UFO Anniversary

UFOs

It was 70 years ago to this minute/day/month that (probably near-sighted) business man/amateur light plane pilot Kenneth Arnorld witnessed what he surmised to be nine flying discs (later deemed “flying saucers” by a newspaper reporter, NOT Kenneth himself), zipping around the snow-cover Mount Rainier in Washington State back on June 24, 1947. This gave birth to UFOs and countless sci-fi movies, documentaries, books/rubber novelty widgets — some true, some false — about the “alien” aircraft. He should’ve copyrighted this stuff; he’d have died rich in 1984 rather than just dying regularly.

What my exhaustive research tells me (my finger is so sore from clicking around the Internet), Mr. Arnold did NOT see flying saucers, but rather happened across the Yeti Annual Shiny Hubcap Hucking Competition held every June on Mount Rainier. (For the record, Rainier is infested with the surprisingly competitive Yeti. Don’t bother double-checking; I already did it for you. You’re welcome.)

Kenneth Arnold

But that doesn’t mean UFOs are fake. Quite the contrary; it means that we can rule out that particular event as an extrapolated mistaken identity. All other UFOs are real, though. Even the well-polished ones.

So, Happy Birthday Flying Saucers/Shiny Hubcaps — keep ’em flying.

3 Responses to “UFO Anniversary”

  1. If you ever go to Concrete, Washington (East of Sedro Woolley), you can see the plane piloted by Kenneth Arnold when he saw the results of the Yeti hubcap toss. He was flying a Call Air A-2, which kinda looks like a flying Studebaker. It is at the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum. That picture above makes him look like he was flying an airliner.
    http://vintageaircraftmuseum.org/aircraft/call-air-a-2/
    His story is kinda sad. Nowadays in the age of the internet, he would have been a gaziillionaire, and even had his own show on The History Channel.

  2. David H Says:

    If you ever go to Concrete, Washington (East of Sedro Woolley), you can see the plane piloted by Kenneth Arnold when he saw the results of the Yeti hubcap toss. He was flying a Call Air A-2, which kinda looks like a flying Studebaker. It is at the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum. That picture above makes him look like he was flying an airliner.
    http://vintageaircraftmuseum.org/aircraft/call-air-a-2/
    His story is kinda sad. Nowadays in the age of the internet, he would have been a gaziillionaire, and even had his own show on The History Channel.

  3. David H Says:

    Oops
    Somehow, this got posted twice. Pretty sure my evil twin wasn’t responsible . . . but after the alien abduction, anything might be possible.

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