High Strangeness: The Soda Pop Factor -- Part II

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Soda Pop Factor -- Part II

I have just submitted my final report on MUFON Case #XXXXX, and it's a weird one. Not only does it have a potential "missing time" element, it has a genuine "soda pop factor." If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may have seen my previous posts on the soda pop factor, beginning with this one.

A soda pop factor is a detail in a UFO report that doesn't seem to belong. It doesn't seem to belong because it's a reference to fairly mundane observation embedded in the high strangeness of a UFO sighting... Like a visiting alien telling his human contactee that he's thirsty, and the human contactee offering the alien a bottle of orange soda pop.

Right from the start my case was weird. When she assigned it to me, my State Director started right out telling me that it had a potential alien abduction angle and that she had already alerted the MUFON STAR TEAM, just in case. Then, when I shared my preliminary notes with my State Director, she passed them on to MUFON's National Alien Abductions team leader, and she made the shocking, and completely bizarre, suggestion that the witness may start to recover memories of nocturnal visitations by non-human entities...

I can now say unequivocally that he has not started to recover memories of nocturnal visitations on non-human entities, and I have stated that fact in my report. He has, however, added some interesting twists to his account of the sighting.

The witness, who I'll call Cxxxx, noticed a bright, stationary light in the sky at dusk. Sounds pretty normal, but it struck him as funny, because it looked like a very bright star or planet, but there was nothing else in the darkening sky. He checked it against Google Star Maps, but Google confirmed his suspicion that there shouldn't have been anything in the sky... anything normal, that is.

He went into his house to watch TV, and kept going outside during commercials. Every time he looked, it was there, hanging motionless in the night sky. He called his girlfriend to tell her about the strange thing in the sky, and she confirmed this for me. Then he stepped outside to look once last time and the light in the sky was gone. He went back to watching TV and suddenly felt fatigued and nauseous and started to shake. He dragged himself to bed and passed out. He woke up at 11 am the next morning, still feeling terrible, so he called in sick to work and slept all day...

Then things got weird. He reported the sighting to MUFON and said it took place on November 21st. But when he checked later with his HR department at work, they said he had actually called in sick on October 31st. The guy was off by three weeks.

There's more oddness. His girlfriend confirmed for me that he had called her about the light in the sky, and she confirms that she was in New York City at the time, hepling her sister deal with Hurricane Sandy. But she distinctly remembered him calling her urgently three times that night, and he only remembers calling her once.

That's interesting, but what's more interesting to me is that Cxxxx remembers a friend calling that night to remind him that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV that night. Apparently his friends all know he's a Peanuts freak, so the call from the friend was not unusual. So at the same time he was monitoring this UFO, Cxxxx was watching the Charlie Brown special. And when the UFO disappeared hew went back to watching the show, and that was when he started to feel fatigued. And suudenly the show wasn't making any sense to him. Despite the fact that he's seen the show dozens of times and knows it inside and out, he couldn't understand what the characters were saying. And he wasn't talking about Charlie Brown's teacher...

When you think about it, Linus watching the sky for the Great Pumpkin is not all that different than Cxxxx watching the sky for his UFO. Weird.
That to me is the soda pop factor... It really struck me that he mentioned "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as part of his UFO report. So odd, so random... and yet I found it very compelling because it was so odd and so random.

And, guess what? According to ABC-TV's website, they did indeed air "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" at 7 pm Central time on November 31st...

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