I was hanging out with a group a friends on the fourth of July, drinking of course. Later in the night one of my buddies who I don’t see very much started talking about his experiences at the airport. I don’t remember all the details, but he says he gets stopped and searched every time he goes to the airport, he says this has been happening for around fifteen years. This alone isn’t super strange. Lots of people fly every day, and lots of people get randomly searched, I am sure that some people in America get searched more than others by just chance alone.
He says that isn’t it though. He believes that “They” are watching him. My friend has been a big fan of the fourth of July since before I knew him. We used to make sparkler bombs and blow up gas cans and stuff for movies we would make, or for home made fireworks. Some times he would look up how to make bombs online so we could have bigger cooler explosions. He believes this is the reason he gets searched every time at the airport. I told him if he was under suspicion for fifteen years, the govenment wouldn’t just search him at the airport. Surly they would have tracked him to his house, and found out that he was just an ordinary dude. Regular people like us are not hard to find, and upon inspection they would see that we are just ordinary.
So what I did was use my cell phone to call up my buddies and talked about bombs and blowing stuff up. I then texted them about bombs over the weekend. Then, again, using my I phone I searched up things like “bombs for blowing up buildings” and “how to smuggle bombs through US customs”.
My friend was very eager to see what would happen, because the very next weekend, my friends and I were going to fly to Las Vegas. He was pretty sure I was flagged now, so I would definitely be stopped. You know what though, nothing happened. I didn’t get stopped going to Vegas, and I didn’t get stopped coming home. Nobody cared, because no one was listening. I don’t know why my friend gets searched every time he goes to the airport. I don’t even know if it really happens “every” time, or if he is just using confirmation bias. It could be as simple as him looking nervous because he thinks he will be searched, and that makes him suspicious.
This story doesn’t really prove anything, it wasn’t scientific at all. It is just one anecdote to fight an anecdote.
The second story happened just a few days ago. A different friend was looking outside the other night and noticed a really bright light way up in the sky. He said it moved across the sky slowly for about three minutes, then disappeared. He was sure it wan’t a plane and had no other explinations to offer.
I think he told me about it because I’m skeptical of things like this, and he was curious what I would say. I didn’t have a direct answer. A strange light in the sky could be many things. I am not an astronomer, and I have heard stories like this about strange lights that ended up being reflections, or it could have been a hallucination. However, the shuttle had just launched and I suggested that it could have been that. I don’t know what a shuttle looks like from way down here on earth. My friend was pretty sure that it wasn’t the shuttle.
However, the next day, he said he looked it up, and the shuttle was visible around the time he saw the light. Again, this doesn’t prove that it was the shuttle, but it is way more likley than aliens. Pretty much everything is more likley than aliens. The point is just because you see something in the sky that you can’t explain, doesn’t automatically make it aliens.