UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

UFOs and Egg Nog

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

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The January/February 2012 magazine The Atlantic
has an article – The Nutmeg Bender by Wayne Curtis [Page 31] – that reports how the ubiquitous spice, nutmeg, produces (in regular quantities) hallucinogenic effects on the people ingesting it.

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“…nutmeg has been ‘reported to mediate visual, auditory, tactile, and kinaesthetic hallucinations (notably the sensation of floating)’

…the Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen noted the mind-altering effects of nutmeg all the way back in the 12th Century.”

The writer, Curtis, reported that another writer, after having some nutmeg “when walking…felt as though he was “floating to his destination.”

Curtis also cites Malcolm X (in his autobiography) writing, from his prison experience, that “a penny matchbox of nutmeg had the kick of three or four reefers.”

And after trying spoonfuls of nutmeg, Curtis, himself, felt a slight floating sensation, and days later still feeling “as though a mild electrical current is passing through my brain.”

In the UFO literature there is little or no mention of nutmeg or other food accoutrements eaten by those who’ve reported UFO or alien encounters: the Hills, Travis Walton, Hickson and Parker, et al.

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That is, no UFO researcher queried or queries what food or drink UFO witnesses had or have partaken of before their “experience.”

What did Betty and Barney Hill eat or drink before their New Hampshire trek home in 1961?

What were Hickson and Parker eating or drinking while fishing off the pier in Pascagoula?

What did Walton and his co-workers eat or drink just before he was “abducted”?

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No one asked?

One might assume that the crew accompanying Mr. Walton and Walton, himself, had access to weed (marijuana) or alcohol and even used it on occasion.

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Did they do so the night that Travis Walton was, allegedly, pulled into a flying saucer?

Or did they have food that has side-effects, like that of nutmeg, in their lunch pails?

Of course, LSD and opiates, generally, have been suggested for UFO visions and encounters.

But no one has researched – and it’s too late to do so now – what foods UFO abductees or those, like the people in Jose Caravaca’s “distortion” events, had partaken of before their experiences.

Something as common as nutmeg is found in cakes, egg nog, and other main dishes.

Could such an ingredient have produced the visions and experiences that we follow as UFO encounters of a tangible kind?

Further on in The Atlantic, a piece by Cullen Murphy ( a name used in a noted Seinfeld show about a Nazi advocate whose name and persona George Constanza adopted to amusing consequences) – Torturer’s Apprentice [Page 72 ff.] – cites this caveat by philosopher John Locke:

“…no matter how much certainty is in our hearts, human beings cannot know for sure which truths are true, and that believing we can leads us down a terrible path.”

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This is what happened in the UFO incidents cited here (and others): researchers believed what they wanted, but never really asked all the questions that needed to be asked, even something as simple as “What did you eat right before your UFO sighting/encounter?”

RR

12 Comments:

  • Interesting.
    I really would like to know why people ingesting nutmeg or something else suddenly start having roughly the same experience, and not quite another, like visiting Santa, kiting on the beach or murdering a politician.
    This really is the biggest miracle, in comparison of which an abduction is peanuts.

    By Blogger Loes, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Here I go again, in a single witness encounter with no physical evidence, the ONLY thing anyone can CREDIBLY research is the witness.

    It's not only illegal drugs, alcohol, and some foods that can cause altered perceptions and sometimes hallucinations; it's also prescribed medications. Drug-to-drug interactions from prescribed medications as well as medication interactions with alcohol, illegal drugs, and certain foods can also affect reality perception.

    Go to an online PDR and check some of the side effects of commonly prescribed medications.

    The obvious question that never seems to get asked (or at least is almost never reported to have been asked), "Were you wearing your prescribed corrective lenses when you witnessed the event?". That one is Witness Research 101.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • There's also the weird story of Orfeo Angelucci ingesting a mind-expanding liquid; Joe Simonton's pancakes; Middle-Ages era encounters with "fairies" that would taint milk; manna from Heaven; Whitley Strieber's account in Transformation about the visitors warning him about sweets and diabetes - in fact, the list goes on and on re food connections and supernatural encounters.

    Rich: you should write the definitive paper on this!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Let's not forget too the ingestion of ergot with lycanthropy-type states in centuries-past.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Re the food issue: That's why the ETs always say: 'TAKE ME TO YOUR LARDER."

    :)

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Nick...

    It is an interesting topic, surely.

    But as PG notes, there are so many possibilities -- drug interactions, alcohol, mushrooms (on PaPa John's Pizzas), et cetera -- that one would have to spend a lot of time gaging all of it.

    And, for me, UFOs, despite this blog and others, are too irrelevant for such an enterprise.

    But thanks for the suggestion.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Nick:

    As for the "Take me to your Larder" pun -- you are either feeling better or under the influence of morphine.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Well, whoever does it, I think there's definitely scope here for a great article!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • LOL, yeah I'm much better, thanks! Finally!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • I actually stole that pun from some old English newspaper article which ran a story about little ETs and a food connection. I can't remember the details of the story though at all, but maybe CDA can? It was definitely English and I think from the 70s. I think Jenny Randles wrote about it somewhere quite a bit.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, February 20, 2012  

  • Oh please! I've eaten tons of nutmeg in my life and never once hallucinated from it.

    By Blogger Sylver Wyrd, at Tuesday, February 21, 2012  

  • Nick:
    Sorry but I don't know the larder story. But I do seem to recall one case where a 'being' asked for a toilet! Details long forgotten.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, February 21, 2012  

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