- LONDON (AFP) - The British
Flying Saucer Bureau which has been hunting for extra-terrestrial activity
for half a century, has closed its doors due to a dearth of unidentified
flying objects (UFOs).
- The bureau, which at one time boasted 1,500 members worldwide,
has over the years received weekly reports listing up to thirty UFO "sightings".
These days there are very rarely any such reports, according to an article
in The Times newspaper on Monday.
- The bureau's monthly meetings have now been scrapped
due to a lack of participants.
- Denis Plunkett, a 70-year-old retiree from Bristol in
western England, founded the bureau in 1953 along with his father Edgar.
- "I am just as enthusiastic about flying saucers
as I always was but the problem is that we are in the middle of a long,
long trough," he told The Times.
- There just are not enough sightings to warrant continuing,
- Plunkett beleives that the end of the Cold War was the
catalyst for the current dearth of UFO sightings.
- "The number of sightings always rises at times of
international tension and declines in times of peace," he explained.
- Also the extraterrestrials themselves have probably finished
their study of the Earth, Plunkett said. These studies apparently began
following the explosion of the two atomic bombs during World War II.
- "The first atomic explosions all took place on the
right side of the Earth to be visible from Mars."
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