A US warplane takes down a UFO off Alaska. The next day, Canadian and US planes are scrambled to destroy another just over the border in the Yukon Territory. The day after, another mysterious object appears over Montana, and is also shot down. Meanwhile, Chinese state media says they too have detected an unidentified flying object in their airspace. Understandably, these events – all of which happened over the course of last weekend – had many asking if we were being visited by aliens.
About half of the UK population believe aliens exist, according to a recent YouGov study, with 22 per cent saying they think extra-terrestrials have already visited Earth. Yet, if someone says they’ve actually seen a UFO, they’re most likely met with derision. Even more so if they say they’ve met a little green man. That’s the attitude the TV and radio presenter Johnny Vaughan – a man who coincidentally used to star in The Big Breakfast alongside ‘aliens’ Zig and Zag – wants to change.
In his new podcast Alien Kidnap Club, Vaughan listens to the real stories of people who have seen something they can’t explain – something they think is genuinely not of this world. He says it was his own “spooky” experience that opened his mind.
The Big Issue: I understand that you’ve actually seen a UFO yourself. Is that right?
Johnny Vaughan: Yes. Me and two friends, we saw something phenomenal. The fourth friend was asleep, and he’s still gutted to this day. I’d love to talk to you about, but it’s a real spoiler for the podcast. I can says it’s a really good story. I get my friend, who was also in the car then and I haven’t seen for years, to join in on the chat. I hadn’t primed him, because we never talked about it, because it’s quite spooky. I think you’ll find it a really interesting story. Because it is, and it’s absolutely true.
If we don’t want to be too spoilery, maybe you can tell me about the effect your UFO sighting had on you…