Fwd = Study Finds Huge Increase in UFO Reports in Canada in 2001
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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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