I thought I saw a UFO! I did! I did see a UFO!

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight brings back memories of being fascinated (and frightened) by paranormal phenomena like the Bermuda Triangle. There have even been some claims linking the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane to a new Bermuda Triangle or to alien abduction!

It's so easy for the mind to go wild and to imagine all sorts of outlandish yet possibly or maybe even just probably true things!

As a young kid of missionary parents growing up in Pakistan, I remember an evening after dark looking out from the second floor verandah. I noticed a row of about 6 or 8 red lights in a horizontal line hovering what seemed to be very near the house, blinking and alternating left and right. After a few moments, they vanished. Since then, I've believed in UFOs. That memory is somehow linked to watching Little House on the Prairie although I'm not 100% sure we ever watched that show in Pakistan and I know we only had a TV during the last couple of years there. If I was watching Little House on the Prairie then, that in itself could be considered a paranormal experience.

At a much younger age, probably when I was five or six, our family went on a trip to the north and stopped in Mohenjo-Daro (an archeological site from the ancient Indus civilization). For some reason, I decided to start running and eventually ended up out of the line of sight of my family. When I realized this, I panicked and sat down. In the distance, I saw what looked like three figures walking towards me in what I now believe to be a mirage (and not some sort of religious experience). At the time, I was sure it was Jesus with the two thieves at his side coming to take me away. Needless to say, I began to bawl and within seconds I could hear my mother yelling for me - I ran to her and never looked back.  I should ask my parents if they remember this and ask them what I told them I'd seen.

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Written by Frank on April 30, 2014


ShellyB on May 3, 2014


You have the most interesting stories and experiences! And for a skeptic's take on the paranormal and our evolutionary conditioning toward beliefs and superstitions check out Michael Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time. Not that I'm saying there is no such thing as UFOs, mind you...


Thanks Shelly! Looks like we have that in our collection here at DPL huh? I'm sure we've got great stuff on our shelves!

Zort from the … on May 6, 2014


Thanks for the shout-out, Frank. We are among you, but we come in peace.

Anonymous on September 10, 2015


in the opening scene of Little House on the Prairie season 4, titled something about Brides, you can see a UFO in the sky for a second

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