1. Gnome stalking residents of Argentina

    Northern Argentina residents of Suncho Corral are reporting a series of gnome attacks, according to a translation to an article on Rosario3 done by UFO blog Inexplicata.

    Inexplicata’s translation says:

    Local residents state that the small creature appears in dark places and pummels people. Police has issued a statement asking people not to walk alone in the dark.

    Those who follow the wide world of weird may recall that this isn’t the first time Travelocity’s mascot has stalked Argentina: in 2008, according toThe Sun, a gnome was spotted and video recorded (see below). A group of lads returning from a fishing trip shrieked in horror at seeing a little guy in a pointed hat shuffled across the road. This 2008 incident happened in General Guemes just 500km/311mi from the garden statue staple’s most recent spotting.

  2. “Canada: Good Neighbor to the World” – A Sinister Tale!

    Amazon is great. The reviews are sometimes awesome, like this for Canada: Good Neighbor to the World.


    What School Library Journal has to say on Canada: Good Neighbor to the World:

    Grade 3-6 A broad overview of multicultural Canada, focusing primarily on the present, but supported by excursions into the cultural history of Canada’s European settlers. The native population gets relatively short shrift. The book includes chapters on ethnic composition, legends, holidays, foods, education, and sports. While it touches on such standard school-report topics, these are presented from the perspective of their basis in or impact on cultural or ethnic consideration in insufficient depth to serve as a single source. The index, which sometimes supplies incorrect page numbers, does not lead to some subjects found in the text (free-trade, for instance).

    Okay, so a not so glowing review. However the real genius insane review comes from “A Customer”:

    In the guise of our “good neighbor” to the North, Canada continues its secret and meticulous plans to subjugate innocent noncombatants through telepathy and endoplasmic alteration. Adam Bryant is either a liar or a fool. Judging from his flatulent prose and chaotic organization, one is tempted to assume the latter. Yet his rough edges seem so deliberate that it is fair to ask: Mr. Bryant, What is YOUR frequency? By carefully reading between the lines, one’s worst fears are amply confirmed.

    You tell them, A Customer. Flautent prose and meticulous plans to subjugate innocent noncombatants through telepathy and endoplasmic alteration. We can only assume washrooms, hosers, and Wayne Gretzky are also involved.

    Apropos of almost nothing, here’s a classic clip from Michael Moore’s Canadian Bacon:

  3. Alternative 3: Lost SciFi Fake Documentary Gem

    In 1977 the Anglica Network canceled a weekly science program utilitarianly called Science Report. The series presented topical science coverage in a familiar format to those who have seen educational programs of the 1970’s (or parody Look Around You). Knowing the last episode would debut April 1, the production crew went out with a bang rather than a whimper.

    Using the same format and host, the program presented a fantastic tale of conspiracies, shadow governments, kidnapped scientists, secret space colonies, and eminent ecological apocalypse. If that sounds familiar, its because Roland Emmerich and others have ripped this off numerous times however Science Report does this masterfully. It even has a soundtrack by Brian Eno!

    If you enjoyed this you may like Get Your Secret Space Colony Fix in SciFi Video Form.

  4. First UFO related Wikileaks?

    Skip the introduction and go straight to Afterposten’s alleged cable leak

    In a December 3 article of The Guardian, Julian Assange answered readers questions. To one question on UFOs he answered:

    Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules.
    1) that the documents not be self-authored;
    2) that they be original.
    However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs.

    So realistically speaking some cables may mention UFOs, but its unlikely any claim direct contact with extraterrestrials, disclosure, or anything beyond UFOs simply being Unidentified Flying Objects.

    There some interesting gems in the Wikileaks cables such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi parties hard like Andrew WK, Saudi King urged chips for GitMo inmates, and an elderly dentists escape from Iran on horseback. This is all the equivalent of international high school rumors, nothing damning or unexpected.

    So what of the UFO cables? Alan Boyle of MSNBC writes:

    And what about the pending WikiLeaks disclosure? Well, several countries — including Britain,CanadaFrance and New Zealand — have been releasing their UFO files over the past few years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if U.S. diplomats cabled back some of the inside scoop about those files as they were coming to light.

    Hell, we even know one UFO sighting caused Winston Churchill to issue a coverup.

    Afterposten claims to have the first UFO related Wikileaks.

    In an alleged cable from December 21 2007:

    BKGB Chairman Yuriy Zhadobin on why his organization no longer
    investigates paranormal phenomena:
    Unlike during the USSR, the department is not engaged in studying paranormal phenomena. [Back then,] we had greater means and opportunities which we could spend on anything and everything. Today the situation is different. Then, when society was excited by something, it entered our sphere of interest. But when it comes to healers, UFOs and such, we just can´t deal with them any more.


    This cable isn’t in Wikileak’s list of December 2007 cables, so its authenticity is questioned. Its banality is not. We’ve known for sometime that both the US and USSR dabbled in free wheeling experiments of the psychic and paranormal. We also know with the end of the Cold War there isn’t the money or interest in this stuff.

    Even if this cable is legitimate, its nothing new. Move along, nothing to see.

