Ice Cream Cone Shaped UFO’s in the Bay Area
I was recently reading a chapter from Luke Dani Blue’s brilliant new book “Pretend It’s My Body”, about a mother who purchased a black hole from a Walmart-like superstore. She then simply turns it into her very own garbage dump, which brings her complete joy. She sits around it in the afternoons, lounging with a crossword puzzle book, while tossing pistachio shells into the abyss.
We should all be so lucky to have a black hole in our lives. As of late, I’ve been spending a significant amount of time researching UFO sightings after a trip to Roswell, New Mexico. Like a black hole, it is never-ending. Since 1905 there have been over 90,000 sightings across the country alone according to Max Galka, who created the UFO Sightings Map which can be viewed here: https://metrocosm.com/ufo-sightings-map.html
Certainly, out of these 90,000 sightings, there must have been at least one that was in the bay area.
On February 9, 1950, the San Francisco Examiner reported on what appeared to be a “flying ice cream cone” over the Alameda Naval Air Station. From different parts of the station, at least five civilians and two officers reported seeing a large vapor substance traveling at a high speed across the station, heading south. It was shaped like an ice cream cone.
News of this sighting began to spread like wildfire, and it wasn’t before long that a headline involving an ice cream cone could be found on many of the prominent newspapers in the bay area, and beyond. I skewered through many of these, most of which were identical articles, with one statement that stood out to me the most: “Intelligence officers of the western air defense zone are checking on reports of a “flying ice cream cone.” They didn’t seem excited about it.”
What a shame to not be excited about such a thing! Of course, I know that in the 1950s the idea of life beyond Earth seemed dismal and elusive to many, especially the government. Everything unknown or different was a threat, but why they chose to hide such information from society seems counterproductive. If there is a threat, shouldn’t we know? Or perhaps there really isn’t one, perhaps there really is an alternative to Earth. Call me a conspiracist, but I like the idea of options!
A few months after the first ice cream cone sighting, another report came in. “Flying Cone Over Marin” read the headline of the San Francisco Examiner article on June 22, 1950. It was reported that just house before the summer solstice, a strange object streaked three times across the sky near Hamilton Field. “If it could be said to have any shape – its corporeal body was not seen, only the blue-white flame of it. It was that of a flying ice cream cone.”
This mysterious object was logged by officers as an unknown and unidentified object traveling at a high-rate speed of 1,000 to 1,5000 miles an hour, at an elevation between 2,000 and 5,000 feet. Incredible. Could you imagine, being so lucky to see such a thing?! The story goes on to say that Sergeant’s and Corporals reported seeing the flashes of light, from opposite ends of the field, while in their respective towers.
Records show that the ice cream cone-shaped object was seen in Vancouver, Canada, and in New York in April of 1950. After that, the cone goes cold. If the idea of life beyond earth interests you in any capacity, I highly recommend taking a trip to Roswell, New Mexico. This is where, in 1947 an unidentified object crashed, which was believed to be operated by extraterrestrials. The town of Roswell goes above and beyond in its adamant belief in these beings.
Every business in the small town has some sort of alien fixture worked into their marketing. A Dunkin Donuts sign is held up by a 30-foot muscley green alien, while a Mcdonald’s has a space station-themed playhouse. They are doubled down, and I loved it. But besides that, Roswell also holds the International UFO Museum and Research Center, where for 7$ you can cruise through a horseshoe-shaped museum that has artifacts from the crash in 1947, and a history of the government’s involvement with these unidentified object sightings. The best part, however (besides the incredible gift shop) is the research center. A room completely full of books on UFOs and aliens, followed by a room full of boxes labeled things like “Government Responses to Objects in 1949” which held articles showing strange objects in space photographed.
Needless to say, if you are a believer, Roswell is the place to be, but the bay area is no stranger to extraterrestrials.
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