On April 20th, 2011, The Daily Mail reported, “Body of ‘dead alien’ is found in frozen wastes of Siberia after claims of UFO hurtling to Earth… but is it an elaborate hoax?

Igor Molovic, one of the two teens who discovered the alien, was quoted as saying, ‘We couldn’t believe it when we saw it. And what was spooky is that there was no sign of the spaceship. Perhaps that was taken away and the body overlooked.” They took a video of their discovery, and promptly uploaded it to YouTube, where it went viral in a few days, gathering nearly a million plays in only a few days.

Believers in UFOs suggest the body could have been left behind by extraterrestrial visitors after an accident, or missed by Russian military alien experts clearing up after a crash. The area is a known UFO hotspot with dozens of sightings reported every year. In fact, the discovery follows reports of a UFO in a nearby region about a month ago.

And without further adieu, here is the video:

UFOlogists were quick to comment, suggesting this video was more evidence for proof-positive that Earth is being visited by aliens:

“There is a constant drip drip of info at the moment… It feels a matter of time before an anouncement. First the US army’s senior figures talking about UFO’s shutting the missle silo’s down on numerous occaision… the released FBI files regarding crashed saucers… The Welsh Roswell incident being revisited… Frankly, I have an open mind (as you can tell!), for me though, the multi angle footage of the UFO in Isreal is all I need. You cannot fake that surely. If the Aliens can swing by Manchester and pick me up, that would be great…”

And another…

“It’s so lame how people always get thrilled by having another excuse to shout “Fake! fake!” every time something weird shows up. Unless proven otherwise, this is in fact plausible.”

So… was it a hoax?

Yup. The Siberian alien was created by two Russian teens, Timur Hilall and Kirill Vlasov, who confessed to the hoax after police in Irkutsk, Siberia, investigated. The police also found the “alien” figure hidden in one of the teen’s bedrooms. To quote one of the officers, ‘It was lying under his bed and an examination of it revealed it had been made of bread crumbs which were covered in chicken skin.

As expected, conspiracy theorists have already started accusing the government of a cover up. And there were more comments after the hoax was revealed:

“We know what we saw. Powerful people in the military just don’t want us to see this.”

“Is anybody looking at the picture of the alien model on this web page? It is not the same as the alien filmed in the snow. For one, the model is blue. The alien has skin and is orange. Is anybody paying attention? This model was made after the fact, to try and discredit the actual alien body. The model does not resemble the actual alien body. Is anyone out there not an idiot?”

Really? Even when presented with proof that the two teens hoaxed the whole thing, people still cling to the beliefs, invoking the fallacious “conspiracy theory” argument. Why not invoke Occam’s Razor once more: is it more likely that this was a hoax, or that an alien being was discovered by a couple of teenage boys?

Sigh.

References:
http://news.discovery.com/space/russian-alien-ufo-video-surfaces-110421.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1378400/Body-dead-alien-Siberia-claims-UFO-hurtling-earth.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379214/The-loaf-How-frozen-Siberian-alien-really-BROWN-BREAD.html?ito=feeds-newsxml