The literate world is well aware that a controversy about the reality of the UFO phenomenon has raged for decades. Arrayed on one side are the enthusiasts – the casual, the serious and the bizarre – along with thousands of highly qualified pilot- witnesses, high-ranking military personnel, intensely interested scientists, and even an astronaut or two. All regard the hundreds of thousands of global sighting reports as a scientific problem of major significance, and all demand that science finally conducts a thorough, objective investigation. Centrally opposed to this position are a large number of mainstream scientists, most of whom are not only indifferent to the subject of UFOs, but also grossly uninformed about the weight of the evidence.
One hundred first-grade students recently got to ask a group of physicians some persistent Christmas questions, such as “How do reindeer fly?” It turns out there were legitimate scientific answers to all (or at least most) of them.
Physicians David J. Dzielak, Andrew W. Grady and William H. Sorey answered the students’ questions. When asked how reindeer could fly, Grady was able to tell them, “We know the reindeer are very strong and that they have hollow bones.”
Hanging mistletoe in a doorway in order to get kissed is a classic Christmas tradition. To the ancient Celts and Vikings, mistletoe was a sacred healing plant believed to bestow fertility, bring good luck and avert evil. But there’s a sinister side to mistletoe.
Biologist Cindy Ross says that dwarf mistletoe, an evergreen parasitic plant found on conifers in Canada and as far south as Texas, can significantly reduce a tree?s life expectancy. Dwarf mistletoe prefers pines can weaken a tree and make it more susceptible to attack by insects. You can spot dwarf mistletoe by its brushy balls, which have also been called “witch’s brooms.”
Walter Haut, the Air Force press officer who originallyreleased a statement from the Roswell Army Air Field statingthat the army had captured a flying disk, has died. Haut was83. In 1989, he met with Whitley Strieber in Roswell, tookMr. Strieber to the old base and to the site of the originalcrash, and stated that the object that had crashed therehad, without question, been something from another world.In a surprise phone call, Haut verified Whitley?s story of the Roswell crash when Strieber was on the Larry King Live TV show to promote his 1989 novel Majestic, which is about Roswell.