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In 1947, Orson Welles was quoted in The Evening Observer, saying of the recent surge of UFO sightings, "People are imaginative and gullible. I'll bet 10 to 1 this will fizzle out." It's safe to say that Welles lost that bet.

Given the nature of unidentified flying objects — unidentified is right in the name — it's no surprise that aspects of the phenomenon don't quite add up and likely never will. Some of it can be chalked up to the unquestionable weirdness of seeing objects seemingly mock the laws of physics. Sometimes, however, it seems as though someone explicitly wants to make it harder for anyone to know what is going on. It can be hoaxers, happy to troll their neighbors, or government officials only too keen to tell you that you didn't see anything. And if you did see something, it was a cloud, balloon, bird, plane, or the planet Venus.

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