I guess I should call it "football" when in a European context.
Whatever the case, this story involves UFOs. I found out about it via the BBC...which is odd since you don't usually see them covering UFO matters. But I digress...
It all happened on October 27th, 1954. Ten thousand sports fans turned out in Tuscany, Italy to watch Fiorentina take on Pistoiese in football. No. Fuck it. It's definitely not football. It's that commie plot called "soccer." But I digress...and I kid...
Play came to an abrupt stop as both fans and players gave their attention exclusively to the sky above the soccer (yeah, I said it) stadium. An object moved in said sky. It was described by one of the players from that day thusly:
"It was something that looked like an egg that was moving slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and also there was some glitter coming down from the sky, silver glitter."
Other witness accounts vary slightly in terms of the UFO. There are those who call the object more "cigar shaped" while others claim the classic saucer form. Before any skeptic can use this discrepancy to claim "mass hysteria" over "they saw it from a different angle," it must be noted that aside from the 10,000 or so witnesses in the stands, there were several sightings across the Italian countryside at that time. We can, however, chalk that up to the waves of UFO sightings that occurred after the initial stadium incident. Or at least a few of the sightings, I would imagine, but perhaps not all. There may be wheat hidden amongst the chaff.
What I am most interested in is the physical evidence that the UFO left behind, the "silver glitter" that the soccer player referred to earlier. It earned the nickname "angel hair," due not only to its color and luster but also I am presuming due to its similar consistency to the eponymous pasta There's a picture at the BBC link.) Witnesses report seeing "angel hair" fall from the UFO and cover roofs, trees, and telephone and electrical wire. To the touch it was said to be sticky like cotton candy.
Sadly not much of the substance was saved as it was said to evaporate like snow after only an hour. What little of the physical evidence that was tested was found to be composed of the chemical elements boron, silicon, calcium, and magnesium. Unfortunately, that does nothing for identification purposes.
Skeptics claim that the angel hair samples were in fact spider webs. Falling from aerial migrating spiders.
I'll let you consider for a moment what sounds dumber: UFO or aerial migrating spiders.
This is not to say that the latter does not exist. Spiders do indeed spin webs into "sails" of sorts and drift on wind currents, sometimes for very long distances. Such a theory does not however account for the UFO itself. It would also mean that there would have had to have been a lot of spiders in the air to leave behind that much angel hair. Plus there were no proteins or organic compounds found in the substance. If it had been spider webs, that would not have been the case.
This case has yet to be explained. That doesn't mean "aliens" or even anything all that offbeat. It simply means that the truth has yet to be found. Jokes abound, as they always do. "Aliens are not baleful creatures out for our destruction. They just want to watch soccer and probe our butts." Then what was the purpose or the source of the angel hair? This all reinforces a line of thinking I've been examining for a while now.
The UFO, whatever it was, wanted to be seen.
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