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Posted April 6, 2017

Ten Things You Never Knew About Flying Saucers …Flying Saucers 01

By Bubba


Hang with me on this one … it WILL get relevant!


According to the UK Sunday Express, on June 24, 1947, the American pilot and businessman Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified saucer-shaped objects in the sky, and the term ‘flying saucer’ was born.


  1. On average, just over one Californian a day claims to have been abducted by aliens in a flying saucer.

  2. US president Jimmy Carter thought he saw a flying saucer in 1973, but research suggested it was probably the planet Venus.

  3. The first country to depict flying saucers on its postage stamps was Equatorial Guinea in 1975.

  4. The term ‘spaceship’ appeared in 1894, ‘flying saucer’ in 1947 and UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) in 1952.

  5. The US insurance company Goodfellows offers insurance against alien abduction.

  6. More than 40,000 people are reported to have taken out Alien All Risks Insurance but no successful claims have yet been made.

  7. Project Sign, Project Grudge, Project Twinkle and Project Blue Book have all been names of official US investigations into flying saucers.

  8. According to a report in 1995, as many as five million Americans may have been abducted by aliens.

  9. Sixty-eight per cent of all UFO sightings are by men.

  10. The first World Conference of People in Contact with Extraterrestrials was held in 1995 in Costa Rica.


Yep … Ten things you (probably) never knew about … flying saucers – but, now you do!



On a much more serious note though, as you know (or should have reasonably assumed!) I have been keeping up all of the security jobs around the place since momma Roo passed away.  It hasn’t been easy, but I believe that I am holding my own!


I’ve been noticing these objects that kinda look like flying saucers around dad’s shop … they are all close to the same size and shape … but they come in all sorts of colors! 

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Last weekend – I noticed some that contained pictographs!  Some of them I could figure out … some were harder … see what you think:


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Flying Saucers 04

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Now, here’s where we try to get relevant … April 7th is National Beer Day!  You see, back in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect on this date.  The Act didn’t repeal prohibition (that happened in December 1933 when the 21st Amendment was ratified), but it did allow folks to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight.  People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before.  On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday.


Yes sir … being head of security AND keeping all of you fine folks educated sure is hard work!  I hope everyone has a WONDERMOUS spring!





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Some Favorite Quotes 

I'll tell you, too, that's starting to depress me about UFO's, about the fact that they cross galaxies, or wherever they come from to visit us, and always end up in places like Fife, Alabama.  Maybe these are not super-intelligent beings, man.

Bill Hicks



How would it be if we discovered that aliens only stopped by earth to let their kids take a leak?

Jay Leno



Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature.  But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.

Joseph Addison



And lastly … from dad’s favorite alien:

The TV series ALF focused on an Alien Life Form named Gordon Shumway whose spaceship crashed into the garage of the Tanner family in Los Angeles.  Because his spaceship could not be repaired, he was stuck on earth and had no possibility to get back to his home planet Melmac.  The Tanners decided to hide ALF from the alien task force and so he was allowed to stay.  Most of the time he spend in the Tanner house, and although it was common to eat cats on Melmac, but he never ate Lucky, the Tanner family cat, but he constantly tried to:


[the cat Lucky has died and the Tanners are having a funeral for him] 

I'm reminded of a prayer he used to recite every night before going to bed, 'And if I die before I wake, chicken-fry me like a steak.'




HA!  I kill me!






The "answers" to the pictographs are:

Nutty As A Fruitcake

Yankee Stadium

That’s Incredible

Farmer Brown

Taking Pot Luck

Watch Out For Others (Otters)



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