4th Horseman Appears at Egyptian Protests

I’d heard of the website Above Top Secret, but I had never been there. Apparently that’s where a lot of the conspiracy kooks hang out. It looks like a bunch of skeptics hang out there, too. I don’t know how well that tempers the crazy. It looks like there’s some good stuff on that site mixed in with the crap.

This, however, is crap. According to one of the message threads on the site, the 4th Horseman of the Apocalypse was seen moving through the crowds during the protests in Egypt! You can see it on the Rachel Maddow show. Skip ahead to about the 10:27 mark in the video. Here is a screen capture:

Actually, I think it's just the ghost of Mr. Ed

It’s that green blob in the center. Yes, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are really just blobs. Why are people so freaked out? Just send in Steve McQueen.

You should go watch the video. It really does look a lot like a horseman when you see it moving across the screen. If I believed in this stuff, I’d be a bit creeped out.

To be fair, the original poster admits that it’s probably an optical illusion. To my eye, it is definitely an illusion. They’re probably shooting through a window, so it’s a reflection off of that. The greenishness is likely caused by a heat-reflecting coating on the window (this is freaking Egypt, after all) or maybe an anti-reflective coating in the lens.

Or everything is true, Jesus is coming back, and us atheists will be roasting in hell next week. Bring your marshmallows. (Hey! We could make s’mores! Just put chocolate and marshmallows between two slices of Billy Graham!)

13 Responses to “4th Horseman Appears at Egyptian Protests”

  1. Kylgar Says:

    Or, perhaps if indeed shot through a window, it’s a reflection of an actual guy on an actual horse in a different location. I hear there were a few of those around during these riots/protests…

    Too many simple possibilities to fulfill Occam’s Razor, on this one.

    But hey, if you save me a spot at the fire, and a few marshmallows, those S’mores sounds good, too!

  2. Jeff Says:

    Or everything is true, Jesus is coming back, and us atheists will be roasting in hell next week.

    They can’t wait. They absolutely cannot fucking wait.

    One of the few things I’ve managed to accomplish in life has been to convince you they really are as bad as I say they are. I don’t know whether or not I’m proud of that.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    My idea of hell is living in a world controlled by fundies. I guess that means I died quite a while ago.

  4. semi Says:

    I know quite a bit about optics, and that is a classic case of internal reflections within a zoom lens. The “horseman” is actually an inverted internal reflection (or “flare” as it’s known in lens jargon) of the fire burning in the upper left part of the screen. The waviness of the “horseman” corresponds to the undulating sheet of flames from the fire (hard to see because they are overexposed on the video).

    The flare is green because of the anti-reflection lens coating applied to the internal optics of the lens (which minimizes the effect). Without the coating, the reflection would be orange and almost as bright as the actual fire.

  5. Ron Britton Says:


    You’re absolutely right. The “horseman’s” movement exactly synchs up with the motion of the camera, and its location is radially opposite the fire. That’s exactly where you’d expect an internal lens reflection to show up. So I was right that the anti-reflective coating on the lens is what made it green. MSNBC should stop using Holga lenses.

  6. sue blue Says:

    What’s funny is the way so many people immediately leap to the “it’s supernatural!”, “It’s a sign of the end times!!!” just like 14th century peasants at the sight of a comet or an eclipse. Never do they stop even for an instant to say, “Hmm, that’s odd – wonder what that could be? Let’s look at the possibilities and try to figure it out.” Nope – even in the age of CGI and video hoaxes galore, it’s still the “supernatural” knee-jerk response.
    When I saw this, it didn’t even look like a horse and rider to me right away until I looked at it in that context – and still, it looks like a reflection or lens flare more than anything else. Talk about paredolia.

  7. sue blue Says:

    And what’s that right above the “horseman’s” head? Could it be the ghost of a fat woman with two huge tits? A Porky Pig balloon being held by the horseman? And, down in the right-hand corner – OH MY GOD!! IT’S AN ORB!
    We’re doomed, fellow atheists! Doomed! I’ll bring the hot dogs.

  8. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats how excited teevee ghost hunting types get when they encounter spirit orbs. For the uninitiated, it’s dust particles under bright light extremely out of focus. Oddly, they always seem to appear in old buildings that have a lot of dust settled and infrequent visitors in the dead of night with really bright flashlights. UNPOSSIBLE CAMERA ARTIFACT! MUST BE GHOSTS!

  9. Lindsay Says:

    From the screen capture it looks like Ecto from the Ghostbusters Cartoon to me. WHO YOU GONNA CALL!

    I have some nice homemade brats I can bring along to the purgatory party…those would go nicely with the s’mores.

  10. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Ecto? You mean Slimer?

  11. ericsan Says:

    You want to see the South Park sendup of Ghost Hunters. If I were those guys I would have moved into a cave and never left it after that episode aired.
    Holy jeebus in a grilled cheese sandwich!

  12. J Says:

    I’m going to laugh SO HARD when we finally have some definitive proof that there is no omnipotent supernatural being secretly running the show from behind the cosmic curtain. So hard.

    Actually, that’s not true, I already am.

  13. Parrotlover77 Says:

    The thing is, J, we will never have enough proof. Even if humanity somehow answered every current question about the universe and could explain every event, from the smallest quantum to the largest epoch, it wouldn’t matter. Because whatever answer we come up with will be met by a new denial from a creationist who will point out that what we have discovered proves their point exactly because God set up all those “fake” answers as a test of faith.