What, you think all of our advanced technological systems and institutions just magically run themselves? The Floorgrabbers work tirelessly on our behalf and no one here can claim not to benefit from it. And yes, maybe they only keep things running so that they can periodically drag one of us screaming underground to savagely consume us, but everyone has to eat something. Like it or not it's the system we have.
posted by dephlogisticated at 8:19 AM on March 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


I bet she's now in some parallel universe full of disappeared luggage.
posted by Kabanos at 8:23 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


On the plus side, we now know which MeFites wouldn't walk away from Omelas.
posted by Etrigan at 8:33 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


The Floorgrabbers work tirelessly on our behalf and no one here can claim not to benefit from it.

Look, I'm a pragmatist; I understand that we live in an imperfect world where in order to keep our social and industrial machinery function it's necesssary to accede to a degree of compromise with They Who Dwell Beneath, and anybody who says flatly otherwise is clearly selling something.

But I think there are conversations to be had, that must be had, about the way in which those compromises are negotiated, and about the asymmetrical and self-serving manner in which those who sit on either surface of the supra-/sub-terranean Table Of Dark Bargains shift the weight of those compromises away from themselves. Why must the downtrodden air passenger be eaten, and the hungriest wurms be allowed to stay hungry, while CEOs and Indescribable Others make trans-mantle handshake deals that feed them both to bursting?
posted by cortex at 8:35 AM on March 18, 2016 [10 favorites]


A recent reddit thread had several examples of this type of video. My favorite: the disappearing basketball.
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:45 AM on March 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


But what about the link in that piece (I won't dignify it by calling it an article) re: the football/soccer game phantom. Doesn't look like a real person to me - some kind of projection? (If so, clever, but creepy.)
posted by NorthernLite at 8:45 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


I resent everyone involved for making me look at that.
posted by mazola at 8:46 AM on March 18, 2016 [7 favorites]


All this talk about aliens only serves to obscure the real threat: leprechauns.
posted by Flexagon at 8:49 AM on March 18, 2016


But what about the link in that piece (I won't dignify it by calling it an article) re: the football/soccer game phantom. Doesn't look like a real person to me - some kind of projection? (If so, clever, but creepy.)

My first thought is that the ads along the field edge might be placed there digitally by green-screening and the "ghost" could be an accidental digital artifact of that computerized superimposition process.
posted by aught at 8:56 AM on March 18, 2016


I resent everyone involved for making me look at that.

Best of the web.
posted by aught at 8:57 AM on March 18, 2016


Now tell me why Ted Cruz is not the Zodiac killer, you spoilsports.
posted by maxsparber at 8:58 AM on March 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


because the bible says you'll go to hell if you practice astrology
posted by pyramid termite at 9:02 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thank you, you spoilsports.
posted by maxsparber at 9:04 AM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


Now tell me why Ted Cruz is not the Zodiac killer, you spoilsports.

It's all a big misunderstanding.
posted by mazola at 9:10 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


How are you all missing the hollow sun stuff, which is linked on the same page? Clearly the aliens took her back inside the hollow sun in a specially constructed mothership which can disguise itself as a suitcase. You people are failing badly if you don't realise this.
posted by marienbad at 9:26 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]





I blame the patriarchy.
 
posted by Herodios at 9:36 AM on March 18, 2016


Yesterday, I had a library patron give me an unproduced screenplay about the alien abduction of one of his relatives. The aliens are named Lee-Ur and Raoul. It's pretty awesome, but sadly incomplete. They never even get into how the dendrites that wash over the aliens provide them with nutrients work.

If you like this sort of thing, I've proposed a High Strangeness Book Club over in FanFare.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:51 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


This thread is like when adults swipe a hand near a child's face, grasp a thumb between index and middle fingers, and then brandish the whole affair in front of the child, simultaneously asserting "Got your nose!"
  1. The child does not think the clenched hand looks like a nose, let alone his or her own nose.
  2. The adult does not expect the child to see proboscisity in said clenched hand.
  3. The child and adult play a little game of "Nuh uh. Yuh huh".
Sometimes steps 1 and 2 produce
3. Child blinks at said clenched hand, observing in silence that even self-possessed adults will sometimes have their "moments".
posted by mistersquid at 9:57 AM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


Am I the only person who saw the gorilla?
posted by loquacious at 10:15 AM on March 18, 2016 [16 favorites]


Was yesterday really that slow of a news day?

