*Cue theme from X-Files*
Well Mulder would be happy. Fox Mulder, you'll recall, was the central character of the television series X-Files, an FBI agent who believed in aliens.
I don't know why but the existence of aliens has played a recurring theme in science fiction - literature, radio and movies. Go back to one of my favourites - Orson Wells' radio play "War of the Worlds". Or, coming full circle, just look at the recent television series "V".
But of course these stories are all fiction, they're made up, make-believe.
However, a global poll conducted recently indicates 1 in 5 people believe aliens exist and they live in our midst disguised as humans. Now 20% of people polled isn't a lot but nevertheless it's a remarkable number.
Methinks somebody has been watching a little too much of the sci-fi channel.
Back a few years ago, before the sci-fi channel existed, when my children were younger, I might have been a part of that 20%. Yep, there were times when I may have questioned where the heck my kids came from.
And I'm sure I'm not the only parent who's exclaimed "Are you from another planet, or something?" as the plot from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" crossed my mind.
Now, though, when I think back on those days I seem to recall they looked at me like I was the strange one. And I don't mean Mork from Ork.
This post originally appeared on Sound Off To America