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Humanoid Invasion. The mystery of one of the most mysterious photographs of the twentieth century

A photograph of a space alien taken at a family picnic has become one of the most famous photographs of the twentieth century.

On May 23, 1964, a photograph of the so-called Solway-Firth astronaut, who became one of the most famous in the twentieth century. A firefighter from the English countryside, who went with his family on a picnic, took a photo that circled all the world’s newspapers. Some researchers for a long time considered photography the only reliable picture of an alien.

The birth of a legend

On May 23, 1964, a fireman and amateur photographer from Carlisle Jim Templeton went with his wife and daughter to a picnic in Burg Marsh, a picturesque area near Solway Firth Bay on the border of England and Scotland. On the trip, he took with him a Zeiss Contax camera, hoping to take some pictures against the backdrop of local landscapes.

Nothing extraordinary happened during the trip, after returning Templeton gave the film to the developer. Several dozen pictures taken by him that day were not unusual, but one of the photographs was out of the ordinary. Behind his five-year-old daughter, the silhouette of a humanoid in a silver-white “space” suit or suit was clearly visible in the photo, and a helmet with dark glass could also be seen on his head.

Templeton was absolutely sure that strangers simply could not get into the frame, because that day no one was resting in the Burg March except for a couple of pensioners who were very far from them. In addition, he was convinced that he did not see anyone (except his daughter) in the frame at the moment when he was taking the picture.

An excited fireman took the picture to the police. The police shrugged and returned the photo back, not knowing what to do with it. Templeton then gave the photograph to Kodak representatives to tell him if this could be a defect in their film. The company studied the photo and came to the conclusion that there could be no defect, someone was really captured in the photo, moreover, the photo definitely does not have any traces of photo montage and fake.

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History got into local newspapers, and from there it passed on to the most popular and large-circulation English newspapers. Of these, she got into the world press. The Humanoid was dubbed the Solway-Firth Astronaut / Astronaut.

A few days after that, a rocket launch at the training ground was to take place in Australia. However, the launch was canceled due to technical problems. But the story of the Solway-Firth astronaut at that time was so popular that a rumor was born that the launch was actually canceled due to the fact that on the site they saw two figures similar to the English “astronaut” figures in silver spacesuits. They tried to detain them, but they disappeared without a trace, as if dissolved in the air.

Although no evidence of this story could be found in the archives (the launch of the rocket was filmed in photos and videos, but no presence of “astronauts” on the films was recorded), it became a popular urban legend, picked up by enthusiastic ufologists.

Men in black visit

There is a popular urban legend about people in black. Allegedly working for a top-secret government organization whose function is to hide the traces of an alien presence in the world. The legend originated in the circles of ufologists in the mid-50s, and Templeton made a certain contribution to its popularization, although he himself was not one of the ufologists.

A few days after the story with the “astronaut” hit all the world media, two people came to Templeton’s home. They called themselves government agents, but refused to give their names, stating that “they are identified only by numbers.” They demanded that the firefighter take them to the place where he took his famous photograph.

Screenshot © Youtube / Dave Armitage

On the way, they asked him about the circumstances in which he took a photo. After making sure that Templeton could not tell them anything sensational, and not finding anything unusual in the Burg March, the men left very upset.

Templeton himself in later interviews said that he believed that they were most likely not associated with any government organizations. Perhaps they were amateur ufologists or reporters longing for sensation. However, in ufological circles, the version about their involvement in the “people in black” was more popular.

Humanoid

Templeton’s photo immediately gained cult status in the circles of ufologists and UFO hunters. This was almost the first serious material evidence, since almost all the other stories about UFOs and aliens were based only on unverified eyewitness accounts or obviously fake photos. In this case, a convincing argument was the examination of the Kodak film manufacturer, which confirmed that the photo is genuine and not a photo montage.

Ufologists besieged the British Department of Defense for many years with requests to study and comment on the photo, but the military did not show much interest in it. The author of the photograph received many letters from conspiracy therapists, ufologists and paranormal researchers until his death. All of them put forward their explanations of what happened and once again asked Templeton to share memories of that day in the hope that he would remember something forgotten or lost.

Falsification

Skeptics believed that Templeton simply deliberately went to falsification. A bored fireman from a remote English province went on a forgery for the sake of five minutes of fame. In this regard, England had a rich tradition. At the end of the 19th century, in the wake of the universal popularity of spiritualism, a lot of fake photographs appeared with ghosts, spirits, fairies, elves, etc. So why in the middle of the twentieth century, in the wake of the popularity of UFOs and in general the space theme, do not go for a similar forgery?

