10 Well-Known People with Alleged Knowledge of UFO Activity

The possibility of extraterrestrial life fascinates almost everyone, and the world is full of people who claim to have some experience about UFOs and their alien passengers. Not all of them are random farmers and rural residents with strange tales of little green men and strange lights in the sky, either. In fact, there’s a surprising number of famous people who just might know a thing or two about alleged alien activity.

10. Winston Churchill

It’s tempting to think that the little green men Winston Churchill might have seen were an unfortunate side effect of his massive alcoholic intake. However, not only was the legendary British Prime Minister’s relationship with alcohol vastly exaggerated, but he actually had to deal with UFOs in his professional capacity at least once.

In 2010, the British Ministry of Defense released a number of UFO-related documents to the National Archive. Most of it involved 1950s intelligence chiefs trying to figure out the whole “unidentified flying object” phenomenon, but one document mentioned a much older meeting. During World War II, Churchill was present in a meeting where they discussed a reported encounter between a strange, disappearing UFO and some Royal Air Force bombers. Churchill was so concerned by the incident that he immediately ordered the story to be kept secret for at least 50 years, to prevent what he described as “mass panic.” He also reportedly said that a future Prime Minister should review the story and decide whether to release it.

To be fair, other sources state that the story is largely based on unverified documents and there is very little hard evidence. It’s up to the reader to decide whether this means that the story is just one of the many dubious UFO stories floating around… or if the British Government is just really, really good at keeping secrets.

9. Hillary Clinton

The 2016 Presidential Race was such a wild ride that few people even remember that at one point, a candidate literally offered to open the famed X-Files to the public. The candidate was Hillary Clinton, and she made the promise during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

Of course, she included a few conditions: She wouldn’t reveal any information that presented a threat to national security, but other than that, she’d be prepared to open all UFO-related files. This was a significant departure from the sitting President’s policy, as Barack Obama had always dismissed any such talks with a quick joke.

Since Clinton was otherwise a fairly cautious and moderate candidate, the ease with which she talked about the possibility of extraterrestrial life surprised many. She was also extremely up to date with the subject, and corrected Kimmel that the current government nomenclature isn’t UFO anymore. Instead, they apparently prefer UAP, which stands for “unexplained aerial phenomenon.”

Was it all just a plan to draw more interest, and hopefully votes? Or does Clinton, a former First Lady, really have some information that she would have liked to release, given a Presidential security clearing? This is yet another case where everyone gets to make up their own mind. However, Clinton is on record saying the following about UFOs: “There’s enough stories out there that I don’t think everybody is just sitting in their kitchen making them up.”

8. Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers

If you have any opinion of the early 2010s pop phenomenon the Jonas Brothers, chances are that the word “brave” doesn’t feature in the first few sentences. However, the youngest of the brothers, Nick Jonas, qualified for that description in 2015 when he openly talked about the UFO sightinghe experienced during his teens.

When he was 15, Nick was hanging around in his backyard with a friend when they suddenly saw three flying saucers in the sky. At first, he refused to believe his eyes, but his friend said that he saw the same thing. So Nick went online and discovered that just two weeks before, there had been three different sightings that all described the same thing that he had witnessed.

This experience made Nick Jonas a low-key UFO enthusiast who’s always interested in mysterious phenomena. In 2015, he was enthusiastic about the strange blue lights seen over the California sky, and said: “That blue light freaks me out in the best way possible.” Of course, that particular light turned out to be a Trident missile launched by the Navy, so who knows what his original sightings were?

7. Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott, veteran director of several Alien movies, Prometheus, and Blade Runner (among other things), believes that humanity is likely doomed as soon as we actually meet any alien spaceships. According to him, experts estimate that there are up to 200 otherworldy species following a similar evolutionary path as we do, and if they are so advanced that they can travel through space to meet us, they’re also going to be advanced enough to wipe us out easily if they felt like it… which, according to Scott, there’s a very real chance that they might.    

