PHOTO OF THE DAY:
It came in the night sky
September 29, 2010
PHOTO OF THE DAY: It came in the night sky
UFO over Redbud, Illinois in 1950. CLICK TO ENLARGE
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So here’s the rumpus on the picture. This is a shot of a UFO taken (says an old newspaper report) over Redbud, Illinois in April of 1950.
One witness was quoted as saying the thing was as tall as a skyscraper and he wasn’t even drinkin’ that night.
Reportedly a bunch of other folks in the area also saw it, like reliable Wayne County citizens such as a deputy sheriff, an auto mechanic and a former county commissioner.
All told, Wayne County Sheriff Jim Poindexter said that on the night of April 26, nearly 30 people called to say they had seen “brightly lit objects of spectacular dimensions which made no sound but cruised above the treetops at speeds of around 100 mph.”
All of the callers insisted the objects were not airplanes, helicopters or any other recognizable flying objects. Most people described them as something with amber lights flying over the treetops.
But here’s the rub: that grainy photo you see, like all the thousand other UFO photos, doesn’t tell us a thing. There’s nothing in the frame to give us any perspective on how big the object was, let alone where it was headed or at what speed.
It could have been a bowl turned upside down and thrown through the air at which point the shooter grabbed the shot.
Unless you see something in the foreground or background that will provide heighth and width perspective, then for all we know that object could have been 18 inches across.
Now, we ain’t sayin’ there’s not a real phenomenon that people are seeing in the sky from time to time. There’s a lot of credible witness UFO sightings from commercial pilots and such.
So the sighting of the unusual occurrence now and then may be perfectly legit. But it doesn’t mean that what is being seen is from outer space.
One of the more interesting theories we’ve heard about UFO's (and we weren’t even drinkin’ that night) came from a book that the pioneer head shrinker Car Jung wrote.
Jung thought UFO’s might be “projections” in some way, shape and form of the collective unconsciousness of human kind.
Remember many years ago when folks in Ireland were sure there were “little people” called elves and gnomes and fairies? People back then swore they saw them just like now when people swear they saw flying space ships.
And the Irish may well have seen the little people since those elves and gnomes and such may have been projections of the collective unconscious at that time in Ireland’s history (long before the “atomic age” and the first sightings of “flying discs” over Mt. Rainier in our state back in the late 1950’s).
So the visual experience that people may be having when they “see” a UFO may be legit. It’s just the “what” they are seeing that might be in question.
So we go with Jung on this one.
Hey, makes as much sense as believing that a bunch of 4-foot tall, big eyed, gray skinned guys in space ships are coming to visit us from 300,000 light years away.
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