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Why is it that speaking of a UFO, people believe that you are insane?

  1. ptosis profile image82
    ptosisposted 5 years ago

    Even over the phone, speaking to my mother, I heard the cool eerie silence as if she is going to catch some infectious insanity over the phone.

    And I wasn't talking about aliens or anything strange. I live near Fort Huachuca where the army trains pilots  - including the UAV.s I told her that I was swimming on my back in the pool and I watched a UAV high in the sky going back and forth as if in training. I mentioned that as a training UAV it probably didn't have the special skin on it to make it look invisible because it was highly reflective.

    Another 'UFO'  that took some googling to find out what it was. At first I thought it was the ISS station but this didn't reflective at the same brightness all the way across the sky. I only saw it for a few seconds and the intensity of the brightness became brighter and brighter then faded slowly for those few seconds. Know what it was? An iridium flare!

    What other things have you seen in the sky that 100 years ago would be a UFO? Have you seen a UFO and didn't get an explanation for it? Maybe if people didn't treated UFO sighters as insane twits we could get some more info on our crowded sky.

    the Iridium communications spacecraft

    This page has a video of a flare and it looks like the one I saw.
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observin … 07166.html

    Here's the website for all sats including Iridium and the ISS. When I went to the web site that predicts flares - it confirmed mine in Honolulu HI at the correct time.

  2. wilderness profile image98
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Probably because UFO has come to mean something totally different than "Unidentified Flying Object"; instead it means "Weird and malevelont aliens that will snatch you up like they did me and perform anal probes - Run for the hills!"

    It's always a little funny to hear someone reference an unidentified object and then promptly identify it as an unknown  alien space craft while insisting it is unidentified but known to be aliens because it can't be identified as air force so it is identified as alien but remains unidentified.

  3. jcales profile image63
    jcalesposted 5 years ago

    UFOs are about 90% explained and 10% unexplained.
    Most people believe in them nowadays anyway but one's chances of seeing an actual alien are probably 1 out of 4 lifetimes of trying to win the megalotto.
    Odds of seeing a UFO (advanced air technology - antigravity, etc) are much better especially near military bases. Although the recent O'hare airport sighting, Phoenix lights, and a few others do bring some credibility.

  4. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Indeed.  Seeing inexplicable stuff in the sky seem perfectly sane.  Being utterly sure it was an extact type of extraterrestrial craft.... less so.

  5. Stacie L profile image92
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    People are afraid of things in the sky and assume it's harmful.
    If it's not readily identified then its got to be an unfriendly alien...huh?roll

  6. kathleenkat profile image82
    kathleenkatposted 5 years ago

    Why is it that speaking of a UFO, people believe that you are insane?

    It's simply because you believe in something that they do not believe exists. Humans are egocentric. It is the general consensus that today's society is smarter than the 1950s, the Dark Ages, the Ancient Egyptians, prehistoric man... That is all because of how egotistical we are, by nature.

    I suppose it's the same thing that drives people of certain religious affinities (or lack-thereof) to believe people of other religious affinities (and lack-thereof) are ignorant. Also probably drives political arguments as well; people saying that those with a difference of opinion are women-hating, Bible-thumping, xenophobes.

    Who knows? I, personally, believe in aliens. I think it's ridiculous to believe that we humans are the only life existing in this huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge (was that huge enough for you?) universe.

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think it has more to do with jumping from 'lights in the sky' to 'I am 100% sure that was an alien from another planet'.

      1. kathleenkat profile image82
        kathleenkatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        ptosis did not jump to that conclusion. I was merely trying to explain the negative connotation associated with "I saw something weird in the sky--could it be alien?"

        1. psycheskinner profile image83
          psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Ptosis didn't link it to aliens at all, but you did.

          1. kathleenkat profile image82
            kathleenkatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Exactly. She didn't jump to that conclusion. It seems that we are in agreement.

    2. ptosis profile image82
      ptosisposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If believe that the universe is infinite as in HUGE to the power of infinity - then even we don't exist because any number over infinity is zero.

      If the universe in finite then that's a different story. smile

      The ET's could be from a different dimension that is 'here' if believe in branes, super-string theory and all that. It one of the possible explanations why gravity is such a weak force is because it's mostly in one of those crazy miniscule dimensions that wrap up on itself like a pretzel.


      1. kathleenkat profile image82
        kathleenkatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I don't believe the universe is infinite. I do believe it's huge (as I said, "huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge").

        So, yes, we exist. I find it likely that other life exists, too.

  7. jcales profile image63
    jcalesposted 5 years ago

    I don't believe all the people who give eyewitness testimonials of seeing ETs or crafts come out of nowhere are wackos either ,especially the former generals or military specialists. The civilians are a lot harder to believe unless you have some ET microscopic metal embedded in your body all of a sudden. I know, i know, here we go.

  8. kschang profile image89
    kschangposted 5 years ago

    People have different meanings for UFOs.

    UFO is exactly that: unidentified flying object. Most amateurs can't identify anything they didn't know about. Most haven't even seen a weather balloon, muchless one of the more exotic flying machines in the US top secret arsenals.

    Why does it automatically conjure up the image of "aliens, Greys, Roswell, abduction", etc.?

  9. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    Why do they look at you like you're insane? lol well, I'd say it's most likely 'FEAR'. It's a unknown and uncomfortable to the present reality of our world.

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image97
      mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years agoin reply to this


  10. Pearldiver profile image82
    Pearldiverposted 5 years ago

    Well considering the high number of related incidents that have occurred in Bumbletown NZ, it surprises me that people are afraid to talk about alien connections!  I'm thinking maybe there are some in the community that have vested interest in hushing up all the bad things that go on, perhaps because they get Government funding because of the high unemployment etc.
    Rumor has it that alien probing is quite common, as are abductions, assaults, shoplifting and mounting tourists numbers are disgusting... sad  Even the Pizza shop got carried away on the night there were a couple of bright sparks in the sky over Bumbletown... They simply explained it all as lights from a forest fire... but no fires move as fast as that!  I've got some really good photos of some strange stuff that's gone on... and the tv news are pretty interested!  The sleazy mayor and his crew have cashed in on the UFO market.. so they must have probed some 'inside' information, or perhaps are responsible?  ... They sell Alloy hats @ $20 each!  Unbelievable!  roll  sad