Mathilda’s Weird World Weblog

October 24, 2008

Turkish UFO footage, real or not?

Filed under: Aliens, UFO's — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 1:37 pm

So, I had a look at at this and I have a few comments to make..

IT’S NOT REAL would be the first comment. I’ve watched it through a few times, and here’s my reasons…

There is way to much sharp definition on it if it is meant to be a large, distant object. Okay, you’d get that kind of wobbling trying to focus on a small distant object too; but a large poorly lit object wouldn’t give the sharpness of detail you see on the top. Also I have an issue with the light source (yellow, from above, at night?), and the total lack of background/context the footage has. Not a skyline or star in sight. If it showed a long shot and zoomed in, that might give it a sense of scale, but it looks like a small model  filmed against a black cloth to me.

Another fake.

Probablility 1% (about as likely as ancient Pakistan being nuked).

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October 23, 2008

Yeti on the loose in Nepal!

Filed under: Cryptozoology — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 10:06 am

A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet.

 “The footprints were about 20 centimetres (eight inches) long and looked like a human’s,” Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Nepal, told AFP in Kathmandu on Monday.

Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape, tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades.

Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV — a 7,661-metre (25,135-foot) peak where they say they have seen traces of yetis in the past — the team failed in their prime objective of capturing one on film.

But Takahashi said the footprints were proof enough.

“Myself and other team members have been coming to the Himalayas for years and we can recognise bear, deer, wolf and snow leopard prints and it was none of those,” he said.

“We remain convinced it is real. The footprints and the stories the local tell make us sure that it is not imaginary,” he added.

Photographs of the prints have been posted on the expedition’s website, www.everest.co.jp/yeti2008/.

The team had set out nine motion-sensitive cameras in an area where Takahashi saw what he thought was a yeti during a previous expedition in 2003.

“It was about 200 metres away in silhouette. It was walking on two legs like a human and looked about 150 centimetres tall,” said Takahashi.

Despite their lack of success this time, the team plans to continue the quest.

“We will come back as soon as we can, and we will keep coming back until we get the yeti on film,” said Takahashi.

My thoughts… I don’t think so, 1%  probability tops

June 28, 2008

The alien face on Mars.

Filed under: Aliens, UFO's — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 5:55 pm

Cydonia Mensae

So this is the animation that supports it being some kind of face carved into a Mesa

As does this one.

This one doesn’t though.

The first image of it was shot by Viking 1 on July 25, 1976. It is one of the Cydonian mesas, situated at 40.75° north latitude and 9.46° west longitude. It was discovered by two NASA engineers sorting through the photos.

I have to agree with the NASA line of it being an optical illusion.

Likelihood of it being a real alien carving… 1%

I never say never.  But I’ll eat my hat if it’s true.

June 11, 2008

Ezekiel’s spaceship.

Filed under: Ancient Technology, UFO's, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 10:30 am

Ezekiels spaceship.

As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. 

 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.

Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze.

 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:

 their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.

 10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.

11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.

12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.

13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 

16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel.

17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions  without turning as they went.

18 And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.

20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures  was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.

23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body.

24 And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

25 And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

26 And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;  and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.

27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 

28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.

Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

 *                   *                *

So here is my interpretation of all this (not being a Christian, I feel no guilt about dissecting a script like this).

As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.

Ezekiel see’s an ‘Independence Day’ style cloud of fire and smoke coming towards him, possibly retro rockets. In one translation of this text, I’ve seen the description of the lights flashing around/circling the metal object in the middle of the fire and smoke.

And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

I find it interesting that the text says ‘the likeness of four living creatures’ and not living creatures. This could just be a quirk of translation, but it does leave the option open for something metal that just resemble a human form a little.

But each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.

The ‘four faces’ could be read as in ‘faces on a cube’, so with a big metal cube at one end, possibly the housing for the ‘wings’.

 ‘Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze.’

This seems to describe some sort of cushioned landing gear at the base of the ‘beings’.

Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:

 Their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.

Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.

And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.

