Tag Archives: The Sun

Farewell to the ‘mystical astronaut’: Edgar Mitchell 1930-2016

Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon who became a celebrity believer in the UFO myth, has died aged 85. The Guardian newspaper once described the retired NASA astronaut as being an unlikely name on the list … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Crying Boy!

Thirty years ago this month the British tabloids were full of stories about mysterious fires breaking out in houses across the north of England – and the only survivor was a mawkish print of a crying boy. The legend began … Continue reading

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The End of the UFO Files

The tenth and final collection of British UFO files have been released by The National Archives. From 2008 more than four million visitors from 160 countries have visited the project website to download files that would normally have been hidden … Continue reading

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Aliens prefer Brummies to Irish, poll finds

Just when you thought the alien abduction craze was history along comes a survey, commissioned by ITV, that claims 3% of Britons say they have been space-napped. And if the findings are to be believed, the extra-terrestrials much prefer to … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Crying Boy

It came from the same tabloid headline factory that produced ‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster‘ – and the Curse of the Crying boy continues to live online. I will presenting a paper on this quintessential urban legend at the Folklore … Continue reading

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Silly Season Survey

Yes folks it’s August and we have officially entered the period of the summer that journalists have traditionally called ‘the Silly Season’.  If you are a journalist please fill out a questionnaire to take part in my research into the origins … Continue reading

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UFO Files make waves

The release of the ninth collection of MoD UFO files by The National Archives continues to make news across the world.  On the first day of the launch (Thursday, 12 July) the website received almost 60,000 visitors – an uplift … Continue reading

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Tabloid Tales

The red-top tabloids are a rich source of modern folklore and urban legends – and today’s front page splash in The Sun is a case in point. “Girl Eats 4,000 washing-up sponges” tells the bizarre story of dental nurse Kerry … Continue reading

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Olympic Games UFO plot

One of the more barmy 2012 ‘end times’ predictions is for a fake alien invasion at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. But perhaps the New World Order’s dastardly plans are already well underway…. On the night of Saturday … Continue reading

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FBI ‘not interested’ in UFOs, shock revelation

“News organizations across the world were taken in — once again — by a hoax that was perpetrated more than 50 years ago….” Jesse Emspak, International Business Times The silly season has arrived early this year. Either that or news … Continue reading

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