reply to post by Majorion
I agree Majorion, we should look at the circumstances surrounding the situation.
I also agree that it is a hugely unlikely scenario, however, given enough chances, even the most unlikely scenario can occur. Look at the recent
satellite collision for example. The odds of it happening must have been billions to one, but given enough orbits/time, and enough other satellites in
the same altitude range, it's only a question of 'when' rather than 'if'.
Same thing with the Jimmy Carter UFO incident, and keep in mind he was 'only' governor at the time, not that that makes any difference - it could
have happened to almost anyone. If it had happened to anyone else (some random gathering of 10+ people), we probably would not have heard of this
However unlikely the odds of the inexperienced sky watchers coming together, and IMO, it's not more unlikely than seeing an ET UFO, which is what
everyone interprets this as, even if you did not say so in your post.
If that is all this is about - ie he did not understand what he saw, then I don't see what all the fuss is about. Even the most experienced
astronomers see things in the night sky they can not identify from time to time.
Also if you consider the type of people who he was likely to be with at the time of the sighting, I don't mean to stereo-type, but they are probably
upper-crust socialites/celebs., who are unlikely to be much interested in what goes on above their heads and have much knowledge of the sky (although
no doubt there are exceptions).
I'm not saying that I or anyone else can explain every aspect of this case, even though I have put forward suggestions that try to do that, but I am
just attempting to explain that most aspects of this case can be explained by well known phenomena, and under the right circumstances, unusual
coincidences can mislead us, not all the time, but it *can* happen.
It's impossible to say what they saw for sure since we were not there, but we should also keep in mind that there may well still be
natural-terrestrial phenomena that are quite rare that might account for this (and other sightings). We are still learning about the world around us,
and because we see something we do not understand in the sky from time to time, it does not mean to say that we should immediately jump to any
conclusions about what it is.
To emphasize the point, that there are probably many 'possible' although perhaps 'improbable' possibilities, here's one possibility: The drinks
may have been spiked with something.
Do we even know if all the other witnesses reported the same effects as Carter? Perhaps they saw he was going places, and decided to stand by his
version of events in order to further themselves.
I think it's an interesting case for sure, but since some of the details are quite sketchy (time and supporting accounts for starters) and many of
the characteristics of the object in question could be accounted for, I doubt it's anything more than a coincidence involving Venus or perhaps even
the moon which was low on the horizon at the supposed time of the event, although quite frankly, I think that's less likely than Venus being
FWIW I do think that there is other intelligent life out there, but for various reasons, I also think that it's unlikely they would visit (or even be
able to find) us here. It is possible, but I have yet to see any real proof of it.
[edit on 22-2-2009 by C.H.U.D.]