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A Flying Saucer (Maybe) and Four Martinis

The story of the crash of an alleged UFO in May 1953 – on the fringes of the town of Kingman, Arizona – is one of the most controversial of its kind. But, how many people really know how the “crashed saucer” saga began? I thought today I would share with you just how the whole thing took off, so to speak. The genesis of the story can be traced back to early February of 1971. At the time, Jeff Young and Paul Chetham were two new and enthusiastic UFO investigators who were digging into a truly sensational story that, if true, strongly suggested intelligent life existed outside of the confines of our own world. These amazing revelations came from a man named Arthur Stansel, who was a good friend of Young’s family and who claimed to have had personal, firsthand knowledge of a crashed UFO and alien body recovery near Kingman on May 21, 1953.

During the course of a face-to-face, tape-recorded interview with Young and Chetham, Stansel – who held a master’s degree in engineering and who took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy, France, during the Second World War – recounted that in 1953, he was working at the ultra-secret Nevada Test and Training Range. It was the location of a then-recent atomic bomb test that had been a part of a larger series of tests known as Operation Upshot-Knothole. This operation was just the latest in a whole series of atmospheric nuclear weapons-based tests that fell under the jurisdiction of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), all of which were conducted on land overseen by the NT&TR from March 17 to June 4 of 1953. Still on the issue of the matter of Operation Upshot-Knothole, on several occasions Stansel speculated that perhaps the incredible blast from one of the bomb tests inadvertently caused the UFO to go wildly out of control, cascading and finally crashing in the next state over, Arizona.

Stansel began by telling the astonished but excited duo that late one night, he and a colleague observed nothing less than an honest-to-goodness UFO soar across the skies near the site. Ultimately, however, Stansel had much more to impart than a sketchy story of a hard-to-define aerial encounter. As Stansel felt more and more comfortable telling his story, he gradually divulged the details of what would become known as the Kingman affair to the unsuspecting Young and Chetham.

Stansel stressed that the incident had taken place during his brief tenure with the U.S. Air Force’s UFO investigation program, known as Project Blue Book. He had received a telephone call from the base commander at Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio, with orders for him to fly to Phoenix, Arizona. From there, Stansel was driven to the crash site of what he was told was a secret Air Force project gone awry. Upon his arrival at the site – which he was certain was situated on the fringes of Kingman – Stansel could not fail to see the unusual object. This was no classic flying saucer, however; rather, the object was shaped like a cross between a teardrop and a cigar. Moreover, it was small, barely twelve feet long. But that was not all: There was a body. According to Stansel, this was no human body. Yes, it had arms, legs, a torso, and head, but it was only about four-feet-tall, its skin was dark, and its facial features were manifestly different than those of a human being. The truth soon dawned on the shocked Stansel: A spaceship from another world had just crashed at Kingman.

Aside from being mentioned in an April 23, 1973 article in the Massachusetts-based Middlesex News, not much else came of the Kingman story – for a while, anyway. Things eventually changed: a man named Raymond Fowler, a well-respected UFO investigator and author, read the article and was intrigued. As Fowler began to dig into the story, he discovered something amazing and near-synchronistic: both he and Arthur Stansel were employed by the very same company. Needless to say, Fowler wasted no time in contacting Stansel, and the pair met in Stansel’s office at noon on May 4, 1973. The Kingman case was about to be taken to a whole new level.

Fowler, admittedly, had some deep concerns about both the witness and his story, since it soon became clear that the tale Stansel told to him was radically different from what had been imparted to Chetham and Young, two years previously. Stansel explained, somewhat awkwardly, and with a degree of embarrassment, that this discrepancy arose from a basic confusion regarding the dates as well as from the fact that he had been under the influence of four martinis when he was interviewed back in 1971. Stansel admitted that when the booze kicked in, he was often prone to exaggeration. Not a good thing when you’re trying to convince someone you saw a dead alien, whose craft may have been brought out of the sky from an atomic bomb detonated on the Nevada test and Training Range.

Although these issues raised some justifiable suspicions about the legitimacy (or otherwise) of the Stansel account, as related to Fowler it was still one that cried out for scrutiny and investigation – which is precisely what Fowler did. On June 7, 1973, Fowler procured a signed affidavit from Stansel, albeit one in which Stansel’s name was changed to the pseudonym of “Fritz Werner” – which, of course, rendered the affidavit wholly meaningless and worthless. Nevertheless, the very fact that Stansel had been willing to put at least something in writing was encouraging, if nothing else.