It’s unclear just how Scott has acquired this information. Maybe one of his scientific advisors over the years has given him information that is so classified that most people will never hear about it. Or it could be that he’s just a man who has made several successful movies about hostile aliens, doing what he does best and telling a story. Regardless of what Scott himself thinks, some very reputable experts disagree with him: Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with the extraterrestrial life -seeking SETI Institute, has said that there is absolutely no data that supports Scott’s estimate of up to 200 hostile species.

Then again, Shostak goes on to say that the actual number of humanoid alien lifeforms out there could be around five times higher, so maybe Scott was just breaking the news lightly.

6. Kesha

Kesha is another singer who says that she has witnessed a UFO. Unlike Nick Jonas, however, she decided to make the experience a part of her art. The artist doesn’t say exactly when her sighting happened, but she was in the Joshua Tree national park. She also makes a point of stating that she was completely sober at the time. This disclaimer makes sense, because what followed sounds a whole lot like the product of an… inspired state of mind.

She was walking around in the “desert,” when suddenly, she looked up and saw 5-7 UFOs. She was so shocked that she didn’t even think of taking a picture — she just stared, when suddenly, the lights in the sky zoomed away. Then, as she was still trying to get her bearings, they came back in a different formation. At that point, she realized what she was looking at: Alien spaceships.

She fully realizes that what she saw seems hard to believe, and that she has no proof. Even so, she found the experience so defining that it became part of the theme of her next album, Rainbow.One of the album tracks is even named Spaceship.  

5. Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher, most famous for her role in the sitcom The Nanny, was not content with just seeing spaceships hovering in the sky. She actually claimed that she was abducted by aliens when she was young, and that they implanted a chip in her hand. What’s more, she says that her ex-husband, producer/writer Peter Marc Jacobson, was also abducted and carries a chip of his own. They apparently have very similar-looking scars in the exact same spot of their hands, though Jacobson was sceptical about the theory and thought Drescher’s scar was from a drill bit or a hot cup of water.

A few days later, Drescher completely changed her tune and said that the whole thing had been a joke that people had believed a little too well. This is certainly a more plausible explanation than aliens branding The Nanny with strange microchips. Then again, in the interest of fanning the flames of a wonderfully strange story: Isn’t that exactly what you’d say if aliens were listening in on you through a microchip in your hand?

4. Ronald Reagan

It’s probably not a massive surprise that the man who proposed the Star Wars program thought that an alien attack was a possible political scenario. However, no one could have imagined what President Ronald Reagan did in 1985, in the middle of the Geneva Summit with the Soviet Union. Reagan took a lakeside walk with his Soviet counterpart, President Mikhail Gorbachev, accompanied by only their personal interpreters.

It wasn’t until 2009 when their discussion was made public in an interview with Reagan’s Secretary of State at the time, George Schultz, and Gorbachev himself. When Schultz remarked that the two Presidents of the Cold War countries came back from that walk, they acted almost like friends. At that point, Gorbachev revealed what the walk had been about: All of a sudden, Reagan had asked him: “What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?” Gorbachev said that they absolutely would. Reagan replied that the US would return the favor, if things were the other way around.

Maybe this was just a clever ploy by Reagan. Maybe he had some actual, worrying information. Or maybe he, a lifelong science fiction fan, only had an overactive imagination.

Still, no matter the reason —  just like that, the two leaders had privately agreed to stop the Cold War if aliens started making trouble.

3. Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge is the former guitarist of the pop-punk band Blink-182, which doesn’t necessarily sound like the perfect pedigree to become an influencer of any sort, except maybe for earworm tunes and T-shirt sales. Still, that’s precisely what DeLonge is for the UFO research community. Since quitting the band in 2015, he has become a well-connected and influential mouthpiece for alien investigation. He is said to hold sway over many scientists and former government insiders, in no small part thanks to his rock star charisma that is like catnip to the more reserved and gray personalities both professions generally attract.

