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Cliquez! Timmerman, John
Click! Todd, Richard
Click! Tonopah
Click! Tectonic Strain Theory
Click! Trans-en-Provence
Click! Trindade
Click! Tremonton (film)
Click! Truk Atoll (foo fighter)
Click! Tsekhanovick, Lyudmila
Click! Tully
Click! Tunguska
Click! Turner, Karla K.
Click! Twinkle
Click! Twining (the memo)

Tamaroa blackout

In Tamaroa, Illinois, USA, on November 14, 1957, witnesses reported a UFO hovering above the town. Simultaneously, there was a power blackout on an area of four miles in the city during ten minutes.


In 1954 a UFO has been observed by thousands of inhabitants of this city, capital of the island of Madagascar, a French Colony near Africa. The UFO has been clearly described, and was accompanied by several very telling physical phenomenon.

Taos hum

A mysterious humming noise has been reported by local residents near Taos, New Mexico, USA, near the Colorado border. Reports of cattle mutilations and sightings of black helicopters in the area often coincide with this noise, which others think is purely a natural phenomenon.

Taylor, Robert

In 1979 in Dechmont Woods near Livingston in Scotland, a A Scotish forestry worker enters a clearing. He is amazed to see a round object landed there. Two smaller objects come out of it and attack him. Case not closed, said the police.

Thornhill, James

James Thornhill was the radar operator of the Marion County Civil Defense, USA, when at the same time as the Pascagoula close encounter of the third kind where Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were taken on board their ship by extraterrestrial being, he noticed an unexplained radar track. Thornhill first though the echo was an aircraft, but the echo soon became stationary, and shortly afterwards, his radar set did not function anymore. He said: "I've never seen anything quite like this, except perhaps during the World War II."


Temperature Inversion Analysis. Temperature inversion, that is, when a layer of hot air is above instead of under a layer of cold air, may cause blurry and slow moving patches on radar screen, or reflect ground target as if they were in the air, and serves as theory to explain UFOs by many debunkers who cannot accept that radar operators can easily distinguish between this well known effect and a real target of a fast moving or maneuvering solid object.

Timmerman, John

An Ohio businessman, graduate of Cornell University, born in 1923 who became associated with the astronomer and ufologist Dr. J. Allen Hynek and helped him fund activities of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO studies (CUFOS) and admirably helped ufology in many projects.

Tectonic Strain Theory

A theory by Michael Persinger who thinks that all bizarre encounters of ghost, UFOs, Yeti, religious fervor, aliens, when they are not hoaxes and confusions, are to blame on seismic activity generating electromagnetic radiation which disturbs the brains of people and makes them think they are witnesses of an anomalous event. Michael Persinger also says that seismic effects create luminescent electromagnetic bubbles in the air, which he thinks explains UFOs. A variant is the "Earth Lights" hypothesis described by Paul Devereux.

Todd, Richard

Richard Todd, a leading UFO researcher and member of CAUS, was responsible for obtaining the release of hundreds of UFO-related US government documents under the Freedom of Information Act.


The Tonopah Test Range is a semi-secret Air Force base and testing area in the Nellis Range complex, about 30 miles southeast of the town of Tonopah, Nev. The base was the primary testing ground for the F-117A stealth fighter.


After his wife could not help to mention the event to neighbours, Renato Nicolai reported to the police that indeed, late in the afternoon of January 8, 1981 he heard a sound while he was working in his garden, in France in Trans-en-Provence, and looking up he saw a small grey roundish craft with sorts of landing pods descend to the ground and land on a small path on his property, to shoot up in the sky shortly afterwards. At the place Nicolai said the craft had landed, the police found "the presence of two concentric circles, one of 2.2 and the other of 2.4 meters in diameter. The two circles form a sort of corona, one within the other. There are two parts clearly visible, and they also show black striations similar to traces of shifting." After two years of study of the character of the witness, soil samples, plant samples, the official French ufology group GEPAN concluded that theit investigation "did not uncover, in the successive speeches of the witness nor in his behavior, clues that could be regarded as revealing of a particular invention process, or exaggeration or deformation resulting in doubting his testimony. But the absence of proof not being the proof of the absence, this is not enough to certify the veracity of testimony." They concluded about the trace that "possible interpretations (shock, friction...) remain however too various and vague so that it cannot be considered that they provide a final confirmation of the narrations of the witness." They made similar comments on the anomalies in the plant samples. Then "skeptics" and "anti-UFO" leagues argued that the witness must have lied since no aliens visit the Earth, that the circles were caused by some car or concrete-mixer and that the lab analysis of the plants must be rejected, either because, they said, the lab head was incompetent or the samples irrelevant, while one ufologist ranted over the lab head that "must have cooked the plants in his own kitchen oven to fake the results." Other ufologists went on telling that the GEPAN report concludes that it is a proven fact that the witness saw an alien spaceship.


