flying saucer sketch

Ah, the Ministry of Defence. The fact that the yr acronym spells mod… It just sounds cute. Like you’re part of some long dead subculture whose only purpose these days is to be vapidly repurposed by modern day hipsters. Anyway, thanks to the ingunuity of some british aircraft engineers with a twisted sense of humour… Well:

The army’s southern command, four police forces, bomb disposal units, RAF helicopters and the MoD’s intelligence branch were all mobilised in the early hours of Monday 4 September 1967 to meet the threat.

They went into action after the police and RAF were flooded with calls from the public reporting the discovery of six small “flying saucers” in locations in a perfect line across southern England from Sheppey to the Bristol Channel.

It was not until a Scotland Yard bomb disposal squad with orders to check one of the objects with portable X-ray equipment arrived at Bromley police station, south London, that the hoax was uncovered – the Ever Ready batteries were a bit of a giveaway.

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