Manny/ July 2, 2019/ From Manny

How we became obsessed with UFOs
Article Link: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/02/how-we-became-obsessed-with-ufos-10095947/

It all began the afternoon of 24 June 1947. Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot, was flying his plane near Mount Rainier in the northwestern part of the United States, when he saw what appeared to be nine bat-shaped objects flying in a pattern at an amazing speed.

Within six weeks, nine out of 10 Americans said they had heard of the term ‘flying saucer.’ A meme was born… and an obsession.

A 1957 survey found that 25 per cent of the public believed it was possible that flying saucers were the work of aliens. Within 10 years, five million Americans were claiming to have actually seen a UFO. And by 1986, polling showed that 43 per cent of the U.S. population believed it likely that at least some UFOs were from outer space.

Academic research, however, has revealed that enthusiasts and their curiosity are more difficult to pin down than that. Studies conducted in the early-2000s showed that those reporting UFOs were generally lower income white males of moderate to high education. And a survey in the 1980s of British UFO researchers indicated that a majority did not believe the objects came from outer space.

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