Sunday, June 10, 2007

KINKY KITCHEN GADGET UFO



This has been making the rounds lately as an UFO. The thing reminds me of some kinky kitchen toy but not a UFO. Photoshop, a hoax, who knows. For one thing, it seems wildly out of place regarding the pattern of UFO objects. Nothing like it has been reported before, as far as I know. This doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a legitimate UFO, however, it’s so out of place and, well, silly looking.

The first images came from the
Coast to Coast site
in May of this year. (photos were taken in April.) The photos were sent in by “Chad,” who says he sees this thing frequently, has experienced headaches he suspects are a direct result from viewing the object, and that others have seen it as well.

“Jenna,” from the UFO Casebook Files site, writes:
My name is Jenna and I participate in a listserv for photographers in Saratoga, CA. Today a member named Stephen posted some pictures he took yesterday (the 5th) for a class assignment in the area around Big Basin. The pictures very clearly depict some kind of large object in the sky, and he was able to get two clear shots and one out-of-focus shot before it apparently disappeared. I recognized certain details on this object immediately because a friend had sent me your About.com article on different UFOs that have appeared recently with a similar appearance.

It does seem suspect that “Stephen” is in a photography class, and the picture was taken during that class for an “assignment.” Jenna goes on to say she knows Stephen and she takes “his word seriously.”

Over on About.com, UFO researcher Billy Booth has a short piece on the object. He links to six photos, but when I followed the link the photos were gone. Hmmm. Booth says he’s received several e-mails from people speculating on what they are, but as he points out, no proof to point to anything definitive.

Linda Moulton Howe’s Earthfiles site has some interesting information.

Is it some sort of drone?
If so, it seems awfully unweildly. Yet, Howe quotes an alleged “nanotech engineer” who says:
"The design strategy of charged ion / shaped plasma 'buoyancy' devices
does bear some relevancy here. For instance, the circular array of curved 'antennae' coming out of the center of the device is very similar to a form of wave guide / shaping mechanism for a charged plasma / ion field."

Howe lists several articles related to this topic. Interesting if one wants to go further. (One thing to consider: are there military or industrial installations that are contracted by the military in the area?)

It’s things like this that add to the Trickster characteristic of Forteana. We can’t ignore this weird kinky kitchen gadget UFO; it’s data. But if we spend too much time on it, we get distracted. While we’re wasting time over here, all kinds of things are going on over there. Where to look? Meanwhile, some talented photography student is getting an A for creativity and effort in class. Was his motivation simply from a creative perspective? Does he have an interest in UFOs at all? Or is he mocking what he considers nonsense, while having fun and learning about photography?

Or is this object some kind of government thingie? Did it appear, “accidentally on purpose” in the vicinity of the photography student just to further muddle things up?
Do Chad and Stephen know each other?

See? Already spent too much time with this distraction. On the other hand, it’s always interesting to chronicle these stories, just for the record. It’s a UFO, and may turn out to be a valid, solid object of some type with a mundane explantion, such as a drone. If that. But an extraterrestrial object? Highly doubtful.


Notes

Coast to Coast site

UFO Casebook Files
Billy Booth
Earthfiles

1 comment:

omma said...

Since the pattern of UFO reports is not really a pattern, but rather a series of contrived patterns extracted from a large volume of noisy stuff fuzzed up by pop-culture, it seems to me that the solitary atypical UFO might be the smoking gun, and not the "body" of "stuff." But thinking outside the box never was a human forte. Instead of pursuing the twist, we follow the thread of our self-indulgent preconceptions to perdition, as if we could even begin to understand what "alien" really means, in the real.