Month: July 1997

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It has come to the attention of the captain of the good ship Blather that several subscribers to the mailing list are unsure as to my stance on various issues, in particular the ETH (ExtraTerrestial Hypothesis). Aliens? In fact, many are unwilling to believe that I do not believe in aliens at all. Personally, I do not believe that earth has been visited by intelligent living creatures from beyond our planet, mainly because I haven't come across - or heard of anyone else coming across - sufficient proof to convince me otherwise. I will agree however, that much information, nay, *reams* of information, has been presented to *suggest* that we have had visitors from outer space. It's hardly the same thing. There's been plenty of propositions in history regarding a flat earth, or that the sun orbits the moon. They are not taken seriously today. I do not think that...

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The classic cautionary urban myth. Guy meets girl, guy gets drunk with girl, they go to her room, guy passes out, wakes up in bath full of blood and ice... ...with a telephone nearby and a note telling him to ring the hospital because he's had a kidney removed, which supposedly prevents charges of attempted murder. . . There are dozens of variations, many to be found at the AFU and Urban Legends Archive and Snopes Urban Legends pages. Italians and Albanians But now the Italian government are getting excited about possible organ trafficking from Albania. The scare started when Italian sources in Albania reported a boy being found with a large scar in the renal area of his back. Some reports stated that he was dead, others said that he was alive and had told the authorities that he had been kidnapped for organ removal. This muddied the diplomatic...

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This week it looks like the silly season has really kicked in, this time with an army boot. Freaky On page 29 of The People (British newspaper), Sunday, July 13, there was an article entitled 'SAS In Alien Riddle', which told of the experiences of eight SAS soldiers waiting to ambush IRA gunmen in south Co. Armagh, in Northern Ireland. They were lying in wait, by an arms cache, when they saw 'up to four grey figures'. The 'aliens' and the soldiers exchanged stares, then the 'aliens' disappeared, and seconds later the soldiers witnessed a 'flash in the sky'. The SAS men were so freaked out by the situation that the ambush was aborted, and they left the scene. Their commander (who doesn't seem to have been present) was understandably livid, and accusations were levelled concerning drug use (If someone has managed to invent a drug that causes consensus hallucinations,...

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A good classic anomaly, how it warms the heart. On July 5th, Associated Press reported a rain of toads in the Mexican town of Villa Angel Flores, in the Pacific Coast state of Sinaloa. Apparently a 'mini tornado' picked them up from a pond and dumped them on the town, although the report doesn't state how this can happen, or more importantly why it was *only* toads that the the tornado allegedly picked up. This phenomenon has been reported in some shape or form for hundreds of years, and there's still precious little information as to why these rains are so selective. Sometimes it's berries, sometimes it's fish, and sometimes of course, the classic frog falls. Charles Fort's books record many of these reports up to the 1930's. The indices of 'Book of the Damned' (1919), 'New Lands' (1923), and 'Lo!' list dozens of examples of weird rain, all over...

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Blather this week is a tasty brew of the latest on the never ending stream of madness currently pouring out of south west Ireland... Flapping in the wind Just recently, Blather was fortunate enough to exchange information with a staff member of RTE about the current Bantry (Co. Cork, Ireland) UFO flap. Just when Blather had its back turned, that is, whilst in the Netherlands conducting urgent business of international importance, RTE had given news coverage to the Bantry UFOs. RTE's information was augmented by other accounts, from Blather's Men In Bantry, and from the completely senseless ITV documentary, 'We Are Not Alone'. As a result, we now have a compilation of confusing and contradictory codswallop, which so far leaves us none the wiser. RTE interviewed Alan Sewell and Eamon Ansbro, the former is a member of the Irish Centre for UFO Studies, and the latter told RTE that he...