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It's World UFO Day (July 2) - 5 fun facts

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July 2 is World UFO Day and if there is one phenomenon about which opinions are divided, it is whether UFOs and/or extraterrestrial life exist. Today I'm sharing 5 fun UFO-related tidbits to celebrate this special day.

1 - The Foo Fighters band name is taken from UFOs

When I say Foo Fighters, you probably immediately think of the rock band with frontman Dave Grohl. But did you know that the band name has its origins in UFO history? "Foo Fighter" was a term used by the US Air Force during World War II. The term referred to unexplained phenomena and strange flying objects before the term UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) was coined for those phenomena. Dave Grohl recently mentioned that he was in a 'UFO phase' while coming up with the band name.

2 - The term 'flying saucer' was an accident

Another term often used for UFO is 'flying saucer' or 'flying saucer' in English. And while this designation is now commonplace, it arose from a misunderstanding. How? Amateur pilot Kenneth Arnold flew near Mount Rainier in 1947. He was looking for a plane wreck when he spotted a UFO and reported it by radio. He described the movements the object made as 'what it would look like if you took a saucer (saucer) and threw it over the water'. The person on the other end interpreted that as the objects themselves looking like saucers. Voilà: the term 'flying saucer' was born.

3 - Legion of celebrities believe in extraterrestrial life

Ask the average American celebrity if they believe in UFOs and aliens and many of them will say yes. Miley Cyrus, January Jones, Post Malone and Russell Crowe, among others, claim to have seen a UFO. Former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge is so convinced of the existence of extraterrestrial life that he has set up a separate platform (To The Stars) for it, on which he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding extraterrestrial life together with various enthusiasts.

4 - UFOs already appeared in 14th century painting

UFO art

Anyone who thinks speculation about UFOs and extraterrestrial life is a thing of recent history is wrong. Did you know that UFOs were depicted in painting as early as the 14th century? The painting below by Carlo Crivelli clearly shows an Unidentified Flying Object in the sky. And this is not the only painting in which such an object appears; they can also be seen in works by Saint Giovannino and Aert de Gelde, among others.

5 - Scientists made a mix tape for Aliens

Do you remember? In the '80s or '90s, if you wanted to show someone who you were, you made them a mixtape with all your favorite music. That's exactly what scientists did about 40 years ago; they made a mixtape for aliens! NASA space probes Voyager 1 and 2 both carried a copper gramophone record with sounds from the earth on it. Think of nature sounds such as thunder, wind and rain, greetings from the earth in 55 languages, whale sounds and of course… music! Our alien friends got to hear songs by Bach, Chuck Berry and Louis Armstrong, among others.

I'll close with a personal extraterrestrial fact, because during my training as a graphic designer I learned a nice word 'Aliens'. For my English lesson, I was asked to write an email exchange with a classmate about a graphic project. This classmate and I consistently ended every email with the phrase "Greetings." We got the assignment back from the teacher with a nice grade and the comment 'Only aliens say Greetings'.

Greetings to UFOs

So if they come to my door today, at least I know how to greet them kindly ;)


    Vera Bertens

    Author - Vera Bertens from Franje Design
    Vera Bertens is the creative heart and brain behind Franje Design, which she founded in 2009. Besides her wonderful world full of sweet and funny creatures, she also illustrates and designs on commission from her studio in Tilburg. We love her work and invite you to this Dutch gem to discover for yourself .

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