There’s Something In The Eire

Some UFOs were seen off the Irish Coast yesterday, which is all very exciting isn’t it?

The British Airways flight that initially reported it, said it was an object which pulled alongside the plane and then disappeared at great speed. Other planes reported seeing things as well.

I mean, that’s literally all the news story is. It’s that. Just expanded a teensy bit with the addition of quotes from the Air Traffic Control tapes. But that’s the gist. Spooky lights moving quickly.

The news story, though, then goes on to explain what a UFO is by entirely missing the point of what a UFO is.

It says that the term UFO is usually used to describe alien spacecraft. Which it’s not. That would be flying saucer. UFO is used – as it has always been used – to describe an object that is flying and yet unidentified. Everything you need to know is in the name, really.

Unidentified Flying Object.

For the first two exclamations of a crowd of people seeing Superman you could class him as a UFO. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? You have no idea. So it’s a UFO. Until that third person realises they live in a world where Superman is a thing and is often seen flying around. I mean, by rights, the first question should be “Is that Superman?” and, as time goes on, not even notice him flitting about.

The article also goes on to say that most UFOs turn out to be mundane things. Which is true. But for a while that are unidentified. That’s what it means. It doesn’t mean alien. It just means “oh, what’s that?”

Although, obviously in Superman’s case it does mean alien.

Maybe that was a bad choice of example.