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REENACTMENT: Betty and Barney Hill with aliens surrounding their car in 1961.

REENACTMENT: Betty and Barney Hill with aliens surrounding their car in 1961. (View larger version)

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  • Sleep paralysis often causes people experiencing it to have hallucinations or feelings of evil presences in their bedrooms, or even on top of them.

  • The well-known "Close Encounters" categories were formulated by UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek. They consist of: Close Encounters of the First Kind (CE-I), Close Encounters of the Second Kind (CE-II) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE-III).

  • J. Allen Hynek, the Air Force's chief scientific investigator for Project Blue Book was later a technical adviser to Steven Spielberg on the 1977 movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • The House Armed Services Committee held the first congressional hearing on the subject of UFOs in 1966.

  • Many studies and sleep disorder researchers have linked lying "supine," or on your back, to causing Sleep Paralysis.

  • In 1952, the United States Air Force received the most reports of UFOs ever recorded during their years of official investigation—1,501.

  • Pat Welsh and Debra Winger provided the voice of E.T. in the 1982 movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

  • The original records of Project Blue Book are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland and can be viewed by members of public who hold a free NARA researcher's card.

  • In 1997, the annual Roswell UFO festival drew an estimated 48,000 revelers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Roswell crash.

  • California alone has over 20 UFO organization and organization chapters.

  • In 1993, the U.S. Congress passed an amendment eliminating funding for the NASA program for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, High Resolution Microwave Survey (HRMS).

  • In 1952, President Truman requested that the U.S. Air Force investigate the UFOs sighted over Washington, D.C.

  • Antonio Villas-Boas, a Brazilian law student reported the one of the first alien abduction cases in 1957.

  • UFO organizations estimate that 70,000 unidentified flying objects are reported around the world each year.