High Strangeness: IHOP UFO Meetup

Friday, January 24, 2014

IHOP UFO Meetup

Pretty quiet week here, as I've been recovering from knee surgery. No work done on either the blog or the book, but I've been keeping up with the UFO news, which never ends and never, ever disappoints!

First item is my latest UFO sighting investigation. A Wisconsin man had recently filed a report about a 1979 sighting involving a "blimp"-ish airship that sailed across the sky as he lay outside his parent's house one night. The witness responded promptly to my request for an interview, but, alas, he declined:
"I'm not sure what additional details I could provide.  I posted what I saw in case other people had similar sightings.
"Thanks though."
Er... ok. I guess that's that. 

Had it been a current sighting, I would have given it another try, but since the event took place 35 years ago, and the initial report seemed about as detailed as it was ever going to get, I decided not to pursue. I have nothing new in the pipeline, but with any luck I'll get another good case or two soon.

Meanwhile, I've gotten a few interesting new dispatches from my MUFON masters that I think my readers will enjoy. 

First up is this:

"UFO Sighting Statistics for December 2013"

directly from the desk of Jan Harzan, the new Executive Director of MUFON. According to Mr. Harzan, here's where UFOs were sighted in December, 2013:

UFO Reports by Top 25 Countries 
 
UNITED STATES 422 
CANADA 33 
UNITED KINGDOM 17 
AUSTRALIA 5 
NEW ZEALAND 4 
GERMANY 3 
MEXICO 3 
BRAZIL 2 
ITALY 2 
INDIA 2 
SOUTH AFRICA 2 
SPAIN 1 
SLOVAKIA 1 
MACEDONIA 1 
ISRAEL 1 
CHILE 1 
AUSTRIA 1 
NETHERLANDS 1 
IRELAND 1 
VIET NAM 1 
ROMANIA 1 
ZAMBIA 1 
COLOMBIA 1 
NICARAGUA 1 
LITHUANIA 1
TOTAL: 509

Seems to me that Zambia should have been at the bottom of that list, alphabetical-wise, but what do I know?

Mr. Harzan also included this:

UFO Reports by State 
 
California           68
Florida               33
Texas                30
Arizona              24
Pennsylvania     17
Minnesota          14
North Carolina    14
Ohio                   13  
Michigan             12
Virginia               11
Washington        11
New York            11
Missouri              11
Tennessee          11
Alabama             10
Georgia               10
Colorado             10
Illinois                   9
Maryland              7
Oregon                7
West Virginia       7
Massachusetts    6
Kansas                6
Indiana                 5
New Mexico         5
South Carolina    5
Hawaii                 4
Idaho                   4
Nevada                4
New Jersey         4
Mississippi          4
Kentucky             4
Montana              3
Maine                  3
Oklahoma           3
Vermont              3
Arkansas             3
Connecticut         3
New Hampshire  2
Iowa                     2
South Dakota      2
Wisconsin           2
Louisiana             1
North Dakota       1
Alaska                  1
Nebraska             1
               Utah                     1
Wisconsin only had two sightings in December? California had 68? That's what winter will do to your numbers... Trust me, nobody in Wisconsin has set foot outside since December 1st, and, guess what? If you're inside wrapped in a blanket 24/7, you're not watching the skies!

That's all good information, but here's the real meat and potatoes from Harzan's email:

Shape of the Object

Sphere     141
Star-like     90
Circle         83
Fireball       73
Triangle      61
Disc           60
Unknown    58
Other          52
Flash          28
Oval            27   
Cylinder      23
Diamond     17
Cigar          14
Teardrop     10
Cone            7
Boomerang   7
Chevron        6
Bullet/Missile 6
Egg               5
Saturn-like     4
Blimp            3
Cross            2

Did you notice? Three blimps! THREE!

UFOs and pancakes do have a complicated history...
Hmmmmm, now I'm riddled with doubt. Did I dispense of my latest case too soon? I've just done a search of the MUFON database and found a grand total of 625 "blimp" sightings, and -- holy shit! -- there are already 4 blimps reported in 2014...

This one is the best:

January 10, 2014... 4:04 a.m... Apache County, Arizona... "This is the third time I have been abducted and this time they told me to tell all of you they are coming back. They are going to land and present themselves to the people who believe so they ask me to tell you please come to the landing spot on March 3rd. It will be in the Mojave Desert at 1 am. We are going to meet at the IHop and then I will lead the people to the landing spot about 8 miles away. Make sure to bring all your money with you"

Sadly, the Arizona investigator has already declared this a "hoax" and has closed the case. Probably a good call, but wouldn't you love to be at that IHOP at 1 a.m. March 3rd??


2 comments:

Remote Observer said...

"Make sure to bring all your money with you"

Yeah, right!

Yes, come gather in the Mojave desert at 1 am with me, and a wad of cash (you just know the grays need funding, and they always seem to forget their human skin wallets). Party down! ;-)

Damn funny!

Mark OC said...

Yes, exactly! Who could resist??