The description of the four wings touching each other and moving as one is an excellent description of helicopter rotor blades. The descriptions of the ox face/human face seem to be decorative effects on the rotor housings.

As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

This is an interesting passage. It suggests to me that the ship was glowing red from the heat of re-entry, and was having electrical discharges sparking across it.

Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 

 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel.

When they went, they went in any of their four directions  without turning as they went.

And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.

And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.

Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures  was in the wheels.

When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

And these are the wheels the come out out the landing gear. Beryl translates as bronze, I believe. The eyes around the rims could be interpreted as as bolts or screws.

Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.

This could be the metallic body of the craft, or a description of the cockpit (it’s described as a crystal dome in some translations).

And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

So when the wings moved it made a loud noise (again, I’m thinking helicopter).

And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;  and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.

Someone speaks to Ezekiel from the craft, after turning of the engines. Ezekiel can see a man seated inside through the glass, on a blue pilots seat.

And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 

Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.

The pilot seem to be wearing some kind of metallic space armour, and it’s reflecting the lights from the cockpit instrument array, in all different colours.

I have to say, this doesn’t sound like a technology any more in advance of what we could muster up today. I suppose if a bronze age goat herder saw a modern Chinook helicopter the description might well read something like this.

Probability, a pretty low 1%.

Very odd though.

May 17, 2008

A nuclear bomb in the ancient Hindu text, the Mahabharata?

Filed under: Ancient Technology, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mathilda37 @ 12:29 pm

No, I’m not totally  mad. Oppenheimer thought it may have happened. He was very familiar with the ancient Hindu texts. When asked if his was the first ever detonation of of a nuclear bomb, he said. ‘Yes, in modern times’.

A more haunted human will never be seen.

The Epics

The Mahabharata and Ramayana are the national epics of India. They are probably the longest poems in any language. The Mahabharata, attributed to the sage Vyasa, was written down from 540 to 300 B.C. The Mahabharata tells the legends of the Bharatas, a Vedic Aryan group. The Ramayana, attributed to the poet Valmiki, was written down during the first century A.D., although it is based on oral traditions that go back six or seven centuries earlier. The Ramayana is a moving love story with moral and spiritual themes that has deep appeal in India to this day.

This is from the ancient Hindu text the Mahabharata.

“Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana [fast aircraft],
hurled a single projectile [rocket]
charged with the power of the Universe [nuclear device].

An incandescent column of smoke and flame,
as bright as ten thousand suns,
rose with all its splendour.

It was an unknown weapon,
an iron thunderbolt,
a gigantic messenger of death,
which reduced to ashes
the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.

The corpses were so burned
as to be unrecognizable.

Hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
and the birds turned white.

…After a few hours
all foodstuffs were infected…
…to escape from this fire
the soldiers threw themselves in streams
to wash themselves and their equipment.”

 A second passage.

“Dense arrows of flame,
like a great shower,
issued forth upon creation,
encompassing the enemy.
A thick gloom swiftly settled upon the Pandava hosts.
All points of the compass were lost in darkness.
Fierce wind began to blow
Clouds roared upward,
showering dust and gravel.

Birds croaked madly…
the very elements seemed disturbed.
The sun seemed to waver in the heavens
The earth shook,
scorched by the terrible violent heat of this weapon.

Elephants burst into flame
and ran to and fro in a frenzy…
over a vast area,
other animals crumpled to the ground and died.
From all points of the compass
the arrows of flame rained continuously and fiercely.” — The Mahabharata

From the Ramayana

 “(It was a weapon) so powerful
that it could destroy the earth in an instant–
A great soaring sound in smoke and flames–
And on it sits death…” . — The Ramayana

For something written before the first nuke was detonated, it does a stand up job of describing deaths from radiation poisoning, and the blast itself.

Other reading seems to place the site as being in Rajasthan, West of Jodhpur, where there is a very radioactive piece of land. There’s a high rate of birth defects in the area.

Of course, this could also be a damned great comet or asteroid impact of the ‘Tunguska’ variety, with some heavy metal poisoning thrown in, and plenty of myth involved.

Chances of being real, 1% (never say never).

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