Freaky Friday: UFO Sightings

Sticking with the theme of last week, this Friday we’ll be delving into UFO sightings. If you don’t know, UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Objects. Many believe these mysterious crafts are sightings of alien ships. So today, I’ll take you through three interesting cases of these strange crafts, so let’s jump right into it!

1. The Kenneth Arnold Sightings

While this may not be the first UFO sighting in history, it certainly is one to remember.
As Kenneth Arnold, having been known for coining the phrase “flying saucer”, spotted nine objects flying over Mount Rainier on June 24th, 1947. They are said to have appeared while flying in a V formation going quite fast, and were described emitting a glowing blue-white light.

Initially they were thought to be military aircraft, however, it was stated that no flight tests were being conducted at the time. There was an official government investigation of these claims in 1948 by the U.S Air Force, believing they could have been some time of Soviet craft. The investigation later concluded that it must have been a simple trick of the eye or simply a mirage. Subsequently, reports of UFOs increased in the U.S after the incident.

2. Val Johnson

It was at 1:40 AM when a strange, bright light was spotted by Sheriff Val Johnson near Warren Minnesota in 1979. He described the light as well defined, about a foot in diameter and floating a few feet off the ground. However, when he drove towards the light he ended up unconscious in a ditch.

Waking up a short time after with burns around his eyes, he was shocked to find that his windshield and headlight were smashed as well as his watch and the dash being 14 minutes slow. The car is preserved and on display in the Marshell County Museum, still attracting visitors from all over to this day.   

3. Tinley Park Lights

Tinley Park in Illinois is no stranger to UFO sightings. Many sightings have been reported in this location with many eyewitnesses. The Aug 20th, 2004 sighting had 45 reported witnesses, reported as a triangle formed with three red lights. The same formation was reported again on Oct 31st, 2004 and Oct 1st, 2005 both with a large number of reported witnesses. It was said that they were silent, and slow-moving moving away from each other before fading out.

Whether these UFO sightings are tricks of the eye, military air crafts, or truly something out of this world, we might never know for sure. However, we can be sure that these sightings will continue to show up all over the world for our speculation. We can only hope that with new technology more can be documented about these odd occurrences. Keep your eyes to the sky, my friends, as you just might catch a glimpse of something strange.