Conspiracy theorists and alien fans around the world will gather today to watch the sky together. That’s because July 2nd is World UFO Day. It’s not a coincidence that the awareness day is set on this specific date. On this day in 1947 a flying saucer is supposed to be crashed into the town of Roswell, New Mexico. With the World UFO Day, people who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life want to encourage governments to publish their secret files on UFOs.
Roswell in New Mexico and the military facility Area 51 in Nevada are two of the most legendary places when it comes to flying saucers. But why are they actually called flying saucers? The term was coined in 1947 by a reporter after pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine disc-shaped objects flying over Washington. After the term was used for a couple of years, the U.S. Air Force came up with the new term UFO (unidentified flying object) in 1953, which suited much better.
Generally, it doesn’t take long until an UFOs turns into an IFOs, which is the short form for identified flying object. Because in most cases, people don’t see a spaceship with an extraterrestrial pilot but a weather balloon, a drone, an aircraft or a fake UFO which is used as a hoax. But there is still a small amount of UFO sightings that cannot be clarified. So, it’s up to you if you believe in UFOs or aliens. A real evidence of their existence was not published until today. Neither did anyone publish evidence that they don’t exist.
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