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anything to do with crop circles?
||After more than a decade of close observation, there is still
no concrete evidence that crop circles are related to UFO sightings. The crop circle
phenomenon has many intriguing facets that many people would like to attribute to nonhuman
intelligence --including discoveries of cellular changes in the plants, possible radiation
fluctuations in soil samples, and unusual geometric relationships. These effects are
exciting, but they do not constitute proof of UFO activity.
|Current theories on what causes the circles include unusual
whirlwinds, electromagnetic fields, microwave energy, earth energies connected with
Stonehenge, and hoaxes. Some believe that the complex shapes of many circles indicate a
hoax, but the facts in each case are not so clear-cut. Crop circles are a fascinating
mystery. Continued scientific study will undoubtedly shed light on this enigma.
Are UFOs responsible for cattle mutilations?
Controversy continues regarding the alleged connection between UFOs and the apparent
mutilation of cattle. Some researchers argue that unusual circumstances surrounding the
death of some cattle indicate UFO involvement. They cite reports that tell of strange
lights or aircraft near fields where mutilated cattle are later found. Physical evidence
found on the dead cattle, such as puncture wounds, missing body parts, and the lack of
blood, suggests to them that someone has deliberately and skillfully killed these animals
for some unknown purpose; although genetic experimentation is a popular theory. Other
researchers, including ufologists, are skeptical about the UFO/cattle mutilation theory,
citing evidence that indicates natural causes, such as disease and animal predators, can
explain these seemingly mysterious cattle deaths. Here again, a more systematic study and
more credible evidence is necessary before a connection between UFOs and cattle
mutilations can be made.
Who are the Men in Black? What are the mysterious black
The Men in Black are said to be humanlike creatures who threaten and intimidate UFO
witnesses or researchers. Their physical features and behavior are described as odd. Their
mannerisms and speech tend to be stiff and formal--somewhat robotic and comical but
nevertheless menacing. Theories about who the Men in Black are include government agents
or alien androids. One popular theory is that they are hallucinations experienced by
people who may have had a traumatic UFO experience. Others say they are outright
The mysterious black helicopters, like the Men in Black, are said to intimidate UFO
witnesses. They are seen flying low over witnesses' homes or cars, but never as landing.
Some think they are military surveillance helicopters, while others believe they are UFOs
disguised as helicopters. It might be that a witness traumatized by a UFO experience
confuses normal helicopter traffic with his or her own UFO sighting--a connection based
more on paranoia than on concrete evidence.
Do UFOs cause the mysterious disappearance of people, airplanes,
and ships in the Bermuda Triangle?
|Recent research into the Bermuda Triangle shows there have
been no more disappearances there (taking into account the large amount of air and sea
traffic in the area) than in any other part of the world's oceans. In general, most
disappearances have conventional explanations unrelated to UFOs or other paranormal
phenomena. Although there are some disappearances of aircraft that some researchers
believe may be connected to UFOs, such as the disappearance in 1945 of five Avenger
bombers off the east coast of Florida while on a routine training mission, no UFO
connection has ever been proven. The Bermuda Triangle theory is based more on imagination
than on concrete evidence.
|There is one case, however, involving the disappearance of a pilot and his airplane,
that does involve a UFO. In 1978, off the coast of Australia half a world away from the
Bermuda Triangle, a young pilot, Fred Valentich, reported that a UFO was following his
small plane. Suddenly, radio contact with Valentich ceased, and the young pilot was never
heard from again. Neither Valentich nor his plane were ever found, despite an intensive
air and sea search. Although there is no positive evidence to prove that a UFO caused
Valentich's disappearance, the theory persists.
Did ancient astronauts have anything to do with the
beginnings of human civilization? Did they build ancient monuments like the pyramids and
|Most ancient cultures have myths and legends that tell about godlike beings who came
down to earth and helped mankind develop a sophisticated, technological civilization. Most
scholars consider these only stories and explain that human beings had the intelligence
and skills necessary to develop the mathematics, science, and architectural knowledge
needed to create monuments like the pyramids and Stonehenge.
Are movies about UFOs and aliens like Close Encounters of the Third
Kind and E.T. true?
Movies about UFOs and aliens, like most other movies are fictional--the product of the
fertile imaginations of writers, directors, and special effects artists and technicians.
However, some situations and elements found in these films have some basis in genuine UFO
experiences. (The Center for UFO Studies served as a consultant to Steven Spielberg on Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, so many of the UFO events in that movie are based on
real cases.) Although these movies show what an actual UFO experience may be like, never
forget that many parts of these films are pure imagination and do not represent actual
Besides Close Encounters and E.T., our favorite UFO and alien movies
include The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing (both versions), Invaders from
Mars (the original version), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both versions), Alien,
and Aliens. The X-Files is our favorite TV series.