The internet was thrown into a tizzy this holiday weekend when Google changed its logo to show a UFO abducting one of Google’s second O. Does Google know something we don't? Did they intercept an extraterrestrial search query on Google? Is the logo an homage to the message of the new scifi hit, District 9? Or could it be in honor of the anniversary of Voyager 1 spacecraft mission?
But if that was the link then why did Google link their logo to a search for the term “unexplained phenomena”? Google offered a clue on its Twitter page, adding the message “1.12.12 184.108.40.206 15 1.18.5 220.127.116.11.14.7 20.15 21.19″. Swap those numbers for the corresponding letters of the alphabet and you get “All your O are belong to us”.
All of these searches are among the most common this weekend, according to Google Trends. Google regularly changes its logo, but this one appears to be attracting a tsunami of attention. Some have suggested Google is trying to tell us something about aliens arriving soon on Earth.
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Is the world’s fascination with the possibility of UFOs and more a religion or a natural intuitive sense that life is “out there” based on current scientific research and recent planet-search discoveries?
One of the world’s preeminent astrophysicists, Carl Sagan, believed that “the interest in unidentified flying objects derives, perhaps, not so much from scientific curiosity as from unfulfilled religious needs.”
No one could have foreseen the extent to which the idea of would pervade popular culture prior to the publication in 1897 of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds (see video below) and Kurd Lasswitz’s On Two Planets –both the vanguard of an enormous number of treatments of the alien theme in science fiction.
The modern UFO era and the birth of the extraterrestrial hypothesis began on June 24,1947, when Kenneth Arnold, flying his private plane near Mount Rainier in Washington, reported nine disk-shaped objects flying in formation at speeds he estimated to be over 1,000 miles per hour.
Arnold, a respected businessman and deputy U.S. marshal, was taken seriously and his description of the objects as flying “like a saucer if you skipped it across the water” led to newspapers to coin the term “flying saucer.”
The alien hypothesis first officially emerged in 1948 with the Air Force "Project Sign," which concluded that UFOs were of extraterrestrial origin. The report was later declassified and burned by General Hoyt Vandenburg.
If UFOs exist, how do they traverse the universe? According to conventional wisdom, one can only travel through time in a linear fashion at no faster than the speed of light. At that rate, it would take millions of years to traverse the universe, and who has time for that? If there’s a way to manipulate space and time curvatures, then we have all the time we need.
In sync with India’s love-affair with UFO’s, a recent editorial in a popular Indian news site, UFOs, singularity, time folding (and just about every other theory ever proposed) are a complete given. After all, one aspect of quantum physics is that in an alternate universe, anything could happen.
While several advanced theories do have some solid ideas to back them up, others seem a bit far-fetched—even for those willing to accept that there may be upwards of twenty-six dimensions, rather than the standard four. So what current theory is the most likely to someday satisfactorily explain the science of UFO’s?
Maybe Google's logo is hint that the answer might be forthcoming -soon. How cool would that be!
What do you think it means?Posted by Casey Kazan.
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