UFOs have captured the public consciousness like never before, and apparently the ETs have picked up on our renewed interest in them and decided to stop by New Jersey to say hi.
At least that’s what crowds of local residents thought on September 14th as they stopped their cars in the middle of traffic, whipped out their smartphones, and stared in awe at a mysterious blinking object that ominously hovered off in the distance.
Multiple videos of the event have been uploaded online, and while it’s clear that many spectators were swept up in the moment thinking they might be about to make first contact, observant viewers at home were less impressed.
Many eagle-eyed watchers noticed that the supposed UFO bared a striking resemblance to the Goodyear Blimp. In fact… it was the the Goodyear Blimp *cue sad trombone*.
To be fair, for those who still want to believe, there has been overwhelming evidence in recent years that craft created outside Earth have visited our planet.
In fact, the Department of Defense was given an official briefing regarding “off-world vehicles not made on this earth” back in March 2020. Indeed, over the past decade alone the Pentagon has allocated funds for a program called Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force to investigate the topic.
Earlier this year, the US Navy also declassified three videos of UFOs traveling at hypersonic speed. Those three sightings took place in 2004 and 2015 respectively.
According to Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough, the decision to release the footage came after Department of Defense officials determined that it “does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomenon.”
And the US Navy might have learned something from their UFO research because they recently patented similar-looking technology.
Still, while it’s good to have those videos officially declassified for public viewing, their black-and-white, grainy presentation might be less tantalizing than many would like.
Luckily, there have been better videos of UFO sightings, such as the below example, that appear to be much more authentic than the recent Goodyear Blimp confusion.
Nonetheless, the Goodyear Blimp story does provide a valuable lesson for us all to strive to think rationally even in the heat of the moment, and to always consider the mostly likely possibility first before jumping to conclusions.