It would be naive to suggest that we humans could ever have a full understanding of our universe as there is always something new and unpredictable just around the corner. For example, Bill Gates suggested that no one would ever need more than 64kB of data. Oh, how we laughed when we realised all our wants and needs couldn't be contained within two small Word documents.
However, when things start to delve into the world of science fiction, our blood begins to boil like a delicious plasmic soup. Below, I have compiled a list of the most horrifying of events that to this day remain unexplained. Have a spare pair of underpants at the ready...
5. Hopkinsville Goblins
The case of the Hopkinsville Goblins is regarded as one of the most significant and well documented cases in the history of ufology, and to this day many ufo investigators and sceptics are stumped by it. It is all the more impressive due to the fact that there are dozens of witnesses to the event, including police officers and state troopers, and similar events were experienced throughout North America, and even in Wales.
In August, 1955 in Kentucky, the Calloway family were visiting the Suttons in their rural farmhouse, and strange lights and saucer-shaped objects were seen in the sky. The families tried to remain calm, dismissing it as a vivid shooting star until strange noises were heard outside and their dog began a-whimpering. Two men, Billy Ray Taylor and Elmer “lucky” Sutton (inappropriate nickname, given the circumstances), went outside with their rifles before witnessing “luminous, three-and-a-half-foot-tall beings with oversized heads, big, floppy, pointed ears, glowing eyes, and hands with talons at their ends” emerging from the trees. They appeared to float and steer with their arms as their legs were thin and weak. When it began to approach the house with its hands raised, the men took this as threatening behaviour and began shooting at the creature.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I thought putting your arms up was the international (if not interstellar) symbol for peace. And furthermore, these aliens presumably have more advanced technology than us as they managed to travel many light years to earth, so the last thing I would want to do is fuck with them.
Upon shooting them, which sounded like striking metal, the creatures fled and the men followed, only to be accosted by an alien hiding above their porch and grasping at their hair. At this stage, the men decided they’d had enough terror for one night, so both families held up inside the house. The creatures then began to pop up at different windows around the house in what was described as ‘a playful manner’, yet they were shot at anyway. I like to imagine this played out much like an extra-terrestrial version of Whack-a-Mole.
After presumably running out of credits for this hilariously frightening arcade game, they fled to the police station, where they were deemed sane, drug-free, ‘not the type to cause a fuss’ and ‘frightened beyond comprehension’. The police also witnessed weird lights in the sky and a green glow in a forest. The creatures left before dawn.
Sceptics struggle to criticise this story, claiming all they saw was ‘a monkey painted in silver that had escaped from the circus’ or maybe a Great Horned Owl, which to me, just looks like an owl...
All I can say is: “Watch the Skies, man!”
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