Despite that the fact that aliens are usually seen as a futuristic lifeform, UFO sightings date back thousands of years. In 1440 BC, the scribes of Pharaoh Thutmose III reportedly saw "fiery disks" floating over the skies. And in 74 BC, a Roman army under the command of Lucullus was engaged in battle with Mithridates VI of Pontus when "all on a sudden, the sky burst asunder, and a huge, flame-like body was seen to fall between the two armies. In shape, it was almost like a wine-jar, and in color, like molten silver," according to Plutarch, a Greek biographer. The UFO was reportedly seen by both armies.
Nowadays, the odds of seeing a UFO depend mostly on where you live. In the US, you are most likely to see a UFO in Wyoming, where your odds are one in 20,500. However, if you live in Florida, your odds drop to one in 348,500. Meanwhile, in Missouri, which only has a population of 6,113,532, there have been 7,467 UFO sightings, yet in New York, which has a population of 19,849,399, there have been a scant 7,641 sightings.
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This year in California and Florida, three different residents in three different cities reported seeing UFOs on the same day. On January 13, a witness in Pasadena, California said they had seen at least five "circular UFOs" at 12:45 pm. The second sighting took place at 2:30 pm about 90 miles away in Carlsbad, California when five circular objects were seen. Two and a half hours later in Hollywood, Florida, there was another sighting of "numerous orange lights above the coastline," by a police officer.
Sightings can be reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), an organization that investigates UFO sightings and/or alien contacts. NUFORC, which has operated continuously since it was founded in 1974 by Robert J. Gribble, has cataloged almost 90,000 reported UFO sightings. However, it is estimated that 90-95% of sightings are not UFOs. They can be weather events, military tests or other incidents. Still, there are many sightings that cannot be explained.
In addition to sighting alien ships, many Americans believe they have also been abducted by aliens. In 1991, Hopkins, Jacobs and sociologist Dr. Ron Westrum ordered a Roper Poll to determine how many Americans may have been abducted. Based on the answers received, the researchers estimated that nearly four million Americans may have been abducted by aliens. Unfortunately, not all of these abductees were insured, as only 40,000 Americans have taken out alien abduction insurance.