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Unidentified Flying Objects – the reality, the cover-up and the truth

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Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs as they are commonly known, have been witnessed by millions of people all over the world and have been recorded in history books, myths, legends and traditions for thousands of years. However, many accounts that are recorded in ancient texts are dismissed as mere myths and legends, while UFO sightings that have taken place in the last few centuries have been classified as misinterpretations of natural phenomena, illusions, or conspiracy theories.

History has shown us time and again that a plethora of so-called ‘myths’ have their basis in reality. It is possible, and indeed likely, that stories and legends were a way for people to explain real—and perhaps perplexing—events using the knowledge and beliefs of their time. In support of this theory, a number of events described in mythology, which were once considered mere fairy tales, have now been proven through archaeology to have existed. A famous example is the city Troy, which is central to Homer’s ‘The Iliad’. Long considered to be a city of myth, Heinrich Schliemann’s discovery of the actual site in 1868 elevated it to a place in history. Nevertheless, the remainder of The Iliad is still viewed as a myth and fantasy without any serious attempts being made to investigate whether or not there may be more truth behind the tale.  The same goes for many accounts of ‘flying machines’, which we find reference to in countless mythologies from numerous different cultures around the world.

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of ‘flying machines’, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend

Many cultures contain pictorial and written records of ‘flying machines’, yet these are usually dismissed as myth and legend. ( Wikimedia Commons )

It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today. On the contrary, many ancient civilizations, like the Sumerians, Indus Valley, and Egyptians existed with complex social structures, legal systems, art, astronomy, mathematics, and technology, some of which is still not fully understood today. The Antikythera Mechanism, for example, is a 2,200-year-old mechanical device that is still not completely understood despite decades of research by top scientists around the world.

Ancient Astronaut Theory

The topic of flying objects and supernatural beings from out of our world is one in which we find multiple references in mythologies.  All of these myths and legends, along with archaeological evidence such as rock art depictions, have created a wave of theories that gave birth to the ‘Ancient Astronaut’ perspective, which links all of these ancient references and depictions to UFOs, and posits that extra-terrestrials visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistory, influencing the development of human cultures, technologies, and religions.

Unfortunately, there are numerous charlatans who have tried to ‘cash in’ on this movement for profit or publicity, or who have diminished it with caricatures of little green men, resulting in the ancient astronaut perspective being widely criticized and attacked for its lack of credibility. Consequently, what is in fact a plausible and possible explanation for what we see in ancient art and texts, is now rarely examined by scholars, who fear being ridiculed or having their professional career seriously undermined.

UFOs in art: Battesimo di Cristo, 1710; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

UFOs in art: Battesimo di Cristo" 1710; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge ( Wikimedia Commons )

UFO sightings in recent history

But let’s leave the ancient past for a while and examine just the last 80 years of human history. Millions of people all over the globe have witnessed unidentified flying objects. Many have been recorded in detailed reports witnessed by police, pilots, astronauts, government officials, pilots, military personnel and, of course, ordinary citizens. Some of the more well-known cases were witnessed by thousands of people at one time. Historical records make it evident that UFO appearances magnified during and after World War II, including the example of the famous ‘ Foo Fighters’ .

While most sightings can be explained either by celestial phenomena, airplanes, planets, weather phenomena, military exercises, or in some cases drug use or mental instability, there still exists a small percentage that cannot be accounted for by any of these explanations. This is what makes the phenomena important and not to be ignored, particularly considering that sightings are frequently reported around military bases and airfields and are therefore, at the very least, a matter of both national security and air safety.

It is an undeniable fact that there are cases of unidentified objects in our skies. It has been acknowledged by the major governments from all over the world simply through the very fact that official research has been conducted on the matter in the US, UK, Russia, Europe, China, South America, and many others. All of this research, in every single case, concluded that there is a percentage of phenomena that cannot be explained.

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There are so many documented UFO observations. Like here in the declassified audio recording (including transcript) from the Edwards Air Force Base incident in 1965. Where things are said out in the open. http://sanjindumisic.com/ufo-over-edwards-air-force-base-audio-recording...

