The moon (2008)
One evening, a confused local in south Wales called 999 to report a “bright, stationary” UFO that had been hovering “in the air” for “at least half an hour”. The police arrived to investigate. The transcript of the ensuing Control Room conversation reads:
Control: “Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?”
Officer: “Yes. It’s the moon. Over.”
Roman soldiers (1953)
A young apprentice plumber was working in a house in York when an apparently solid Roman soldier walked through the wall, followed by more than 10 others, some on horseback and all moving at a lower level so their feet could not be seen. It turned out that an old Roman road ran through the building. This is a candidate for the Stone Tape theory, in which past events somehow leave a “recording” in the environment that is replayed to witnesses – though how this works remains a mystery.
A group of schoolchildren reported hearing a bell-like sound and then seeing 60 small, gnome-like men with long white beards and red hats emerge from the woods in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. They were driving little red bubble-cars and playfully chased the children. It’s hard to see what could be misidentified as bubble-car driving gnomes, which would suggest these kids were fibbing – although they all stuck to their story, and adult witnesses also came forward to claim similar sightings in the area.