Maine's famous for its sightings of little green men.

In my lifetime, I can't say I've ever seen a UFO. I've seen some weird stuff I couldn't explain but never did my thoughts drift to the possibility that it was a UFO or aliens. But you poll a few of your friends, and many folks will regale you with tales of the time they saw one. Be it out in the boat. Out in a field, whatever. There are stories everywhere.

Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash
Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

And they always happen at night, which is always weird. I've always wondered why we don't see more weird things during the day. Maybe the aliens up in the flying saucers are too nervous about being spotted. Although I don't know why. It's not like we have the technology to chase them down.

It seems to dip a bit every year.

In 2020, officials received more than 70 reports of unidentified crafts flying over Maine. And in 2021 there were only 41 reports, and even fewer in 2022. This year, only 23 so far. So the number has been dropping every year, according to the National UFO Reporting Center. The reasons for not seeing them are likely quite mundane comparatively. Besides, we've been told in one study that we'd never last long in an alien invasion anyway.

Probably the biggest reason is people are spending less time outdoors in the last year or two, than in 2020. With everything back to normal in most ways, people aren't searching for the perfect outdoor activity like they did in 2020. Now it seems it's mostly people who smoke outside or are walking their dogs.

More time outside = more UFO sightings.

It seems like simple math. Sort of like ghost sightings disappeared 100+ years ago when cameras became more commonplace. Go figure. So, with fewer people outside, folks are seeing fewer flying saucers. Will the number start to grow again? Maybe. But do you really want it to?

Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash
Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash

For this guy... I'm ok with avoiding first contact as long as possible. I've seen Mars Attacks too many times to think it's necessarily going to end up favorably. But on the other hand, I'll keep positive. If E.T does land here anytime soon, I'll happily give up the opportunity to meet them first, hahaha. That's out of my pay grade!

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