Re: Mass hysteria, sightings of the Virgin Mary, the Emperor's New Clothes, false positives
"The biggest UFO flaps were in the 50s"
- yes, mostly following screening of "The Invaders" 90% of UFO sightings followed the same pattern as seen on this
- 1970s USA UFOs tended to be slow moving triangular things - until the F117 was exposed.
- UFO abduction stories all took on more or less the same legend after Close Encounters was released.
The 50s and 60s flaps ones were encouraged by the US military (they even infiltrated the UFO societies and hyped things up). It made it easier to hush up experimental aircraft sightings, etc. It finally came out recently that the "cattle mutilations" were attributable to military efforts to track radiation releases downwind of airburst nuclear detonations (removal of thyroid/liver as these concentrate iodine/caesium) and not wanting to cause panic by letting anyone know what they were doing (easier to have it attributable to little green men).
Does anyone remember the Satanic Child Abuse in pre-schools flaps in the 1990s? There are STILL people convicted and imprisoned around the world for this, despite no physical evidence ever having been discovered, the accusers having been widely discredited and almost all the children involved at the time now saying they were coached into giving false evidence.