According to Stansel’s new – or, to be precisely accurate, modified – version of events, it was while on a very short assignment with the Air Force’s Project Blue Book that, on May 21, 1953, he was flown to Phoenix, Arizona, and then driven in a bus with blacked-out windows to a location not too far from the nearest significant landmark: Kingman. When Stansel spoke with Fowler, however, what he had originally described to Young and Chatham as a twelve-foot-long teardrop/cigar-shaped object had suddenly been transformed into an oval-shaped craft with a diameter of at least thirty-feet – a definitive flying saucer, Stansel stressed to Fowler. That’s quite a difference. The exterior of the vehicle resembled brushed aluminum, Stansel added, and the craft had only penetrated about two feet into the ground, which suggested a light, semi-controlled descent had occurred, rather than a violent crash.

The affidavit also described some kind of a hatch, about three-feet-high and roughly one-foot wide, on the side of the craft that provided entrance to its interior. Looking inside, the investigative team spied an oval-shaped cabin, two swivel chairs, and a variety of instruments and screens that did not resemble conventional aircraft technology. Most significant of all, a small body was retrieved from the interior of the vehicle and was taken to a nearby, hastily constructed tent. Very human-like, if small in stature, the presumed pilot had a pair of eyes, two nostrils, a small mouth, and two ears. It wore a silver-colored, one-piece suit, and atop its head sat what appeared to be a small skull-cap made out of the same material as the suit.

Quite naturally and wholly understandably, Fowler had some concerns about the differences between the two narratives, but he did not discount Stansel’s story entirely. Quite the opposite: he continued to investigate it – and Stansel, too – with vigor. What he uncovered added a degree of credibility to Stansel’s new or reworked version of the events. Fowler was able to confirm that between June 1949 and January 1960, Stansel held a variety of engineering and management positions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and that during the period in which the incident supposedly took place, Stansel worked within what was known at the time as the Air Materiel Command Installations Division, within the Office of Special Studies. Stansel certainly did not appear to be a fool or a fantasist; quite the opposite, in fact. These welcome discoveries with respect to Stansel’s career did not negate the fact that he had clearly told one story to Young and Chetham (after having had a good old, head-spinning time quaffing a few martinis with his new buddies) and a very different one to Fowler. And, that’s how it all began – a weird and controversial case which continues to provoke interest.

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Secret US aircraft or UFO? San Antonio woman films mysterious ‘craft’ flying over neighborhood

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The reported UFO sighting took place over Texas, with a woman arguing with her fiancé about its nature and insisting that the craft was not of this world.

A San Antonio woman has shared footage of a mysterious object seemingly hovering in the distance in her suburban residential neighbourhood.

“Ok what is it? It’s f***ing hovering,” the woman can be heard saying to her partner. “It’s helicopters,” the man responds. “That’s a UFO,” she responds. “Ok what is it, it’s hovering in the sky, and one of the lights disappeared,” she adds.

Indeed, near the beginning of the video, the top light over the craft appears to separate from the main craft and zoom upward toward space.

Speaking about her (moderately) close encounter, the woman explained that the incident took place on April 11 at about 9:15 pm, and said that the craft “stayed stationary,” with the lights seeming “to rotate slowly as it raised higher and higher and the lights went out one by one.”

The frightened woman added that she heard “no sound at all” during the two minutes she and her future hubby stood in awe watching the craft.

The sighting left people excited or freaked out, with popular UFOlogist YouTuber Tyler Glockner saying the triangular-shaped formation of the lights in the craft was “very common, with many people believing they are craft from out of this world, or sightings of the infamous TR-3B, or Black Manta,” an alleged surveillance aircraft being developed for the US Air Force so wrapped in secrecy that its existence has never been confirmed.

“The Black Manta is said to use anti-gravity technology that is, in turn, reverse-engineered from alien technology,” Glockner added.

Sceptics were out in force too, accusing of people of “jump[ing] to UFO theories too fast,” while others offering own theories about what the craft might be.

Believers stood their ground, insisting that this was indeed a UFO, or at least the secret US surveillance plane project mentioned above.

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A mysterious “ice circle” appears on a lake in China

The crop circles (strange patterns that appear mysteriously from the overnight in agricultural fields) have been causing confusion and controversy since time immemorial. It is true that circles are better known in the United Kingdom, but they have spread throughout the world in recent decades. The mystery has inspired innumerable books, blogs, researchers (nicknamed “cereólogos”) and even Hollywood movies. Despite having been studied for decades, the question remains: Who or what is doing them?

