This category is for UFO culture.
This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total.
This category is for UFO culture.
This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total.
1. Unidentified flying object – An unidentified flying object, or UFO, in its most general definition, is any apparent anomaly in the sky that is not identifiable as a known object or phenomenon. Culturally, UFOs are associated with claims of visitation by extraterrestrial life or government-related conspiracy theories, UFOs are often identified after their sighting. Sometimes, however, UFOs cannot be identified because of the low quality of evidence related to their sightings, during the late 1940s and through the 1950s, UFOs were often referred to popularly as flying saucers or flying discs. The term UFO became more widespread during the 1950s, at first in technical literature, UFOs garnered considerable interest during the Cold War, an era associated with a heightened concern for national security. Various studies have concluded that the phenomenon does not represent a threat to national security nor does it contain anything worthy of scientific pursuit, the Oxford English Dictionary defines a UFO as An unidentified flying object, a flying saucer. The first published book to use the word was authored by Donald E. Keyhoe, the acronym UFO was coined by Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, who headed Project Blue Book, then the USAFs official investigation of UFOs. He wrote, Obviously the term flying saucer is misleading when applied to objects of every conceivable shape, for this reason the military prefers the more general, if less colorful, name, unidentified flying objects. Other phrases that were used officially and that predate the UFO acronym include flying flapjack, flying disc, unexplained flying discs, unidentifiable object, the phrase flying saucer had gained widespread attention after the summer of 1947. On June 24, a pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects flying in formation near Mount Rainier. Arnold timed the sighting and estimated the speed of discs to be over 1,200 mph, at the time, he claimed he described the objects flying in a saucer-like fashion, leading to newspaper accounts of flying saucers and flying discs. In popular usage, the term UFO came to be used to refer to claims of alien spacecraft, between 5% and 20% of reported sightings are not explained, and therefore can be classified as unidentified in the strictest sense. The term Ufology is used to describe the efforts of those who study reports. UFOs have become a prevalent theme in culture, and the social phenomena have been the subject of academic research in sociology and psychology. Unexplained aerial observations have been reported throughout history, an example is Halleys Comet, which was recorded first by Chinese astronomers in 240 BC and possibly as early as 467 BC. Such sightings throughout history often were treated as supernatural portents, angels, or other religious omens. On January 25,1878, the Denison Daily News printed an article in which John Martin, Martin, according to the newspaper account, said it appeared to be about the size of a saucer, the first known use of the word saucer in association with a UFO. In April 1897, thousands of people reported seeing airships in various parts of the United States, scores of people even reported talking to the pilots. Thomas Edison was asked his opinion, and said, You can take it from me that it is a pure fake, the largest had an apparent size of about six Suns, he said
2. Futuro – Futuro, or Futuro House, is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The distinctive flying saucer-like shape and airplane hatch entrance has made the houses popular among collectors, the Futuro is composed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, polyester-polyurethane, and poly, measuring 13 feet high and 26 feet in diameter. The Futuro house was a product of post-war Finland, reflecting the periods faith in technology, the conquering of space, unprecedented growth. It was designed by Suuronen as a ski cabin that would be “quick to heat, to facilitate transport, the house consisted of 16 elements that were bolted together to form the floor and the roof. The project could be constructed on site, or dismantled and reassembled on site in two days, or even airlifted in one piece by helicopter to the site, the only necessity on site for its placement were four concrete piers, so the project could occupy nearly any topography. Due to the integrated polyurethane insulation and electric heating system, the house could be heated to a temperature in only thirty minutes. The segments of the envelope are assembled on the site using a metal footing. Through its shape and materials used, the house can be erected in very cold mountains or even by the sea, the area is 50 sq m, the volume 140 cubic m, divided by adaptable partitions. By the mid-1970s, the house was taken off the market, from the beginning, it had been met with public hostility. The first Futuro that was erected near Lake Puulavesi in Finland elicited public protest because it looked too unnatural for the rustic environment, in the United States, Futuro houses were banned from many municipalities by zoning regulations. Banks were reluctant to finance them, some customers who committed to buy them backed out and forfeited their non-refundable $1,000 deposits. In 1999, the city of Tampa ordered a Futuro demolished, shortly after the turn of the century, a Futuro house was purchased on Broadkill Beach, Delaware, and destroyed to make way for a double-wide modular home. Some have been vandalized in drive-by shootings, the oil crisis of 1973 tripled gasoline prices