If I asked you to name what you believe is likely the most common unearthly anomaly that people generally tend to see and report, what answer would you give?

If you thought or even blurted out Bigfoot traipsing through the woods or perhaps UFOs, then you are at least on the same section of playing field that I find myself.

I can’t honestly say that I have personally witnessed Bigfoot or a UFO, but I do have close friends and/or colleagues who unhesitatingly say they have, at the very least, witnessed something for which they’ve never been able to offer a logical explanation.

And while I personally have not had this experience, I’ve always tended to believe and even support these close acquaintances because they’re otherwise very much lucid, rational people who simply don’t go around making outrageous claims just to gain their proverbial 15 minutes of notoriety.

They saw something moving in the woods, or zipping around in the night sky that defied logic, elucidation, even common sense. So in my book, that at least should suggest to the rest of us that whatever they saw was completely out of the norm.

I can’t honestly say I’m sure about a 9-ft. hairy, manlike creature stealthily roaming the hills so I’ll have to admit my personal jury is still out on that one. But UFOs is an altogether different animal, as it were. That’s one I personally give a great deal of credence to.

And the reason I do is because of this one particular, well-documented case that occurred in Arizona, primarily in Phoenix, in March of 1997, that not just one, not just two, but literally thousands of people — including the sitting governor at the time, Fife Symington — claimed to have seen with their own eyes and, in some instances, even got on video.

Essentially what everyone saw, including Symington who only a short time before had ridiculed these sightings by calling a press conference and marching out someone in an alien costume to take the blame for all the hysteria, was a lighted, boomerang-shaped craft.

This thing was so huge it was estimated by just about everyone who saw it to be, from tip to tip to tip, several football fields in length. Witnesses said it either hovered or slowly moved above them for several minutes, for a while seemingly in no hurry to get where it was going, until it suddenly shifted into warp speed and was gone in an instant.

For whatever reason, the U.S. Air Force claimed these thousands of people merely saw flares being dropped by A-10 Warthog jets on a training exercise. I’ll admit it’s possible that flares could be mistaken for UFOs if given the right set of circumstances, even by lots of people.

But how does that explain these same thousands of people — again, including a governor who apparently just a short time prior wanted so much to believe these sightings were explainable that he was willing to commit political suicide by essentially suggesting at a press conference that the sightings were so much poppycock—looking directly above their heads and seeing a behemoth, slow-moving, completely soundless craft the size of Williamson?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not too sure if any of us could satisfactorily explain Bigfoot sightings in way that would satisfy all parties. What I am certain of, however, is these people in Phoenix saw something that in no way, form, or fashion could have been attributed to the peoples inhabiting this planet.

And now, apparently, there comes something else that common sense says can’t be associated with the world as we know, or at least we thought we knew it to be.

Remember the Mothman…that winged creature with glaring red eyes that supposedly appeared in the town of Point Pleasant just before the Silver Bridge connecting that West Virginia town with Ironton, Ohio, collapsed in December, 1967 and sent 46 people to their deaths in the icy Ohio River below?

The first time I knew anything about Mothman was when a movie about the creature starring Richard Gere came out several years ago. Apparently there were dozens of people who saw the real Mothman in 1967 and just as apparently there have been dozens who’ve seen it periodically in the years since.

And not just seen by your stereotypical Billy Bob, beer-swilling types who admit to having seen Elvis on a few occasions as well; but rather, credible, coherent individuals like policemen, lawyers, doctors, even politicians like Symington who have nothing to gain but everything to lose by admitting in a public setting that they saw this thing.

Like Bigfoot, I’ve always been a little skeptical about Mothman. I still am to a degree. But I have to admit the skepticism is waning a bit.

According to an old article I just recently discovered and read, at least 55 Chicago residents reported seeing “a flying humanoid” and described it as being everything from “a large, black, bat-like being with glowing red eyes” to “a big owl,” a “Gothic gargoyle,” or simply, “a Mothman.”

Just as was the case in Point Pleasant, most of those claiming to have seen the creature were considered to be reliable sources.

Okay I’m not altogether sure what any of this means to you. Heck, at this point I’m wondering myself why I even brought it up in the first place.

But whether believer or skeptic or somewhere in between, you’ll have to admit it was pretty interesting column fodder that likely held your attention to the end.

And, if it did that, well, let’s just say I accomplished my goal for another week and leave it at that.

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