But while the latest story to capture headlines, this one in Stephenville, Texas, is causing excitement among some, I have to yawn.
Some highlights from USA Yesterday:
"In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.
Several dozen people — including a pilot, county constable and business owners — insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it.
"People wonder what in the world it is because this is the Bible Belt, and everyone is afraid it's the end of times," said Steve Allen, a freight company owner and pilot who said the object he saw last week was a mile long and half a mile wide. "It was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts."
While federal officials insist there's a logical explanation, locals swear that it was larger, quieter, faster and lower to the ground than an airplane. They also said the object's lights changed configuration, unlike those of a plane. People in several towns who reported seeing it over several weeks have offered similar descriptions of the object ...". Blah blah blah...Read the whole article here.
Why does the story leave this reporter cold? Because, like thousands of other sightings, there is still a question as to what was seen, if anything.
My patience is exhausted with "I saw lights moving fast across the sky." At this point in history there are more recording devices in more hands covering more of the world than ever before. I need a Day The Earth Stood Still type sighting, or to my younger readers, an Independence Day visit from whatever is supposedly out there and taking the time to come all the way to our planet just to graze the tree line before heading home.
Not to naively assume that they would act just like us, but if the roles were reversed and we were visiting their far away home we would want to meet them, see them, study them, and, if I know our species, possibly kill them. We would never get there and try to hide, right? Then why have we had 60 years of cat-and-mouse UFO sightings?
Do I think they are out there? Absolutely. Have they visited us? No. And I don't think it is the power problem or the vast distances between worlds that is most likely to prevent it from happening. I think it is that intelligent humans have only been on Earth for a relative blink-of- the-eye in the big picture; a few million or a few thousand years depending on whether you trust science or Mike Huckabee. The chances that someone comes knocking while we are at home is pretty remote.
By the way, I will be really ticked off if I die and just miss meeting E.T.. Unlike those who are afraid of inter-species contact, I wish for it every day. Then finally we could stop talking about Britney.