Posted 27 June 2008 - 01:58 AM
I hadn't heard of rods before, but the explanation on the Wikipedia page seems to settle it, that they're flying insects that appear as rods in videotape due to a time lapse effect. "Rods" have even been recorded deliberately it seems by using insects. It's a more reasonable explanation than "atmospheric beasts" but not as sexy, of course.
I'd guess that people who believe in rods don't understand the video recording process, the same as people who claim you can't see stars in space don't understand the photographic process.