High Strangeness: Is That You, Mo-Dean?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Is That You, Mo-Dean?

Back in '92, the fabulous B-52s recorded a fun little number called "Is That You, Mo-Dean?" in which the titular character Mo-Dean turned out to be an "Interdimensional Outer Space Being"...
"Waitin' for bus number 99
Goin' to the store for hot dogs and wine
When all of a sudden, I felt real cold
And wound up in the belly of a big ol' UFO"
It seemed like good fun at the time, but it turns out the B-52s may have been on to something more than just a catchy party tune.

In the course of some of my most recent interviews for my book about Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the topic of interdimensional UFOs has come up over and over again. Dr. Hynek, in the later years of his UFO career, openly entertained the idea that the Interdimensional Theory was every bit as valid and just as likely as the Extraterrestrial Theory as an explanation for the origin of UFOs; assuming that UFOs have a physical reality, which is still a big unknown...
"Movin' through the spheres, faster than light
On our way to some planets that were out of sight
We said, 'Space driver, give it a spin
And take us to some places we ain't never been'"
In any case, the topic came up again today when I interviewed writer-director-special effects creator Doug Trumbull about his work on the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and his development of the UFOTOG system for detecting, tracking, imaging and analyzing anomalous objects in the sky. Doug brought up the Interdimensional Theory and we talked about what it might look like for UFOTOG to capture images of a UFO appearing from and disappearing back into a parallel dimension. Would it fade in and out? Would it pop in and out? If you could slow the video down enough could you see the actual materialization and dematerialization? How cool would that be?
Behold, Mo-Dean, appearing from an alternate dimension...

Then I talked about my favorite UFO abduction case, the 1973 Pascagoula, MS event, in which Charlie Hickson and Calvin Parker were allegedly floated aboard a glowing UFO by BZZZZing robotic creatures who examined them and then let them go. What has always intrigued me about this case is that when the two men saw the UFO appear, it appeared to be coming down from the sky, but when it left, it simply popped out of existence.

Why, I've always wondered, would the craft appear in one mode and then disappear in an entirely different mode? Well, Doug had a theory, and a pretty good one...
"Is that you Mo-Dean? It's me Mo-Dean
Is that you Mo-Dean? On a UFO
Is that you Mo-Dean? It's me Mo-Dean
The interdimensional outer space being"
Interdimensional travel would be fraught with hazards, Doug said, especially when one was trying to calculate where and how to enter a new dimension. We and everything in our dimension are in constant motion through space and time, so he thought that if some being was trying to navigate its way into our dimension, "the safe thing to do would be to arrive a safe distance from any solid object." So the Pascagoula craft, for instance, would have arrived in a safe position near the earth but not too close, then would have safely descended to Mississippi. "If you arrived 5,000 feet under the surface of the earth, you would have made a big navigational error," he said.

"Leaving would be much easier than arriving," he went on, explaining that in the Pascagoula case the craft may have been able to make a safe instantaneous exit to its own dimension without having to first move to a safe place.

Pretty clever thinking. I think he may have cracked the case...
Is that you Mo-Dean? It's me Mo-Dean
Is that you Mo-Dean? It's me Mo-Dean
Is that you Mo-Dean? It's me Mo-Dean
I say at which depot do we depart from his UFO?

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