Monday, July 08, 2013
World UFO Day Celebrations!
Today is the 66th anniversary of the famous (or infamous) Roswell UFO Crash of 1947. This day is recognized as World UFO Day by many ufology adherents.
On World UFO Day, UFO buffs have fond memories of waking up to the wafting odor of traditional Simonton Flapjacks cooked by their mothers for a hearty breakfast, and after gobbling them down hungrily, washing them down with a cold glass of Tang.
Then it’s off to the fairgrounds where carnies have set up space coasters and spinning saucer rides. Mylar balloons are sought after by youngsters and whack-an-alien and other games of skill are challenged by teenagers, eager to show off to their friends. Temporary tattoos of ornate crop formations are often applied to all and sundry, their amazing spirals and curlicues carefully mimicking those that mysteriously appeared overnight in the fields just outside the town. The scent of lavender imported from French saucer nests drifts across the pastoral scene.
And oh! The games and frivolity! It’s fun to watch members of the UFO community dress like historical figures such as “Philip Klass” and watch “him” eat “humble pie” and other delicacies. The lucky person costumed as “Allen Hynek” gets to smoke the scared pipe of honor, and the “George Adamski” flips burgers at lunchtime. Mock battles erupt between groups of children dressed as “greys” and “reptilians,” although recently it has been trendy for “blondes” to intervene as well! Later, the unfortunate person dressed as the “scapegoat,” “Edward Condon” has to stand inside rings of fairy mushrooms and endure getting pelted by eggs, and other indignities. And every year, disappointingly, there are some muggles who play an embarrassing game of Frisbee. How drole!
Across the way, hucksters sell their wares from booths set up along aisles positioned perfectly as the “Nasca Lines.” One can buy star maps showing the way to Zeta Reticuli, “real” Maury Island slag, tiny ceramic alien implants and “NSA-proof” tinfoil hats.
By late afternoon, it’s time for a feast featuring―what else?―beef from mutilated cows, fresh from Snippy Ranch. The colorful costumes of Unarians are delightful to view as they march around the dining area chanting before supper. For dinner, there’s bread made from wheat picked from inside crop circles, corn from British corn circles and mushrooms from the fairy rings.
After dinner, when the dishes are washed and put away, and the Sun has set, everyone goes outside to send up Chinese paper lanterns so that others can report UFOs and get shot down in flames. What a charming spectacle!
But the most memorable part of this day occurs late in the evening, when families go home and get settled in for the night. They all gather around the Socorro bush decorated with brightly-colored angel hair, and the children listen intently as an elder reads from “It Was The Day After Roswell,” a fanciful classic of ufological literature. Its pages contain such memorable verses as: “On Oberg! On Randles! On Hopkins and Randi! On Friedman! On Meier! On Bell and Rutkowski! From the rooftops they clattered, their voices celestial: ‘Come visit us, please, thou extraterrestrial!’”
Then, just before bedtime, the entire household joins to sing Roswell carols such as: “O Little Town of Rendelsham,” “What Hybrid is This?” and the kids’ favorite: “I Saw Mommy Getting Abducted.”
So today, spend some time with your loved ones and share this day with them. Gaze upward into the night sky and make a wish on the first NOSS satellite that you see.
Happy World UFO Day to you and yours!
Labels: UFO Day Roswell Humor
Monday, July 01, 2013
The Top 10 Strangest Canadian UFO Reports
In honour of Canada Day, I hereby present:
The “Top 10” Strangest Canadian UFO Reports
Canadian UFO researchers and investigators were polled for their personal picks of the most remarkable Canadian cases of the past century (or so). They are, in chronological order:
Ottawa, Ontario February 15, 1915
A “phantom invasion” of unusual aerial objects caused enough panic throughout the National Capital Region that the lights on Parliament Hill were extinguished in order to prevent targeting by the “enemy.”
Gander, Newfoundland February 10, 1951
A US Navy Transport plane was reported to have nearly collided with a giant circular orange object that almost literally flew circles around the American aircraft as it flew between Iceland and Newfoundland.
Shirley’s Bay, Ontario August 8, 1954
Wilbert Smith, a Defence Department engineer, set up a “flying saucer detection station” at a government facility. On this date, his instruments recorded a large magnetic disturbance overhead, which Smith believed to be from an alien craft.
Fort Macleod, Alberta August 23, 1956
RCAF Squadron Leader Robert Childerhose and his flight lieutenant were attempting to set a cross-Canada speed record in their Sabre jet when they observed and photographed a bright oval object near their plane at an altitude of 36,000 feet.
Falcon Lake, Manitoba May 20, 1967
Weekend prospector Stefan Michalak was burned by a saucer-shaped object which had landed near him. Later radioactivity at the site was considered high enough to consider closing the Provincial park entirely. Despite investigations by American and Canadian officials, the case was listed as “unexplained” by the United States Air Force.
Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia October 4, 1967
Many witnesses, including RCMP constables, observed a bright object fall from the sky into the ocean. Later, a patch of luminous foam was found on the surface of the water where it was presumed to have sunk. Rumours that a US Navy recovery operation located and removed a mysterious object persist to this day.
Farmer Edwin Fuhr was swathing when he came upon several metallic bowl-shaped objects spinning rapidly in a hayfield. The objects took off and left behind circular impressions which predated “crop circles” found years later in England.
Carman, Manitoba May 13, 1975
Hundreds of people observed a bobbing, bright reddish-orange light in the sky beginning about this date and continuing for several months. The object was seen so frequently, it was affectionately named “Charlie Redstar.”
Montreal, Quebec January 6, 1977
Ms Florida Malboeuf watched as a saucer-shaped object appeared to land on the roof of a building across from her home. Two spindly creatures in tight-fitting suits appeared on the edge of the roof and then disappeared before the object took off.
Duncan, British Columbia November, 1980
Granger Taylor was a teenager who was obsessed with aliens and UFOs to the point of building his own huge full-size model in his backyard. One day, following a series of UFO sightings in the area, he announced to his friends he was going to be taken away by aliens—and he was never seen again. Police eventually located his truck in a secluded area, along with evidence Granger committed suicide.
Although there are many, many more examples of Canadian UFO cases, these are among the most significantly unusual on record. Whether or not they are “real” is irrelevant. They each have helped fire the Canadian imagination and fascination with the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.