Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Roswell UFO Incident (Part 1)

The witness accounts of the Roswell UFO incident would transform Roswell from a forgotten incident to perhaps the most famous UFO case of all time.

In 1978, author Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Jesse Marcel who voiced his suspicion that debris he recovered on a ranch near Roswell in 1947 was "not of this world." Marcel and others gave descriptions of debris which seemed to be describing a similar set of objects. More spectacularly, numerous accounts of aliens and alien craft emerged as UFO researchers sought out and interviewed more people in connection with the 1947 incident.

Witness accounts of the debris described in 1947

Mac Brazel's interview

Mac Brazel, who discovered the debris which sparked the Roswell UFO incident, died in 1963, well before researchers started to interview witnesses to the incident. However, he was interviewed in 1947. In the interview he said he found "bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks."

Jesse Marcel's testimony

Jesse Marcel was approached by researchers from 1978 and he recounted details suggesting the debris Brazel had led him to was exotic. He believed the true nature of the debris was being suppressed by the military. His accounts were featured in the 1979 documentary, UFOs are Real, and in a 1980 National Enquirer article, which are largely responsible for making the Roswell incident famous by sparking renewed interest.

"There was all kinds of stuff - small beams about three eighths or a half inch square with some sort of hieroglyphics on them that nobody could decipher. These looked something like balsa wood, and were about the same weight, except that they were not wood at all. They were very hard, although flexible, and would not burn ..... One thing that impressed me about the debris was the fact that a lot of it looked like parchment. It had little numbers with symbols that we had to call hieroglyphics because I could not understand them. They could not be read, they were just like symbols, something that meant something, and they were not all the same, but the same general pattern, I would say. They were pink and purple. They looked like they were painted on. These little numbers could not be broken, could not be burned. I even took my cigarette lighter and tried to burn the material we found that resembled parchment and balsa, but it would not burn - wouldn't even smoke. But something that is even more astonishing is that the pieces of metal that we brought back were so thin, just like tinfoil in a packet of cigarettes. I didn't pay too much attention to that at first, until one of the boys came to me and said; "You know that metal that was in there? I tried to bend the stuff and it won't bend," I even tried it with a sledgehammer, You can't make a dent on it," Marcel said.

The Brazel and Marcel family testimony

Bessie Brazel, Mac's daughter, had helped recover the debris. "There was what appeared to be pieces of heavily waxed paper and a sort of aluminum-like foil. Some of these pieces had something like numbers and lettering on them, but there were no words that we were able to make out. Some of the metal-foil like pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them, and when these were held to the light they showed what looked like pastel flowers and designs. Even though the stuff looked like tape it could not be peeled off or removed at all. It was very light in weight but there sure was a lot of it." She also signed an affidavit that had additional descriptions: "The debris looked like pieces of a large balloon which had burst. The pieces were small, the largest I remember measuring was about the same as the diameter of a basketball. Most of it was a kind of double-sided material, foil-like on one side and rubber-like on the other. Both sides were grayish silver in color, the foil more silvery than the rubber, Sticks, like kite sticks, were attached to some of the pieces with a whitish tape. The foil-rubber material could not be torn like ordinary aluminum foil can be torn.

Son Bill Brazel Jr. confirmed some of what Bessie said: "There was some tinfoil and some wood and on some of the wood it had Japanese or Chinese figures." There was some wooden-like particles I picked up. These were like balsa wood in weight, but a bit darker in color and much harder. This stuff ..... weighed nothing, yet you couldn't scratch it with your fingernail like ordinary balsa, and you couldn't break it either.

Marcel's son Jesse Jr. also saw the debris. Marcel went home and showed the debris to his family. Marcel Jr. " [It was] foil-like stuff, very thin, metallic-like but not metal, and very tough. there was also some structural-like material too - beams and so on. Also a quantity of black plastic material which looked organic in nature ..... Imprinted along the edge of some of the beam remnants there were hieroglyphic-type characters. I recently questioned my father about this, and he recalled seeing these characters also and even described them as being a pink or purplish-pink color. Egyptian hieroglyphics would be a close visual description of the characters seen, except I don't think there were any animal figures present as there are in true Egyptian hieroglyphics." He would say elsewhere in a signed affidavit: "There were three categories of debris, a thick, foil like metallic gray substance, a brittle brownish-black plastic-like material, like Bakelite; and there were fragments of what appeared to be I-beams ..... On the inner surface of the I-beam, there appeared to be type of writing. This writing was a purple-violet hue, and it had an embossed appearance. The figures were composed of curved, geometric shapes. It had no resemblance to Russian, Japanese or any other foreign language. It resembled hieroglyphics, but it had no animal-like characters."

