Solve the TR-3B Mystery, Win a Book

I saw the following image on Tiexue.net, a Chinese military news site. Depending on whom you ask, TR-3B, as its known, is an alien craft, a classified US system, or complete fiction.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Tiexue.net's TR-3B's shadow falls the opposite way of those of everything else in the picture. Also the thing looks totally fake. Of course these could be the results of alien tech designed to mess with our minds.

There are more photos—all blurry, unfortunately (alien tech messing with our cameras?), but they've made it onto actual news sites since word got out of Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical's patent for a triangular spy plane—patent #4,019,699.

There's no shortage of videos of TR-3B videos either, including one in which the craft is actually in okay focus, over Eau Claire, Wisconsin:

Is TR-3B real? Is it a latter-day SR-71 reconnaissance craft that will be declassified to our amazement in a few years or decades, but public knowledge of it now would impair national security? I don't need to know. But I'd like to. And I'll give a copy of Once a Spy to anyone who gives me a good answer, via the form below. Good comprises correct and/or entertaining.

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Identify the Unidentified Flying Object and Win!

Below is the unidentified flying object seen Tuesday in Chile. It's a still from a video, which follows. Yes, like so many other UFO photography, it's blurry. Nevertheless, declares the editor of UFO Sightings Daily: "Awesome UFO catch, and although it is short, I am confident it is real."

Now, here's the video, and, after that, a form. If you can identify the UFO, send in the form. Good answers (right or wrong) may win copies of Once a Spy.  A correct answer, and you may win fame, as I will almost certainly report on it for the New York Times or Huffington Post.

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Name That Robot

This is an actual unretouched photo taken in the United States early 1960s, and, no, not of a Hollywood film or TV set. First person to correctly i.d. the device wins a copy of 7 Grams of Lead. Use the form below to submit your answer. As always, an incorrect answer, if it sufficiently brightens the judge's evening, also wins a book.

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