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Through this meta question I discovered that there's a funny picture of a mock flying saucer crash scene on this site's error page:

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I'm guessing the Stack Exchange design budget doesn't stretch as far as setting up a photoshoot like this... so what's the story behind this photo? Is it a stock photo, scene from a film, etc?

I did a google image search but it just found crackpot/conspiracy sites that used the colour original of this image for illustration.

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    Paging @skilivvz - he suggested it. I believe it was always the area51.se error image. Maybe SE's budget did stretch that far! – Jamiec Feb 15 '17 at 11:59
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I don't know the story of how it was chosen for Skeptics.SE, but the scene is from a couple's over-the-top Halloween decorations.

The "Halloween Lawn" is in North Syracuse, New York, and is frequently decorated for Halloween by the couple Suzi Campanaro and Stan Munro. In 2007, they made a UFO crash scene.

The photograph is uncredited, which is upsetting to me.

  • Brilliant. I love the attention to detail, like the "fog machine [that] leaks smoke from the flying saucer's cracked dome every 20 seconds or so"! – user56reinstatemonica8 Feb 15 '17 at 12:38
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    Hm, it does seem that the photo should be credited. – called2voyage Feb 16 '17 at 19:34
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    That same house on google street view – James K Feb 19 '17 at 22:37

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