How Did You Celebrate World UFO Day?

UFOJohn Schwartz reminds us to look up occasionally, in the New York Times:

How did you celebrate World U.F.O. Day?

You didn’t?

Dang. Nobody seems to remember any more that July 2, 1947 was the day of the Roswell crash in the New Mexico desert (a spacecraft from another world, say some; a test balloon, says the government) that became the touchstone for those who believe aliens have come to Earth.

And they certainly don’t remember that World U.F.O. Day is celebrated by some on June 24, to commemorate the first widely reported U.F.O. sighting by Kenneth Arnold, a pilot who claimed to see what he would call “flying saucers” over Mount Rainier the same year.

From those days, our cultural love affair with little green men has gone through the stages of many passionate relationships — the fear and hopefulness of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” in 1951; the quirky cuddliness of Ray Walston as “My Favorite Martian” in the ’60s. We laugh, we cry, and then we scream again.

Off screen, however, we seem to have drifted apart: sightings rarely capture the popular imagination. Now that cellphone cameras are all but ubiquitous, there isn’t a moment that can’t be snapped — so if the truth really were out there, we’d see it. And we haven’t.

That isn’t to say that the number of sightings has dwindled. Groups like the National UFO Reporting Center receive hundreds of reports each month, and The Weekly World News supplies the latest in otherworldly headlines. (“Alien Tells Larry King to Leave CNN,” the newspaper reported on June 29.)…

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  • Cerebralcaustic

    >Now that cellphone cameras are all but ubiquitous, there isn’t a moment that can’t be snapped — so if the truth really were out there, we’d see it. And we haven’t.

    Argument from ignorance.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      Ignorance, in this case, being an absence of evidence…which goes to highlight the difficulty of proving a negative.

      • NONO

        looking at the issue as a legal matter rather than a “nuts and bolts” scientific matter, there is an astounding amount of evidence. If you look. and sometimes you don't even have to look far. How many ranking military. intelligence officers and employees of the military industrial complex have come forward through disclosure project? over 200? this includes NASA astronauts and even Englands former Minister of Defence (to name a few). All with corroborating stories and hard evidence such as radar reports, documents and video.

  • Yoyo

    Every few years some big media company puts out a story about how “no one cares about UFOs”. It's almost always during times when there is a spike in UFO sightings (like now) and Military-industrial intelligence officers break silence about their work or knowledge of such phenomenon.

    Disinformation indeed!

    check it: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1725&cate

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      Nuts-and-bolts UFOs went out of style with space exploration.

      The kids these days are mostly into ghosts and quantum mysticism.

  • dumbsaint

    So sick of Roswell. Everyone's dead and it's a convoluted mess. Bentwaters, RB-41, Malstrom there's far more interesting and compelling incidents out there. Compelling in the glowy, unidentified sense, not the 'Klaatu's coming for dinner' one.

    • Conniedobbs

      yeah, and the whole thing fell apart with that alien baby subplot, and what was the deal with Izzie marrying that dude from CSI who's old enough to be her much older brother? HELLO STATUTORY RAPE IS ILLEGAL, no matter what planet they're from!

      Oh, you're talking about the crash. NM.

  • Namelesswon

    i celebrated it by confusing the acronym Unidentified Flying Object or the idea that “we dont know what it is” with the idea of a A flying disc shaped object piloted by cow carving anal probing aliens created in testubes in Australia by child psychotic government supersoldiers dressing up as aliens in black helicopters and spy satelites that have pulse sound wave tech that carve crop circles, while disinformation agents and peoples general stupidity propogate unfounded fear spreading memes to further control and minipulate social conciousness and lock the parts of our brain that enable us to externalise disencarnate entities that may or may not be from these or other dimensions.

  • Conniedobbs

    yeah, and the whole thing fell apart with that alien baby subplot, and what was the deal with Izzie marrying that dude from CSI who's old enough to be her much older brother? HELLO STATUTORY RAPE IS ILLEGAL, no matter what planet they're from!

    Oh, you're talking about the crash. NM.

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