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¶ encounter with a UFO hunter
During the IAP class that Winnie and I ran on building robotic submarines, we happened to enter into discussion with a man (not in the class) who was looking for someone with a submarine. Basically, this man is strongly convinced that a UFO crashed into a nearby kettlepond in recent decades, and wants someone with a submarine to search the pond with him to find it and figure out what it is and from whence it came.

My gut reaction was to run far, far away. After all, UFOs are sort of this taboo subject living in the realm of pseudoscience and yeti hunters that I typically associate with crazed out folk just looking for a conspiracy. Due to the circumstances, I couldn't completely run away because we had a class to teach, so I ended up quietly slipping away at a moment when he directed his attention at Winnie, and left her to deal with him.

Later on, I got to thinking, what if he had just said "aircraft" instead of UFO? If the same man had come up to me and said, "There's a kettlepond nearby and I strongly suspect that an unidentified aircraft crashed into it many years ago, will you help me look for it?" I might've said, cool, we'll see what we can do. At the very least, I would have given the request much more respect. Almost the same words, but radically changing my opinion of the subject.

I'm not really sure what the point of this post is... just something that got on my mind.

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