UFOs Over Texas
I was asked recently why there are so many UFO reports from Texas. While I am sure I could make some great jokes based on that question, there is actually a perfectly reasonable explanation that doesn’t involve the Bush’s Crawford Ranch in any way. Since this is about the only time I can answer a UFO question with assurance, here goes. Texas is a really big state with a lot of people living in in. And Texas has a huge amount of air travel both military and civilian due to its central placement in the USA. Since the majority of UFO sightings are mistaken identifications of normal aircraft, usually blimps, a big state with a large population and lots of air traffic is going to generate a lot of UFO reports.
This question was generated by the spate of UFO sightings over Stephenville, Texas. Dozens of people have reported seeing a huge UFO morphing across the sky, with shining lights and all sort of other details. The description of the object seems to vary considerably from person to person, and unfortunately no one has yet managed to capture the object on film. What are these people seeing? Who knows, scientists long ago got really bored with tracking down witnesses like this and going through the trouble of figuring out what exactly they misidentified as a UFO. Assuming they saw anything at all, even sober headed people are very suggestible at times, and if you are watching the skies looking for something unusual, there’s a good chance you might see something.
The other thing that annoys me with this sort of sighting is all sorts of folks report on the size of the object. We can only judge the size of an object by comparing it to objects we know the size of, that especially goes for objects in the sky. So estimates about how big some unknown object in the sky is aren’t even estimates, they are wild guesses and have no bearing on reality. For God’s sake the planet Venus is the most commonly object misidentified as a UFO, if people mistake a goddamn planet millions of miles away for an object flying through the air…it’s easy to see how ridiculous reports of a “mile long” UFO are. Unless the UFO was flying tandem with a 707 or some such, size estimates are silly.
Until one touches down somewhere I recommend taking UFO stories with a sack of salt. The hucksters and true believers have so muddied the water that this is an area almost devoid of normal scientific enquiry. And, frankly, there’s been nothing to study. If visitors have arrived they haven’t left any proof, even the smallest artifact or pebble from another star system would have unmistakable chemical signatures that would scream extraterrestrial origin. None have shown up yet. And the idea that the government is secretly holding and researching alien technology also doesn’t really hold water. If true, it would be the most remarkable discovery in world history, not to mention being valuable beyond all belief. People have a hard time keeping secrets like that, the idea that dozens or hundreds of scientists could investigate alien technology without the news leaking out is hard to swallow. Or as a wise person once pointed out, if you think the government really is hiding UFOs, call the Air Force and say one landed in your yard. They will tell you to call the police and hang up on you, not rush out to make sure their secret was still safe.
From UFOs we segue neatly into flying rods. What the heck are flying rods? They are mysterious flying creatures darting through the air all over the world that on film look remarkably like a rod with several sets of wings. They have also been called skyfish, and so far attempts to capture them have turned up nought. There’s tons of rod footage available to view, here is a lovely news segment with footage galore. Amazing stuff, eh? If fact, anyone can become a rod researcher. All it takes is a video camera, a location where bugs are flying, a voila, perfect rod videos will soon be your reward. One can even set up nets to try and catch them, however one will be saddened to discover that the flying rods are merely normal moths and flies. The only thing scientists are baffled about is why anyone takes this sort of nonsense seriously. Rods are merely an artifact of how video cameras record images, this non story has gotten far more attention than it deserves.
I wish I had some truly mysterious UFO or UFO related story to relate, but sadly I’ve never heard one. From rods it goes on to such lunacy as cattle mutilation and chemtrails. Frankly people believe so many ridiculous theories for which there is zero empirical evidence says something about the gullibility and general level of logical thinking in the human race. Its no wonder the aliens haven’t contacted us…and certain politicians get re-elected.
(The above image of flying rods are from the footage shot by filmmaker Jose Escamilla in 1994 that brought the whole phenomena to public attention. I am claiming it as Fair Use under US copyright law, it’s central to illustrating the post, it’s not being used for profit, and it in no way interferes with the esteemed Mr Escamillo’s marketing of his images. The object pictured under the flying rods is just what it appears to be, a falling fool.)