UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One last nail in Bryan Sentes' weather explanation and the UFO oriented explanations for the 1561-1566 "Gazette" broadsheets

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While my pal Bryan Sentes and many UFO aficionados have explanations for the drawings (above) in the Gazette newspapers of 1561 and 1566, those "explanations" are wrong.

Bryan uses the text to bolster his erroneous theses -- that the accounts are a kind of witness testimony for an unusual display of weather (meteorological) phenomena -- and ufology practitioners see the accounts as records of UFO warfare.

Both "explanations" are a lot of hooey.

I contend that the accounts are "editorial rabble-rousing" by the newspapers and "cartoonists" (the guys who provided the drawings) about the ongoing societal consternations of Luther's Reformation and the Catholic Churches Counter-reformation.

I've explained why, a number of times here (and elsewhere), for a long time now.

And here's why readers can discount Bryan's and ufology's hooey:

Nowhere outside the two Gazette "newspapers" (broad-sheets) are there any references to the so-called events: nothing from the University of Basel nor any source in Nuremberg.

No documents can be found, in the time period (1561 and 1566) that allude to the so-called wondrous, unique "sightings."

The web-site (linked below) notes that, in Nuremberg, "numerous men and women" saw the spectacle, not the population as a whole -- no city fathers, no military. nobody aside from "numerous" people -- and in Basel only "black orbs" were allegedly seen by a few.


That Bryan Sentes thinks the spectacle was registered by legitimate "journalism" strikes me as an academic conceit of his and the UFO explanation just one more example of a desire by UFO nuts to put UFOs everywhere, even atop an account of religious unrest.

Bryan will attempt to counter this posting, with his usual plethora of extraneous materials that do not pertain, no matter how much he strains to make them seem so.

But the matter is closed from my end.

The broadsheets are prescient "editorial cartoons" by "newspapers" of the time that may be likened to the National Enquirer.



  • Interesting...

    I would never put that much value on the old newspaper stories, didn`t they often invent things? This could certainly be a hoax.

    By Blogger Jerry Cornelius, at Tuesday, September 10, 2019  

  • Good point, Rich (if you're right, that is!). But it's worthwhile to ask how complete knowledge of the records of this time are. As I understand it, the people assembling historical anomalies databases are finding lots of hidden gems.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, September 11, 2019  

  • Hoax would not be beyond the realm of possibilities that's for sure..But then again you're talking 16th Century so they did not know much beyond what they could see with their own eyes.

    By Blogger Phil, at Wednesday, September 11, 2019  

  • Hmm, actually, looking again that bigger picture on the left, I think that the tube-looking thing on the left looks very much like those vitamin effervescent tablet things...

    By Blogger Jerry Cornelius, at Saturday, September 14, 2019  

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