In recent weeks, several people have reported strange "men in black" standing on the side of roads in Muscatine County, Iowa. Some have witnessed the unusual trenchcoat-clad figures stepping into the roadway just as vehicles pass. In UFOlogy and conspiracy circles, Men In Black are thought to be threatening government agents or perhaps extraterrestrials.
“My son has experienced this and it’s no joke,” said Beatrice Wilson Strong. “It was really a frightening experience to him.”
The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office requests anyone who encounters these creepy characters to call 911.
“We do take this seriously," says the Sheriff's Office on their Facebook page.
(KWQC via The Anomalist)
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Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta talked space aliens today with CNN's Jake Tapper. Read the rest
Larry Decker, 77, arranged rocks into a 60 x 90 foot extraterrestrial face in his Rosmoland, California backyard "in hopes of inviting aliens" to pay him a visit. He's also installed cameras to film them when they do land.
"Aliens watch everything we do," Decker told ABC News today. "My idea was to build this thing big enough to be seen from up there, and hopefully, they'll decide to come down and check it out."
"Wouldn't it be nice to go to the porch swing and have a nice chat?" he added. "So hopefully this face will trick them to come, so we can shake hands and talk." Read the rest
I-Media, a creative agency in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, created this brilliant concept design for Molocow milk. I want to believe!
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BB pal Mitch Horowitz, noted author of esoteric and downright weird books, writes:
The CIA (the funniest guys ever!) is now taking a humorous approach to its UFO files, releasing reams of info and inviting people to play Agent Mulder for a day. It’s a clever PR move to head off a conspiracy-mania growing out of the X Files reboot. And, actually, it’s a good public service: The CIA has lots of public-domain images of flying saucers, which can save time and money for artists/writers/researchers who want flying saucer and boogodie-boogodie images.
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Amateur Radio Club visited the border of Area 51 and noticed some new "no drone" signage added to the classic warnings signs around the infamous US Air Force facility. I assume that policy also applies to extraterrestrial spacecraft and Alien Reproduction Vehicles. Yours anyway.
(Foxtrot Alpha via Mysterious Universe)
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What with social media being a thing now, it's probably time to start give California a heads up when you're going to fire a giant rocket over it.
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A Navy spokesman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the luminous object was an unarmed Trident missile that was test-fired from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.
Cmdr. Ryan Perry, of the Navy's Third Fleet, said the Trident II (D5) was launched as scheduled by an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine in the Pacific Test Range, the Union-Tribune reported.
“Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities,” Perry said in a statement released to the newspaper.
In 1969, my friend Jacques Vallee published Passport To Magonia, the first study of how modern UFO sightings are just the latest interpretation of weird "visitation" experiences that people throughout history have experienced in different forms: angels, demons, fairies, devils, Our Lady of Fatima, and on and on. (No, Jacques doesn't think UFOs are extraterrestrials who traveled here in spaceships.) This folkloristic study of UFOs has become a Fortean classic. Recently, Jacques and co-author Chris Aubeck followed that thread further, cataloging and analyzing hundreds of reports of mysterious aerial phenomena dating back all the way to ancient Egypt through 1879. Guess what? People have seen strange lights in the sky since way before Roswell, Communion, and the X-Files. The witnesses just described them using the language and metaphors of their time, instead of calling them flying saucers or gray aliens. And this phenomena, whatever it is, influenced religion and culture in profound ways.
Jacques and Chris collected their latest research in the book Wonders In The Sky and have now launched an Indiegogo campaign to publish a magnificent Collector's Limited Edition! The slipcased tome features more than 100 color photos and illustrations and includes a print portfolio of rare 17th and 18th century broadsheets documenting strange celestial events, and a facsimile of a 1648 French coin depicting a "legendary shield from the sky." Only 500 of these signed, numbered copies will ever be made.
Indeed, this edition of Wonders In The Sky is an objet d'art that exemplifies why the printed page will never die. Read the rest
Ionel Talpazan, who saw a UFO as a child above his village in Romania, painted spacecraft until he died two weeks ago at 60 years old. As a young man, after escaping Romania by swimming across the Danube, he made his way to New York City in the 1980s where he sometimes lived in a cardboard box on the street. Talpazan sold his UFO paintings and sculptures on the sidewalk until an art dealer helped bring his work into galleries and museums.
"My art shows spiritual technology, something beautiful and beyond human imagination, that comes from another galaxy," Talpazan once said. "So, in relative way, this is like the God."
More at NPR and the New York Times.
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Earlier this morning David posted a photo of a woman on Mars. We now know why she's there. Her 4-wheeled pareidoliaopede broke down and she is walking home. This is a photo of the axle and two wheels that broke off.
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This mysterious humanoid figure was photographed on the red planet by the Mars Curiosity Rover. Read the rest
In the early 1990s, Harvard psychiatrist John Mack studied hundreds of people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens and wrote multiple books about his research. He invited Chris Carter to sit in on one of Mack's regression hypnosis session with a self-proclaimed abductee, an experience that Carter says informed his vision for the X-Files. Read the rest
Darren Millar, the Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, posed three questions to Welsh economy, science and transport minister Edwina Hart about recent UFO sightings and funding research into the phenomena. A Welsh government spokesperson responded in Klingon: Read the rest
"It's crystal clear!" intones the narrator. Come for the pumping stock music, stay for the languid, awed discussion. [Youtube via]
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One of my all-time favorite podcasts, Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace, is back and on a weekly schedule. In the latest episode, Nate tells the story of a mid-century UFO hoax.
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Brad Abrahams is making a documentary about a 70-year-old man named David Huggins who has had a lifetime of close encounters with extraterrestrials (including losing his virginity to one) and shares his experiences through oil paintings. Above, the trailer for "Love And Saucers: The Far Out World Of David Huggins" Read the rest
Fantastic UFO cult the Unarius Brotherhood will take over Los Angeles's Cinefamily this weekend for screenings of their 1970s-1980s psychotronic documentaries, costume exhibit, pop-up reading room, workshops, and other far out fun co-presented by BB pal Jodi Wille! Read the rest