It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ship sailing off the coast of England? On today's episode of the world slowly growing more insane by the day, it seems the once stable laws of physics have decided to tap out entirely -- or have they? While gazing at the water near Falmouth, Cornwall in England, David Morris spied a strange phenomenon, a massive ship appearing to float over the water, standing "stunned" as he snapped a pic of the strange phenomenon. 

However, it seems that his eyes, or the camera's lens for that matter, weren't deceiving him in the case of the hovering ship. According to BBC meteorologist David Braine, the "superior mirage" responsible for the floating boat are a result of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light" that are commonplace in the arctic, but "very rarely" rears its trippy head in the UK during the winter. "Superior mirages occur because of the weather condition known as a temperature inversion, where cold air lies close to the sea with warmer air above it," Braine explained. "Since cold air is denser than warm air, it bends light towards the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing how a distant object appears."

Although floating boats are a common occurrence, this effect can cause other illusions, too. "Superior mirages can produce a few different types of images - here a distant ship appears to float high above its actual position, but sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible."

So folks, if you ever see a hovering seacraft, it's probably just a rare-weather phenomenon -- either that or maybe lay off the mushrooms. Science -- that's what literally floats your boat. 

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