Sci-fi has been around since just after the dawn of humankind—or, if you believe in ancient astronauts, sci-fi has been around since slightly before the dawn of man. We have to admit, it's a lot harder to disbelieve the notion that something otherworldly once walked among us after looking at these ancient paintings of just that.
Thousands of people have been brave enough (or crazy enough, depending on whom you ask) to come forward in the last half-century with tales of alien abductions in the dead of night. It's a widespread phenomenon, but researchers are adding fuel to the skeptic fire with claims that what you think of as a real experience was really just a "lucid dream."
You can see some crazy stuff on Google Street View if you're willing to look around a bit, but this might be a first. A woman in Texas looking for directions happened to spot what looks like a pink flying saucer on the app, and as if that weren't weird enough, it turns out she's not the only one.
Though flying saucers were all the rage in the 1950s, the U.S. Air Force spent the decade debunking accounts of UFOs hovering over America. Of course, we'd expect them to deny knowledge of any flying saucers, especially since it turns out they spent two years in the '50s trying to build their own. No, really.
Of all the problems we figured folks might have with Cowboys and Aliens, the one that never occurred to us was that the aliens hadn't been accurately portrayed. But that's what some E.T. researchers are saying.