UFO Conjectures

Friday, February 24, 2017

UFO Odors (and a stinky Sasquatch)

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My pal Nick Redfern sent me a link to a review he’s done for a book that delves into the smelly aspects of Big Foot:

(That Sasquatch would stink isn’t surprising considering the stench of some CBS Survivor contestants after a month or so stuck on an island without soap.)

But Nick’s review brings to my mind how many UFO reports contain witness accounts of smells and odors that they experienced during their alleged encounters with the enigmatic phenomenon: sulfur, rotten eggs, burnt rubber, hot metal, et cetera.

Here are a few links to sites that detail the smell/odor element in UFO tales:

What’s interesting to me is that (haptic) hallucinations often incur or contain odorous intrusions, called hallucinosis (acute, alcoholic, diabetic).

A person under the influence of alcohol (or various kinds of drugs) will often have an hallucination that evokes odors or many kinds.

And since I think that many UFO accounts are hallucinatory in nature, I assume that those with odors of a pronounced kind confirm the etiological explanation that the person experiencing a UFO or UFOs has had, in effect, an hallucination, not a bona fide observation of an actual thing in the sky or on the ground (sometimes with accompanying entities).

My previous post about the nurse Kendall case in 1970 (posted February 19, 2017) would fall into the category outlined here.

(Terry the Censor took another view.)

As for Sasquatch, does that creature really care how it smells?

(Sasquatch soap is sold at Amazon, from which the image at top comes.)


All the UFO explanations, but one gets a subliminal endorsement.

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In the Official UFO magazine issue I noted previously [October 1976] is an article by Richard Hall, an eminent “ufologist”: Spaceships or Specters? (Categorizing the Unknown) Page 22 ff.
Mr. Hall enumerates all [sic] of the possible “explanations” for the UFO phenomenon, which I try to do here but appear to be a slacker after one reads Mr. Hall’s piece.

(I tried to find the whole article online but was unsuccessful; maybe Terry the Censor can find it, he’s a whiz at digging up internet archival stuff.)

The Hall categories (from which I’ll only provide title categories, not the content) are:

Deluded Observer Hypothesis
Secret Device Hypothesis
Little-Understood Atmospheric Phenomenon Hypothesis
Space Animal Hypothesis
Secret Terrestrial Society Hypothesis
Terrestrial Deceit Hypothesis
Psychic Projection Hypothesis
Ancient Earth Astronaut Hypothesis
Extraterrestrial Hypothesis [ETH]
Time Travel/Other Realms Hypothesis
Supernatural Hypothesis

Hall writes, “Although these hypotheses range from the mundane to the exotic, some clearly are more plausible than others.” [Page 23, Official UFO, October 1976]

I won’t try to encapsulate Mr. Hall’s remarkable erudition in outlining the pros and cons of each category, listed by him (above).

But a bias shows up in his last words for the article:

“ … the answer to this question [‘are we s different from them as ants are from humans?’] will determine our entire future relationship to any visitors from the universe.” [Italics mine]

See, even the most objective UFO buff (ufologist) is geared to see UFOs as ET devices.


Kevin Randle and his 1976 account of UFO entities communicating with humans

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In the October 1976 issue of Official UFO (pictured), my pal Kevin Randle provided a litany of UFO sightings with entities (of all kinds, a few particularly interesting).

Kevin’s piece, And Now a Word from the Aliens [Page 20 ff.], recounted a story of “little grays” long before they became a UFO meme, and inserted into the Roswell saga.

On Page 49 of the magazine, Kevin wrote about Mississippian Malvin Stevens who, in 1957, came across “a thing parked on the highway.”

Mr. Stevens, at first,  “thought it was a weather balloon, but then he saw three ‘tiny beings’ get out. They were between 4 and 4½ feet tall, had pasty white faces and wore gray [my italics] clothes. The creatures walked to the car and began chattering at Stevens.”

Here we have a “thing” first thought to be a balloon, but which turns out to be a craft from which little gray-dressed entities emerged: the essence of the latter-day Roswell mythos, ostensibly created from the input Stanton Friedman imparted to Roswell’s Jesse Marcel in 1978, as our friend CDA has it.

But the gist of Kevin’s article is the attempt at communication by the observed entities and how those encountered interpreted that “communication.”

Mr. Stevens heard chattering.

A Texan man, in 1966, heard a yell, from among three small creatures, standing near a shrub tree amidst a red glow, when one of them made a “high pitched noise that sounded like a child jabbering.” [ibid]

In 1973, an Argentina truck driver also came upon three creatures, two men and one woman, who emerged from a bright blue object.

