The documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, best known for acclaimed and often controversial works such as The Century of the Self and Power of Nightmares, is an inveterate crate-digger of archival footage, as evidenced by both his films, and his blog at the BBC website.  In his most recent post, Curtis unearthed a surreal gem that should appeal to enthusiasts of ufological history and fringe culture: a BBC interview from the 50s with George King, a London taxi driver who claimed to be in regular contact with an Interplanetary Parliament of Martian, Venusian, and Saturnite Space Brothers.  The Contactee phenomenon, a charming and eccentric chapter in the history both of the Space Age and of DIY religious movements in general, was largely focussed in the US, where the used car-salesman and the mystic are ever in close proximity.  King, who established the Aetherius Society based on his alleged contact experiences, is the most prominent British example of the genre.  In this fantastic clip from 1977 Brit-UFO documentary Out of this World, King tells his story, and presides over a delightfully Wicker Man-esque ritual on a hilltop designed to charge up a “Prayer Power Battery”:

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The possible sighting by multiple witnesses of a UFO above Stephenville, TX briefly garnered media attention in January 2008. This newly leaked footage claims to capture what residents saw. My hope is that it’s legitimate, as it features one of the more aesthetically pleasing alien crafts caught on video:

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Reports Bailey Johnson on CBS News:

It wasn’t flying, and it’s already been identified. But that didn’t stop people around Washington, D.C. from buzzing about a possible UFO being towed on the local highway Wednesday night. Many took to Facebook and Twitter to share their amazement of an extraterrestrial craft on the back of a tractor-trailer. Maryland authorities confirmed today that the UFO was actually a military drone.

The aircraft was a Northrop Grumman X-47B, to be exact. The drone was en route to the Patuxent Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. Drivers noticed the unusual craft on I-270 and on the Beltway around D.C.

Writes Discover’s Bad Astronomy:

Last week, over the Middle East, people were shocked to see a bright fan of light moving across the sky, which suddenly turned into a gigantic glowing spiral! This is not just some uncorroborated eyewitness story; there’s video.

Pretty cool, huh? People are claiming it’s a spaceship… and they’re right. But it’s not an alien spaceship. It’s from Russia.

Would you be brave enough to journey to the black, endless bottom of the sea and mess with a mysterious cylinder resting there? Via the Huffington Post:

A mysterious cylindrical object is sitting 300 feet at the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, and nobody knows what it is — yet. Deep sea divers using remote-controlled cameras are heading to the site on Friday. They’ll try to determine the exact identity of the object, which side-scan sonar first revealed in June 2011.

In what’s been compared to an episode of “The X-Files,” Peter Lindberg, captain of the Ocean Explorer, and his co-researcher Dennis Asberg made global headlines last year when they presented sonar images of a nearly 200-foot-wide circular anomaly.

Henry Hanks reports on an apparent disconnect between sci-fi geeks and belief in UFOs and other unexplained phenomena, at CNN’s GeekOut blog: I was surprised, leading up to this weekend’s top grossing…

Spaceship Near SunPeter Farquhar writes on the Daily Telegraph (AU):

Either we aren’t alone, or it’s nigh time NASA fixed its dodgy cameras. For the third time this year, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has returned an image of a giant UFO hovering near, or feeding off the Sun. Maybe

In recent years, SOHO has found an extended role as a predictor of solar weather activity, helping scientists on Earth prepare for radiation bursts sent our way by solar flares. On the SOHO homepage, fans can access all sorts of Sun-related data, including images that have been built from observations from any of the dozen or so instruments onboard SOHO, and videos …

Here’s the active SOHO observer, YouTube User rob19791: