originally posted by: Willtell
Ufology is going in a circle and always returns to its original form, which is not knowing.
We know as much as we did in 1947 as we know now. That should tell us something.
All we have learned since 1947 is that UFOs seem to come in all shapes and sizes, but it's also useful to remember that 'saucers' and 'black
triangles' pre-date Kenneth Arnold and 1970s stealth tech by decades (our Karl's threads on the topic are well worth a read), making the infamous
misreporting of Arnold's words a moot point.
What hasn't changed is the automatic smirk generated by the writers and presenters of mainstream media, which has always confused me since I was a kid
when 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind' was making the rounds; in fact, I didn't think ET visitation was a big deal, no different to meeting someone
from say Iceland or Ukraine. "So what?" I thought, which is ironic since I soon became as hardened a sceptic as the media itself. It was only my
wife's UFO experience that prompted me to peruse the topic again. I've softened my stance, but even my better half now uses the aforementioned "So
what?" attitude. Which is a refreshingly open-minded take on our topic, just not accompanied by research or any interest in proving such visitations
are Real. Indeed, "So what?" kind of tramples over our favourite hobby and all our fevered work and speculation, but at least it's devoid of the
I've never seen a UFO (by whatever popular notion the term implies), not even something in the sky that required identification per se. Away from the
skies, though (and at the risk of repeating myself yet again), I have experienced a 'ghost/poltergeist' in Dec 1995 at my wife's parents' Cornish home
in West Looe, which ironically also hosted far stranger activities (including UFOs overhead, but nothing to do with my wife's UFO event which was in a
different county many years before) over many years, but I was only lucky enough to witness a poltergeist event: our closed bedroom being 'punched
open' in an empty house on a still night, followed by the bizarre sounds of footsteps around us and the subsequent sound of drawers being opened...
although not physically opened like the door. I was fascinated! My wife not so much; she was petrified.
I would have immediately explained it as a freak wind, interesting local EMF effects, or perhaps trapped old sound recordings within the walls (or
suchlike)... until her family revealed the stuff I hadn't experienced: billowing black mists racing across rooms; the walls being violently and loudly
thumped (sometimes for 5 or 10 minutes at a time, scary enough for my mum-in-law to leave the house entirely); a large black dog witnessed by a few
people; my dad-in-law's bed literally shaking up and down (he was an ex hardened East End boxer, and never felt fear as he did then); and strangest of
all: a pair of fiery red eyes that manifested in mid-air. Oh, and 'orange saucers' were regularly seen in the sky.
Cool stuff, huh? However, I can't speak for the other events; I can't prove they were even true accounts, but at least I had my own small-scale event
that December day. We only visited that particular house for 8 months before the in-laws moved home, but on our last visit my wife's Uncle was also
staying there. We met him at breakfast one morning when he was shaking like a leaf, mentioning how he'd seen that "large black dog" next to his
All the above, though, emphasises the underlying element of ufology and the paranormal as one giant Mystery game. We are all Sherlocks enjoying a
grand quest of discovery and associated theoretical musings.
Even if, as Phage stated, everything probably boils down to a very Earthly explanation in the end, hey, we had some fun in the meantime!
PS: Tonight, Jupiter and Saturn will be in a conjunction that allegedly created the 'Star Of Bethlehem' for the first time in 800 years, so expect a
plethora of UFO reports, too!
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