The state of New Mexico
has a rich and diverse history. Although some people know of New Mexico's out-of-this-world artistry and natural beauty, many people are better acquainted with some unusual events which have given New Mexico a reputation for being a place where truly strange things happen.
The Roswell Incident
On July 7, 1947, what many people believe to be an alien craft crash landed outside the city of Roswell in southeastern New Mexico. The UFO rumors were denied by the Air Force, who held a press conference reassuring the public that it was not actually a flying saucer that was found, but the remains of an Air Force weather balloon. This ignited controversy which lasts to this day.
Roswell: Worldwide Phenomenon
In the years that followed the events of 1947, Roswell has been associated with UFO's in both film, television, literature, music and contemporary culture. The continued interest in the events at Roswell has even lead to an annual UFO Festival, held at Roswell every 4th of July Weekend.
Other Bizarre Sightings
Besides UFO sightings, there are also numerous reports of strange sightings to this day. The website "My Strange New Mexico" was founded to document some of the bizarre, perplexing and downright weird sightings in the state.
Strange World Records
Bill Richardson, the former Governor of New Mexico, set the world record for handshaking in 2002. Over a period of eight hours, Governor Richardson shook the hands of 13,392 people. In 1998, a Carlsbad resident named Kevin Cole set a record for "nasal spaghetti ejection," with an effort of 7 1/2 inches. In 2001, 417 breakfast burritos were sold in a single hour at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The world's largest taco was created in Albuquerque, a 1,600 pound, 20-foot long monster constructed in 2002.
The Land of Enchantment
The state of New Mexico truly lives up to its nickname, "The Land of Enchantment."