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Are UFO sightings linked to sci-fi films ?

By T.K. Randall
August 20, 2009 · Comment icon 15 comments

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Recently released documents in the UK have shown that UFO sightings over the country increased five-fold in the same year that the movie Independence Day was released in cinemas, suggesting a link between UFO sightings and sci-fi films.
Newly released documents show that UFO sightings in the UK leapt five-fold in the same year that the alien invader blockbuster Independence Day was released. So is there a link between UFOs and science-fiction ?


Source: BBC News | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 15 years ago
That's irrelevant. The article is stating that UFO sightings went up after the release of science fiction movies, which makes sense because as Warbringer said, "People's imagination run wild." Well, Science fiction movies may be a contributing factor, but in the last century, we successfully have many vehicules and gadgets up in the sky. Although some objects are common knowledge, I'm sure a few is out there we have no clue. So, increase sightings of UFOs is to no surprise for me, but for most cases, nothing extra-terrestrial or foreign about it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by shaka5 15 years ago
I wouldn't call it irrelevant. remember sightings went up , but a bulk because of experimental craft .Especially through the fifties. what also isn't taken into account is media to produce those reports. The same amount of unknowns may have been sighted previous to movies and air craft ... but pre tv ,radio ......... news was far and few between. Just as people say there is more crime today . well it's reported more widely. coast to coast. crime has always been a certain percent of the population it's just media coverage wasn't as wide. Same with war. limited coverage and very censored made fo... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by lookingfortruth 15 years ago
it hurt me to read this. our swim team size doubled the year after the olympics and michle phelps medals, it was the biggest increase ever. since this movie got people hyped up over ufos, wouldnt it be logical to say the same thing happened?
Comment icon #9 Posted by KillerRabbit 15 years ago
Makes sense. Most Ufos reported are planes, ballons, stars, etc . After seeing a Sci_Fi movie people may mistake these for Ufos, As their mond is on UFos, and aliens.
Comment icon #10 Posted by MID 15 years ago
UFO sightings pre-date the film industry. This article fails. That's irrelevant to the premise of the article. There is actually little doubt that the media intensifies the awareness of UFOs and certainly has an effect on reports of encounters and such. Especially after a ridiculous movie like "Independence Day".
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cookes453 15 years ago
That's irrelevant to the premise of the article.There is actually little doubt that the media intensifies the awareness of UFOs and certainly has an effect on reports of encounters and such. Especially after a ridiculous movie like "Independence Day". That's what I meant, perhaps I should've said it in a different way, my apologies lol. Good points here though.
Comment icon #12 Posted by UtahRaptor 15 years ago
So, I guess all of the people in every single ancient human culture watched SiFi movies when they invented algebra, trig, calc, open heart surgery, blood transfusions, brain surgury, C-sections, and super advanced methody of construction that with all of our technology today can't even duplicate. It's nice to know that our ancient ancestors from 2,000 years ago to 50,000 years ago also had Comcast. I guess that cable and satillite TV is where they got the silly notion that extraterrestrial people came down and tought them all of the things I mentioned and more. Comcast so rocks!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rory 15 years ago
When the television show Torchwood was released the amount of reports of Unidentified Flying Objects being spotted increased dramatically, strangely enough in the Cardiff area. . .
Comment icon #14 Posted by behaviour??? 15 years ago
I see two arguments here. One being that people's imagination runs wild. Another that it makes people more aware and therefore more likely to view the phenomenon. And you seem to notice that most of the are hoaxes? Arising possibility to the first one rather the second Thanks B???
Comment icon #15 Posted by behaviour??? 15 years ago
When the television show Torchwood was released the amount of reports of Unidentified Flying Objects being spotted increased dramatically, strangely enough in the Cardiff area. . . Very true....most of them wanted Acess to that programme.... Welcome to UM Hope you enjoy your stay abroad Hope you have a pleasant day thanks B???


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