In 2017, he launched the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a collective of researchers and creatives that focuses on the many classic X-Files-style ideas that DeLonge is so fond of. But here’s the thing: As tempting as it is to write DeLonge off as a complete lunatic, there’s a chance that the man knows something about… well, something. Case in point: Just months after To The Stars was founded, one of the foundation’s first employees became a main source for the New York Times article that ended up revealing a decade-long, top secret Pentagon program that investigated UFO activity.

2. Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell probably wasn’t the most popular guy at NASA get-togethers. Sure, he was the sixth man to walk on the moon, and an instrumental part of restoring the agency’s reputation after Apollo 13 became such a disaster that Tom Hanks would later star in a movie about it. It’s just that the three days Mitchell spent returning to Earth after his Apollo 14 mission did something to him. No one seems to know what, least of all Mitchell: He just says that he started feeling “an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness,” and that the experience was nothing short of an epiphany.

After this experience, Mitchell became a devoted preacher of extraterrestrial life. He has stated on multiple occasions that there is intelligent, benevolent life on other planets, and that we have already been visited by them, including saying that: “I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we’ve been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real.”

“It’s been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so,” he has said. “But slowly it’s leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it. I’ve been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes – we have been visited.”

NASA has managed to balance the tightrope of their heroic astronaut telling everyone they’re lying to people about the existence of aliens with grace: “Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.”

1. Jimmy Carter

We have already talked about Presidents and presidential hopefuls who have hinted that there might be something beyond our understanding out there. But only Jimmy Carter has actually filed an official report about a UFO sighting. During his presidential campaign, no less.

The year was 1973, and then-Governor Carter was hot on the campaign trail. One evening, while waiting outside for a meeting in Leary, Georgia, he saw what he described as “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen”: an extremely bright object that kept changing colors and was about the size of the moon, hovering above the horizon, then moving toward the Earth and finally disappearing in the distance. The event was witnessed by 10-12 other people. Carter was so impressed by the incident that he not only filed an official report and told a reporter that he’d never again ridicule anyone who claimed they saw a UFO — he actually promised that if he were elected, he’d work to release every piece of information about flying saucers available to the public.

Of course, when he was elected, he immediately backtracked and said that the information couldn’t be released because it would pose a threat to national security.

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Bizarre Phenomena of Planet Earth

Unsolved mysteries like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster continue to entice the minds of the imaginative. Yet our planet is inherently bizarre, as Earth is not just any normal world. Weird natural phenomena already proven to exist on Earth are certainly more than sufficiently bizarre to astonish us. In this account, we’ll talk about some true facts that will increase your appreciation of this bizarre, sometimes mystical, but scientifically explainable world in which we exist.

The Blue Mountains Eucalyptus Clouds

Known as a favored food of Koalas, eucalyptus trees are a classic feature of the Australian landscape and a symbol of nature down under. Yet few might stop to consider whether eucalyptus trees could contribute to air pollution through their natural release of strong aromatic compounds. The concept of a cloud is familiar: water vapor or even crystals at different concentrations produce the wide variety of forms and colors, including white, light grey, or dark grey. But a remarkable place in Australia offers a much more unusual and ghostly form of cloud activity that has a remarkable biological origin. The blue haze over the Blue Mountains of Australia (named for the phenomena)is attributed to volatile organic compounds released by the trees, including potentially harmful isoprene.

Because of the phenomena of haze being formed as a result of eucalyptus tree-derived essential oils, research is being conducted on approaches to model air quality in areas of Australia hosting eucalyptus, with close attention being paid to isoprene emissions from the eucalyptus trees and possible impacts to air quality and human health. The emissions are termed “BVOCS,” or Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds. Southeastern Australia, a region including — but not limited to — the famed Blue Mountains is an epicenter for the release of BVOCS with their high eucalyptus concentrations.

Tektite Formation

Scientists can classify most hard objects in our world as simply being rocks, minerals, native elements, fossils, or even meteorites. But a certain type of natural object presents a greater challenge to the inquiring minds of researchers. At different sites around the globe, mysterious glassy objects can be found lying on the ground among normal materials. Named “tektites” (from a Greek word for melted or molten), the strange, often shiny silica-rich objects are made up of glass of natural origin that has been the subject of much scientific speculation.

