Science: Visitors from Venus

The flying-saucer yarn was much too good to die young. Last week the U.S. was abuzz again with rumors about mysterious aircraft flitting around the sky. Latest rumor, presented as truth by the current issue of True magazine: "For the past 175 years the planet Earth has been under systematic close-range examination by living, intelligent observers from another planet." True's article set out to prove that the flying saucers carried interplanetary scouts who may have studied the earth's customs.

Hundreds of newspapers repeated this fascinating Trueism; Frank Edwards,Wal-ter Winchell, Lowell Thomas and other radio commentators trumpeted it over the air. Denials from...

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