1. Look at these two photos. What do they show? Do you believe the photographs are real?

2. You are going to listen to two stories about UFOs. Read these sentences about each story, and put them in the correct order. Then listen and check your answers.


a   It was moving at 600 mph.   ___

b   He gave the photos to experts to study.   ___

c   One of them took photos of it.   ___

d   People living on an island began to see strange things in the sky.   ___

e   These included discs what were flying fast.   ___

f   Then one night, 47 people, on a ship in the area, saw a strange disc.   ___


 They took lights, a radio and a Geiger counter to measure radiation.   ___

 Security guards saw unusual lights in the forest.   ___

 The next day there were broken trees and holes in the ground.   ___

 This happened for two nights.   ___

 The lights and radio stopped working, and the Geiger counter started to make noises.   ___

f   On the second night, they went into the forest to investigate.   ___

3. Listen again. Write 1, 2 or 3 to answer each question for each story.




a Where did the story take place?

   1 Trindade Islands, Brazil

   2 Harvard University, USA

   3 Bentwaters, England



b When did the story take place?

   1 December 1st 1957

   2 December 27th 1980

   3 January 16th 1958



c What did people see first?

   1 unusual lights

   2 discs flying very fast

   3 slow discs and lights



d How big was the object that people saw?

   1 20 feet wide and 30 feet high

   2 47 feet high

   3 50 feet wide



e Were there any photographs or other physical evidence?

   1 a noisy aeroplane

   2 a series of six photographs

   3 broken trees and large holes in the ground



f What was the explanation given by people who did not believe the story?

   1 it was an aeroplane flying through the fog

   2 it was the wind and complex scientific causes

   3 it was a radio station



g What do people say today?

   1 the objects moved slowly

   2 the photographs are real

   3 experts cannot explain the high levels of radiation







Picture A

a 6   b 5   c 4   d 1   e 2   f 3

Picture B

a 4   b 1   c 6   d 2   e 5   f 3


Picture A

a 1   b 3   c 2   d 3   e 2   f 1   g 2

Picture B

a 3   b 2   c 1   d 1   e 3   f 2   g 3


PRESENTER:   And today on ‘Stranger than Fiction’ we have two stories of Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs. The first one comes from Brazil. Listen and make up your own mind.

In 1957 the Brazilian Navy set up a weather station on the small rocky island of Trindade, in the South Atlantic Ocean. In January 1958, people on the island began to see unusual activity in the sky, including discs that were flying very fast. On the night of January 16th, the people who worked on board the Brazilian ship Almirante Saldanha saw the disc you can see in the photograph above. Altogether 47 crew members – people who worked on the ship – saw the disc.

Almiro Barauna, a photographer, was also there and he took a series of six photos. After the ship returned to land, he gave the photos to the Brazilian Navy Ministry. Experts said that the photos were authentic and they said they showed a 50ft diameter object moving at 600 mph.

Since then, there have been two possible explanations for the photographs. Harvard University astronomy professor, Donald H. Menzel said the UFO was an aeroplane flying through fog. Then, later he said that the photos were not real. However, in 1978, an examination by an independent laboratory using digital photo analysis said that the photos were real and that’s what people believe today.

PRESENTER:   The next story comes from England. Listen and make up your own mind!

This happened over the last days of December 1980, near a base of the United States Air Force, which was in Bentwaters, England. For two nights, security guards saw unusual lights in the Rendlesham Forest near the Air Force base. On the second night they went into the forest with lights (because the forest was very dark) and Geiger counters (to see if there was any radiation). They also took 2-way radios to tell people what they were seeing. Suddenly, a 20-ft-wide, 30-ft-tall object appeared, and the Geiger counters started to make noises and the lights and radios stopped working.

The next day there were broken trees and large holes in the ground. At first people said this happened because of the wind. Experts explained the unusual lights using complex scientific reasons. But, they could never explain why the levels of radiation were 25 times higher than normal levels in the earth and trees in the area. The story is still a mystery today and experts can not explain it.

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