UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The 37th Parallel, a new UFO book

CNBC, the cable business network, interviewed Ben Mezrich this morning [9/7] about his new book, America's UFO Highway: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway [Altria Books, 2016]

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and was the basis for the hit movie 21, and most recently the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia. He lives in Boston. [From Amazon, where you can read about the book by clicking HERE.

Mr. Mezrich talked about cattle mutilations (a topic that I'm not interested in) and a sheriff who was fired for investigating them, Mezrich saying that there are thousands of mutilations that indicate something more than a cult or bizarre group doing the surgery-like mutilations.

What interested me was Mezrich's insistence that something happened at Roswell and was covered up by the United States Air Force, and that the Brazel debris -- not the propped debris in the infamous Ramey photograph -- has been deposited at a military site (maybe Area 51) and noted as "mysterious debris."

This will stir up the Roswell incident one more time, I'm sure.

Check out the book if you are inclined to find cattle mutilations and Roswell (among other UFO things) of interest.



  • Why would CNBC be more interested in this book (and author) rather than Kevin's new book "Roswell in the 21st Century"?

    Because Mezrich's books were adaptated to screen plays and won awards?

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Wednesday, September 07, 2016  

  • BB:



    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, September 07, 2016  

  • Giving credence to cattle mutilations is a huge red flag.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • The 37th parallel?

    Do UFOs tend to travel along parallels of latitude?

    Shades of Scully's 'magnetic lines' and Aime Michel's straight-line mystery, both long relegated to the trash can. My alternative is the line of zero longitude, otherwise known as the Greenwich meridian.

    But I suppose there is always the line of 37 degrees (east or west?) longitude if you prefer.

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • CDA:

    Apparently you missed a piece I had a while back that showed UFO sightings that showed up along a straight line in sequential time; that is, if there was a UFO sighting, another would appear within a day or so (sometimes within a shorter time frame).

    After two sightings took place, one could plot a third or fourth sighting along a plot line.

    (This conforms to a thing my group did in the 70s that showed one could predict natural disasters, accidents, mine catastrophes, and other human plights by charting an event, which was always followed by another in a three-day time-frame, and a third or fourth event within an eleven day period -- all by extrapolating the line from the first two.)

    There does seem to be a correlation with Michel's orthotony and UFO events, something that affirms witness reports (which Zoam will eschew vehemently, but there it is).


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • But how accurate were these lines? Also, remember that lines along a curved surface, i.e. the earth, are not really lines unless they are over short distances. They become arcs of circles over longer distances.

    I recall the orthoteny controversy - it seemed dodgy when it was first proposed. I think it was Jaques Vallee who finally gave it the boot. Can you suggest a credible reason for why any UFO event, however unusual, should ever follow a parallel of latitude?

    Even if we are talking about distances, the shortest path between two points on the same latitude is certainly not along that parallel of latitude, the equator excepted of course.

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • We extended or connected the lines on a large globe, CDA.

    There might be a "latitude" parameter or "longitude" parameter that matters or is relevant but we just used a straight line, a parabolic extension, if you will.

    I thought Michel's "theory" was dismissed cavalierly.

    If UFOs are an unknown natural phenomenon,, the straight-like hypothesis might be germane.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • A quibble, RR. If UFO events can be reliably plotted on a line, wouldn't that allowed for extrapolation, that is, predication?

    If the theory was valid, it would have allowed investigators, governments, etc., to deduce the source and anticipate the appearance of UFOs. We would have found UFOs.

    That hasn't happened.

    (At least the theory has the merit of being testable, which is not true of most speculation in ufology.)

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • Terry:

    Under the rubric "Predictivity" we were able to predict (rather often) tragic events.

    I would think ufologists could do the same with UFOs, but when I looked at UFO sightings, they were appearing along the lines within moments (minutes or hours), which would require an almost instantaneous reaction by UFO "hunters."

    One couldn't set up observers in time.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • What about tracking them to their source?

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • If the source, Terry, is where I think (the future, another dimension, or multiverse), that would be a bit difficult.

    You're kidding of course, but some think UFOs are coming from under the seas, or a hole at the Poles, or Russia, maybe even a lost Nazi colony in South America,...or Area 51.

    So let's not give those nuts any ideas.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • I'm not kidding. I am frequently puzzled that UFO proponents can't make any use of their mountains of data. It makes no sense if the phenomenon is "real."

    If ufologists made testable speculations, then tested them, the field would be more respected, even if the speculation turned out to be wrong. But nothing like a scientific process happens.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, September 08, 2016  

  • CDA wrote:

    "But I suppose there is always the line of 37 degrees (east or west?) longitude if you prefer."

    I prefer 38, but hey, that's just me. :)

    Rich -

    How did you control for event bias? Predictability hinges on how one defines "disaster".....right?

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Saturday, September 10, 2016  

  • BB:

    It started with school bus crashes (and events involving school buses).

    The disasters were the the same in essence: miners trapped, airplanes crashing, large fires (not just a house fire), et cetera.

    There would be no bias. The disasters would be self-evident as a disaster, of a like kind.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, September 10, 2016  

  • Thanks for the clarification.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Sunday, September 11, 2016  

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