The Unexplained FIles on Science Channel

The Unexplained Files premiers on Sci tonight and I plan to watch, but I will also find something else worthwhile and keep my finger on the [return] button to flick back to “good” TV if (when) it gets too stupid. If there is any good TV to flick back to, that is.

I expect a flimsy rehash of the standard “unexplained” fare and suspect it will include scant presentation of any real facts with plenty of attention drawn to complete speculation and nonsense. It is, after all, what the general population (who actually watch this stuff) are looking for.

We don’t want the truth, we want entertainment! I can understand that, I like it too, that’s why I run this damn website, but at some point you would think the producers or broadcasters would at least try to edumacate the general paranormal public about what real science understands regarding these “mysteries.”

Easier said than done I guess. First, people who want to believe nonsense will ignore any legitimate explanation anyway, happens all the time. Second, people who want to believe nonsense will ignore any legitimate explanation anyway, happens all the time.

Turd, the networks won’t get any decent ratings so they have to deliver what the audience wants.

Image of Frederick Valentich and news article about his disappearanceAll kidding aside, the premier episode will feature two stories. The first, “Valentich,” is a rehashing of the disappearance of pilot Frederick Valentich, who vanished without a trace under mysterious circumstances over Bass Strait in Australia.

The mysterious transmission recorded between Valentich and the Melbourne Flight Service Unit reveals some strangeness which tweaks the ears of any UFO buff. Valentich described a strange, shiny metal object “orbiting” overhead. On the recording he stated “it is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”

This last transmission was followed by strange metallic sounds before contact with his plane was lost. Official investigation has failed to explain the sounds (but they could be the result of a crashing plane), and though no wreckage was discovered it may be assumed that his plane crashed in the sea and was swept away before finally sinking.

According to his father Valentich had an interest in UFOs. He also may have been a bit paranoid, and perhaps was fantasy prone. Not the best combo for a pilot. Of course, that is complete speculation on my part.

Dead, stuffed mangy Texas Blue Lacy dogNext in the premier is “Texas Blue Dogs.” Not sure how the powers-that-be at Sci determined this as part of the lead episode but it sounds down right scary as hell to me. I’ve heard of Texas Hot Weiners but Texas Blue Dogs?

Oh I won’t speculate, but for all we know it’s some crazy hybrid alien-Chupacabra creature running around, I mean, we can’t disprove that right? And there’s a “doctor” on the episode with a full size mounted one of these things. It has crazy blue glass eyes, so it must be for real!

Dr. Phyllis Canion is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. In short, a quack. She’s probably on TV to promote her name (and thereby her website, when anyone does a google search, as we do these days), and she may actually convert some visits to sales if enough nonsense-believing dopes pop by. It could happen, that’s why I run this damn website. But at least I’m not a quack.

She also touts her professionally stuffed and sinisterly posed, dead, malnourished or mangy Blue Lacy dog as an example of mysterious, unknown creatures who may be mutilating her chickens and terrorizing other ranchers in Texas.

I mean, let’s not look too closely at these things, we don’t really want to know what the truth is, we just want to be reminded that maybe, just maybe… things are not as they seem. That’s entertainment.

FBI Comments on Guy Hottel Flying Saucer Memo

FBI - Hottel Flying Saucer Memo“Sorry, no smoking gun on UFOs. The mystery remains…” ends the post made in the “Stories” blog at FBI.gov.

On March 22, 1950, a memo authored by Guy Hottel, then head of the FBI field office in Washington, D.C., was delivered to FBI Headquarters. It was subsequently recorded and indexed by the FBI.

The memo relates a story of downed, recovered flying saucers and their occupants, as told by an informant to an FBI Special Agent. The story claimed that an investigator for the Air Force made a statement that three “so-called” flying saucers were recovered in New Mexico.

The saucers were described as being 50 feet in diameter, circular with a raised center. Each craft contained three occupants, each 3 feet tall and dressed in a “metallic cloth” and “bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits worn by speed fliers and test pilots.”

There is no indication in the memo that this story has any connection to the famous Roswell UFO story, which was based on the misidentification of high altitude balloons used in Project Mogul between 1947 and 1949.

According to the blog post at FBI.gov, the memo had been made public in the 70s and was present on their site for some time but gained wide interest when it appeared in the FBI Reading Room Vault, which contains other information made public through the Freedom of Information Act.

Contrary to the opinion of some, the release of the Hottel Flying Saucer Memo was not related to the release of information under the FOIA. It was made public much earlier.

No official investigation was ever launched. But it’s interesting that an Air Force investigator made the statement. Either it’s a joke, a story related with tongue in the cheek, or the statement made by that USAF investigator was legitimate. If so, why was it never investigated?

Well, [insert wry smile here] maybe it’s true… No follow-up means no information to make public, therefore, if the initial story is real, and the FBI knew it, they don’t have to release any information if they don’t investigate. Right? There’s a conspiracy for you.

I’d like to know who this USAF investigator was.