March 20th is this Friday and it marks Extraterrestrial Abductions Day... the absolute coolest and most random holiday ever. Don't expect to get the day off, though. Instead, you should probably spend Friday trying to avoid getting abducted by aliens, which is pretty much what I do every day anyway.
You may not believe those who say they've been abducted, but you should. Those who have survived abduction attempts or who were briefly abducted sometimes get dismissed - the naysayers think they may have hallucinated the experience, or they dreamed it.
Don't tell that to the abductees though... in fact, these 5 alien abduction stories will at the very least give you pause.
Check them out and vote on whether you think they might have been real!
1. Betty and Barney Hill (1961)
It's commonly referred to as the "Hill Abduction". It's the first widely publicized American alien abduction case. The couple (Betty and Barney Hill) lived in New Hampshire at the time and claimed that they witnessed a UFO while driving back on September 19th from a trip to Niagara Falls. As the story goes, they followed that craft until it descended quickly and caused Barney to stop his car in the middle of the highway. Apparently, they saw creatures peering at them through the windows of the UFO (now no longer flying of course). The craft lifted over their vehicle and the Hill couple reported hearing and feeling buzzing. They both lost consciousness briefly, and when they awoke, they had traveled 35 miles south with no memory - they had blacked out - of the encounter. They realized their watches were broken when they arrived at home. Betty reported what had happened to the Pease Air Force Base.
The story became a national news story and was published in the Boston Traveler in 1965. A book about their story, called "The Interrupted Journey" was also published in 1987.
Do you believe the Hills?
2. Pascagoula Abduction (1973)
This is a story about two co-workers who claimed they were abducted by an unidentifiable craft while fishing. Like the Hills, we have en example here of two people who both confirm the story, which gives it perceived validity. Co-workers Charles Hickson (left, above) and Calvin Parker (right, above) were fishing off of a pier near Pascagoula, Mississippi in October during the evening and they reported that they heard a "whirring" sound and saw two blue flashing lights. A small oval-ish craft appeared in front of them and reportedly three pale creatures emerged (all about 5 feet tall). Hickson and Parker said that the creatrues had "carrot-like" growths emerging from their nose and ear areas, and they had claws in place of hands.
Hickson said that he was looked at by a mechanical eye while aboard the craft, and Parker initially mentioned that he didn't remember what happened during the event. In an interview 20 years later, though, Parker gave a detailed account of his inspection. He said there was telepathic communication with the beings. Of course, this seems a little fishy (no pun intended). Once Hickson and Parker reported the incident to the police, they were questioned. The strangest part about the whole thing is when the police left the two of them alone in a room, they left a tape recorder behind and expected them to say it was a hoax to one another... instead, Hickson and Parker could be heard nervously talking about the event; at one point Parker said, "I knew all along they was people from other worlds up there. I knew all along. I never thought it would happen to me." Creepy.
Do you believe Hickson and Parker?
3. Travis Walton (1975)
He was 22 years old at the time. It was November 6, 1975, and Travis Walton and his crew of fellow loggers had finished working and were headed home when they saw a large silver disc floating above a clearing in the sky. The person who was driving the car stopped, Walton immediately leaped out of the car, and ran towards the object. According to others in the car, the craft began to move and shot a blue-green beam that "struck" Walton. The team went to get the police, and when they came back Walton was gone. He reappeared five days later, apparently weighing much less and with stories from the possible abduction. In this case, of course, we only really have Walton's perspective when considering the validity of the story. However, his team DID report that they saw it. It became a huge international news story...
In 1978, Walton published a book about the experience called, "The Walton Experience", obviously. They also based the story of the film Fire in the Sky (1993) off his story. In 2013, Walton was on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and it was just as weird as you might expect.
Do you believe Walton and his team of loggers?
4. Frederick Valentich (1978)
This cat, Frederick Valentich, was a 20 year old aspiring pilot training to fly over Bass Strait in Australia when he radioed the Melbourne Air Traffic Control to let them know he was being shadowed by a UFO that was about 1000 feet above him. He claimed that the craft was orbiting around him and emitted a green light. He alerted ATC of engine problems he was experiencing and when asked to describe the object he replied "it's not an aircraft" before losing the transmission and giving off "metallic, scraping sounds". They lost contact with him at this point.
Four days later, after a 1000 mile long search had been completed, there was absolutely no trace of Valentich or his craft. Some people say Valentich became disoriented, started to fly upside down, and looked at his own lights in the water. Others say it was all staged and a hoax. Others think that it was... an alien abduction.
Do you believe Frederick Valentich?
5. Whitley Strieber (1985)
This dude became a New York Times best-seller based off this story - so you KNOW it's good. Strieber is an author of horror novels, and claims he was abducted by "non-human" visitors from his home in upstate New York in December of 1985. Strieber never specifically states that these "visitors" are aliens, but most people read his 1987 book Communion (above) with that assumption. This gave validity to the topic of alien abduction and increased public interest in the subject. Strieber wrote several non-fiction follow-ups to the story, and many novels about similar topics. He currently hosts a paranormal-themed podcast called "Dreamland". The fact that he profited so much from this talk makes me a little skeptical... but, you never know!
Do you believe Whitley Strieber
So, enjoy your Extraterrestrial Abductions Day and be careful out there - you never know when a mysterious craft will take you in and experiment on your body, mind, and soul.