Gritty images of flying saucers. Thin gray figures dressed in silver. Bulging eyes and long fingers.
The tropes of UFO culture are well known, and many of them center around Roswell, New Mexico. It was in Roswell that alien bodies were supposedly recovered by the government after a UFO crash back in the late 40s and early 50s.
The claims are exciting enough to fuel pop culture, like the TV show Roswell. But they live firmly in the land of the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, unproven modern day fairy tales. Science doesn’t support these claims. Or does it?
A memo has come to light that UFO enthusiasts are claiming offers final, definitive proof of UFOs landing at Roswell, New Mexico in 1950. The smoking gun is a memo from the FBI which has been revealed through a Freedom of Information request. It talks about finding three UFOs at Roswell, each containing three alien bodies.
Sounds exciting, but the Skepticblog has some reasons you may want to wait on throwing your Aliens Among Us party. Mainly, their critique is that the memo is hearsay, written by a third party with no direct knowledge of the scene. Here’s the text of the memo:
“The following information was furnished to SA (redacted) by (redacted).”An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
“No further evaluation was attempted by SA (redacted) concerning the above.”
What do you think? Are you a UFO true believer, or a skeptic? Will you share this juicy dish with your kids? My little ones are too young to care, but I’m sure my 17-year-old stepson will be as fascinated (and skeptical) as I am.