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Non-Extraordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Things

Recently (October 18) the Democrat Herald, out of Albany, Oregon, carried a story about a couple who reported seeing a UFO.

However, I'm not so much interested in the UFOs itself (for now) as I am the reactions of some who think there's nothing to report.

The couple, Raye and Derral Laufer, were outside their home, having a smoke (no lame dope jokes please) and were treated to a UFO sighting:
two long, silver, bullet-shaped objects flying side-by-side across the sky. Neither object had lights or made a sound, Raye said, and they soon split up: One headed east, the other toward the northeast.


US: False Alarm in Montgomery, Alabama Plane Crash Report - unexplained loud explosions and smoke

Montgomery officials are breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon after reports of a plane crash around Hope Hull turned out to be false alarms.

Montgomery County Sheriff D-T- Marshall said his department sent up helicopters to investigate sometime before noon, but nothing was found.

Several people called the department saying they heard loud explosions and saw smoke.


Strange happenings in Basingstoke, UK skies

Strange happenings were seen in Basingstoke skies on Friday.

Several people have contacted The Gazette claiming to have seen a flurry of red lights in the sky between 10pm and 10.30pm.

Gill Dunn emailed in describing the lights as looking like "solid jellyfish".

She added: "They were silent and just as we were about to film them, the front ones dispersed and gradually they all just disappeared into thin air."

Another reader described seeing a line of red lights that looked a bit like stars at around the same time.

Bizarro Earth

Crop of circles baffles in Michigan

©The Flint Journal / Ryan Garza
Jerry Buginsky of New Haven Township, outside Owosso, stands in a mysterious, 15-foot, crop circle that appeared in his soybean field.

In 45 years of farming, Jerry Buginsky had never seen anything like it.

While cutting a field planted in clover, he noticed an odd-looking circle of dead vegetation about two feet wide.

"I paced it off in different directions," Buginsky said. "It was 10 feet in diameter on the inside, 12 feet on the outside. Everything in that (band) was dead -- the weeds, the clover, everything."


Queensland invaded by UFOs

Queenslanders are leading reporters of unidentified flying objects, with more than 100 of the 128 recorded official sightings around Australia in the past two years coming from the Sunshine State.

And according to a Queensland UFO specialist, while many sightings were ruled out as stars, planets, meteors and planes, a "significant number" remained unexplained.

UFO Research Queensland's Lee Paqui said the state's hotspots for sightings included the Glass House Mountains, Toowoomba, Warwick, Ipswich and the far north.

"The most common sightings are the orange balls, and white balls that look like stars but move and display very erratic behaviour, like they'll make right-hand turns," she said.


UFO sighted in Nakhchivan

A UFO has been sighted in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. APA's Nakhchivan bureau reports that UFO was observed in Nehrem village of Babek region in the evening on October 15.

The village residents say that the object was clearly seen for several minutes. Some filmed the UFO.

The village residents say that such objects were observed several times before, but unlike the others this time it was nearer.


A Saucerful of Secrets

Step back 40 years to the heady days of 1967 as Andy Roberts explains how the Summer of Love was in part shaped by the hippie movement's fascination with flying saucers.

©Fortean Times
Cover art from Oz No. 9, an issue which became known as Flying Saucer Oz, but horrified founder and editor Richard Neville.

Comment: Consider this article, which goes to great lengths to strongly associate all and any talk of flying saucers with the taking of hallucinogenic drugs by unstable drop-outs looking for hedonistic novelty. Then compare and contrast this with the Richard Dolan podcast. The difference could hardly be more striking.


Tasman Sea: UFO identified?

A mystery object seen in skies over the Tasman Sea near Kaitaia two months ago was most likely a commercial aircraft.

That is the conclusion Wekaweka amateur astronomer Bill Keir has drawn after investigating photos taken by a man at Ahipara on April 28 at 5.42pm.

Mr Keir, who studied three Northland UFO sightings in the 1980s, visited Ahipara last month to determine the location of the object using scientific measurements.

The object in the photos could not have been an astronomical body, such as Venus, he says.

Information provided by Airways Corporation of New Zealand points to it being the contrails of an aircraft bound for Australia.


US: Mysterious objects puzzle Oregon couple

Lacomb - Raye Laufer has a vivid recollection of what she and her husband Derral saw in the sky above their Lacomb home last month and wants to know if others saw the same thing.

©David Patton/Democrat-Herald
Raye Laufer of Lacomb describes objects she saw fly over her house one night in late September.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Laufers stepped outside to smoke cigarettes in the forested back yard of their Moran Lane home, nestled in a quiet valley among hills about five miles outside from Lacomb. It was shortly after 9 p.m., a clear night.

The couple fixed their attention on two long, silver, bullet-shaped objects flying side-by-side across the sky. Neither object had lights or made a sound, Raye said, and they soon split up: One headed east, the other toward the northeast.


US: Officials At Loss To Explain Falling Metal

It's not from an aircraft.

That's the FAA's determination, announced today, of its examination of a 16-inch-long piece of twisted metal that fell from the sky Monday in Stanton, slicing through the roof of a parked sport utility vehicle.

Smoldering hot metal rips through a car in Delaware

That means the origin of the brown, hook-shaped object - which still was smoldering and too hot to touch when firefighters arrived on scene - remains a mystery. The FAA is still investigating, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.