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On June 24, 1947, the modern UFO era began when a man named Kenneth Arnold saw nine “flying saucers” moving at high speed near Mount Rainer, Washington. Soon others began reporting seeing similar UFOs, spawning a “flap.”
The real story:
The phrase "flying saucer," so familiar to Americans and UFO buffs, is the result of a reporter’s error. After interviewing Arnold about his sighting, a reporter from the Eastern Oregonian newspaper reported that Arnold saw round, aerial objects (in fact he said they were "crescent shaped"). Arnold stated that the objects "flew erratic, like a saucer if you skip it across the water"—not that what he saw resembled an actual saucer. Yet that "saucer" interpretation stuck, prompting many eyewitnesses to repeat (and hoaxers to duplicate) Arnold’s nonexistent description. This strongly shows the role of suggestion in UFO sightings; as skeptic Marty Kottmeyer asks, "Why would extraterrestrials redesign their craft to conform to [the reporter’s] mistake?"
Robert Carroll. The Skeptic’s Dictionary. Available at www.skepdic.com...
The most famous UFO crash in history occurred in 1947, on a ranch just outside of Roswell, a dusty New Mexican town. Mysterious debris and alien bodies (see number 5) were recovered, spirited away in a government cover-up.
The real story:
There was indeed a cover-up of what crashed outside Roswell, but authorities were hiding not a crashed alien saucer but a weather balloon from a secret spy program called Project Mogul. The debris described by the original eyewitnesses exactly matches the balloons used in the program; the fanciful stories of alien bodies did not appear until much later. The Roswell Incident was in fact only one of many similar (and clearly folkloric) stories of crashed vessels containing alien bodies and debris—some dating back nearly 100 years earlier.
Philip J. Klass. The Real Roswell Crashed-Saucer Coverup.
Robert Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford. Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking.
The debris described by the original eyewitnesses exactly matches the balloons used in the program
the fanciful stories of alien bodies did not appear until much later.
The Roswell Incident was in fact only one of many similar (and clearly folkloric) stories of crashed vessels containing alien bodies and debris—some dating back nearly 100 years earlier.
Originally posted by Quest
I still don't understand why there are debunkers.
Debunking is as illogical as most of the UFO "theories" out there.
Originally posted by Quest
If you have such a great grasp of reality and proving things
Originally posted by Access Denied
The reason the debunkers chose Roswell and the other 9 is because they are so easily debunked. The point I think you missed about Roswell is the original witness accounts were consistent with a weather balloon. It wasn't until Stanton resurrected the case 30 years later that the witnesses started describing things differently.
Originally posted by Flinx
Those aren't the top 10 alien encounters...those are phenomenon some say are related to aliens. Notice they pick on easy targets rather than going for the real hard to explain cases. Why don't they try to debunk the really good cases like the Beligum Triangle Flap, Rendlesham Forest, Shag Harbor, the incident where the nuclear missiles were turned off, the 1970s Iran encounter, the 1950s buzzing of Washington DC, and various other high profile military encounters? They don't bother to make articles debunking those because they CAN'T.
Originally posted by longhaircowboy
Not to mention Moore's Mogul launch ocurred ten years after the Roswell incident.
Back to the Future indeed.
Originally posted by Gigram
Waste of time. Waste of money. If Skeptics had real stuff to debunk things it might work, but they don't, just "You would have to be stupid to believe this."
Scully's list of captured or landed flying saucers is subject to the credibility of anonymous scientific and government sources who fed him the information, yet he is remembered for having described in his book a flying saucer crash site at Aztec. What nobody figured out at the time was that the lecturer spoke of a crash 500 miles south of Denver, and Scully was led to the Aztec location after hearing of the Farmington flap at a time when New Mexico was a popular tourist location for saucers. What nobody considered at the time was that the area north of Roswell, N.M., fit the anonymous lecturer's directions almost exactly.