Now generally thought to consist of glass formed by collisions between meteorites and the Earth’s surface at hypervelocity speeds, tektites were first described in ancient China by the Tang Dynasty writer Liu Sun in 900 BC. Since then, tektite discoveries all around the world have continued to puzzle and fascinate the scientists who study them. Considered to be formed by the sheer heat and pressure of meteorite impacts and their interactions with the ground where they hit, tektites show a strewn about pattern, yet share composition characteristics with the portions of the Earth’s surface where they were found. Specific “strewn fields” where tektites are foundinclude the Australasian, Central European, Ivory Coast, and North American strewn fields.

Ball Lightning

While commonly referenced, ball lightning remains the subject of controversy as a mysterious and potentially hazardous natural phenomena. Most frequently encountered during storms associated with regular lightning, ball lightning has many unusual characteristics that have been reported, including smells and hissing sounds. Ball lightning appears as small-to-medium sized glowing spheres that may move about in an erratic manner, potentially causing damage and injury. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China researcher H. C. Wu has put forward microwave bubbles as an explanation for the bizarre phenomenon known as ball lightning.

While the true cause and formation methods of ball lightning remain a matter of continued investigation and scientific curiosity, one of the challenges in studying ball lightning arises through the difficulty in studying the phenomenon. While widely reported, ball lightning is fleeting in its “lifespan” and a means of creating true ball lightning in a lab has not been found. Stranger theories about ball lightning have included speculation that it arises from plasma or even small black holes. Interestingly, ball lightning has been reported to come through glass windows, sometimes leaving holes or appearing inside an airplane mid flight. Balls may range in size from less than an inch to over eight feet in diameter.

Animal Rain

You might wish for something other than a rainy day, but mere H20 rain might be welcomed with open arms in lieu of a much more unsettling alternative. The expression “raining cats and dogs” is not as far from the truth as it may sound. From time to time around the globe, creatures such as frogs, fish, and invertebrates rain down from the sky, perplexing viewers or just grossing them out.Meteorological phenomena with a sucking action is apparently to blame.

In many natural environments, high concentrations of certain animals occur, such as spawning, schooling, or migrating fish or huge gatherings of amphibians such as frogs. When a storm involving high winds, such as a tornado or a waterspout, gathers momentum it could logically strike an area home to large numbers of small creatures vulnerable to being sucked up into the vortex. It is believed that quantities of fish, frogs, and other creatures being hurled down from the sky were recently picked up by a tornado or waterspout and then released as the lifting force of the storm weakened. The phenomenon has been under consideration for a long time, as there are ancient accounts of creatures falling from the sky. And we know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes: Sharknado is a lot closer to being scientifically feasible than we ever could have guessed.

Halos of the Sun & Moon

Rainbows are familiar as the result of the sun shining through raindrops of water with prismatic effect. Yet a lesser known effect is responsible for the mysterious looking halos seen forming around the sun, or the ghostly versions that appear around the moon. In the higher parts of the Earth’s atmosphere, water is represented in the form of tiny, widely scattered ice crystals. At certain times, these ice crystals may be abundant in concurrence with bright sunlight and moonlight at a given time of day or night with a minimum of cloud cover obscuring the view from the Earth’s surface.

The result is the formation of halos from the sunlight (or sunlight reflected as moonlight) that refract through ice crystals in the Earth’s atmosphere. The halos may cause the sun to look like the small glowing center of a much larger celestial object, maybe even a supernova for the sci-fi inclined. The moon, in contrast, may take on an exceptionally mystical look with a field of moonlight much larger and more varied than usual. While the visually arresting events may seem to signify something of great cosmic significance, nothing has really changed except for some ice in the sky.

