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Statistics - do they come from another planet?

Byline: Denis Kilcommons

A QUARTER of children aged between five and 16 believe in aliens.

This does not surprise me. I believe in aliens myself.

Well, with all the trillions of alternative planets and galaxies and solar systems out there, it's a fair bet there are other life forms in a universe that is said to be infinite.

Another statistic, from the same survey, was that a third of youngsters think one of their teachers is an extra terrestrial.

This surprised me because the two figures don't equate. Only a quarter believe in aliens and yet a third think their teacher is one? And suspecting your teacher is pretty specific.

Mind you, I remember back in the stone age when I was at college and we had a maths master who was definitely not of this planet.

He was more like a dalek, but without the tin suit - same vocal tone, same charisma, same need to exterminate. Which he did with a cane on a regular basis.

No wonder I never tell my hypotenuse from my elbow.

But the results of this survey should not be dismissed out of hand. Children are very perceptive.

As much of their life is spent in school, it explains why they spot so many ETs in the classroom.

Of course, some of their conclusions may be down to prejudice.

"I''m sure Mr Albertson is really a Klingon."

But if only five per cent are accurately identified, it makes you wonder where else aliens have landed?
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2010
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