Also what's interesting are the observations before the airplane-age. Like in the autobiography of this monk who describes the "wisdom lights" in the sky on a mountain. http://sanjindumisic.com/wisdom-lamps-ufo-1884/

I think that any UFO evidence to have credit is for it to have some documenter reference points. There's been not much new in the field recently and because of that too many spiritual UFO encounters, that are a subjective experience. But that's an individual experience but for the benefit in the public arena - there has to be some well documented evidence. So I hope the shift in ufology goes back into the stuff that you hang hold up and point to for everyone to see.

I have never discovered a giant skeleton, an out of place artifact or seen a Bigfoot.However, I did have  an experience that disleveled my sense of reality to such a degree as to open my mind up to such posibilities.

    I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, near the town of Pinole and during the month of September of 2006 my wife, teenage son and myself were in our backyard. It was a warm, pleasant afternoon with a clear, cloudless sky. My wife had glanced causualy through the grove of eucalyptus behind our property line and saw an object in the horizon just above the treeline, coming our way. She spoke up, saying "what is that?" We all looked up and saw what appeared to be a somewhat rectangular object making its way towards us, no faster than a small private airplane and also at an altitude common for such craft. The craft was completely silent. It could not have been much bigger than a 40 foot container. As it got closer to us we all comfirmed that it was without wings and could not detect any means of propulsion. My wife ran into the house and brought out a small pair of binoculars and after looking at the object herself handed them to me. The object was close enough to see quite a bit of detail and its relatively slow speed made it easy to follow with the binoculars. I remember seeing a shape close to an elongated diamond, however with the fore and aft tips bobbed so as to make it a six-sided object.,almost like looking at the underside of a rubber raft. I was able to see its surface which appeared to have a dark grey, matte, metalic skin, made of sections with visible rivets not unlike conventional aircraft construction. Even at its closest, it was silent, no propeller, no jet intake or exhaust and no condensation trail. There were no numbers or markings anywhere to be seen. I have a working knowledge of physics and have a broad range of understanding of what is technically possible and that fusilage did not have a shape capable of creating lift. It was too fast and silent to be a lighter than air craft. It traveled directly over us and disappeared in a north/ north east direction. Since then I have made a point of looking at UFO reports whenever they come up and to this day have not heard of one described like this one. My wife and son have seen other objects before and after, but this was my one and only so far. I sometimes wonder if some-one forgot to turn on the cloaking device  and we got a glimse of it.

 

 

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No matter how big a skeptic a person may be, when they have an experience that involves UFOs, Ghosts or other “unusual” phenomena theirs world view changes. I saw a distant UFO in 1966 when I was 13 and looking at the planets with some friends. We saw a point source light moving across the sky from west to east. We decided it must be the recently launched Echo satellite reflecting the sunlight . (The sun had just recently set.) We kept an eye on it and just after it passed the zenith a strange thing happened. It made a 90 degree turn to the north. After about 6 seconds it made a 90 degree turn to the east, the sped up and was gone in a few seconds.

As I said earlier, this was very distant and only seen as a point source of light. But, it was now obvious that it was not the Echo satellite and I don’t know of any planes that can turn or accelerate like that. So.. It was a UFO and I am assuming not man made. The acceptance of this as a possibility has certainly changed my world view.

I do have another story about a fellow I worked with who had immigrated from Iran at the time of the revolution. At lunch the topic of UFOs came up. He revealed that he had been a pilot in the Iranian AF and was one of those sent to interecept a UFO near Tehran. (There have been several TV shows that covered this since then.) Too long a story to really get into, but in his telling of the story it noticeably affected him emotionally. I believe he had an experience that changed his life too.

 

We never know what we don't know until eventually we do.
You know what I mean?

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This is a pretty awesome article. People need to take into consideration that our physical selfs are probably percieveing some of these UFOs differently from what the really are.

Peace and Love,

Ricky.

When my aughter was 12, she was member of a junior aircraft club. She loved airplanes, wanted to be a pilot, so she never missed once. She could identity airplanes and tell you exactly everything about it. I never understood the fun of it, but what the heck., she was happy.  

Once a year they went camping and every night three teens had to stand watch outside under the supervision of one of the leaders. In the morning the had to tell about the planes they saw in the night. Of course they could not tell what kind of planes just from seeing them, but based on what they knew about the routes the planes took, they could say enough about the planes. What fun.

One night they all saw a ufo hoveriing not that far away. It looke like a giant pencil stub. For a long while it hung there without moving.  My daughter later said that she felt like anyone in the stub could see them clearly, something she didn't like at all.

After a while the ufo shot straight up and disappeard in a very short time. 

The leaer of the group told them not ever to talk about what they had seen. He said: "Before you know what happens, they will lock us all up, never to be seen again". So they didn't.

She told me about it but I also kept my mouth shut for many years.

Years later I saw a drawing of the pencil stub.  In the article  it was mentioned s a type that was not seen so much.

 

Sunny Young

There has been a big change however in the last 30 years, since my daughter saw the ufo. Now they talk about seeing things, wonering what it is.

People are more open to accept there are things we don't know anything about.

More open to our origins also and most of all,more open about things like ghosts.

You just have to watch tv for a few nights and you see ghosts, ufo's and aliens. 

So I don't think we would be locked up by talking about it, haha

Sunny Young

I enjoy the information on this site, but please keep the pseudo-science and conspiracy theories regarding UFOs and other subjects off the site or in a special folder for conspiracy theories. Anecdotal evidence is not credible either in court or science.

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Hello Dan, the article is published within the 'Unexplained Phenomena' category of our site. It is the most popular subject area on Ancient Origins, so no, we do not plan to alter our content to suit your personal preferences.

Read our 'About Us' page, if you want to know what we are all about. 

Paranormal claims and cover up conspiracy theories are not unexplained phenomena in any reasonable sense and is not a matter of personal preferences except for in the most relativistic philosophies. I'll have to be more discerning in reviewing your content which may be slanted to appeal to the popularity of your viewers instead of promoting the credibility in your reporting.

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Dan,

There are plenty of studies of ‘paranormal’ events, and major universities are studying near death experiences today.

In regards to ‘conspiracies’, if you study history properly you will see that many ‘conspiracies’ are now known to be true – this of course doesn’t mean that all conspiracies reflect reality.

Therefore, when you comment or dismiss something – if you would like to be taken seriously of course, a) do proper research, b) present supporting arguments and c) use common sense, otherwise you appear superficial, ‘noisy’ and disrespectful to others with a different opinion than you.

John

John Black, they say good science is good observation, or something like that. So after I accidentally photographed 10 daylight UFOs on 7/1/90 with my 35mm camera while hiking with 2 friends in the backwoods of San Diego, I had the objects enlarged "to grain". Thats when I discovered a pattern on one of them that I also found on numerous other UFO photos as well as countless ancient artifacts and the Nazca Lines in Peru. This historic event has won front page coverage in every newspaper in San Diego and an award winning CBS interview. Not bad for an armchair theorist. Google MIke Orrell

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I absolutely agre with you Mike! Good science is indeed good observation - and in that aspect you are much better than may scientists that I know.

Well done for your achievement. I wish we had more like you out there!

Thanks John, so does one have to be a scientist or a well funded astrophysicist to have major scientific journals recognize their accomplishments? I will never have a PhD or even a good working knowledge of the Universe and yet in science "one is supposed to replicate findings" and if any scientist cared to look they would see that even without my "Inaja UFO Photo" a clear pattern exists on numerous UFO photos that match ancient artifacts which proves that aliens were in contact with our earliest ancestors. A noteworthy observation that has been published in local newspapers only, despite my best efforts to seek a larger audience in scientific publications.

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Unfortunately Mike this is how it is today. And the reason for that is because this will avoid ‘charlatans’ polluting scientific research. However today it has gone to the other extreme where not even scientists can do a scientific publication if they go beyond the mainstream acceptable theories – within a small margin of freedom!

The healthy solution would be somewhere in the middle ... We shouldn’t forget that many of the inventors of the past were not scientists and many didn’t even have any kind of University degree.

Narrow-mindedness and lack of observation skills is what characterizes most of our scientists today. But of course there are exceptions and these exceptions are responsible for scientific progress. The rest just follow the trend, build and safeguard a career, in the same way that regular people follow their leaders and accepted Institutions and ideas.

Dan, you are apparently missing the point of this site. There is a lot of really interesting information here for the open-minded individual. Even if it is not 100% accurate, it is a great starting point to learn about non-mainstream history. Then you can move on and do more research.

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I agree somewhat about the issues of credibility on some stories, but this one’s better than the “Dino Pee” story!

If we followed your protocol, we, on this site would  only be able to parrot the established facts of those who own titles, and how often have we personally "seen" the substance of these facts. Mostly never, we simply accept them or not. People here are forthcoming, in my opinion and this exerts some peer pressure to be open and honest oneself. Maybe you would be best served by reading the Scientific American. Don't get me wrong, I also don't want to waste my time on red herrings but I can tell you now, I have learned a great deal here from many of its commentators. If you gave it a chance, you would too.

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Excellent article John Black!  Quantum Physics, indeed, is proving that what we perceive as "reality" may not be at all.  They've already proven that what we think is "solid" is not really solid at all.  Finally, we are defining ET and space travel via our own arrogance and limited knowledge with a good mix of theories which likely are erroneous.  We need to broaden our view and open up to new possibilities for space travel. Space is like a fabric, I believe, which can be folded.

 

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Thank you Robert. Arrogance is the destruction of humanity… Space/Time is like a fabric as you say and we indeed know so little. Wormholes theory as predicted by the general relativity theory of Einstein (natural and maybe in the future manmade) is based on this principle, a passage through space time, allowing instantaneous travel from one place in the Universe to another – without the limitations of the speed of light.

A recent publication in Nature a week ago, backs up the theory of the holographic Universe (http://www.nature.com/news/simulations-back-up-theory-that-universe-is-a...), another concept that gives another explanation of the Universe going beyond Einstein.

Our knowledge is so incomplete that most non-scientists will never get it, but all good scientists know of it … there wouldn’t be advancement otherwise!

Hate to burst some bubbles but these things are the "gods" of the ancients.  They've been here long before we were and they've been manipulating us ever since.  That includes periodic genetic "tweeks" to our evolution and civilizaiton paths.  BTW the preponderance of evidence IS admissable in any court and in the case of UFOs that evidence is beyond overwhelming.  Haven't seen one?  Try looking up in the sky and you will, eventually.

 

 

I keep coming back to that conclusion myself. One interpretation of when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil could be viewed as a long winded version of "became self aware". Sentience is the key here, no animal I have ever sunk my teeth into has had it and I have come across some so-called humans who did'nt either. This seems logical to me, because if you were to take that one attribute from us we would not be who we are. But we have thumbs! Yes, and dolphins have surface penetrating radar built in to their skulls, so what? Chimps are 5 to 8 times stronger than a man. A pigeon can navigate the entire planet and never get lost. No, what the gods gave us is way more insidious, Self-Awareness, which is the Mother of Free Will. Our curse is our gift, to see further than we can reach.

 

Why is this UFO being worked on at Area 51? Oops, maybe I wasn’t supposed to take this photo!
http://www.blue-planet-project.com/UFO-Sightings.html

I'm hoping this is sarcasm because here's a different scen from the show "Taken":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/taken/images/1024/ep1_shiphangar.html

This article in itself is misinfo. Billy Meier in Switzerland has had published in English since the 1980s, his open contact with 2 races of et, who he has been in contact with for over 70 years. The Pleiadian Mission by Randolph Winters is of the contacts, which are at www.theyfly.com. That will get you up to speed.with not just sightings.. but readingg thousands of pages of info from races over 10K years ahead of us.

If you believe that 4M years ago your ancestors were chimps, then this sort of paradigm shift will no doubt upset you.

It seems we need to send out messages and have big billboards at runways asking these beings to stop all this messing about as blurry blobs in the middle distance and get in touch. Or just go away because a lot of people are wasting a lot of time collecting blurry middle distance blob photos. I think some sort of universal speaker system as employed by the Vogon Construction Fleet shouldn't be beyond them...but definitely not the same message!

Nice overview of UFOs.

Only one thing wrong....no proof Schliemann actually discovered "Troy".

Recent investigation by scholars in the UK make a valid case for Troy being in the area of the Eastern coast of Britain.

The data provided is easily as valid as any mythological tales about Troy being where Schliemann excavated. Dogmatic scholars of course dismissed these claims, but I have read the book published on this subject, and the evidence is substantial.

Find out more here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Troy_Once_Stood

I think it is fine to discuss UFO's in unexplained phenomena and maybe there is some truth in it. Using Quantum Mechanics as some sort of vindication of UFO's is a little far fetched. Yes it does promulgate a different type of reality at a subatomic level however it is also predictive and testable. Fuzzy photos of blobs in the sky is neither proof or denial. Deliver some clear sharp photos, some irrefutable evidence some verifiable data and then we can all embrace this new truth

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Graham, I don’t know what your experience with quantum physics is, but it is not exactly as you say it is... Quantum physics is a very shadowy area at the moment with more questions than answers.

