Smokers make up 25 percent of all UFO witnesses in the U.S.
Okay – I made that number up. My apologies. But the fact remains that a very high number of cases are reported to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database where the witness just happened to be outside “having a cigarette” when the object was first seen. Here are just a few examples from the past three days.
- Independence, Iowa. September 29, 2012. Case 42889. “I was outside having a smoke when I looked east towards sunrise and to the south, or, right of the sunrise I noticed a very bright star-like light in the sky that seemed to sort of hover.”
- Porterville, California. September 28, 2012. Case 42886. “I was setting outside smoking a cigarette when a light just appeared almost above me.”
- Boone, North Carolina. September 21, 2012. Case 42859. “Outside having a cigarette, noticed a ‘star’ WAY brighter than the ones surrounding. Went inside, had another person come out for a cigarette and noticed in the distance at least six ‘things’ hovering, disappearing off in the distance.”
- Hanford, California. September 5, 2012. Case 42857. “I had stepped out back to have a smoke when I saw three lights in a triangle pattern coming in my direction.”
- Georgia, September 26, 2012. Case 42855. “My wife and I were sitting on the back porch while I.smoked a cigar.”
Well – that last guy had a cigar – but you get my point. Without smokers, we might have a lot fewer UFO sightings. I’m not encouraging smoking, just pointing it out. It’s apparently what gets people outside. Most UFO witnesses feel compelled to first say what they were doing at exactly the time the object came into view. Some of the more popular responses beyond smoking are:
- Taking out the garbage.
- Walking the dog.
- Out for a walk.
- Sitting in a hot tub.
- Outside on a work break.
- Sitting on my back porch watching the stars.
While MUFON tracks things like date, time and location, what the witness was doing is not keyed into the database for easy searching – one simply has to read the witness testimony to see what the witness was doing at the time of the sighting.
While not every witness states the reason they were at their location, most do feel compelled to state exactly what they were doing and why they were at that location in the first place. In fact, many witnesses offer “way” too much information – like being on the road to the local mall to return shoes their daughter purchased the day before that just didn’t fit right.
I guess it’s comparing something rather normal to something out of the ordinary. And those folks who were inside when the UFO was coming over often have similar reasons as far as why they went outside or what drew them to look outside.
- Could not sleep.
- Dogs were barking.
- Unusual light was shining into the room.
- Strange sounds outside.
And people’s reactions are somewhat similar as to what they did once they saw the UFO – including:
- Tried to get another witness outside to look at it.
- Ran to a better spot for a better look at the object.
- Got into my vehicle and gave chase.
- Ran inside for a camera to record the incident.
Details are an investigator’s best friend – so please don’t slow down on your observations. Having read thousands of UFO reports over the past 40 years does allow me to make generalizations about the average UFO report. The popularity of the UFO subject has increased dramatically and while Hollywood continues to demonize the subject with cute aliens and planet take-overs, there has been an increase in good witness testimony from both the military and civilian population. Filing a UFO report is no longer considered “crazy,” so there has also been a sharp increase in the number of older reports being filed for the first time.
Many witnesses report that had they not been looking into a particular area at the time, they would never have noticed the object due to its silence. Even a mile-long UFO hovering 50 feet over your neighbor’s home might go unnoticed unless you just happen to be looking in that direction. And while running inside for a camera or a second witness generally means when you return – the object is gone – there are many cases where the object that moves quickly away, makes a return trip to the same area just a few minutes later.
So don’t smoke on my account – but if you do smoke and you do that outside – please continue looking up and being aware of your surroundings. And please file those reports with the Mutual UFO Network at mufon.com.