‘Call Mulder and Scully!’ cried people watching The French Open‘s Serena Williams‘ v Sloane Stephens match. ‘There’s a plane flying backwards!‘
Yes, it was. What the fuck kind of planes do they have in France? Do the laws of physics not apply in Europe?
The Internet has been in absolute awe, with conspiracy theorists being in their element. Claims have ranged from the simplistic: ‘it’s a weird looking bird’, to the just plain ridiculous, ‘it’s the MH370!!!!!!’ (we will not post those tweets, as
PEDESTRIAN.TV does not pander to crazy people most of those people have deleted their tweets now out of embarrassment)
Internet, you crazy:
— th@und@d@wg ™ (@thaundadawg) May 25, 2015
— Ananthapadmanabhan R (@ananth_r) June 1, 2015
— ClutchMan (@DollarBill1983) June 1, 2015
— Zeb Goodman (@ZebG1996) June 1, 2015
Did anyone see a shadow of a plane flying backwards just now? #FrenchOpen
— Erwin J. Badili (@MARDIGUS) June 1, 2015
But, surprise surprise, there is a completely boring and normal explanation.
It’s advertising. Here is the plane that you saw the shadow of:
Image: Julian Finney via Getty Images
It’s an Emirates Airlines advertisement, perched on top of an overhead camera. The camera moves back and forth with players’ movements to capture the game from a bird’s-eye view.
Sorry to ruin all your dreams/alien theories. Turns out the truth is actually out there.