Top 5 (Well, 6) UFO Sightings in History

The truth is out there. It’s just… you’d think with all the cellphone cameras out there someone would have figured it out by now. But despite some of the more bizarre life forms stalking the New York subways, no definitive proof of extraterrestrial life exists.

Few people would think that we’re alone in the universe anymore. At the beginning of the 20th century, humanity was shocked to learn the Milky Way wasn’t the only galaxy in the universe. Today we know at minimum there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe. It’s hard to wrap our primitive primate brains around that one. But whether or not life is out there isn’t the question. It’s whether or not any them have been probing our humble little abode.

If you look at the stories of alien encounters and UFO sightings, striking similarities begin to emerge. Why is it that even in remote parts of the world, isolated from popular media, the story of little grey men with the big heads and cold large eyes always turn up? That’s why we’re counting off the top five UFO sightings.*

*UFO are real. UFO stands for unidentified flying object. Technically, if you see something flying in the sky, and can’t figure out what it is, it’s an unidentified flying object. The real question shouldn’t be whether UFOs are real, but if alien spaceships are real. Just a pet peeve of mine.

5. The Lubbock Lights

In Lubbock, Texas on Aug. 25, 1951, reports came in of a V formation of mysterious luminous lights darting across the night sky. (Public Domain)

Over the skies of Lubbock, Texas on August 25 1951, reports came in from a couple of crackpots that a V formation of mysterious luminous lights darted across the night sky. Oh wait, they were three professors from Texas Technological College. About 20-30 lights described as bright as stars, but far larger crossed the night sky in a matter of seconds. Then another V formation followed.

But the professors weren’t the only ones. Witness around Lubbock also reported seeing the mysterious orbs. Then on August 30, local Texas Tech freshman Carl Hart, Jr. took a photo. The same professors also witnessed a fly-over on September 5 and were able to calculate they were travelling at least 600 miles per hour.

The official Air Force explanation: they were birds! 600 mph birds…

Apparently a type of migratory bird called plovers flew over the city and the newly installed street lamps reflected light off their bellies and that’s what everyone saw. There’s no explanation for why this phenomenon doesn’t happen more often considering how many cities around the world have birds and street lamps.


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