They “spoke among themselves with a noise that sounded like a ‘badly tuned radio full of chirps and buzzes’.”

The truck driver said the creatures “made him understand” by “information from the beings” … “that might not have been spoken to him.”

Kevin offers an incident in New Jersey where a man saw a UFO hovering over his barn, with a putty-faced three foot being, below it, holding the man’s dog.

“The creature said, in broken English, ‘We are peaceful people. We only want the dog.’”

The man said “get the hell out” whereupon “the creature dropped the dog, ran to the glowing UFO, which took off straight up.”

Kevin relates an odd story from 1957 where a man, driving to work in the morning, came upon “several cars … stopped by the side of the road.”

“As [the man] approached, his engine died and, as he coasted to a stop, he saw a brightly-lit UFO sitting on the nearby beach. Two little men got out and walked over to” the stopped cars “to ask the drivers what they were doing and where they were going.”

The creatures spoke English.

One of the drivers “said they had to be going” whereupon “the little men got into their egg-shaped UFO  [italics mine] and took off. With the UFO gone, the cars started and the men drove away.” [ibid]

Kevin then reminds readers that Betty Hill’s UFO Captain, as she was leaving with a book she allegedly picked up inside the craft, telepathically said, “wait a minute.”

The colloquialism gave investigators cause to claim the remembered remark proved the story was a hoax.

Kevin excuses the remark by writing that either Betty Hill interpreted the remark (mentally) or “the aliens [sic] were so well versed in our language that they could use a very colloquial term.” [ibid]

In 1968 a man, in Austin, Texas, driving home late at night, who stopped to walk his dog “noticed a very bright star” which “began to move. It came toward him, growing in size and brightness.”

“[The] man grabbed his flashlight and used the ‘only code [he] could think of. Pi or 3.14’”

“[The] UFO stopped, and blinked its lights.”

The UFO “began to move again” and the man “repeated the code and got another reaction from the UFO. After 10 minutes, [the UFO] disappeared into the clouds.” [Page 50]

Kevin notes that the U.S. Air Force investigated the story “in depth” but Blue Book ended up indicating it was “unidentified.”

But “there was another side to the story. The man claimed he received mental impressions from the craft. They weren’t well defined, only claiming instructions and a feeling of being watched.” [ibid]

Kevin reports “a case in Idaho, [where] one of the young girls claimed that the aliens [sic] didn’t speak but that they ‘thought at me with their heads.’” [ibid]

“ … there hasn’t been a whole lot of evidence suggesting that the aliens [sic] speak our languages, only that they communicate in it.” [ibid]

The article wraps up with this:

“ … scientists and researchers [think] that aliens [sic] could learn a language by studying our broadcasts of radio and TV shows.” [ibid]

“It might be interesting to gather, catalog and try to correlate the sounds that have been made. Do the tall, thin humanoids use a different set of sounds? Do the small aliens [sic] all have the grunting that was reported in France?” [ibid]

So, Kevin, like many of us, believed UFOs were aliens [sic] from other worlds, and they often “spoke” to humans they encountered, or used telepathy to communicate, this in 1976.

The idea that UFO encounters often involved attempts by alien beings to communicate with humans is interesting.

But those moments of communication seem juvenile, hardly examples of advanced beings visiting from superior civilizations. That tells us something, doesn’t it?

And the use of telepathy – another “process” yet to be proven or shown to exist – is another iffy proposition.
If beings from outer space, other worlds totally different from Earth, were inserting thoughts in the minds of humans they supposedly encountered, the images conveyed would be abstract or so bizarre that they would mimic what happens to schizophrenics who hear (and see) things that make no sense.

Moreover, would an alien species have vocal chords like humans, allowing them to utter grunts and “chattering”?

The unique creation of vocalizing comes about on Earth by way of Darwinian evolution, and you know that I eschew the idea that beings from other planets, if they exist, would “evolve” in ways that could not simulate how humans evolved, as their home bases or planets would have developed in geological, geographical, meteorological ways too different to provide biological aspects (like vocal chords) akin to human beings.

Kevin’s 1976 article provided me with an intriguing read, showing that there are a plethora of alleged UFO encounters that either indicate Earth is visited by space beings, unlikely, or a raft of people have similar kinds of hallucinatory experiences that deserve consideration of psychological kinds.
Or as Jacques Vallee and Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca suggest, human beings are confronted by an external, controlling agent, providing scenarios of crazy kinds, but to what end?

The whole shebang – UFOs and the encounters that accompany them – is so bizarre that we may never understand what it is about, just as we still don’t know what (really) causes schizophrenia or madness in human beings.

N.B. Images from: