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Can you answer the UFO questions?
To mark World UFO Day - which coincides with the anniversary of the supposed landing of an alien spacecraft near the
American desert town of Roswell in 1947 - test your knowledge of unidentified flying objects. The answers are out there.

    1.  On 27 December 1980, a number of US Air Force police in Rendlesham Forest, near RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk saw
        what they thought was a UFO. After the incident, Rendlesham became known as the "British Roswell". But what did
        the UFO turn out to be?
    A: A British Army weather balloon
    B: A top secret US Air Force Stealth Bomber
    C: President Ronald Reagan in his Air Force One jet
    D: A 1979 Plymouth Volare Air Force Police patrol car

    2. Made famous by the Steven Spielberg film, what is a close encounter of the third kind?
    A: Being burned or injured by a UFO craft
    B: Seeing a UFO craft containing a being
    C: Communicating with a being from a UFO craft

    3. Charles I Halt wrote Unexplained Lights. What is it about?
    A: The Rendlesham Forest incident – Halt was in charge of the men who say they saw a UFO and his official report was
    released as part of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act
    B: The theory that the Star of Bethlehem mentioned in Biblical accounts of Christ’s birth was really a UFO
    C: His account of alien abduction which served as the basis of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    4.   A 1966 poll suggested that 5% of Americans thought they had seen a UFO. What was the comparable figure for
         claimed sightings in a 1997 poll? A: 5%                    B: 13%                         C: 51%

    5.   In his book Otto Imperialia, Gervase of Tilbury described how an aerial craft hovered over Bristol in 1270. Which of
         the following did NOT subsequently happen, according to the author?
    A: The UFO’s anchor became caught on a church steeple and the occupant was stoned by locals when it emerged to free
    the snag
    B: The UFO’s occupant asphyxiated and its body was burned by locals
    C: The abbot of a nearby abbey interpreted the UFO as a sign from God that “[Brother] Wilfred is an adulterer and must
    be punished"

    6.   In 1968, Americans who said they had seen UFOs but had not reported them to the authorities were asked to explain
         why they had not come forward. Rank the following main reasons for not reporting a sighting, the most common first.
    A: “People would think I was a nut”, “I was too busy”, “I thought it was a something normal which just looked
    momentarily funny”
    B: “I was too busy”, “I thought it was a something normal which just looked momentarily funny”, “People would think I
    was a nut”
    C: “I thought it was a something normal which just looked momentarily funny”, “People would think I was a nut”, “I was
    too busy”

    7.   On 12 February 1949, 20 people were burned to death in the Radio Quito building in Ecuador. What happened?

    A: A UFO reportedly crashed into the radio studio
    B: Ecuadorian fighter planes accidentally fired on it – mistaking the flashing lights on the radio mast for UFOs
    C: Angry locals set light to the building after the station broadcast a version of War of the Worlds which had sent the city
    into a panic

    8.  In a survey in 2000 by the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, how many of the airline
        captains questioned said they had encountered an object in the skies they could not identify?
    A: 70%                                 B: 22.5%                                     C: 7.5%

    9. On 14 March 2003, residents were panicked by a bright light in the sky above the Norwegian town of Lardal. Was it...
    A: ...officially recognised as Norway’s first ever UFO spotting
    B: ...a US Air Force B-52 crossing Norway on its marathon journey to bomb Iraq
    C: ...a cat which had climbed a power pylon and been electrocuted

    10. Four million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens – with some suffering psychological trauma
        usually seen in combat veterans. Briton Barry Bean insured himself for £1m against alien abduction in 2002. How
        much did his policy cost?
    A: £2,600                              B: £260                                                      C: £2.60
                                                 ANSWERS
1.  On 27 December 1980, a number of US Air Force police in Rendlesham Forest, near RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk saw
    what they thought was a UFO. After the incident, Rendlesham became known as the "British Roswell". But what did
    the UFO turn out to be?
The answer was D
Kevin Conde, who was stationed at the base, said in June 2003 that he had played a prank on his colleague back in 1980
by shining the patrol car’s lights through some trees. Some witnesses still say they saw a UFO. A US Air Force report
from 1981 says a triangular craft was spotted.


2. Made famous by the Steven Spielberg film, what is a close encounter of the third kind?
The answer was B
Dr J Allen Hynek classified so-called "close encounters" between humans and UFOs in 1972. His original three types of
encounters were: One – witnessing a UFO within 500 feet; Two – witnessing a UFO affect the environment or humans
around it; Three – seeing a being in relation to a UFO.

3. Charles I Halt wrote Unexplained Lights. What is it about?
The answer was A

4.  A 1966 poll suggested that 5% of Americans thought they had seen a UFO. What was the comparable figure for
    claimed sightings in a 1997 poll?
The answer was B
Pollsters asked 1,021 adults if they had seen a UFO. Of the 13% who said they had seen a UFO, 4% were sure the craft
was alien in origin.

5.  In his book Otto Imperialia, Gervase of Tilbury described how an aerial craft hovered over Bristol in 1270. Which of
    the following did NOT subsequently happen, according to the author?
The answer was C
The UFO’s pilot is said to have been stoned before he asphyxiated. The supposed sighting by the monks was said to have
taken place at Byland Abbey, Yorkshire in 1290. A contemporary account of a silver disc passing over the monks is
suspected to be a 20th Century hoax.

6.  In 1968, Americans who said they had seen UFOs but had not reported them to the authorities were asked to explain
    why they had not come forward. Rank the following main reasons for not reporting a sighting, the most common first.
The answer was C
In 40% of cases, people felt their UFO sighting could be explained, only 19% did bother fearing their sanity would be
brought into question, while no one said they were too busy to make a UFO report.

7. On 12 February 1949, 20 people were burned to death in the Radio Quito building in Ecuador. What happened?
The answer was C
Radio Quito had copied Orson Welles’ 1938 live play and had told listeners Martians were attacking the city.

8.  In a survey in 2000 by the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, how many of the airline
    captains questioned said they had encountered an object in the skies they could not identify?
The answer was B
Of the 40 airline captains who responded to the written questionnaire, nine said they had seen Unidentified Aerial
Phenomena, 28 had seen nothing and three were unsure.

9. On 14 March 2003, residents were panicked by a bright light in the sky above the Norwegian town of Lardal. Was it...
The answer was C
The poor cat – whose charred body was found by police under the power cable – had caused a fatal short circuit with its
tail. The electric company also recorded a short power glitch at the time of the supposed UFO sighting.

10. Four million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens – with some suffering psychological trauma
    usually seen in combat veterans. Briton Barry Bean insured himself for £1m against alien abduction in 2002. How
    much did his policy cost?
The answer was C
Mr Bean was a contender for the British Eccentric 2001 and also changed his name to Captain Beany. He has yet to be
abducted by aliens.

				
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