When Prophecy Fails I

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Americans are about 3000 times more likely to spot a UFO in the sky than to commit voter fraud, according to Mother Jones.

If you're not sure whether that means that there is very little voting fraud or an awful lot of UFO sightings, it's both. Between 2000 and 2010, only 13 "credible cases of in-person voter impersonation" were reported in the United States, while 47,000 UFOs were spotted/imagined in the same amount of time. Forty-seven thousand flying saucers and mysterious lights, yet credible newspapers rarely, if ever, report UFO sightings and most national defense forces have given up on worrying about visits from extraterrestrials. As early as 1969, the United States Air Force closed its UFO Investigation Department (once officially named "Project Grudge"!), and in 2009, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense did the same.

Blame the mainstream skepticism on psychologist Leon Festinger. His classic 1956 book, When Prophecy Fails, turned UFO-disillusionment into popular culture by telling the story of the Clarion Cult, a group of American end-of-the-world-ers who once famously contacted news outlets to announce their surprise that no alien spaceship had come to take them away, yet. Since then, UFO-chasers have been pretty marginalized as dreamers in dire need of psychologists like Festinger. 

But Colors' UFO Investigation Department soldiers on, and we have come to some startling conclusions about why the Clarion Cult was never whisked away in an spaceship's traction beam on that winter night in 1954. Click here for the story, illustrated by Fan Qiao Wang.


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