NewsWatcher writes: The BBC has an interesting story about the link between sightings of UFO and sci-fi films.
From the article: "Documents from the Ministry of Defence released by the National Archives show the department recorded 117 sightings in 1995 and 609 in 1996."
Those years correlate with the screening of the film Independence Day (1996) and when The X-Files was at the height of its popularity in the UK (1995).
"The more that alien life is covered in films or television documentaries, the more people look up at the sky and don't look down at their feet," said an expert on UFO sightings based at Sheffield Hallam University.
The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social
sciences' is: some do, some don't.
-- Ernest Rutherford