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Archive for January, 2008

UFO Garakuta

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Adorable tiny Japanese diorama.

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Special sauce

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What do you see above? Beef patties, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a bun, right? The colors seem somewhat strange, and though we may suspect there’s special sauce, there’s no sesame seed visible.

But what’s really missing here is color, since the image above has only one true color.

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UFO Garakuta

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Starting a new series of posts with UFO-related gadgets sold on online auctions around the world (mostly in japan, as the ones on ebay everyone knows).

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How to fake UFO photos, by Almiro Barauna

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Reproduced here openly for the first time in almost fifty years, thanks to the work of the Brazilian researcher and historian Rodolpho Gauthier, is the article “Um Disco Voador esteve em minha casa…” (“A Flying Saucer has been in my house…”), published first in the “Mundo Ilustrado” magazine in 1954.

The article was written by Vinicius Lima, showing “how to make a Martian spaceship“, and this is the catch, the photo trickery was done by Almiro Baraúna.

Less than four years later, the very same Baraúna allegedly took photos of a real flying saucer while aboard a ship near the Trindade Island, on what would become a classic and to some, one of the best UFO cases ever.

Continue reading for the full translation and additional commentary.

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Attack of the Invisible Gorillas

On May 25, 2005, an unsuspecting student in the Saitama prefecture, Japan, was going back home in his bicycle when he was attacked by an invisible gorilla. That is, he was hit in the legs by a sharp triangular metal shard maliciously stuck in the road guardrail — something very much like a trap, that you can check in the image below.

laminametal321hj The authorities quickly began to investigate. To their alarm, on the next days they would find no less than 4,200 triangular metal shards stuck on guardrails, ready to make more victims. Around a week later, more than 40,000 shards were counted in roads on all of the country’s prefectures.

It’s eerie,” the Asahi newspaper said about the issue. “Why are such objects, so many of them, all over the country? If they had been intentionally installed, it’s a serious crime.” Among the apprehension and confusion promoted by the media, the “mystery of the metal shards” motivated all kinds of speculations and statements. After all, this is the country where a cult of science-fiction psychos that drunk the bath water of their blind guru tried to start the Armageddon, one subway at a time. In this case, the Aum Shinrikyo cult of Shoko Asahara and its attack with sarin gas to the Tokyo subway in 1995, almost a decade earlier.

Mystery? Solved.

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