A Brazilian Island where 48 people observed a daylight UFO that has been photographed, the images widely considered authentic, including by Brazilian officials.

Truk Atoll (foo fighter)

On May 2, 1945 and May 3, 1945 and on other occasions, strange lights or objects, nicknamed foo fighters, followed American bombers in operation of war against the Japanese on the Atoll of Truk.

Tsekhanovick, Lyudmila

Lyudmila Tsekhanovick is a Russian astronomer who in summer of 1965 saw a UFO in the mountains of the Caucasus close to Sukhumi. She indicated that the UFO had port-holes emitting light on its sides.


Tasmanian Unidentified Flying Object Investigation Centre (TUFOIC) is an Australian UFO investigation group, the address is:

P.O. Box 174
South Hobart
Tasmania, Australia 7004
Email: tufoic@netspace.net.au


In Tully, Queensland, Australia, on January 19, 1966, George Pedlez, owner of a banana plantation, was driving his tractor close to the marshes of the Horseshoe Lagoon when he heard a very strong whistling sound, like that of the air escaping from a tire. At approximately 25 meters of him, he saw a craft that took off, of blue-gray color and measuring approximately 25 feet wide and 9 feet high. The machine rotated and rose 3 meters up, then zoomed away in in the sky in a few seconds. Pedley discovered thereafter what was called a "saucer nest" by the press then: in the marsh, on a circular area, the vegetation had been puffed up in a circular way, in the clockwise direction, except the reeds which had been uprooted. Other similar "saucer nests" were discovered in the vicinity. Thereafter, some locals started to make circles by flattening crop in the fields as a prank to make believe in more flying saucer landings. One of the locals, Doug Bower, import this idea in England more than a decase later, and with his friend Dave Chorley, they started to play the same joke there, which will gradually became what is now called the mystery of the "crop circles".


On June 30, 1908, a huge explosion occurred near the Tunguska river above Siberia in the north of Lake Baikal. Trees were thrown on the ground on some 2000 square kilometers of heavy forest and people reported a flash in the sky. While many think the event was caused by a fragment of comet disintegrating in the air, others thought it was the explosion of an alien spaceship.

Turner, Karla K.

Highly respected abduction researcher and author Karla Kandace Turner contracted cancer immediately following an abduction experience. She died in January 1996 at the age of 48.


A highly secret study into green fireballs seen in New Mexico. By the time an investigator arrived at a scene where fireballs had been observed, they would have disappeared so they couldn't be investigated properly, and Project Twinkle was shut down. It was thought that since the fireballs moved to another location before investigators came onto the scene, the fireballs were controlled by some intelligence.

The Twining Memo

On 23rd September 1947 General Twining, Commanding General of the Air Materiel Command, sent a secret memorandum to Brigadier General George Schulgen, Chief of the Air Intelligence Requirements Division at the Pentagon, in response to a request from Air Intelligence concerning the 'flying discs'. Twining stated:

"The phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious... There are objects probably approximating the shape of a disc, of such appreciable size as to appear to be as large as man-made aircraft... The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, manoeuvrability (particularly in roll), and action which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely."

Twining's report went on to list some of the common descriptions associated with the objects.

(1) Metallic or light reflecting surface.
(2) Absence of trail, except in a few instances when the object apparently was operating under high performance conditions.
(3) Circular or elliptical in shape, flat on bottom and domed on top.
(4) Several reports of well kept formation flights varying from three to nine objects.
(5) Normally no associated sound, except in three instances a substantial rumbling roar was noted.
(6) Level flight speeds normally above 300 knots are established."

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