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1077 UFO's, Circles and Lines

Jonathan talks about the possibility of UFO's and other mysterious things in life.

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Intelligent life in the universe is overwhelmingly likely.

When something is overwhelmed that means it is affected by something in great numbers. Notice the following:

  1. The hospital was overwhelmed with injured people after the earthquake.
  2. The students were overwhelmed with information on the first day of class.

associate with

People often associate aliens with UFOs.

When you associate something, you connect it with something else. For example, people often associate fast food with American cuisine. Notice the following:

  1. People often associate the military with rough, tough soldiers.
  2. People tend to associate good grades with intelligence rather than hardwork.

rummage through

We rummage through their trash.

When you rummage through something, you look through it in search of something valuable. Notice the following:

  1. We rummage through the trash for the missing keys.
  2. The police rummage through the dumpster for evidence.


People have postulated it might be some sort of runway.

To postulate something means to suggest a reason for something even though there are no facts to support it. Notice the following:

  1. Some academics postulate that Native Americans came by land and sea.
  2. Many scientists postulate that Mars once had supported life much like Earth does today.

vantage point

A vantage point is a high place that offers someone a good view of something.

  1. That hill is a good vantage point to take a nice a picture of the town.
  2. From his vantage point, Tom had a good view of the parade.