Technicolor Lakes

We’re used to water looking bluish, or even brown or light green if there is a lot of algae. But certain waterbodies around the world boast colors so extreme they look like an imaginative child took a few boxes of crayons and totally reimagined the usual order of the natural world. Lake Hillier is one of the most striking examples of water color craziness in nature. Located on Middle Island in Australia, the lake is separated from the ocean by an exceedingly narrow strip of low-lying land. The bright pink coloration of the lake recalls the feathers of a flamingo contrasting with a lawn, presenting a mystery as to whether it’s of biological or mineralogical origin. But it is natural, and not harmful to humans.

Kawah Ijen Lake in Indonesia, in contrast, is an opaque blue color far beyond the natural bluish look of waterbodies in the intense, mineralized coloration of its water. The location of this lake is a surprise too: at the top of a volcano. This lake is the largest of high acidity on the planet, with potentially lethal risks due to volcanic and associated geothermal activity, with toxic gases released at dangerous thresholds.

Firenadoes

Wildfires may be terrifying, and tornadoes may be disastrous. A combination of these disastersmight sound like the stuff of scary science fiction and provoke much imagination. Yet what might be termed a “firenado” is certainly real. The bizarre phenomena occurs as tornado activity meets forest fires. Alternatively, tornado formation can be provoked by the existence of a forest fire with its variations in heat and air movement patterns. Once a fire tornado is started they can go for a long time, causing a great degree of devastation.

One notorious “firenado” that was part of the Carr Fire close to Redding in Northern California, which claimed several lives — including that of a firefighter swallowed by the firenado. The hot winds were so severe that a metal pipe was wrapped around a tree. Fire tornadoes consist of swirling eddies brought about by the heat of an existing fire. The rotating hot mass gets a life of its own as it pulls in hot gasses and becomes a swirling column, tube or funnel of flame. The “firenado” can set fire to whatever it touches as it travels, and also toss burning objects aside, spreading the fire farther. While not rare, the phenomenon simply needs to become better known in order for fire tornado safety risks to be understood and respected.

Flammable Methane Ice

The concept of explosive or otherwise flammable icy environments might seem ludicrous to many. Explosions are, by nature, not wet or cold but extremely hot and dry… or at least flammable fuel-filled and hot. Cold, wet ice environments seem simply antithetical to a fiery and hellish explosion. But while the concept of hell freezing over is used to imply never, a frozen lake can quickly produce patches of fiery fury under certain scientifically explainable circumstances, namely methane accumulation. To avoid a blast of flames from the ice, you might want to hold off a moment on discarding that match or cigar from the side of a boat in icy waters in certain northern lakes.

Accumulation of organic, rotting matter as inherent in especially stagnant waters, combining with cold weather and resultant ice sheet formation, may trap large quantities of methane bubbles. The flick of a lighter close to a hole in the ice even just 2 to 3 inches wide can cause a mushroom cloud of fire over five feet tall to burst forth. The moral of the story? Careful when ice fishing! Certainly, it would not be wise to use anything with an open flame to melt ice on many frozen lakes!

Upward Lightning

Ball lightning is bizarre enough, but few people are aware that lightning bolts do not always come down from the sky. We might take it for granted that just as what goes up must come down, lightning descends rapidly from the sky to strike the Earth. But not always. An exceptionally weird form of lightning exists that means you could be struck by lightning coming from the ground, while theoretically in the air. Upward lightning consists of bolts that shoot eerily from terrestrial surfaces and structures into the sky.

Dendritic, or tree-like in pattern, the bolts reach toward the skies, completely confusing the unprepared viewer of the strange phenomenon. The reason for the phenomenon is centered on differences in electrical charge, but the explanation does not make the perplexing sight of lightning striking at the sky from a terrestrial object any less disconcerting to witness. American atmospheric scientist Tom A. Warner has used a high-speed camera to document lightning bolts. A significant number of lightning bolts recorded by Warner have included lightning forking up into the sky from objects connected to the Earth’s surface. The bolts resemble typical lightning in shape, just turned upside down.