High Strangeness: UFO Erotica

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UFO Erotica

Facebook... You can't live with it, you can't kill it.

So, what do you do? I just got a very weird email today telling me that someone had added me to his new Facebook group, and I was taken aback by this. I was taken aback because no one asked me if I wanted to join the group, and because the group in question is called... get this:

"Bigfoot Contact Movement"

The group is described thusly:  
"Do we really have to kill a Bigfoot for proof of life? This group will be dedicated to stop the savage ways of thought when dealing with these beings and trying to establish contact in a non-threatening manner. Everybody is welcome to share there Opinions and Research and spread the message and contribute."
Okay, I'll admit that despite my taken-abackness, I think this is great. Really. It's time to stop the violence and bloodshed where Bigfoot hunting is concerned, and get back to a more humane, non-threatening approach of making contact with this hairy biped creature.
Does this creature look violent? Why take chances? I say kill it now.

Now, having said that, before I can really commit I need to know where Bigfoot stands on this. Is the 'Squatch willing to make peaceful contact as well? Is he willing to sign his 'X' to a formal non-aggression pact? Frankly, I think he's a bigger threat to us than we are to him.

I also need to know what's behind this "movement," if a Facebook group with 38 members, at least one of whom is not exactly willing, can be called a "movement." Has there been a history of "savage ways of thought" when dealing with Bigfoot? Are there Bigfoot hunters out there who are really trying to kill the big guy? I haven't been aware of anything. I know the Hendersons were always pretty decent to Harry, even when his hijinx turned their household on its head; that's really all I have to go by...

Anyway, now I'm faced with a interesting decision: do I remain a member of a very silly group that has forcibly shanghaied me as a member? Staying in the group promises all kinds of cheap entertainment, and it's not like I care what people think about my Facebook profile, littered as it's been these past three years with endless, untold UFO geekery. But it's also a matter of principle. I don't like that someone made me join his group without asking me, and furthermore, I don't like anyone thinking that just because I'm in all sorts of weird UFO groups that means I want to be in every weird group Facebook has to offer. I mean, just because someone in one of my UFO Facebook groups posted an article today entitled "The Erotic Art of a Painter Who Claims an Alien Took His Virginity" that doesn't mean I'm ok with people associating me with Bigfoot. I do have my standards.

On the other hand, if I leave the group and someone kills Bigfoot tomorrow, will it be my fault?

Who could live with that on their conscience?


Rococo Beamship said...

Yikes! It's more than creepy that you can be added to some group without even knowing the group exists. Now I have yet another reason not to join. Oh, I have an account that I use when I need one in order to see something or other, if it still works that way. I'm not sure. The account is under the name of one of my favorite literary characters, a less obscure character than I had thought, because I had to settle for Austin Popper 349 or something. Austin is one of the main characters in Masters of Atlantis by Charles Portis. Mark, I'm sure you would love that book. I've read it twice, and I'm looking forward to reading it again during some long cold winter.

Bigfoot enthusiasts and people into UFOs generally wish the other group would stay away. There are some pesky reports of Bigfoot associated with UFOs, a fact which seems to greatly annoy both groups. It's like each group is afraid the other is going to wreck their tenuous hold on respectability. It's easy enough to find an active researcher in either group who doesn't have any real problem with the other, as long as the border is respected. Seems like not many people are equally interested in the two fields, at least not prominent ones. Michael Swords is one of the notable exceptions, another thing I admire about him. He doesn't even seem to mind the reports involving both mysteries.

There have been a few "We need a body" campaigns announced from some quarters over the past ten years or so, if memory serves. At first I thought (or at least hoped) they were just trying to discourage pranksters in gorilla suits from polluting the data, but I now have serious doubts. There have been some really creepy claims, too. Lot of nuts out there running around in the woods.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Wow, I'm just reading up on "Masters of Atlantis" and it sounds like a hoot! One reviewer compares Charles Portis to Flannery O'Connor, one of my favorite writers, and that's impressive.

That is a great thing about Michael Swords; he's an equal opportunity researcher. I've already talked to him about writing a bio of Ivan T. Sanderson after I write my Hynek bio, and I think he would be open to giving me access to his Sanderson archives. It would be a hell of a book.

In truth, I am not anti-Bigfoot at all. I still have fond memories of the time my little brother Mxxx and I scared ourselves half to death watching "The Legend of Boggy Creek" on late-night TV.

I am also fond of the 1967 Italian sci-fi opus "The Snow Devils," which makes a strong case for the idea that the Abominable Snowman is actually an alien from another world...

Rococo Beamship said...

A book about Ivan is a great idea. He was an interesting character in his own right, and he was fearless when it came to looking into things.

Portis delivers comedy gold in Atlantis with straight up deadpan that reminds me of the narration in the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy.

"Boggy Creek" holds up amazingly well after all these years. I think it's still one of the best efforts in the field, and it can still give me goosebumps. It's all the more remarkable for its humble origins.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

I think a lot of people would be interested in a book about Sanderson. His archives are filling Michael Swords' two-car garage, and it worries me to think of what will happen to them when Michael moves.

purrlgurrl said...

"Everybody is welcome to share there (sic) Opinions." Doesn't that really tell you all you need to know about this group?

Double Nought Spy said...

Mark, it's a sure sign you have arrived; you are now getting drive-by brain farts from the followers of the big circus train. I don't recall this particular "wit" ever adding anything useful. He/she/it has made Billy Cox's blog comments section a good place to go to find pathological scorn and derision. Lucky Billy.

purrlgurrl said...

Double Nought Spy - I don't look at Cox's blog often, but when I do it always reads like paid PR for the usual suspects and groups peddling hoaxes and fiction to gouge the gullible. It wouldn't surprise me at all if that is exactly what it is.

Peace. Live long and prosper. I have no desire to feud with you online (there's far too much of this bad behavior in the paranormal/UFO community), so this is the last comment of yours I'll ever respond to.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Hey purrlgurrl, I interpreted Double Nought Spy's comments to be in reference to the guy who added me to his Facebook Bigfoot group, not to you. I appreciate your comments and hope you'll be back!

Double Nought Spy said...

The Professor boxed her ears but good for pulling the same crap at his place. She came back after a subsequent post (I'm pretty sure) and posted something thoughtful and respectful, as if to prove she knew how.

I like the Professor's style. He's obviously handled his share of wiseacres.