Sheridan Cavitt and Lewis Rickett's testimony

Sheridan Cavitt of the Roswell Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) was identified by Marcel as assisting him in investigating the crash and recovering debris, likely the 'man in plain clothes' mentioned by rancher Brazel in a contemporary article as accompanying Marcel and himself (CIC agents usually wore civilian clothes). He was interviewed in 1994 when the air Force investigated the allegations of a cover-up. In the interview, he said he had no memory of ever meeting Brazel or going out with Marcel, but said he went to the crash site with his CIC assistant Sgt. Lewis Rickett. Cavitt said the crash site was tiny, about the size of his living room or "20 feet square." It was a small amount of, as I recall, bamboo sticks, reflective sort of material that would, at first glance, you would think it was aluminum foil,something of that type and we gathered up some of it. I don't know whether we even tried to get all of it. It wasn't scattered; well, what I call, you know, extensively.

Rickett said Cavitt took him to a debris area the following day. He described an extensive cleanup of a large area involving many men, heavily guarded by MPs. He was allowed to handle a remaining piece of debris. "There was a slightly curved piece of metal, real light." "You could bend it but you couldn't crease it." "It was about six inches by twelve or fourteen inches. Very light. I crouched down and tried to snap it. My boss [Cavitt] laughs and said, 'smart guy, He's trying to do what we couldn't do.' I asked, "what in the hell is this stuff made out of?" It didn't feel like plastic and I never saw a piece of metal this thin that you couldn't break. This was the strangest material we had ever seen ..... there was talk about it not being from Earth."

In tomorrows Journal (Part 2) - Roswell and Fort Worth base witnesses - Material with exotic properties - Debris field descriptions.

Animal Crackers

One big wet kiss!

Rasputin's Penis

Grogori Rasputin (1869-1916) was a Russian mystic believed by some to be a psychic and faith healer having supernatural powers. He was seen as having greatly influenced the later days of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra.
When Rasputin was murdered by a group of noblemen in 1916, some accounts say he was also sexually mutilated and his penis was severed. Since then, a number of people claiming to be in possession of his severed penis have come forth, although none of them have been able to prove it definitively.

Rasputin among admirers, 1914

Reputed characteristics
Some histories of the Russian Revolution comment on Rasputin's sexual skills and on the reputed size or other unusual characteristics of his penis. Orlando Figes writes:
One woman confessed that the first time she made love to him her orgasm was so violent that she fainted. Perhaps his potency as a lover also had a physical explanation. Rasputin's assassin and alleged homosexual lover, Felix Yusopov, claimed that his prowess was explained by a large wart strategically situated on his penis, which was of exceptional size.
In another recounting of Rasputin's assassination, his member is described as "notorious in Petrograd", but "disappointingly, the conspirators apparently found [the dead] Rasputin's penis of ordinary size and character."

History of the alleged remains
Russian noblemen feared Rasputin's significant and increasing influence on the tsar's wife, and so, on December 29, 1916, he was murdered. Some accounts say that his killers also sexually mutilated him, severing his penis. The official report of his autopsy disappeared during the Stalin era, as did several research assistants who had seen it.
According to some, a maid discovered the severed organ at Rasputin's murder site, keeping it until it was somehow acquired in the 1920s by a group of female Russian expatriates living in Paris. The women worshipped the organ as a fertility charm, storing it inside a wooden casket. Upon learning of the women, Rasputin's daughter, Marie, demanded that the item be returned to her. She maintained custody of the object until her death in California in 1977.
A man named Michael Augustine purchased the object, along with a number of Marie Rasputin's other personal items, at a Santa Cruz storage-locker sale following Marie Rasputin's death. Augustine consigned the artifact to Bonhams auction house, but officials quickly realized that the item was not a penis, but was in fact a sea cucumber. It is unclear if the sea creature was the same item worshiped by the Russian women in the 1920s. Augustine accepted the conclusion of the expert from Bonham's. The auction house later auctioned the manuscripts, letters, photographs and the strange looking 'penis cucumber' from Marie Rasputin's estate.
In 2004, Igor Knyazkin, the chief of the prostate research center of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, announced that he was opening a Russian museum of erotica in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Among the exhibits, Knyazkin claims, is the 30cm (12 inch) long "preserved penis" of Grigori Rasputin, along with several of Rasputin's letters. He stated that he purchased the items from a French collector of antiquities and artifacts for €6,600 (US $8,000). Knyazkin had said that merely viewing the supposed penis will cure males of impotency. It is not known if the penis is indeed that of Rasputin.

Who Am I?

Today's Who Am I? may prove a bit tricky. Study the 10 clues below and see if you can identify our mystery celebrity.

01 I was born 21 March 1967.
02 My place of birth was Hagley, Worcestershire.
03 I have an English father and a Croatian mother.
04 I started work in my father's scaffolding business.
05 I then gained a degree in Literature at the University of London.
06 I studied journalism at Cardiff.
07 I worked as a sports reporter for the New of the World.
08 I had my own show on BBC Radio 5.
09 For BBC1 I created and fronted Royal Millions an investigation of the Queen's finances.
10 I currently present a popular TV programme alongside my female co-presenter.

Do you know who the mystery celebrity is? Answer in tomorrows Journal.

Why? Good Question

(In case you missed them before)
Why Tesco's make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
Why we leave cars worth thousands of pounds in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?
Why . they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering?
Ever wondered...Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin ?
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on planes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Why? Good question.