Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/28/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

President Obama shares space with imaginary superheroes on who would best handle an alien invasion.

National Geographic asked over 1,100 Americans their opinions on UFOs and alien invasions. A surprising number said they'd put their faith in imaginary leaders such as the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Spiderman, and President Obama. 

In fairness, Obama did beat out Superman.

In fairness, Obama did beat out Superman.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/28/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: Obama, alien invasion, superheroes, imaginary, Earth, UFOs, National Geographic


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The survey was done in advance of National Geographic's new series, Chasing UFOs. The survey revealed that 36 percent of Americans believe aliens are visiting Earth while a full 80 percent believe the government is keeping UFO information from the public. A full 55 percent say they believe government agents will visit and threaten anyone who reports alien sightings to the public.  

More than two-thirds, 77 percent, say they believe aliens have visited Earth at some point in history. Almost the same number, 65 percent, think Obama would handle the situation better than Mitt Romney. 

As for superheroes, the Hulk was the go-to choice for 21 percent, Batman for 12 percent, and Spiderman 8 percent. 

Only a quarter of those surveyed said they'd try to befriend the aliens, while the rest responded with varying levels of xenophobia. A few suggested they would simply hide while 5 percent said they would be hostile to the aliens and attempt to inflict "bodily harm" on them. 

By contrast, most scientists believe that the existence of life beyond Earth, including intelligent life is a virtual certainty, merely because the size and scale of space and time provide nearly infinite odds of seeing extraterrestrial life. However, it is rare to find any scientist that also believes such life has ever, or ever will, visit Earth. 

The reasons for this have more to do with the nature of space, the length of time in which species can evolve into intelligence, and physical limitations on space travel, among others. Simply put, there's life out there, but it'll probably never show itself here. 

And if it did, scientists such as the renowned Stephen Hawking said, we probably wouldn't want to meet it anyway, as he referenced the arrival of modern Europeans in the Americas. 

So despite widespread public belief, and distrust in the government, our superheroes (and Obama) can rest at night knowing that they're unlikely to be called to fend off an alien invasion anytime soon.

 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More TV

We don't believe it: Confidence in TV news at an all-time low, according to Gallup Watch

Image of Conducted earlier this month, only 10 percent said they had

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The talking heads keep talking on news programs, but very few Americans are giving credence to the news media. According to the latest Gallup Poll, confidence in TV news is at an all-time low. Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a "great ... continue reading


Wow! 'It Takes a Church' provides refreshing take on matchmaking!

Image of

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Game Show Network (GSN) is airing a remarkable new show hosted by Grammy-nominated singer, Natalie Grant called, "It Takes a Church." It's a matchmaking show where each church pairs an eligible bachelor and bachelorette after vetting them through prayer, discussion ... continue reading


'Duck Dynasty' pastor exhorts clergy 'to realize we're a part of the body of Christ that's worldwide' Watch

Image of Alan Robertson admitted that was as the sole Robertson male without a beard, he is somewhat of a misfit in the family. He said his family is grateful to have the cable show as a platform to share

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Alan Robertson, best known as the beardless son of reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, is a pastor who officiated his parents' re-commitment ceremony. In his latest appearance he is exhorting that other pastors should promote Christian ... continue reading


Is it okay for Catholics to watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey? Watch

Image of Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Some Christians who espouse a certain approach to creation have grabbed their share of the spotlight by criticizing Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of the Carl Sagan classic "Cosmos." This brand of Creationism is in an apologetic overdrive led by Answers in Genesis ... continue reading


WATCH as steely-eyed Judge Judy turns on spectator! Watch

Image of Judge Judy, star of one of the most popular reality based small claims court, snapped at an audience member after he laughed during a case.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's inappropriate to laugh in a court room, even if that court is not home to the traditional solemnity and dullness associated with American small claims court. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One unlucky spectator found this out after being removed from the ... continue reading


Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of 'The Late Show' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Longtime "Late Show" TV host David Letterman had announced that he would retire sometime in 2015. CBS wasted little time in announcing his replacement: Comedian Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to host the late night variety show. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'Wheel of Fortune' winner 'most amazing solve in my 30 [plus] years on the show' Pat Sajak declares Watch

Image of Vanna White, the studio audience and viewers at home were stunned.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

TV game show favorite "Wheel of Fortune" is very much like a showbiz version of "Hangman," where contestants must fill in phrases by correctly guessing letters. The letters. Contestant Emil De Leon correctly guess the phrase - "new baby buggy" with only TWO ... continue reading


Flight 370 story provides boon for cable TV news networks Watch

Image of Lack of new and relevant information about the missing Malaysian flight has drained much relevancy out of current TV reporting, some say.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The missing Malaysian jet flight, or Flight 370 continues to perplex and fascinate the world. However, without any recent developments and a lot of theories being proffered, some are arguing that there is no news to be found in this line of news, and ... continue reading


Cable television subscriptions take a major tumble Watch

Image of With all due respect, there may be another factor behind pay-TV's decline. Read the final paragraph.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

I recent statistics hold true, the era of the U.S. pay-television market is past its prime. The number of Americans who pay for TV through cable, satellite or fiber services fell by more than a quarter of a million in 2013. If this trend continues, 2012 may ... continue reading


'Comedian' Bill Maher blasphemes AGAIN: God in 'Noah' is a 'psychotic mass murderer' who 'drowns babies' Watch

Image of Bill Maher has been highly critical of religion and views it as highly destructive. However, he has been known to reject the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While he rejects the label of "atheist," "comedian" Bill Maher is upfront with his disdain for all forms of religion. He managed to offend Christian, Jewish and Muslims with his line about God as depicted in the new movie, "Noah."  He told his HBO "Real ... continue reading


All TV News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:44-46
44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2014 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter