The truth is out there. Millions of people have seen objects in the sky that they could not identify. While some of the sightings can be credited to meteors, planets, stars or satellites, many individuals have had experiences that are not easily explained. Even former President Jimmy Carter once filed a report stating that he had seen a UFO.
For those who believe in UFOs, there are four kinds of close encounters. In the first kind, there is no interaction between the UFO and the environment. The second kind shows evidence of interaction, such as interaction with car ignition systems, which should not be confused with the effects of repairs that should have been done, and were not done, on an automobile. The third kind reports sightings of UFO occupants from outer space, while the fourth kind involves personal contact with the occupants of the UFO and possibly temporary detainment.
An example of a close encounter of the third kind happened in Brazil in 1947. Jose Higgins encountered three entities, each seven feet tall, who emerged from a large disc-shaped object. They wore “transparent suits covering head and body, and inflated like rubber bags” and had “metal boxes” on their backs. Their clothing, easily seen through the outer suits, resembled colored paper. All occupants looked alike, with huge round eyes and large, round bald heads without eyebrows or beards. Their bodies were similar to those of human beings, except for the fact that the legs were longer. One of the occupants took a stick and made holes in the ground, suggesting a planetary system. It then pointed to one of the holes and stated (that the hole represented) Orque. At this point, Jose Higgins ran away and hid in a thicket, watching the three entities until they boarded the disc and took off.
Non-believers in UFOs claim that sightings are the imaginative stories of individuals who have mistaken legitimate celestial objects, or creations of human technology, for UFOs. Swamp gas, weather balloons, planets and stars are frequently mentioned as reasons for the sightings.
A UFO story that non-believers enjoy happened in 1964 to Gary Wilcox of Newark Valley, Tioga County, New York. Two dwarfs, each four feet tall, in seamless clothing and wearing hoods that completely covered their faces, suddenly appeared in one of his fields, carrying a tray containing soil and samples of alfalfa and grass. The dwarfs spoke perfect English and claimed to be from Mars. They explained that they needed fertilizer for the alfalfa and grass that they were growing, a bag of which Wilcox laid in a field for them, after their departure. The next day, the bag of fertilizer was gone.
Close encounters with believers and non-believers occur every day. As the old expression goes, you can’t tell a player without a program. Belief in UFOs, or lack of credence in them, reflect intensely held personal beliefs.
While pondering your stance on UFOs, keep in mind that you may be a non-believer:
· If your nightmare about “grays” involves your 5th grade teacher, Miss Zone, and that science project you never finished involving balloons.
· If you’ve just been pulled over by a state trooper and, as he approaches the window, your response is to start speaking into your lapel, saying, “Beam me up, Scotty!”
You may be a believer:
If, growing up, you wouldn’t eat your mashed potatoes unless your mother carved them to look like Devil’s Head Monument.
If you wear a button that says “I was at Roswell in ’47” and you aren’t sixty.In an attempt to gather data from both believers and non-believers, the following situations are offered for your consideration:
Situation #1: You are driving through a lonely stretch of highway in New Mexico when suddenly you see an unidentified flying object headed towards you. Do you: 1. unload the cargo of aliens you are carrying and release them into the desert? 2. photograph the object with your cell phone and immediately try to sell it on eBay? 3. jump out of your car and strike a hitcher’s pose?
Situation #2: You have just encountered and extra-terrestrial. Do you: 1. immediately ask it to teach you that phone trick to save on your cell phone charges? 2. immediately sign it for exclusive rights for all media appearances, merchandising, etc.? 3. immediately enlist as a member of the invasion force?
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