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Unidentified flying object is the popular term for any apparent aerial phenomenon whose cause cannot be identified. The term Unidentified Flying Object has been in use by the United States Air Force from at least as early as February 1948 where it was defined in terms of descriptive characteristics such as shape, speed and manoeuvrability. However in 1952 the USAF more formally defined UFOs as those objects that remain unidentified after scrutiny by expert investigators, though today the term UFO is colloquially used to refer to any unidentifiable sighting regardless of whether it has been investigated. Another widely known acronym for UFO in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian is OVNI . Some investigators now prefer to use the broader term unidentified aerial phenomenon , to avoid the confusion and speculative associations that have become attached to UFO.

Though the term ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle is used for only a small subset of UFO studies for many people the term UFO is positively associated with alien spacecraft and many discussions of UFOs revolve around this presumption.. While serious UFO researchers maintain that Extraterrestrial Intelligence as a cause for UFOs remains a speculative hypothesis only, nevertheless many UFO enthusiasts, contactees, and devotees have created organizations and religions that have adopted extraterrestrial themes. It is therefore fair to state that in general the extraterrestrial UFO concept has evolved into a prominent mythos in modern culture.

A popular misconception is that UFO sightings by the masses increased precipitously after a widely publicized incident reported by businessman pilot Kenneth Arnold in 1947 . However mass public reports, or "UFO waves", were also recorded in the U.S. in 1886, 1897, 1908-1916, 1909, 1913 and 1946. While some studies have established that most UFO sightings are misidentifications of mundane objects — most commonly aircraft, balloons, or astronomical objects such as meteors or bright planets — and a percentage of reported UFOs are the result of hoaxes in the largest study of its kind ever conducted, the Battelle Institute's Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14 , concluded that more than 21% of the nearly 3000 reports it analysed remained designated as "unknown" - that is, unable to be explained in mundane terms.

Wikipedia, UFOs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ufos (as of Apr 16, 2010)

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