Thursday, 13 March 2014

UFO Alert In Canada!

How an alien invasion would look in Canada. (source)
Peoples of ... Ontario and Manitoba! Bend your knee in respect for your new cosmic masters! Your Prime Minister - a cyborg - will no longer be necessary to us! We will now become your supreme overlords!

Or something.

Did you hear that UFO sightings are at the second highest rate in Canada in the past 2 years?

UFO sightings soar to new heights in Canada
There were 1,180 UFO sightings reported in 2013, or about three each day, according to the Canadian UFO Survey, an annual survey released Tuesday by Winnipeg-based UFOlogy Research of Manitoba. 
It is the second-highest number recorded in Canada in the past 25 years. The peak year was 2012, when almost 2,000 reports were recorded.
Okay, so the article itself doesn't mention anything about aliens. I admit the picture above is misleading, but it's no more misleading than the picture of the flying saucer in the CBC article above. Let's face it, although UFO technically means nothing more than a flying object that's unidentified, most people associate it with buggy-eyed aliens in extra-terrestrial space ships.

UFOlogy Research director Chris Rutkowski suggests that the economic downturn may have prompted people to look up into the sky for some kind of divine guidance rather than staring down at the earth like I do most days on the way to work. Maybe they have more time on their hands.

He has a few theories:
  1. More UFOs are present and physically observable by witnesses
  2. More secret or classified military exercises and overflights are occurring over populated areas
  3. More people are taking the time to observe their surroundings
  4. And more people are able to report their sightings with easier access to the Internet and portable technology.
Maybe it's the messenger here. I don't know if it's just the reporter having a poor grip on what UFO actually stands for.  I mean, number one is pretty much a given right?  Because whether the sightings are space aliens, military exercises, space alien military exercises, space alien military frisbees or broken cloaking devices, these are all unidentified flying objects.

Number 3 is nice, I guess. Perhaps they are less employed and have more time? It sounds rather pleasant really.

Many of them are apparently reported by airline pilots and other professional people. It's possible they were just saying they saw something - not the alien thing that most people will probably get out of this. It would have been nice if the author of the piece specified that UFO doesn't mean death-ray-toting space machines.

Anyway, number 4 goes without saying. I just got my first smartphone last year. But wouldn't you expect better pictures by now if everyone is wandering around all the time with high resolution video cameras in their pockets?

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