But in any case, the reason that is was mentioned is that quantum physics could lead to answers in regards to interstellar space travelling and wormholes.

What you need to understand is that nobody is trying to persuade anyone, and definitely I don’t intend to make you or anyone embrace any ‘truth’. The article was written to trigger a desire for further investigation in curious minds and not to give answers to those waiting to be persuaded!

Personally for me it is not a matter of debate, I have done a pretty thorough research and I do not have a single doubt that there have been a few cases of UFOs that are not manmade. In this small article, as I said, I have just presented some evidence and a little bit of common sense thinking that could probably make a few others do their own research and see what they can find.

Hi John Well my experience with Quantum Mechanics is from a degree in Nuclear Physics and my own interest in it. I agree there are areas that are quite shadowy and many paradoxes.

However I still maintain that it also has many areas that are testable and predictive. This is why QM has given us transistors, quantum cryptography,lasers etc etc Much of its perceived weirdness could be down to our mental/sensory limitations.

UFOs by their name are real I would just like to see rigorous rules of scientific evidence applied as you would to any theory. I would love there to be aliens and by probability there must be. A nice clear focused photo, some dna (if aliens have it and give it to us) chemical evidence etc etc
I've been to Loch Ness in an hour of staring you see many strange optical effects none of it Nessie or evidence.
Maybe the governments are all covering it up or maybe there really is nothing there.

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Well nothing to argue here with your comment Graham. Of course there are parts of QM that are testable and applicable. The funny thing with science is that even if we have incomplete knowledge we can still have practical applications.

In regards to the UFOs, the problem is that if there is a cover up - which I believe there is, I doubt we will ever get the scientific evidence we need. But I agree with what you say.

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By the way Graham. I have been recently reviewing the Hadronic mechanics theory of Prof. Ruggero Maria Santilli and it looks impressive – I am still studying it. Have you ever heard about him? Here is a link to have a look:

http://www.i-b-r.org/Hadronic-Mechanics.htm

He has actually applied his theory in practice (http://www.thunder-energies.com/). I will be interested to hear your opinion on the topic once you have a look.

And that's the point! The article has a subheading that predefines skeptical criticism as "ridicule." We're told by the writer that good science is observation but some of us are only reading anecdotes, rumours about covered up things and the wobbly blobs, oh and gloriously believable YouTube videos with more of the same... It's all very enjoyable to read about but if you say "ah but.." You are more likely to get labelled as arrogant or closed minded; more likely to be told you're misunderstanding things or disagreeable than get something that will convince you. And this is from someone who a couple of years ago saw a UFO: in a clear dark rural sky I thought  I'd spotted a satellite, it was going about the right, steady speed, right brightness (I've seen them before). No flashing wing lights to say its a plane I'm misjudging, no noise; then it suddenly shot off. There we go. As a lone guy out in the country, I can only feel lucky I avoided one of those probings the greys are so keen on. There I go again with the ridicule, I apologise. True story, though. 

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Geob, do a proper research and you will get your answers. But if you start with preconceptions you will never do. Don't care what others will say, just do your research. The research will be for you to find the truth not to prove to others that you were right.

Every person has a different background and understanding. For example if I try to explain you the general relativity theory, you will simply do not understand it and if you didn’t know anything about the general relativity you would probably laugh at such silly ideas (as most did when Einstein proposed it). This doesn’t make you necessarily less intelligent, it is just that you don’t have the background required.

There is a difference between healthy criticism and nonsense skepticism (and this is the ridicule) ... You can criticize the results of a research only if you have all the details of the research and the background to understand it. I will gladly open a discussion with someone that has done a research in the topic, but I won’t waste my time trying to persuade anyone else. Of course we are not talking about peer reviewed research here which again targets a scientific audience with knowledge of the topic - which in any case will never happen for a topic that is not accepted by the scientific community.

Remember that a true researcher is not seeking for approval but seeking the truth!

 Nearly every post you put out says something about the person you are responding to not understanding something or more importantly: you. Or THEY are the ones with the preconceptions. Why in Gods name would I want a computer programmer explaining general, let alone special relativity to me anyway? Even if he does have a special interest in artificial intelligence. I'd ask my mate with the physics MSc. Show me one piece of evidence.