  5. NASA to Hold News Conference on “Astrobiology Finding”

    Graffiti on an advertisement spotted this week at Morgan Avenue Subway in Brooklyn suggesting this is the year.

    We’ve covered alien disclosure in November 29, 2009 and UFO disclosure October 13, 2010. Nothing has happened on those days. No, balloons in Chelsea New York does not count as a UFO sighting. The objects were identified. This is damn interesting though. NASA is calling the press to deliver a recent discovery in astrobiology, aka the study of aliens and ETs. Sentient or not.

    Though rumors always circulate, as Google’s spike in “alien disclosure” shows for the end of 2009 and (so far) 2010 nothing results.

    So what is NASA going to say this week?

    From NASA’s Press Release Archive:

    NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

    Wozers. Before anyone jumps to fantastic conclusions, it’s unlikely they are going to say “Hey, here’s the guys we caught at Roswell. We gave them a shot and they are alright guys once you get pass the whole giant-head-and-giant-black-eye-thing.” Or anything like that.

    There’s been some recent traction that our own galactic backyard might have alien life, life we may have come from. Saturn’s Moon Rhea has an oxygen-rich atmosphere, Mars is mysteriously producing methane, and undiscovered life even in our own stratosphere.

    There may be life out there that we just never noticed. It may not be sentient and calling us, but maybe it’s there. If they announce the recent finding is life at all. It’s easy to invent fantasy, hard to invent banality. Could be something so much as a more efficient way for probes to detect life. Or just a new committee to investigate the possibility of extra terrestrial life. Which is still fantastic.

    Either way, this is one press conference that perked my interest more than any turtleneck wearing CEO’s unveiling of an iProduct.

  6. City of Seattle’s $5000 Ley Line Map

    Map of Ley Lines in SeattleEver hear of Ley Lines? Alfred Watkins, an amateur archaeologist, noted that several places of interest seemed to follow a straight line. Naturally there’s many reasons for that: paths from flood plains, established routes, and plain pareidolia— or the human interest in seeking patterns at all times. Watkins was convinced ley lines were a genuine force in Britain’s landmarks and the cosmos. A source of energy that, as often happens in psuedoscience, only the ancients knew existed.

    The real success of ley lines as an idea occurred after Watkins death in the budding New Age movement of the 1960’s. Ley lines were the perfect New Age cocktail of middle school level science, mysticism, and reverence for the “noble savages.” The idea of magnetic mystical energy was a powerful and captivating idea to some audiences.

    The idea is not generally accepted. The city of Seattle though through the Seattle Arts Commission– not science mind you– had a map comissioned in 1987. Which can be yours from the artists Geo Group for $5,000 or roughly $9,300 today. It is still housed at the North Service Center of the Seattle City Light company.

    A brief video showing some of the “Power Centers” in Seattle.

  7. Time Traveller Caught on Film in Charlie Chaplin movie– or Pareidolia?

    YouTube user yellowfeverbelfast posted a video with a purported-perhaps-maybe-possibly butch or male time traveler in drag holding a mobile phone at a Chinese Theatre debut for a Charlie Chaplin film:

    Service sucks with AT&T when you are in the same time period and next to a tower. Must blow when there are no cell towers and well, they have not been invented yet. Then again, if this is a time traveler he or she may have a iPhone 5G. Going on a journey through space and time? There’s an app for that.

    Or, its pareidolia which as Wikipedia breaks it down: “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.”

    A few months ago a photo found at a museum was dubbed to be a shot of a time traveler and it was thoroughly debunked on the blog forgetomori.

    Back in the day when people talked to themselves they were not wearing a bluetooth headset: they were crazy. Any old lady yammering on the street today by herself? That goes unnoticed. Even today in New York.

    Besides, if any time traveler visits Charlie Chaplin I expect him have some interesting fashion sense. Possibly a long scarf.

  8. Worst. Disclosure. Ever.

    Yeah yeah, white spots over Manhattan, let’s all get loopy and waste my damn time.  If that’s all the show-stopping “save yourselves before it’s too late” power the ETs can muster, I’ll wait around for the Vulcans to come snooping around.

    Seriously.  Why can’t it ever be like it is for Nic Cage?

    If anyone needs me I’ll be in the basement making a warp drive out of an Arduino, a whippet and a female condom.

    via wtfjapanseriously

  9. Friendly Reminder: Worldwide UFO Sightings Tomorrow

    Update: Looks like the aliens took a wrong turn at Saturn. They were a no show yesterday October 13, 2010.

    Just a friendly reminder: tomorrow October 13, 2010 we’ll know for certain there are extraterrestrials among us! So make sure that fits in with dinner plans tomorrow.

    That is according to former NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham. He claims tomorrow has “a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities” in store for us. Not excited? Not pumped? It’s probably because you are sane and may have thought you heard about disclosure about UFOs and extraterrestials before.

    Here’s a hint to those promising UFO disclosure: don’t be precise on your dates. You don’t want you kookiness to have a shelf date.

    Fulham’s website for Challenges of Change, the 352 book outlining what will go down tomorrow, October 10, 2010 has an olde-tyme Geocities feel. You’ll swear you’re back in 1997 catching up on episodes of The X-Files.

    The truth is out there. Tomorrow. Keep watching the skies…