Jim Templeton 

The main argument of the supporters of this version was the fact that there were no other witnesses who could independently confirm Templeton’s words on the Burg March that day. So, nothing prevented the fireman from dressing his wife in a “space” suit or even taking a picture of a mannequin.

Templeton himself, who lived almost 50 years after this photo and regularly gave interviews, always assured that at the time when he took the photo of his daughter, there was nobody in the frame. In any case, he did not see anyone through the viewfinder of the camera, otherwise he would not have taken the picture.

Optical illusion

In the XXI century, modern technology has allowed a more thorough study of the photograph of the Solway-Firth astronaut. So the version was born, which has become one of the most popular at the present time.

Researchers were encouraged by other Templeton photos taken that very day. Several of them depict his wife, dressed in a light blue dress. Annie Templeton wore short black hair, which in a blurry photo (the “humanoid” figure was in the background and was out of focus) could be mistaken for a helmet.

After examining the photo in several professional photo editors, the researchers concluded that the “humanoid” is definitely a human figure that stands with its back to the photographer. If you look closely at the photo, it will be noticeable by the “humanoid” arm bent at the elbow.

Due to overexposure of the exposition at the time of the photograph, Templeton’s light blue dress could have acquired a white and silver color, which is noticeable in some other photographs taken that day.

However, Templeton was not necessarily a liar. He really could not see that a few meters behind his daughter was his wife. The fact is that the viewfinder of his camera had a characteristic feature, he displayed the frame far from completely. The area in which Annie Templeton was located could simply be hidden from the eyes of her husband. Therefore, he was very surprised to see a strange figure in the photo shown, reminiscent of a character from then popular science fiction films.

Jim Templeton lived a long life and passed away in 2011 at the age of 91. Becoming the author of one of the most famous photographs of the twentieth century, he regularly gave interviews until his death. Templeton did not claim that the figure in the photo is an alien or a ghost, he insisted only that he did not see her in the viewfinder while photographing and he did not know who it could be.

Currently, most researchers believe that in the famous photograph there is nothing supernatural and unusual. But some still believe that this photo is one of the few reliable evidence of the existence of life outside the Earth.

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Sprites: Mysterious inhabitants of the Earth’s ionosphere

Sprite, “The mysterious inhabitant of the earth’s ionosphere,” as cryptozoologists respectfully call it, is a ball of fire, a flash, a spot of light that sometimes, successful observers succeed in capturing when observing the sky.

The spot makes strange chaotic movements, dances, draws strange geometric shapes in the sky, and then disappears as instantly as it appears.

Ufologists consider sprites, of course, alien ships, and cryptozoologists, an amazing creature whose body consists of some energy that can exist in both three and four dimensions. Sprites are also called “tigers,” “elves,” and “blue jets.”

They belong to the spirits of the elements, who care about human affairs. Therefore, from the point of view of the most mystically minded cryptozoologists, the appearance of a sprite is a signal that something extraordinary can happen to the observer in the near future – both bad and good. Here and in ancient sources it is said:

“There is a tree named Tsalifa, on which bird eggs grow instead of fruits.
Birds that only fly in the sky and cannot touch the earth hatch out of it, they cut the air of the earth and people’s air with their wings, because it is too rough for them, and when such a bird flies, the air becomes thin, and only when such a bird flies and the air becomes thin, the person can hear the voice of God, otherwise the person does not hear the voice of God, since the air at his ears is too dense” (Midrash Talpiot – section of the Oral Torah).

Some cryptozoologists believe that sprites are an alternative form of existence of matter, the primary amoeba of the nascent world of “pure energies”, which in the future, will subsequently become the dominant form of life in the Universe.

Official science believes that cryptozoologists see all kinds of nonsense and for their sprites they take the signal lights of aircraft, the rays of searchlights, the glare of car headlights on the clouds and ball lightning.

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A strange story about an ominous Japanese TV commercial

Urban legends of a terrible TV commercial of 1985 with a girl and a demon child in Japan are becoming more and more popular every year. This advertisement really causes strange sensations, but is it really so scary?

If you lived in Japan in 1985 and watched TV, sooner or later you would see one of the strangest commercials created for Kleenex cleaning wipes.
There are two characters in the commercials: a pretty girl in a long white dress and a 2-3-year-old child in the make-up of the red-skinned one-horned cannibal demon from Japanese mythology.

Both of them are sitting on the hay, the little “eater” looks angry, while the girl gently throws up napkins or tries to stroke the “eater”. They don’t pronounce a single word in 30 seconds of each video and all this happens under the melancholy slow song “It’s a Fine Day” by Edward Burton and Jane.

