The monster is in my closet...

The monster is in my closet...

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The work of illustrator Frank R. Paul shows just how much influence pop culture can have on our perceptions of reality. An article in a recent issue of Skeptic magazine credits Paul as “The Man Who Invented Flying Saucers,” and argues that, by way of “mental set,” his designs led to the first flying saucer sightings. People who saw UFOs imagined them to be disc-shaped objects because, thanks to Paul and his many imitators, that was what spacecraft were supposed to look like. This theory explains the different forms UFOs began to take after flying saucers fell out of vogue in science fiction, as well as the sightings of Jules Verne-style airships in the late 19th Century.

But don’t tell that to this guy:

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