Here's an interesting piece of information. Apparently, UFO sightings hit an all time high in 1996, the same year as Independence Day landed in the cinema and The X-Files was a huge TV hit at an astounding 609 reported sightings across the UK, showed MoD records.

Dr. David Clarke, a journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University said: "It's evident there is some connection between newspaper stories, TV programmes and films about alien visitors and the numbers of UFO sightings reported to the MoD.

"Obbviously films and TV programmes raise public awareness of UFOs and it's fascinating to see how that appears to lead more people to report what they see to the authorities.

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