We can infer the existence of an entire human species from a couple of tiny teeth; We have South American mammals acknowledged through (and here's the rub) a few CLEAR photos. I don't need to do any research at all to enter a discussion on those things because it will be clear 1) what the evidence is 2) what the conclusions are 3) what hypotheses are extending from them. You mention Rendelsham Forrest incident. I've tracked that since the 80s. It started off as vague newspaper reports, became a generalised story. The two curmudgeonly guys then surfaced independently: Both their accounts of the ship were TOTALLY different. Then more recently they started showing up together. The chubby bearded one's description is suddenly dropped and the binary code guys is kept because he was telepathically given 0 and 1s. Oh and the dictaphone cassette. Senior officers generally wander around forests holding one to their mouth whilst responding to major incidents?

You report this gibberish as credible evidence? You imply I'm bothered about what other people think? You tell me what I will or won't understand in relation to physics? You hand out advice about true research, implying I can't have been doing it because I don't agree with yours? Rude.

Do something useful and write a master class on how to spot the difference between charlatans and credible UFO stuff. That way you can demonstrate the penetration and thoroughness of your research. Unless you are sure we mere readers wouldn't understand it.

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Nice comment Geob you prove exactly the nonsense that I was taking about ;-) ... By the way I am an engineer with an MSc and PhD and not a programmer. This means that I have first-hand experience in research with plenty of peer reviewed publications.
I am not going to continue arguing with you, but since you speak with such an authority and arrogance, may I ask what are your credentials?

Arrogant? You just did it again.  You just attacked the commentator rather than the comment. I'm easy to shoot down again, if you want, with my meagre post grads in philosophy, ethics and theology. Not being a mighty scientist.

Come on  now, though: Let's have it! Let's be enlightened by your application of those research skills to the field of ufology. Show us how you separate the wheat from the chaff. I always hold my hands up at good methodology, especially if I don't agree with the conclusions.  15 years of grading papers and you realise that's rule one. 

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Case dismissed :-) Thanks for your reply Geob. Merry Christmas and happy new 2015!

PS. I would suggest focusing on meditation and relaxation for the new year, it will definitely help, you are too tense ... We are just trying to have a discussion here!

And you did it again. So relax ...

We witnessed what we did back in 06. I have no proof, no credentials, nothing like that but I have no issues with interacting with reality in daily life so I go on the notion that I am telling the truth, atleast from my perspective. People have been sent to prison because others have witnessed pertinent events in a given matter. In giving my story, I believe I am serving a greater good if one considers the possibility that others have witnessed the same and if we can pool our expierience resources it may help. I don't want people here to feel reluctant to share their encounters because there are not that many ways a " Regular Joe" as myself can tap into his peers or if lucky, come into a discussion with the more well informed contributors here.

   Finally, I never said I saw an alien, I saw a device flying through the air that I could not identify. Read my post again. It is possible there is some-one reading this thread who is privy to experimental craft or the like and is capable of giving me an answer. Until then, I saw a UFO. Thank you for your time. John Dale.

 

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This is how it should be John, and I hope more people were like you! I wish you merry Christmas and a happy 2015.

Thanks, best wishes to you and yours aswell. Looking forward to a new year.

In late June of 2009, I was watching the sky together with my neighbour boy with a cheap telescoop. I just had a smoking pauze, when I saw a light object flying trough the sky, My first thought was a satelite, because we had seen several flying over that evening. Just when I said so to my neighbour, it stopped midair. Keeping watching it, it starrted shining very brightly. So bright it was like watching directly into a beam of a flashlight. It only took a vew seconds, then the object started moving again. This time with very high speed and with some rectangular movements. The whole thing only lasted less the half a minute, but we both were shocked and the boy was even very frightened. In my opinion it was an ufo. Don't know if it was manmade or alien. I lived in Koudum a little village in friesland, The Netherlands.

"It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today..."

This sums it up. This is the main problem in history and in general in our society. We assume too much, generate false conclusions on too many subjects and create distorted view on the world around us.

It is common to see people selectively decide what is real and what is not and all of this on the unsubstantiated assumption that ancient people were primitive and had little to no knowledge compared to us today. - See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/unidentified-flying...

