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"Alien invasion" hoax taken seriously in 1967

Posted on Saturday, 5 March, 2011 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Persia


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Newly released UFO files recount a hoax that sparked fears of a real life alien invasion in the 1960s.

On September 4th 1967 four police forces, bomb disposal squads and military intelligence officers were all deployed in response to calls reporting six flying saucers discovered in fields across the country. It turned out that the UFOs were nothing more than a hoax by engineering students from Farnborough Technical College.

"The authorities, including four local forces and a bomb disposal unit, swung into action after six "flying saucers" were found by members of the public in a perfect line across southern England."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Lunarstone on 5 March, 2011, 15:04
That article just proved how reckless we are in shooting first and asking questions later
Comment icon #9 Posted by ShadowSot on 5 March, 2011, 15:09
That article just proved how reckless we are in shooting first and asking questions later This is in case of an alien invasion, there are several other plans for equally ridiculous ideas, but are there "in case of." A wise leader plans for war in times of peace and all that, this is strictly for the instance the aliens attack us.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ShadowSot on 5 March, 2011, 15:32
WOW IF THEY DID ALL THAT THEY MUST KNOW THAT THEY ARE REAL Nope.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DONTEATUS on 5 March, 2011, 16:49
Those pesky Aliens know not to "Mess with Texas" We Goz Lotz of B.B.Q.s and Plenty of Saltwater to Squirt on-em!
Comment icon #12 Posted by TheMcGuffin on 5 March, 2011, 18:43
Even though this was discovered to be a harmless hoax or prank, I'm not surprsied that any reports of unknown objects flying around would get a military and police reaction. This has happened more times than anyone can court. There are plenty of examples of military and police investigations of UFOs, chasing UFOs around, and so on. That's kind of routine, frankly. Since the Cold War was still on back then in 1967, I would expect that UFO reports like these would definitely have provoked a reaction from the military, police and intelligence agencies--just to find out what was going on, if the S... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Oppono Astos on 5 March, 2011, 20:25
Why do we need two separate threads on the same prank?
Comment icon #14 Posted by StarChild 83 on 5 March, 2011, 22:23
of course they would react like that, it was the 60's.
Comment icon #15 Posted by angi chiesa on 6 March, 2011, 10:08
Hey come off it.I was a ladof the 60s and I bought my clothes in Carnaby Street. Drank in the Soho coffee bars and jived with Humphrey littletons band. Nothing wrong with the innocent 60s.
Comment icon #16 Posted by jesspy on 6 March, 2011, 11:19
of course they would react like that, it was the 60's. oooohhhhh! that explains it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 March, 2011, 17:55
I bet If I sicked my" Jaguar Cray XT5 on lil`ole E.T He would turn heels and Run !


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