“UFO culture” day

New Mexico — home of Roswell, famous site of the first-ever supposed UFO crash — has declared the second Tuesday of every February to be “Extraterrestrial Culture Day”. According to the Associated Press:

Some lawmakers scoffed at the idea. But the sponsor of the memorial, Rep. Daniel Foley, R-Roswell, said life on other planets - if you believe in it - surely has its own set of cultural beliefs.

“They have some sort of culture, whether it’s something we understand or not,” he said.

The measure, approved Friday, claims extraterrestrials have contributed to recognition of New Mexico. The state has been associated with little green men for more than half a century, staring in 1947 with a purported UFO crash that came to be known as the Roswell Incident.

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