Seeing is Believing
I know I'll get complaints for deconstructing all that is magical, poetic, spiritual and transcendent in the world, but if this story doesn't make you question the inherent reliability of human perception, and with it the likely veracity of any and all accounts of miraculous and extraterrestrial visitations, then there is nothing more I can do to help you.
Moon mistaken for UFO
By Urmee Khan
Last Updated: 11:17AM BST 05/07/2008
Police in Wales were called to investigate a mysterious flying saucer, only to discover it was the moon.
The confused caller asked: 'If you've got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is?'
The moon was mistaken for a "bright, stationary" UFO which had been loitering for at least half an hour, by a confused local in South Wales who made a 999 call to the police.
Today officers released a transcript in order to highlight the time wasted by unnecessary 999 calls.
The bizzare conversation ran as follows:
Control: "South Wales Police, what's your emergency?"
Caller: "It's not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there's a bright stationary object."
Caller: "If you've got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is? It's been there at least half an hour and it's still there."
Control: "It's been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?"
Caller: "It's in the air."
Control: "I will send someone up there now to check it out."
After the police patrol car arrives, the script reveals the exchange between the control room and the police officer sent to the scene.
Control: "Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?"
Officer: "Yes, it's the moon. Over."