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Flying Saucers have been a controversial issue in the United States for the last forty years. Each month, magazines focus on the unexplained phenomenon. Thousands of Americans claim to have sighted these ships. Despite the fact that thousands of Americans have claimed to see flying saucers, man-made objects, weather phenomenon, and unreliable witness account for the majority of these sightings.
Granted, people really believe that they have seen flying saucers, but most can be explained. Weather balloons and space satellites have constantly been mistaken for alien ships. A routine check of files has demonstrated that many sightings have been reentering space debris. A large amount of sightings in New Mexico and Arizona can now be explained by the fact that the stealth fighters were tested over this air space. Obviously, the government was not going to reveal that they were testing this top secret weapon.
Moreover, natural weather phenomenon as ball lightening and escaping swamp gas can easily create sighted fire balls. When you are only used to seeing cloud to ground lightening, ball lightening is a very eerie sight. If you have ever seen a ball of yarn unravel, they you can grasp how ball lightening looks in the sky; a first time observer would easily confuse this phenomenon for a space ship. In marshy areas, the escape of long restrained gases that are organic or chemical can explode with a serious violence that could resemble the afterburners of a rocket.
Furthermore, people who are untrained in empirical observation can either intentionally or unintentionally claim to see flying saucers. Flying saucer sightings mean big business as in the community of the Gulf Breeze. Already, reports have surfaced that the sightings were merely hoaxes to increase tourism. People lie merely to gain attention or as Any Warhol would state to gain their fifteen minutes of glory. Also, with the phenomenon noted above the uniformed eye can simply not know what it is seeing.
Indeed, most sightings are clearly explained by man-made objects, weather, and unreliable witnesses. The fact that Americans love to create myths of space make us wide open to suggestions that what we see is an alien machine. The future will still be filled with articles and sightings. The one question that always remains unanswered by those who feel that flying saucers exist is why haven't these space aliens contacted anyone in authority or made their presence know to the general public.
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This is an example of an argumentative essay written under the Baker style guidelnes.