I think they’re asking how fresh the invention is? As I recall, an urban legend is different from some bullshit somebody made up because a UL has been around for a while, getting passed around and generally changing over time (as in a game of telephone).
Anyway, I’ve never heard of it before, not that that helps much. My guess is that if it’s not original to the video, it’s not very old. The ISS isn’t that old, and the “Tesla knew all the answers!!!” craze popped up late last decade IIRC. (My suspicion has always been that it was sparked by the movie “The Prestige.”)
But who knows? Those details might’ve glommed on later in this legend’s evolution.
(I wonder what kind of answer you’d get if you asked the guy who made/posted the video? “Hey man, I’m just curious - did you invent this yourself, or hear it somewhere?”)
I would say this urban legend and in this particular word-for-word form is recent … I’ve never heard it before … but it sure does sound the same as many other urban legends I have heard … perhaps we could say this is a very old urban legend, just that the names have been changed to protect the innocent …
Unless, of course, we have a massive conspiracy involving everyone with a telescope six inches or larger …
I’ve heard of it before—one theory (read ‘conspiracy theory’) being that it’s a Bracewell probe, intended to initiate communication with technological species once they reach a certain level. It’s been linked to so-called long-delay echoes, which are radio phenomena where a message is echoed back after a much longer time than one would expect from ionospheric reflection etc.
In reality, it’s just a narrative constructed around a couple of phenomena that may appear puzzling at first sight, but for which there isn’t really any reason to link them, nor to think they’re anything more than perfectly natural.
The idea that someone, anyone, would believe it would be possible to determine that some small object has been in orbit for 10-15k years is scary. Would other kind of garbage would someone like this buy? (Besides the Biblical missing day NASA found, etc., etc.)