As soon as these commercials began to appear on TV, many people began to feel that the commercials scared them and that they had an incomprehensible effect on the psyche. The reaction of the audience was so negative that the videos were soon removed from the show. But the story did not end there, soon various scary stories and stories associated with this advertisement began to disperse throughout the country, which in our days have turned into urban legends.

First of all, it was stated that the song “It’s a Fine Day” in the original performance in German was not at all romantic, but contained the refrain “Die, die, everyone will be cursed and killed.” It was even said that repeated listening to this song imposes on people a peculiar “mental attitude” to death. Then, unverified but persistent rumors began to appear that many people who took part in the filming of these videos began to die a strange and sudden death. Including it was reported that the boy who played the cannibal demon suddenly lost consciousness and soon died from the failure of the internal organs.

It was said that the director, cameramen and both producers of this advertisement also died. And many other crew members suffered from accidents or various unpleasant things happened to them. The actress who played the girl in a white dress allegedly went crazy and was sent to a psychiatric clinic shortly after filming in commercials.

According to other versions, she committed suicide after giving birth to a terribly mutilated child. Ordinary viewers who saw this ad several times, allegedly, either went crazy, tried to commit suicide or simply disappeared without a trace.

In 2006, the official television version of these commercials was completely destroyed, but soon amateur videos of this advertisement appeared on YouTube. And soon, many people began to say that from watching this advertisement they had cramps, headaches, or even loss of consciousness. Several deaths have even been reported.

Some users noticed another oddity: if you watch this ad at night, then the small details of the video change by themselves. Sometimes a cannibal boy becomes colored blue, and the color of the girl’s dress also changes, or interference bars begin to run across the video screen. Some viewers wrote that these commercials do not just feel like something ominous, they allegedly encoded some information aimed at destroying the human psyche or taking it under control.

All this is quite frightening, like a plot from a horror movie, but most likely all this is completely (or partially) fiction. The fact is that at least one striking “fact” has not been completely confirmed – the girl in white is the actress Keiko Matsuzaka, who is still alive and healthy and has never been in a mental hospital. At the same time, it was neither possible to confirm nor deny the death of the demon boy or accidents with the film crew. No information was available on them.

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The Woman who fell in love with an alien from Venus and gave birth to a hybrid child

While climbing a hill near Johannesburg, a woman saw a low-hanging silver disk there, and then she had a telepathic connection with one of the aliens. He was very similar to a man, they began to love, which led to the birth of a child. The story of Elizabeth Klarer is one of the most bizarre and unusual in ufology. So much so that many suspected Elizabeth of fiction for the sake of self-interest or simply of an excessively rich imagination.

At the same time, the woman herself assured that everything she told was true. Even if there appears a love for an alien, the birth of a child from him and a journey through the colorful star worlds. Some directly accused Elizabeth of being crazy, eccentric, or suffering from some kind of mental problem. At the same time, Elizabeth Klarer was quite smart, competent and educated. She was born in 1910 in South Africa, her parents were of noble birth and a girl from a young age was fond of music and sciences.

Elizabeth was especially interested in meteorology, and when the Second World War began, she worked in the intelligence of the South African Air Force and decrypted secret German radio programs. After the war, she also did not do anything “eccentric or unabashed”. But in 1950, a book about UFOs accidentally fell into her hands and she immediately remembered something that had long ago gone somewhere in the very depths of her memory. She remembered that when she was 7 years old, she and her sister saw in the sky a flying silver disk that glowed and soared very low right above their farm.

And this was not a solitary event, but only the first of a whole series when little Elizabeth watched flying disks. These memories and the read book about UFOs turned Elizabeth into a big fan of ufology, however, the strangest events in her life began in 1954. Elizabeth found out that over a hill in a rural area near Johannesburg people often saw UFOs and she decided to go there and explore everything. When Elizabeth arrived there and spoke with the local Zulus, they told her that there was a “lightning bird” on the hill and that their legends had been telling about her for many years.

When Elizabeth herself climbed this hill, she immediately ran into a low-hanging disk-shaped object. He made a humming noise, and in the windows of the ship Elizabeth saw humanoid creatures. She wanted to come closer, but she was suddenly pushed away by a wave of hot air, but at the same time she immediately got a telepathic connection with the creature from the UFO, which said that his name was Akon.

Elizabeth talked with him for a while and every minute realized that she wanted to learn more about these creatures. When the contact ended and the UFO flew away, Elizabeth came to the hill several more times over the next two years in the hope of talking to Akon again. In 1956, she was given a second chance. When Elizabeth came to the hill again, she saw a flying disk coming down, sits on top of the hill, and then Akon stepped out and invited Elizabeth inside. Next to him was his friend, whom Akon introduced as a botanist and astrophysicist, and then they both began to lead Elizabeth around the ship and talk about him.

