Polls generally indicate that as much as half of the population believes in the existence of UFOs, with about 5% admitting to actually seeing something they thought might be a UFO at one time or another. Of course, the fact is that most UFO reports are misidentifications of natural phenomena (especially bright stars and planets, meteors, ball lightning, swamp gas, etc.) or man made phenomena (aircraft landing lights, dirigibles, balloons, test aircraft) or, in some cases, even hoaxes. However, there are a small number of sightings that defy easy explanation or have had such an impact on society that they eventually became a part of UFO folklore. As such, this is my list of the top ten most widely reported, best documented, most inexplicable or just plain strangest UFO “experiences” on record.
10. California and the Midwest “Airship” Sightings, 1896-97
Not many people know that seeing unidentified lights in the sky goes back over a century, when the first UFO “flap” (a grouping of UFO sightings made over a specific area within a few months) occurred over a hundred years ago in the waning years of the nineteenth century. It all began when a mysterious unidentified light was observed by hundreds of people moving slowly over Sacramento, California in November, 1896, apparently moving against the wind at a leisurely thirty miles an hour. It was seen again a week later, this time over San Francisco; by the end of the year hundreds of reports of the thing were coming in from all over the Pacific coast, creating a media frenzy. After a two-month absence during the winter of 1896-97, the mysterious object—described by some witnesses as being suspended beneath a dark, cigar-shaped craft—reappeared over the Midwest, where it was reportedly seen from Nebraska to Michigan and from Minnesota to Texas before abruptly disappearing for good in April of 1897. Though generally dismissed by modern skeptics as an example of media-driven mass hysteria (perhaps helped along by sightings of the planet Venus), the sheer number of reports—several thousand by some estimates—makes it unlikely it was nothing more than the press having a good laugh. Some have even suggested the intriguing possibility it may have been an early airship making its appearance years before the Wright Brother’s plane ever flew—making it more terrestrial than extraterrestrial in nature (and evidence of a nascent technology emerging years before it was supposed to). In any case, “the great airship of 1897”—or whatever it was—remains as much a mystery today as it did in our great, great grandparent’s day. Continue reading
Engineering and researching in order to improve human’s life is present from the time of very first humans on Earth. The ability to think and imagine gave humans an opportunity to make their life easier and less painful. Other creatures are not even closely intelligent as humans so they never could change the way they live. However, humans did that many times in history, and they are doing it now. Inventing and engineering is main wheel of humans prosperity and is main reason we have much easier lives today than people who lived in past.
Engineers and scientists are people who really deserve some special respect because of jobs they do. Every day, some new invention is made which can help human to live and survive easier.
But, humans are forgetful creatures, and sometimes we just do not think what this world would look like without the science and inventions. One of the most important inventions of all times was a wheel, however, it is not the only one without we couldn’t imagine our lives today. Here you can see a few illustrated examples what humans’ life could look like without science, inventions and engineering.
Do you ever have really, really weird dreams?
I do, and I don’t need professional help to figure out the source – usually that salami sandwich or entire cheesecake I ate right before I went to bed.
Recurring dreams, on the other hand, demand more of my attention – often because they are scary. In fact, most of the recurring dreams on this list might be more accurately described as nightmares. Perhaps this is because scary dreams are more memorable – a more effective way for your subconscious to get your attention.
Events and emotions in your waking life trigger your dreams. If you repeatedly have the same dream, your subconscious is trying to send you a message. Fortunately, there are a lot of online resources available to help you figure out what your dreams mean, including extremely detailed dream dictionaries. There are also online communities that allow you to share your dreams in forums for interpretation and discussion. You can even use the discussion boards to connect with people who have similar dreams and receive free advice from various experts, ranging from professional dream analysts to psychics. Continue reading