Flying saucers? So 1950s. Visiting aliens from outer space now favor triangular style craft, with or without flashing lights, according to the fifth release of UFO data from Britain’s Ministry of Defence. As CNN reports:
“The release highlights how the reported shapes of UFOs have changed during the past half-century, the National Archives said. Many of the reports in the latest file describe UFOs as big, black and triangular, whereas reports from the 1940s and ’50s tended to be about saucers or disc-shaped objects, they said.
“In the 1950s the next big leap in technology was thought to be a round craft that took off vertically, and it’s intriguing to note that this is the same period when people began to report seeing ‘flying saucers’ in the sky,” said David Clarke, author of a book called The UFO Files and a journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.”
Britain’s Ministry of Defence decided to make all its archives available to the public due to the relentless requests filed under the country’s freedom of information laws. It has also decided to stop tracking UFO observations. As the Guardian’s Nick Pope notes:
“As one reads the files, one can sense the MoD’s growing irritation with the subject – an irritation that arguably culminated on 1 December 2009 when the MoD finally disengaged altogether and announced that they would no longer be investigating UFO sightings reported by the public. Some of the files are entitled “persistent correspondent”. This is a coded way of saying “this person is becoming a nuisance”. As will be seen in future file releases – the last files won’t be released until 2011 – this frustration boiled over when the Freedom of Information Act came fully into force.”
When pressed by one correspondent for its policies for dealing with aliens kidnapping humans, Pope writes that the MOD responded with the ulitmate in not-my-problem explanations: “Abduction is a criminal offence and as such is a matter for the civil police.”