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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Chris Rutkowski Original Subject: UFO study (fwd) Original
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2002
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows@...>
      Original Subject: UFO study (fwd)
      Original Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 12:53:47 -0600 (CST)

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      News Release: 25 February 2002

      Study Finds Huge Increase in UFO Reports in Canada in 2001

      There were 42% more UFO reports filed in Canada in 2001 than
      2000, according to the findings of a national study released

      "There was a huge increase in the number of UFO sightings last
      year," says science writer Chris Rutkowski, editor of the study.
      "There were 374 UFO reports made in Canada in 2001, or about one
      UFO seen somewhere in the country each day. We are not sure why
      there was such a large rise in reports last year, since the
      trend began earlier than September 11th."

      Rutkowski is research coordinator for Ufology Research of
      Manitoba (UFOROM), a volunteer civilian group that gathers and
      studies UFO reports made to Canadian organizations and
      government agencies. UFOROM has been publishing an annual survey
      of Canadian UFO sightings since 1989 and has accumulated more
      than 3200 Canadian UFO cases since the beginning of the last
      decade. They look at details such as where a UFO was seen, the
      time of day, its colour, shape and observed behaviour.

      Other findings of the 2001 study:

      In 2001, more UFOs were reported in August than any
      other time of the year.

      About 15% of all UFO reports were unexplained. This
      percentage of unknowns falls to about 5% when only
      high-quality cases are considered.

      Most UFO sightings have two witnesses, meaning that
      sightings can usually be corroborated by someone else.

      In 2001, the typical UFO sighting lasted about 15

      BC, Ontario and Alberta logged the most sightings,
      although all provincesand territories had reports last
      year, including 5 cases in Nunavut. More UFOs were reported
      over Vancouver and Ottawa than any other Canadian cities.

      "People continue to report UFOs quite regularly," explains
      Rutkowski. "Most UFOs have simple explanations, but the
      unexplained ones are still interesting, although not necessarily
      from Mars. Over the years, report numbers have been increasing,
      even though in this advanced technological age, science tells us
      that UFOs aren't real."

      He adds: "This research can give scientists the raw data needed
      to properly evaluate this popular social phenomenon that is so
      pervasive throughout our culture."

      For further information, contact:
      Chris Rutkowski, editor, e-mail: rutkows@...
      Geoff Dittman, data analysis, e-mail: gdittman@...
      The study is available online at: www.geocities.com/aristotl.geo

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