High Strangeness: We Must Catch Up With the Soviets!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

We Must Catch Up With the Soviets!

I got my December 1967 issue of Playboy in the mail today (why is the Post Office so slow?), and the article by Dr. J. Allen Hynek entitled "The UFO Gap" is begging for my attention.

Turns out "The UFO Gap" refers to what Hynek feared at the time was the growing disparity between what the United States knew about UFOs and what the Soviet Union knew about UFOs. Since he wrote this article after spending 20 years consulting with the U.S. Air Force on the analysis of UFO sightings, it was probably a reasonable concern for the man to have had in 1967.

The frontspiece of the magazine introduces the article thusly: "Dr. Hynek, the nation's foremost authority on unidentified flying objects, proposes a national reporting network that might put the United States on an equal footing with Russia in the race to identify -- and possibly contact -- the UFOs. That the Soviets may be ahead of the U.S. was brought home to Dr. Hynek when he attended an international conference on UFOs in Prague last summer."

Could it be true? Could the Soviet Union, under the leadership of Premiere Alexei Kosygin, have been in contact with alien civilizations in 1967? Is it a coincidence that a mere two months before Dr. Hynek's article appeared in Playboy, the Soviets completed the first successful automated orbital docking procedure in space, between the Kosmos 186 and Kosmos 188 spacecrafts? Is it possible that they have learned this nifty little trick from aliens...? And how do you explain the odd synchronicity of two spaceships docking with each other at the very same time that Dr. Hynek is writing an article for a sex magazine? It makes me blush.
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I haven't even read the article yet and I think Hynek was on to something. And it didn't take me long to find supporting evidence. Take a look at this Soviet postage stamp from the year -- you guessed it: 1967 -- entitled "Satellite of Extraterrestrial Civilization."

Look at that stamp. Look at it. This is not some fanciful imagining of what some far-off alien civilization might look like... This is an intricately detailed plan -- one might even say a blueprint -- for an alien space station in earth orbit.

Now think about this: How weird would it have been to have lived in Moscow in 1967, and gotten this issue of Playboy in the mail, with this stamp affixed to it? It would have been pretty weird.

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