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Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)

 
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Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
In 1974 a metallic sphere was discovered in Florida. It started to exhibit characteristics bordering on the paranormal. Studies by the Navy, APRO and other science institutes could not unlock the mystery. After intense scrutiny, including Alan J Hynek, the story and the object were off everyone's radar. Efforts to identify or debunk it were unsuccessful. The rather troubling and well researched story can be read at this link
[link to mysteriousuniverse.org]
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11/26/2013 01:39 PM
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
Neat mystery
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bump for a good mystery
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11/26/2013 01:43 PM
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read it was a fake. fell off a truck carrying loads of them, got hyped. i wll look for a link. brb
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The Navy took it and still has it.
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
It's in that huge warehouse in a wooden crate next to the Ark.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. -Carl Sagan.
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"There are many published news reports of the incident, and from these reports, we can glean that what the Betzes reported at the time is considerably less remarkable than what is now claimed on some of the paranormal websites that promote the Betz sphere as an alien artifact. For one thing, the ball sat quietly on display inside the Betz home for nearly two weeks, and is not reported to have ever moved on its own at all, except for when someone took it down to experiment with it. Neither the US Navy nor J. Allen Hynek reported observing the ball do anything unusual whatsoever. Neither corroborated Carl Willson's assertion that it had odd magnetic properties, or that it was broadcasting a radio signal. The only thing Hynek and his fellow Enquirer panelists noted was that it rattled when shaken."

[link to skeptoid.com]
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11/26/2013 01:56 PM
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GG: I also read it was a fake, but the article in the link seems to debunk this aspect. And...the first thing I thought was: "it's in a wooden crate in a warehouse" too
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GG: I also read that article, which seemed like it omitted some information of the story and accentuated the rattling noise part. The main question for me would be-'where is it today?' followed by -"why has no one investigated this further if so many questions were left on the table?"
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11/26/2013 02:05 PM
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I'm the alien that built the Betz sphere.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
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11/26/2013 02:29 PM
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GG: I also read that article, which seemed like it omitted some information of the story and accentuated the rattling noise part. The main question for me would be-'where is it today?' followed by -"why has no one investigated this further if so many questions were left on the table?"
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well, as they said in the article, a lot of what people know of the sphere has been made up and was not part of the original story itself.
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
HAVENT HEARD ABOUT THIS ONE TILL TODAY. GOOD ARTICLE
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11/26/2013 04:00 PM
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
ZORK CAME BACK TO PICK IT UP, HE HAD ALL HIS VACATION PHOTOS ON THE SPHERE , WHEN HE WAS ABDUCTING AND DISECTING US FOR THEIR SCIENCE PROJECT A FEW HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
Very curious
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Re: Does anyone have any recent information on the Betz sphere? (alien artifact)
My only problem with the skeptoid article is that it ignored the details of the first reporter to investigate the sphere, among other details. The original story link seemed to present information in more complete detail, including Naval investigations conclusions, leaving the question open ended, while the skeptoid article had more of an agenda and forces an unproven conclusion upon the reader. (The Volkswagen story seemed to be disproven at the time). The puzzling convergence of both stories is that no one can seem to find any solid information on this since the mid 70's. That leaves things fuzzier than skeptoid would have you believe.

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