Fake UFO Hobbyist Scares People for Fun

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Linn Murphy has a pretty awesome hobby: he's into flying a fake UFO over public gatherings, freaking people out and causing a ruckus. The flying disc, which has a 36-inch span and lights that flash and make it look like it's spinning, looks like a gigantic spacecraft high in the air from a height of 400 feet. Murphy gets his kicks by flying it over concerts, movie lines, beaches, and other places where he can scare the crap out of people. None of what he does is against the law, and, in fact, the cops seem kind of amused by it, saying "There's no ordinance that says it's illegal to fly a super-double-secret, gyroscoptic UFO in county airspace." You can actually buy one of the flying discs in question for a whopping $1,000, if you're so inclined. I want one. [OC Register via Neatorama]


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@qbrad: In reality, no. A small disc with flashing lights is not a reasonable cause for panic. What if he walked around town with a very convincing alien costume and a few people panicked. He isn't doing anything illegal there either, because there's no law against one wearing a costume for amusement so long as it's not overly obscene or controversial, like say, a hitler outfit (which I don't think is actually illegal either). Either way, a small airplane toy that looks like a UFO in flight is a harmless practical joke. This isn't going to cause major pileups or massive droves of people stomping over each other to evacuate into tunnels.