Various conspiracy theory websites are using a photograph that supposedly depicts a crashed UFO as evidence that the US government is covering up encounters with alien beings.
But, alas, despite the most ardent wishes of such sites and their supporters, the photograph does not show an alien spacecraft.
The truth is out there, but, in this case at least, it’s a little more mundane than the conspiracy theory headlines would have you believe.
In fact, the image depicts a 2015 on-location film set for the X-Files miniseries. The set was located near Ashcroft in British Columbia, Canada.
A 2015 Vancouver Sun report about the filming that features the same image notes:
The set features a flying saucer embedded in the ground.
Ashcroft, with its semi-desert terrain, may be standing in for Roswell, New Mexico, a supposed UFO crash site that is a big part of the X-Files mythology.
So, sadly, the picture is not evidence of alien visitors after all. But, at least we can take comfort in knowing that no aliens were hurt during filming.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!