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Ian Topham
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Something Mauro mentioned in a recent UFO post got me thinking.  It was concerning UFO sightings in certain years and I got to wondering whether mapping activity and displaying them with events that also happened in that decade would illustrate any patterns.

Would it illustrate differances in how UFO's were reported and described?  Would it illustrate any patterns concerning Ghost Photography.......I seem to think the 1960's might have some interesting ones.

Over time things change within our society and even though the experiences may be similar, the time in which it was experienced may have an influence on how it was reported.

Does anyone feel like making any predictions as to what trends such a study might display?

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While I cannot offer much

While I cannot offer much help in the field of ghostly research, I can give a few hints about both folklore and UFOlogy (my two main fields of interest).

UFO types since the '40s: each period seems to have its own kind of UFOs/UAPs. Foo Fighters were mostly orbs of light taken to be secret weapons. At the end of the '40s the type began to change into the classic, metallic flying saucers we are all familiar with. As the years went by UFOs/UAPs became more varied and increasingly larger, the cigar-shaped "mothership" seen by the Hills and many Latin American witnesses becoming an instant hit. The '70s saw a resurgence of luminous UFOs in all shapes and colours. Finally the '80s saw the arrival of the "Flying Triangles" and other crafts resembling high-tech vehicles made by human hands. It's interesting to note that "metallic looking" UFOs/UAPs, capable of feats well beyond the known boundaries of physics as well as influencing the witnesses' perception of reality, have been a constant all these years.

Alien types: if you accept Vallee's theories the "Good Folk" of old are the aliens of today but let's just stick to animated figures seen in conjuction with UFOs/UAPs. The Flying Machines seen at the close of the XIX century were crewed by absolutely normal-looking persons: they spoke English, French or Spanish. They were mostly dressed like train drivers or mechanics and talked in very down-to-earth technical terms, sometimes making absolutely normal requests (a bucket of water, a cold chisel etc). The Alien types seen after WWII are much different but there's still a pattern to it. In '50s America they were mostly the gentle, incredibly advanced, human-looking fellows popularized by Adamski (I know he was a fraud but bear with me), which later somehow transformed into the soulless "Greys" so popular nowadays. In South America Aliens tend to be aggressive and generally malevolent beings, be them hairy dwarves or muscular giants. In France they behave like gentle tourists (a few cases from the '50s have them asking for directions to hapless witnesses!) or Carthesian philosophers. Also let's not forget that sometimes Aliens take on them "messianic" traits: do as we tell or you'll be destroyed, Mankind must change its ways or else... etc, somehow substituting religious figures.
Sorry for the obvious inaccuracies but I am writing from memory...


"Louhi spoke in riddled tones of three things to achieve: find and catch the Devil's Moose and bring it here to me. Seize the Stallion born of Fire, harness the Golden Horse. He captured and bound the Moose, he tamed the Golden Horse. Still there remained one final task: hunt for the Bird from the Stream of Death"

-Kalevala, Rune XIII-

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You could actually do this

You could actually do this by tagging the articles with the decades for instance 1960, 1970 etc and then just render maps like you have done for the counties.  It is just a matter of interrogating the database your building up.



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