Why's it odd:
Flagged up after a spate of headlines began to hit newspapers across Spain and the African continent bearing news of “flaming discs” and “flying saucers” between May and June of 1952, this CIA report pieced them together.
The first major sighting, according to the roundup, was in Barcelona, on 21 May, when a newspaper employee crossed an avenue during midday and claims he saw a rocket-shaped object flying in a straight line. His colleagues saw the smoke but not the ship, but they did hear the phones, which were soon off the hook as locals rang in to confirm they too had spotted a flying object of some kind.
Fast forward to 4 June. Over in Sousse, Tunisia, locals claimed to see a flying object travel at a dizzy speed from west to east, emitting a pale green light.
On 11 June, two witnesses in Meknes, Morocco claim they saw their own flying disc. This one set off at lightning speed near an airbase in Algiers, leaving a white trail of smoke and making no sound as it sped off.
Five days later, at a port in French Morocco, dock workers reported a “disc of white flames surrounded by two circular strands – again, leaving a cloud of white smoke behind it – hovering in front of them for 30 seconds before vanishing rapidly.
On the same day, Casablanca got itself a sighting of a ‘flying saucer’, spotted by Andre Assini, a former pilot whose account was checked with the Meteorological Bureau, who found nothing to claim it was anything but a UFO.
How legit could it be?
Sadly the report doesn’t attempt to provide any answers as to what experts believe the seemingly connected anomalies are – but then as with so many of these cases, that might be because there aren’t any.
Reasons to stroke your chin ponderously include the strikingly similar descriptions (billowing smoke, flashing light; even if the Barcelona craft was more rocket-shaped as opposed to disc-like) and the fact nobody mentioned they’ve been probed - which, let's be honest, is a surefire sign of a nut.
Conspiracy rating: 8/10