By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
July 8 was the was 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO sighting and Google celebrated by making its header an interactive game. In the spirit of the Roswell anniversary and all things UFO, this week’s column will look at some of the more unusual verbiage associated with extraterrestrial contact.
Speaking of contact— if you have ever heard of someone refer to either themselves or another person as a contactee, experiencer or participant, they could be referencing extra-terrestrial interaction.
According to the site www.abduct.com, “Contactee, experiencer, and participant are all terms describing an abductee. However, abductee is the term most recognized by the public. As abductees learn more about their abduction experiences, many prefer to be called contactees, experiencers, or participants.
“This shift in terminology often reflects the abductees' change in attitude from fear to acceptance. They accept it because they feel they cannot change the phenomena. They are a product of it and will live with its effects. Or, they may feel compelled to learn more about their abduction experience by meeting with other abductees and working with researchers.” http://www.abduct.com/terminol
“UFO Basics, A - Z” sheds light on some other terms associated with UFO terminology; check out the following gathered fromhttp://www.ufocasebook.com/bas
Skeptibunker — A term sometimes used by UFO aficionados to lump both skeptics and debunkers together.
Tectonic Strain Theory — The theory that UFOs are electromagnetic phenomena that are generated by tectonic stresses in the earth's crust.
Lagrange Points — Points in the orbit of a body around another body where their gravities are in equilibrium.
Ball Lightning — A little understood and very rare form of lightning. Some scientists doubt its existence because all of the evidence is anecdotal. The descriptions most often given are that it is spherical, short-lived, usually only a few centimeters in diameter, and is seen accompanying ordinary lightning. It has been used by some to explain UFO sightings, although it fits very few sighting descriptions.
Spooklights - Lights which appear in the skies regularly in the same area. Examples are Marfa, Texas, Joplin, Missouri's Hornet Light, and North Carolina's Brown Mountain Light.
Regardless of our position on the Roswell situation, we can all take comfort in the words of Fox Mulder, the fictional government agent of television’s “The X Files.”
“The truth is out there.”