Here is a Secret Fact about the internet: it's always a slow news day somewhere, for someone.
posted by aramaic at 10:20 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


You can tell by the pixels.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:21 AM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Was yesterday really that slow of a news day?

This type of story should never happen in an election year.
posted by mazola at 10:23 AM on March 18, 2016


This type of story should never happen in an election year.

Given the choice between this and the uninterrupted free advertising provided by the major news networks to Donald Trump, I'll happily watch and rewatch the deeply silly fluff video this Friday afternoon.
posted by duffell at 10:27 AM on March 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


i was all like
posted by bonje at 10:29 AM on March 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


Object permanence! It's a crucial stage in cognitive development, but it has useful applications for adults, too!
posted by hydrophonic at 10:41 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


  1. The Ministry is investigating this unauthorized use of magic in view of muggles.
  2. The charm that the aurors used to alter this video to make it look like the woman had just walked off at the exact right time has worked like, well, like a charm; no muggle watching the altered version will have any reason to believe that the witch in question apparated.
  3. It may be for the best if we all stop talking about this right now, before Minister for Magic Granger decides it's necessary to give us all the "Australia treatment."
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 11:03 AM on March 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


"UK fluff news sites should certainly stop posting fluff news during the US election season (which is now almost 18 months long)"

This is why people hate our freedom.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:13 AM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


When you point your finger at HuffPo, you point three fingers back at yourself.

If you give someone a thumb's up, you have four fingers pointing back at you. It's a subversive way to give yourself a pat on the back.
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:25 AM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Okay, now someone explain this video.
posted by Apocryphon at 11:31 AM on March 18, 2016


No camera tricks were used!
posted by polymodus at 11:31 AM on March 18, 2016


Okay, now someone explain this video .

Aliens, probably.
posted by mazola at 11:59 AM on March 18, 2016


Okay, now someone explain this video .

If you look closely, you can see the slanted top of the box over the (duplicated) illustration of the woman behind his hands, same angle as he's holding his hands.

i was all like

And the second baboon in the background just appears OUT OF NOWHERE!
posted by aught at 12:26 PM on March 18, 2016




The charm that the aurors used to alter this video

Back in my day this kind of shit was way below an auror's pay grade. But I imagine the job market for dark wizard catchers has been pretty tight ever since ol' Voldy went and blew himself up.
posted by phunniemee at 12:47 PM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


> Back in my day this kind of shit was way below an auror's pay grade. But I imagine the job market for dark wizard catchers has been pretty tight ever since ol' Voldy went and blew himself up.

for everyone's sake please don't ask why aurors were necessary for this operation. I would rather like to keep my memories, such as they are, intact.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:58 PM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 1:05 PM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: I resent everyone involved for making me look at that.
posted by teponaztli at 1:28 PM on March 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Didn't anyone else see the golden eagle swoop her up?
posted by terooot at 1:48 PM on March 18, 2016


Man, the Danish accent is so weird.
posted by Lou Stuells at 2:29 PM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Listen, I'm first in line to thrill to the paranormal/supernatural, but this woman just immaculately timed walking with the attendant.

SPOILER ALERT!
posted by bendy at 3:26 PM on March 18, 2016


Am I the only person who doesn't have their sound muted? Is nobody going to say anything about the fact that this is narrated by a robot? Is that a normal thing?
posted by dmd at 6:00 PM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


what. are. you. talking. about.
this. is. the. world.
you.
live. in.
now.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:03 PM on March 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Am I the only person who saw the gorilla?

I was in a two-hour mandatory staff meeting yesterday -- the kind where there's no reason for a meeting except to demonstrate a commitment to meeting occasionally, and there was nothing to talk about amongst ourselves so they brought in an outside speaker to raise our collective consciousness about something or other (mostly the fact that we are all forced to pointlessly be in the same room several times a year).

We watched that video three times because the speaker was having trouble with his PowerPoint presentation. It wasn't a gorilla, it was a moonwalking bear. I know this, because I saw that video three times yesterday during a two-hour staff meeting.

Weep for me, America, for I am you.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:39 PM on March 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


This has happened before.
posted by miyabo at 7:05 AM on March 19, 2016


mudpuppie: been there and done that except I was doing it during work classes.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:00 PM on March 19, 2016


This is like one of those episodes where Scully gets knocked out (all episodes) and Mulder puts his fingers immediately and directly into mysterious goo (all episodes).
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:34 PM on March 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


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