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Surge in UFO reports over New Year

Posted on Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments


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A significant increase in UFO sightings has prompted speculation that 2012 hysteria may be setting in.

Meteorologists in New Zealand have been inundated with reports of strange lights and objects in the skies from all over the world since the beginning of the year. While most of these have been put down to Chinese lanterns and other mundane things the reports do suggest a heightened degree of panic over similar reports from previous years. Is this a taste of things to come as the infamous "doomsday" date approaches ?

"New Zealand meteorologists said Monday they were opting for the former and other mundane explanations after being inundated with reports of UFOs since the start of the New Year."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by BrandOfAmber on 3 January, 2012, 18:48
Agreed Psycho78. I read the first two lines in this article and then stopped. What the hell ever happened to Occam's Razor? How in the world is the simplest explanation for people seeing UFOs over New Years a sign of Mass Hysteria? Perhaps visitors to our skies just wanted to see the fireworks. For those who don't actually look at the sky with their own eyes, I can tell you that this happens EVERY YEAR. From an Alien perspective, it's a neat Earth Event we perform annually for their entertainment. I saw a burning orange craft floating in low orbit over San Diego this year from the Rooftop of t... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Robbo on 3 January, 2012, 21:17
What's really sad is the inevitable increase suicides that will happen at the end of this year over nothing. Why kill yourself if its going to happen anyway? Hopefully, Dec 22nd 2012 will mean the end of all doomsday predictions. Though I doubt it. I wonder if that nutbar will set Dec 21st as his new rapture date too...
Comment icon #11 Posted by OverSword on 3 January, 2012, 21:47
From an Alien perspective, it's a neat Earth Event we perform annually for their entertainment. I saw a burning orange craft floating in low orbit over San Diego this year from the Rooftop of the Andaz Hotel. Scores of other partiers saw it too. None of us were hysterical, and frankly nobody was afraid. We waved up, and it's likely that 'they' were waving down. Get over yourselves people, they are simply beings from another world. -Brand It's a pretty galactic sized leap to say that something in the sky which is unidentified is piloted by beings from another world. We are separated not only by... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by scowl on 3 January, 2012, 22:55
The saddest part is that people are still belittled for reporting UFO sightings. Of the dozen plus friends and family who have shared their UFO sightings with me, only 3 of them shared their experiences freely with others, regardless of if they thought they were in sympathetic company. Many people falsely assume that they've seen an extraterrestrial spacecraft when they see a UFO. When you give them a list of far more likely explanations of what they saw, they claim they are being "belittled". They know they don't know what they saw, but they want to live their lives believing they saw aliens ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Shush_rules on 4 January, 2012, 6:13
Regardless of if you believe or don't believe in aliens, It's a big call to say that a spike in UFO sightings over New Years should be linked at all to 2012 end of the world bull. Especially when the same article also makes a point that more people celebrated NYE outside...
Comment icon #14 Posted by puckmomma on 4 January, 2012, 8:00
Call it fear or whatever but even this mom of 4 has been looking up at the skys an awful lot lately. I mean even in the morning early, I'll be taking the dog out and I catch myself looking up. Not always a bad thing I guess, but just the whole 2012 year makes me feel uneasy, and I think if it's like that for me I can imagine other people doing the same. My husband is a skeptic also about the 2012 doomsday, but at least we have a dialog about my fears and such.
Comment icon #15 Posted by grendals_bane on 4 January, 2012, 14:16
Agreed Psycho78. I read the first two lines in this article and then stopped. What the hell ever happened to Occam's Razor? How in the world is the simplest explanation for people seeing UFOs over New Years a sign of Mass Hysteria? Perhaps visitors to our skies just wanted to see the fireworks. For those who don't actually look at the sky with their own eyes, I can tell you that this happens EVERY YEAR. From an Alien perspective, it's a neat Earth Event we perform annually for their entertainment. I saw a burning orange craft floating in low orbit over San Diego this year from the Rooftop of t... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hazzard on 6 January, 2012, 1:48
I agree that linking UFOs seen on New Year to mass hysteria isn't the simplest explanation but then linking it to aliens is even less so. Surely UFOs seen during New Year are more a case of people mistaking fireworks, Chinese lanterns, etc as something alien. This is the simplest and most likely explanation. UFOs being fireworks etc Large numbers of people looking at sky + firework displays, Chinese lanterns, etc UFOs being alien in origin Life on another planet + Knowledge of Earth existing + Technology to travel to Earth + UFOs appearing to coincide with New Year Yea, not verry likely. No, I... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by DONTEATUS on 8 January, 2012, 22:01
Great Glass !
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sevastiel on 8 January, 2012, 23:10
It's a pretty galactic sized leap to say that something in the sky which is unidentified is piloted by beings from another world. We are separated not only by great distances but vast gulfs of time as well. It is sooo unlikely in fact that it should not even be considered remotely the most obvious answer. You would think somebody referencing occams razor would know that. Just as galactic to presume sentences 2 and 3... Logically-speaking, an inferior species unable to leave its own solar-system really has little to say, definitively, about a species potentially advanced enough to travel to oth... [More]


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