As humanity makes plans to colonize Mars, the possibility of encountering alien life here on Earth becomes even more intriguing for many people. In fact, the latest find isn’t even recent. The so-called “Silpho UFO,” which some consider to be a sort of British Roswell, is said to contain a chilling message from beyond the stars, written in a sort of alien hieroglyphics. Although the flying saucer was discovered in the 1950s, this supposed message was only recently uncovered.
The purported UFO was found in 1957 on the Silpho Moor outside Scarborough. Many media reports at the time branded the tiny 16- to 18-inch UFO a hoax, as tests suggested that it was of Earthly origin. According to The Telegraph, scientists found no signs that the metal contained in the object was not from Earth. Additionally, the metal hadn’t sustained the high temperatures it would have been exposed to if it had fallen to Earth from space.
The remains of the Silpho UFO were then sent to the Science Museum in London, where it has been hidden in the archives ever since. Apparently, UFO enthusiasts thought that the UFO had been scrapped amid a government cover-up, and hence the incident has been referred to as a sort of British Roswell. In 1947, the U.S. government denied reports that a flying saucer had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, saying that it was actually a weather balloon. The incident sparked numerous conspiracy theories, similar to the U.K.’s Silpho UFO.
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According to the BBC, Dr. David Clark, a Sheffield Hallam University lecturer, was invited to study the UFO’s remains recently after he gave a talk on the UFO files kept at the Ministry of Defence. Someone told him about the “alleged UFO bits” that were being kept in the National Archives in a cigarette tin, and they ended up tracking the cigarette tin down.
Clark told the BBC that three men found the Silpho UFO on the moorland just weeks after Russia launched its first Sputnik satellite. Media reports at the time it was found indicated that the tiny saucer contained thin sheets of copper containing an engraving of some sort of alien hieroglyphics. According to Clark, it was “sliced into tiny pieces to be examined by various people.”
Since the BBC’s report a few days ago, more stories about the Silpho UFO have circulated, with a café owner adding to the urban legend and spicing up the conspiracy theories. Apparently, he told The Telegraph and Express that the flying saucer contained an ominous message from an alien supposedly named Ullo. However, the lack of any credible source makes this story very dubious indeed.
Supposedly, the alien hieroglyphics found inside the Silpho UFO translate into a message of 2,000 words on 17 tiny sheets of copper. Café owner Phillip Longbottom told the media outlets that the message inside the UFO included this: “You will improve or disappear.” He also claims that the alien Ullo sent the message to warn Earth that its nuclear weapons posed an serious danger. According to The Telegraph, Longbottom was one of the three men who supposedly helped pry the UFO open originally. However, it’s unclear where he learned to read the mysterious alien hieroglyphics.