and made manufacture of plastic extremely expensive. Fewer than 100 were made and it is estimated that today around 60 of the original Futuro homes survive, the prototype is in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 001, the only other Futuro currently in a collection, is in the possession of the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo. In 1998, Finnish film director Mika Taanila made a documentary film Futuro — A New Stance For Tomorrow about the Futuro house, a UK artist, Craig Barnes, purchased and restored a Futuro house in 2013 –14. He had discovered the wreck whilst on holiday in South Africa and had it shipped back to the UK before commencing restoration, in 2010, Finnish conservator Anna-Maija Kuitunen made a damage assessment plan for the first Futuro ever made. This was done as her thesis for the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland
3. Kielce Bus Station – Kielce Bus Station is a bus station in Kielce, Poland. It is a novelty architecture type of a building, shaped to resemble a UFO, opened in 1984, it was seen as one of the more modern bus stations of its kind in Poland at that particular time. The building was constructed from 1975 to 1984, and opened on 20 July that year and it was designed by Polish architect Edward Modrzejewski. The facility was seen as advanced in terms of its overall capacity. It was designed to accommodate 1,500 buses and the number of 24,000 passengers daily. The size of the complex is about 4 hectares, the fortunes of the building decreased in the 1990s, as post-communist Poland saw a rise in private car ownership, and a decreased interest in public transit. The building, formerly owned by the PKS company, has been privatized in the early 2010s, while the government authorities were interested in preserving the building, seen as an important landmark, its private owners were struggling to turn a profit out of it. A spokesman for the company has declared that they are not willing to invest in renovating the building. This has caused criticism from individuals who see the building as part of modern Polands cultural heritage, the city bought back the bus station at the end of March 2016. There are plans to rebuild the building to meet current standards, annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, similar shaped Frank Lloyd Wright building Spodek Photos from the construction Photos from the interior
4. Nibiru cataclysm – The Nibiru cataclysm is a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object which certain groups believe will take place in the early 21st century. Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to object as Planet X or Nibiru. The idea was first put forward in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, founder of the website ZetaTalk, Lieder describes herself as a contactee with the ability to receive messages from extraterrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system through an implant in her brain. The prediction has subsequently spread beyond Lieders website and has been embraced by numerous Internet doomsday groups, since 2012, the Nibiru cataclysm has frequently reappeared in the popular media, usually linked to newsmaking astronomical objects such as Comet ISON or Planet Nine. In 1995, she founded the website ZetaTalk to disseminate her ideas, Lieder first came to public attention on Internet newsgroups during the build-up to Comet Hale–Bopps 1997 perihelion. She stated, claiming to speak as the Zetas, that The Hale–Bopp comet does not exist and it is a fraud, perpetrated by those who would have the teeming masses quiescent until it is too late. Hale–Bopp is nothing more than a distant star, and will draw no closer and she claimed that the Hale–Bopp story was manufactured to distract people from the imminent arrival of a large planetary object, Planet X, which would soon pass by Earth and destroy civilization. Her claims eventually made the New York Times and this would be followed by the Earths pole destabilising in a pole shift caused by magnetic attraction between the Earths core and the magnetism of the passing planet. This in turn would disrupt the Earths magnetic core and lead to subsequent displacement of the Earths crust. After Lieder, the first person to propagate her Planet X idea was Mark Hazlewood, a member of the ZetaTalk community. Lieder would later accuse him of being a confidence trickster and this led the Fortean Times to conclude that she had put down her dog to save them from further suffering during the Pole Shift. Later, in a 2004 interview she said that she had euthanized her dog because it was acting aggressively, after the 2003 date passed without incident, Lieder said that it was merely a white lie. to fool the establishment. She refused to disclose the date, saying that to do so would give those in power enough time to declare martial law and trap people in cities during the shift. Though Lieder herself has not specified a new date for the return, many groups have taken up her idea. One frequently cited date was December 21,2012 and this date had many apocalyptic associations, as it was the end of a cycle in the long count in the Mayan calendar. Several writers published books connecting the encounter with 2012, despite that date having passed, many websites still contend that Nibiru/Planet X is en route to Earth. In 2012, Lieder claimed that U. S. President Barack Obama futilely attempted to announce the presence of Nibiru near the sun, after 2012, she claimed that several world leaders had intended to announce the presence of Nibiru near the sun on October 20,2014. Two weeks after the date of announcement, she claimed that it did not occur because of consternation amongst the establishment