Originally posted by blocula
The modern phenomena of UFOs and “flying saucers” began in Washington state on June 24 1947,when Kenneth Arnold spotted nine mysterious,high-speed
objects "flying like a saucer would" along the crest of the Cascade Range near Mount Rainier.His report made international headlines and triggered
hundreds of similar accounts of "flying saucers" locally and across the nation...Kenneth Arnold sighting >
Funny how skeptics JUMPED on the Arnold case to PROVE that flying saucers
were all a matter of suggestion
and mass hysteria.
I keep running into this point, made by skeptics over and over on numerous UFO sites, that there were no disc-like UFOs
to Kenneth Arnold stating that his UFOs skipped through the air like saucers skipping across water
(which I always thought was an odd
The point being, I suppose, that the news media sensationally coined the expression "flying saucers," and the public responded by suddenly seeing
everywhere, even though Kenneth Arnold NEVER SAID his UFOs were disc-shaped. He said they were crescent-shaped, like a flying wing.
Skeptics and cynics have made this point repeatedly over the years, as if THAT alone would dispel the reports of disc-shaped craft.
Fact is, the reports of spherical and cigar-shaped and disc-shaped
craft go back hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of years. As a matter of
fact, there are 17,000-year-old cave paintings in France that depict some very familiar sombrero-shaped
silhouettes, looking for all the world
like modern UFO descriptions. These same peculiar sombrero shapes also
appear in the backgrounds of European tapestries dating back several
There have been many sightings of "flying shields," not only by ancient Europeans but by American Indian tribes such as the Hopi. And the Japanese
have centuries-old legends of flying boats
that resemble the very familiar clamshell profile of modern UFOs.
So, obviously, the disc-shaped UFOs have been around for far longer than the Kenneth Arnold sighting.
edit on 17-1-2012 by ZeskoWhirligan because: (no reason given)