If you missed the not one, but two different New York Times articles this week covering potential UFO-human interactions, don't beat yourself up. We're living in a world when the news cycle is so clogged up with back-to-back disasters that it's easy to overlook, like, evidence that UFOs maybe visited earth? To catch up, here are seven UFO encounters similar to the Pentagon video written up in the New York Times this week. Don't freak out — or do, honestly, I don't know, this whole situation is supremely bizarre.
UFO ("unidentified flying objects") sightings have been flitting in and out of our headlines and imaginations for centuries. Plutarch, the ancient biographer of Roman armies, included in his records the report of a giant, flaming, silver-colored, wine-jug-shaped apparition dropping from the sky during a battle in Phrygia. In 74 B.C.E. In 1561 in Nuremberg, villagers reported flying canons and spheres doing battle in the sky one early April morning. The list goes on. And on. And on. To such an extent that, in recent years, the United States government officially began investigating.
Established in 2007 by Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the former Senate majority leader, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program served to investigate reports of UFOs. Though it was officially "shut down" in 2012, the office continued to house at least one employee, intelligence official Luis Elizondo, until October of this year.
Is your interest piqued? Ready to fall into the black hole of UFO truther theories? Here are a few similar formerly reported incidents below.