Many people believe that crop circles have been documented for centuries, even some scientists have their own opinion about it. In 2017, Dr. Horace Drew stated that the circles in the crops are real and contain hidden messages from aliens or time travelers. Dr. Drew, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech), also suggested that circles are a method that extraterrestrial beings use to try to communicate with the human race. Whether they are well-crafted deception or extraterrestrial messages, they usually appear in agricultural fields and the last place where we would expect to see one of these circles is in a frozen lake. Well, this is what has happened in China.

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On April 12, a gigantic and mysterious figure appeared on the ice of Qinghai Lake. According to the photographer Qing Xiu, of the tourist company Qinghai Lake Tourism Group, he took the photographs at 11 o’clock in the morning of the same day, and the circle seemed to have approximately more than 100 square meters. So far no one has been able to explain its origin and it is also unclear how it appeared in Qinghai Lake.

Due to the spectacular nature of the images, the mysterious circle has caused a stir in Chinese social networks, where thousands of users have tried to offer an explanation for the geometric figure. The most skeptical say that the “circle in the ice” has been created by pranksters to attract attention. According to some, the strange form could only have been made from the air, for example, using a helicopter, although the inhabitants near the lake did not see any aircraft for weeks.There are also those who believe that the symbol is a logo related to a Chinese automobile company called AION, so there is a possibility that the circle is a marketing strategy. But experts in the field say that in this particular case there does not seem to be any imperfection, a basic detail to detect false circles. The aliens are perfectionists due to their advanced technology. Then the explanation would be that it is a message coming from civilizations of other worlds.Whether real or fake, Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China and receives the waters of 23 rivers and streams, located 3,205 meters above sea level, in a depression of the Tibetan plateau. In addition, it is considered the second largest lake in Central Asia after the Issyk-Kul. In the West, it is known by Kokonor, because the lake was traditionally a border area between the Mongolian and Tibetan peoples. And like other places in the world, Qinghai Lake is surrounded by legends and mysteries.

china ice circle - A mysterious "ice circle" appears in a lake in China

It is said that in its waters lives a beast that supposedly resembles a dragon, with a snake head and iridescent scales. But apart from this mysterious creature, many have seen numerous sightings of strange lights coming and going from Qinghai Lake, which has led some ufologists to believe that the place can house an extraterrestrial submarine base.

What is your opinion about the mysterious circle in the ice? Is it fake or an extraterrestrial message?

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Halloween Which I Will Never Forget

Anomalien.com reader story…

Now this story is true. I swear it on my mother’s grave. I live in Montreal Quebec. Out here there are a lot of bizarre things but none so horrifying then what happened to me and my (ex-best friend). First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Mike and my pal’s name… Well, let’s just call him Steve. Anyways here is our story.

It was around Halloween time last year when I and Steve got the idea to throw our party in the coolest spot we could find. So we started looking. Unfortunately, we did not have much money and all the nicest spots cost an arm and a leg to rent so we decided to start looking at other options.

We ended up finding an abandoned factory on the st-Patrick street and although it is against the law we figured what they don’t find out we won’t tell them. So anyways for the next couple of weeks, we went to the dollar store and we bought: candles, decorations, party favors, snacks and whatnot.

We figured we should decorate the place at the last Minute to lower the chances of getting caught. On October 30th we went down there me and Steve thinking of the coming bash and wondering where to get a good boom box in here that would work on batteries all night.

Steve was pretty nervous about the fact that a girl he liked a lot was going to be there. Anyways as we proceeded with the decorating I was hit by the most disgusting smell ever.

It reminded me of a plastic container filled with three weeks old leftover boild broccoli I once found in my refrigerator, then Steve started freaking out, telling me that he felt like there was something tightening around his throat making it hard for him to breath or swallow.

At first, I thought he was kidding me but then I started to think it was serious because his face was turning red and his eyes were bulging out and you could really see the panic in them.
Now at this point we were on the third floor of this building so I grabbed Steve and pulled him towards the stairs so we could get down and out of there.

Let me tell you that I wasn’t feeling too good myself. I figured it was probably caused by the anxiety I felt for Steve, the stink in the air and the whole confusion of the moment but I felt like something was right in the back of us, when we reached the last flight of stairs only then, did I dare turn around and that’s when I saw it.

Ghost

It Was like a huge, thick, black shape. Very much like a shadow but much thicker and darker and I swear I could hear it laugh but the sound was very faint and distant, never the less. It chilled me to the bone and When I turned to Steve I could tell right away that he was seeing it too.

His face had turned white and he was staring at the thing with his mouth hanging open. We canceled the party and after that, I and Steve were never close the way we used to be.

Every time I tried to talk about What happened that day. He would get really mad at me and tell me to shut up about it until one day he just denied anything had happened at all and told me he did not want to see me anymore…

Mike

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