Italians love football and so might extraterrestrials if a strange event from 1954 is anything to go by. On 27th October, Fiorentina was playing Pistoiese, when, just before half-time, fans and players turned their gaze skyward. One of the men playing at the time, Ardico Magnini, described what he saw;
“It was something that looked like an egg that was moving slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and also there was some glitter coming down from the sky, silver glitter”.
Fiorentina fan, Gigi Boni claims there was more than one object.
"They were moving very fast and then they just stopped. It all lasted a couple of minutes. I would like to describe them as being like Cuban cigars.” he said.
This was not an isolated incident, there were numerous UFO sightings across Tuscany at the time. Many of the UFO reports mentioned a strange sticky substance falling from the sky. When some of this was tested scientifically it was found to contain boron, silicon, calcium and magnesium.
Not everyone thinks the explanation for the strange phenomena rests with aliens. US Air Force pilot James McGaha thinks it was caused by migrating spiders. The spiders use webs as sails, these join together and form a big blob in the sky, up to 14,000 feet above the ground. According to McGaha, this leads to various strange visual effects.
As is often the case with events that occurred so long ago, we shall never have a definitive answer to what happened that day, unless of course David Bowie knows something we don’t, and there really are spiders from Mars.