A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

From Abracadabra to Zombies | View All

flying saucer

On June 24,1947, Kenneth Arnold claimed that he'dMr. Arnold seen nine "crescent shaped" aircraft flying erratically at incredible speeds near Mount Rainier. He said they reminded him of saucers skimming over water. An editor of the Eastern Oregonian reported that Arnold saw "round" objects. Other reports noted "disc-shaped" objects. Within a few weeks, there were hundreds of  reports nationwide of sightings of flying "saucers."

saucer.gif (3611 bytes)The fact that so many UFO and alien sightings conform to rather standard depictions is taken by some as evidence that the observers are not mistaken. They must be seeing the same things. It is more likely that they see what they see because of their expectations, which are based on stereotypes created largely by the mass media. In this respect, and maybe some others as well, UFO an alien sightings might be compared to Santa Claus sightings.
See also alien abduction, area 51, autokinetic effect, cattle mutilation, crop circle, men in black, Roswell, sleep paralysis, and UFO. 

reader comments

further reading

Bartholomew, Robert E. and Benjamin Radford. "The Birthplace of the Flying Saucer," in Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias - Why We Need Critical Thinking (Prometheus  Books 2003).

Frazier, Kendrick. (ed.) The Ufo Invasion : The Roswell Incident, Alien Abductions, and Government Coverups (Prometheus, 1997).

Gardner, Martin. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1957),


The Klass Files (Archive of Skeptics UFO Newsletter)

Last updated

© Copyright 1994-2016 Robert T. Carroll * This page was designed by Cristian Popa.