Many years ago, around 1973-74, my husband and I were living at a place called Toniva Beach, which is on Bougainville Island. Our little flat faced towards the Pacific Ocean in a north-easterly direction.

One evening at sundown, we saw an object drift up over the horizon and 'meander' across the sky towards us. It made no noise, had no wings or rotors, and could hover or move off at will. The craft was so close we plainly saw that it was cone-shaped. It came directly above our flat where we could see that it had a front section which was divided into three, each with a window. This front piece was moveable because it would rotate every few minutes, presumably to allow each window access to a particular view. The windows were lit up, but we couldn't tell if the craft was manned.

Not only did this strange craft appear on this particular occasion, but it did the same thing each evening for about a week. Other people saw it too, and it was written up in a local newsletter. A few years ago I read where a former American president reported seeing the same as us, round about the same time. I only mention it to show we can't all be delusional!

In more recent years when we moved back to Australia, in far northern NSW, we would look out at the night sky before the majority of stars lit up the sky and notice what appeared to be a satellite tracking along its ordained path. However, occasionally the "satellite" would stop, move in a different direction, sometimes even zig-zag for a while, and then melt into the background. Obviously not a satellite. We have seen this many times, so it is not such a novelty any more.

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This occurred in France, in 1982 before the days of the Internet, so you will not be able to track it online. I know, because I have tried.

It was a sunny clear morning one weekend and my girlfriend , her sister and I decided to go down the motorway into Paris to do some shopping in Cergy at the mall.

The weather being fine, the motorway was crammed with holidaymakers going about there business, like ourselves, when suddenly the sister in the driver’s seat slammed on the brakes very quickly to stop us going into the car in front, and with her face almost into the windscreen , we in the back heard her crying out in shock “Merde, il ya un vaisseau spatial” (Shit! There’s a spaceship”).

Everything went quiet, as thousands of car engines, and trucks and coaches ground to a halt in both directions, and on that very clear day on that perfectly lit hillside, everybody got out of their vehicle, and everybody looked up into the blue sky above us where there hovered, utterly silent and motionless an absolutely enormous machine.

 We all could clearly see the stories of rows and rows of windows in the shiny metallic side of the thing, and gradually people began chatting and pointing out this and that about the vehicle, as  though it was the most normal thing in the world and happened every day, but, yes, there was a lot of exitement. Us? I do not remember us talking at all.

 I looked around me. As the long road sloped downwards towards Paris, I could see at least at least a kilometre along the motorway in that direction, and rather less nearer me above the hill, where the road rounded a bluff: say half a kilometre, but it was very clear, and I could clearly make out the figures and faces of all of the cdrivers, and all of the passengers craning their necks backwards and upwards, all of us, because  of its size.

 This was not one of those blobby lights or a flying hat or saucepan-shaped object, no. This thing was the size of a small town! Impossible to say how big really as there were so few markers and except for the windows that could anyway have been any size at all, just nothing to go by.

 It was round, and on the bottom appeared flat and almost featureless. Because it was there above us, where we were we could not see the top of it because it occupied most of the sky above the motorway where we were, but I would guess it must have been at least as wide as the distance from us to the bluff on the bend in the road, and that made it somewhere between 400 and 800 metres across.

I grew up near an airbase and Vulcans used to overfly ours school in the 60s, and I have seen and flown on the largest passenger carriers, but they were just tiny in comparison, and we all had time to examine it, as it was there for, well, I do not know how long, but it seemed an eternity, difficult to judge, because at least for me time had stopped. I’d say more than five minutes, but it could have been longer than that.

Then, again, with everyone still gazing at it and pointing stuff out, it left. No sound really. It was just not there any more. You got just enough of a hint of a direction maybe, but really it just vanished.

 Then, gesturing and chatting and laughing, these thousands of people all got back into their vehicles and eventually were able to move away to wherever it was that they were going.

 We continued into  town to do our shop like everybody else, but I do not remember our talking about it. I mean, what could you SAY? All three of us, like everyone else there I expect, found it difficult. When we got back home to the girls parents, where they and their brother awaited us, I do not remember us mentioning this extraordinary thing to them at all.Maybe we did? WE did not discuss it I know, for the next two years

But it was like a blessing, and I think of all of those thousands of people who shared the same silent experience, and all of us able to remember it as clear as day, every day, and it’s great.

 

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Thank you Peter for your excellent comment! Amazing experience.

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