We somehow missed the news that last Wednesday was World UFO Day — July 2 supposedly commemorates the crash-landing of an unidentified flying object in Roswell, New Mexico. The day that launched a thousand conspiracy theories.
Anyway, in honor of that day, the Economist magazine posted a handy dandy graphic guide to UFO sighting in America. The results are quite intriguing; mostly that Maine ranks so comparatively high in number of theoretical close encounters.
The report also finds that nationally, UFOs are most sighted between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight, and most often on Fridays — when a lot of people are at home with a frosty adult beverage in hand. In the old timey days, they saw pink elephants; now they see little green men.
As far as states with the highest rates of UFO sightings go, Maine ranks in the top ten; behind leaders Washington, Montana and Vermont, but in the same ranking — between 30 and 40 sightings reported per 100,000 residents — as New Hampshire, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and alien ground zero, New Mexico. It also probably helps that our skies are clearer than cities with large urban areas, so it’s easier to see unusual lights in the sky.
Have you ever seen something in the sky you couldn’t explain?