They said that their disk is a reconnaissance ship and that in the orbit of the planet is a mother ship, which is much larger than this. They flew there and Elizabeth saw a huge cigar-shaped object, the length of which was 8 miles (!), So she was told. Inside this ship everything resembled a huge beautiful city, there were houses, parks with trees, clearings with flowers and even artificial lakes. And of course there were a lot of humanoids. Elizabeth described them as very similar to people, but taller, more beautiful, more polite, gentle, completely not aggressive and not cruel.

Akon and others told Elizabeth that they were actually from Venus and that they lived on her before she turned into a cold piece of stone. When Venus died, they flew to a planet called Meton and now live there. They described that when Venus was a normal planet. there were many plants and it was very similar to Earth. They said that Venus died due to the fact that its orbit has changed and it has come too close to the Sun. And that when they realized that the irreparable would happen, they began to fly away from Venus in search of other worlds, and they used the Earth and the Moon for temporary stops.

Elizabeth found out that Venusians still have their bases on Earth, the Moon, and also on Mars and they regularly visit them because they feel responsible for the fate of earthlings and want to make them more developed. After this detailed excursion, Elizabeth was returned to Earth, on the same hill, but even then she realized that Akon very much attracted her as a man. Akon also had feelings for Elizabeth. In the following months, they met several times and Akon gave her a special ring, with which Elizabeth could telepathically communicate with him at any time.

There were intimate contacts between them, after which Elizabeth once realized that she was pregnant. It was 1958, and when Elizabeth told Akon about the baby, he suggested that she fly to their planet Meton so that Elizabeth could give birth there. So they did.

Planet Meton was very developed and was one of the seven planets inhabited by the Venusians. Elizabeth then described in detail what civilization looks like on this planet and her words painted a perfect society as in utopia. There were no wars, crime, poverty, everyone had equal rights and everyone had equal access to food.

There was no monetary system, and all the houses and enterprises were powered by renewable and unlimited energy. People wore luxurious silk clothes and lived mostly in vast park areas. There were no high-rise buildings in their cities, no factories, and the air was very clean. Children were trained with the help of telepathy and therefore they had neither textbooks nor schools. In an interview with ufologist Stuart Bush, Elizabeth told for example this:

“Meton is similar in size to the Earth, but it’s a bit larger and it’s covered almost entirely by the oceans. The land there is part of the island, not the mainland. The climate is very good and they keep it under control. They have almost everything you can want, that’s true utopia. Not only are they technically more advanced for thousands of years than we are, but they are spiritually very developed. They have no politicians, no laws, no money. Medicine there is a science that is not even considered mandatory for health, they are all healthy anyway. Their way of thinking is different from ours, they are very loving, gentle and creative people.

Everyone does the work that he loves the most. There is no need for law, no crime and no police. Everyone’s behavior is controlled only by a code of ethics. They constantly create beauty around them, there is complete harmony with it. Their houses are beautiful and made of transparent walls. They do not have books, but they make up for this by frequent travels throughout the galaxy, and always take their children, even the smallest, with them to learn from their own experience.

They have technologies to look into the past at any moment in history. For example, they can see our planet during the time of the dinosaurs. They paint beautiful paintings and write wonderful harmonic music. They have no problems in learning languages, because communication through telepathy does not require this.”

In general, Elizabeth was in a wonderful place and of course she really wanted to stay there forever. However, it turned out that this was impossible, she was explained that Meton’s vibrations were completely different than on Earth, and if Elizabeth stays there too long, her heart will weaken. ”Elizabeth was forced to say goodbye to Akon with tears in her eyes and leaving her son Isling to return to Earth.

Akon drawing by Elizabeth

In the following years, Akon and Isling visited Elizabeth many times on Earth, and then Akon and his son went on a long journey through the galaxy. In the mid-1970s, Elizabeth told the whole story to ufologists and became very popular in their community. She was interested in journalists, she attended various conferences about UFOs. Unfortunately, elsewhere, Elizabeth was mostly ridiculed for “fantasy writing”.

In 1980, Elizabeth Klarer released a book about herself, “Beyond the Light Barrier”, but after it began to insult her even more and even pursue her. Threats were sent to her. intimidated, so soon Elizabeth decided to “go underground.” She stopped communicating with ufologists and journalists. In the 1990s, she worked on her second book, The File of Gravity, but did not have time to finish it, having passed away in 1994. The story of Elizabeth Klarer still causes a skeptical smile for many and is read like a fairy tale, but Elizabeth herself, in the words of her entourage, was in her mind until she was old, did not at all resemble an insane dreamer and always said that her words were true.

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