Despite the October 13 Qinling Mountain UFO hoax and the concurrent NYC party balloon UFO flap, October will go down in history as an auspicious month for advocates of UFO disclosure.

The oldest scientific society in the world, Britain's Royal Society, held its second conference of the year exploring the implications of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and Mazlan Othman, Director of the United Nations' Office for Outer Space Affairs, reasoned publicly that, if it became necessary for the human race to engage in diplomatic talks with representatives of an extraterrestrial civilization, her office would be the most logical candidate for the job.

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