Comic Book Predicts Flying Saucers over Washington DC in 1950?

Most saucerians are familiar with the 1952 Washington DC Merry-Go-Round, a two weekend event in which flying saucers were sighted over the US capital, chiefly on July 19–20 and July 26–27. Historians consider it the climax of the 1952 flap. Perhaps the strangest part if this tale is that a 1950s comic apparently predicted these…

The Mothman

Every year on the third weekend of September, the town of Point Pleasant, WV, hosts the Mothman Festival to commemorate the appearance of a mysterious creature or entity known as the Mothman, reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. Now, a lot of misinformation has spread about…

The Flatwoods Monster: The First Close Encounter of the Third Kind?

It’s the 65th anniversary of the Flatwoods Monster incident, so today I offer my take on one of West Virginia’s most famous monsters. The story of the Flatwoods Monster bears telling because it is unique amongst UFO encounters. Depending upon who you ask, the monster is either an as-yet-unidentified cryptid (Is there any other kind?),…

Why the Term “Flying Saucers” Wasn’t “An Historic Misquote”

I think it’s high time we shot one enduringly false UFO meme down. I’m pretty sure most people have heard the standard tale of how the term flying saucers came to be. On June 25, 1947, The East Oregonian ran a brief story by Bill Bequette with the heafline “Impossible! Maybe, But Seein’ Is Believin’,…