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Mexican UFOs

Mexican air force pilots just filmed some totally crazy video of eleven UFOs. According to The Globe and Mail:

The lights were filmed March 5 by pilots using infrared equipment. They appeared to be flying at an altitude of about 3,500 metres and allegedly surrounded the air force jet as it conducted routine anti-drug trafficking vigilance in Campeche. Only three of the objects showed up on the plane’s radar.

“Was I afraid? Yes,” said radar operator Lieutenant German Marin in a taped interview made public Tuesday.

Mexican UFO researchers — and, yes, there are indeed Mexican UFO researchers — were ecstatic, naturally. Though it all reminds me of how wonderfully vague the phrase UFO is. Since it means “unidentified flying object”, the object merely needs to be “unidentified”. The longer we can keep from identifying it, the longer it stays a UFO.

(Thanks to Gord Fynes for this one!)

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