The universe is vast and mysterious, which makes it hard to believe that Earth is the only planet containing living creatures. The following stories relate the experiences of people who either claim they saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) or believe that they were abducted by aliens.

Here at Factinate, we don’t claim these testimonies should be believed as fact. This article captures human reporting of alien encounters, and the fact is that people did make these freaky reports. That said, to err is human, and it’s also pretty darn human to exaggerate. With that in mind, the validity of these reports should be viewed with a degree of skepticism.

Nonetheless, even NASA believes in extraterrestrial life: chief NASA scientist Ellen Stofan argues that humans will find “strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade.”

21. Blue Streak

On November 7th, 2015, filmmaker and YouTuber Julien Solomita was hanging out with his girlfriend, the popular YouTube comedian Jenna Marbles, and a group of friends. They were standing in a parking garage of a Target store in Los Angeles as a mysterious blue object streaked across the sky. The object started as a small speck and eventually left behind a streak of blue, seeming to pick up more momentum the longer it flew. Thousands of people witnessed the event in both California and Arizona but Solomita, who had his cameras with him, was in the right place at the right time. He captured HD-quality video of the UFO from the top of that parking garage, and his footage was used by news stations across the country. The Pentagon’s official story was that it was a missile test.

20. Colonel H.G. Shaw

One of the earliest UFO reports came in 1896. Colonel H.G. Shaw, while driving his buggy, came across an aircraft matching the description of modern-day UFO sightings. He also reported that were 7-foot tall women standing together on the ship. They did not speak, but “warbled” to one another in a language he could not understand. Although they attempted to take Shaw, he was too heavy. The aliens floated away in their ship and he never saw them again.

19. Tony Dodd

An English police officer named Tony Dodd was driving his patrol car along a country lane in Yorkshire in 1978 when he suddenly witnessed a UFO flying in front of him. He described the object as disk-shaped with darkened port hole windows. At first he was just amazed at the engineering of the craft. Later, however, Dodd began to consider the possibility of extraterrestrial life and began to investigate other people’s paranormal stories.

18. Carol and Helen Thomas

In 1988, Carol Thomas and her daughter Helen were taking their usual back alley route to their work at a UK mill. This particular morning, however, was different. They began to hear a humming sound and looked up to see a bright light. Both mother and daughter immediately began to feel sick and dizzy. Helen had been wearing a leather jacket, and she also noticed that the jacket was now totally wet even though it had not rained at all that day.

When they finished the walk to work, they were told by their manager that they were a few hours late for their shifts. That week, the Thomases both began to come down with similar rashes and generally felt anxious and fearful, but they could not think of any rational reason to feel that way. After dealing with issues for years, Carol and Helen finally went under hypnosis with Tony Dodd and started to remember their alien abduction and the experiments the extraterrestrials performed on them.

17. The Derbyshire BBQ Incident

In the summer of 1995, Mike and Debbie (last names unknown) were having a lovely evening barbecuing on the back porch with their friends Steve and Annie. A bright light suddenly shone on them from out of nowhere and disappeared just as quickly.

From the group’s perspective it only felt like a split second—but they soon realized it had been an hour. Dinner was ruined: the coals had already stopped glowing, and their food was black and burned on the grill. Additionally, everyone felt sick and anxious. In the aftermath, the group also went under hypnosis with Tony Dodd. In each of their four separate interviews, Mike, Debbie, Steve, and Annie described exactly the same sort of scene. They claimed they had been abducted by aliens, who had experimented on them.

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