Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mexico: UFO Over Tepoztlán?

Source: www.analuisacid.com
Date: 05.31.11

Mexico: UFO over Tepoztlán?
Photos taken by Mario Enrique González on May 8, 2011
By Ana Luisa Cid

According to the witness: “I visited Tepoztlán and stayed at an inn. It was the inn’s owner who told me about the phenomenon, saying that they’d been seeing lights in the sky over Cerro del Tepozteco. That’s when I reached for my camera and tried to record a video, but was unable to do so, so I thought it best to activate the photo function. They were very strange objects, luminous. Some of them even resembled flying beings. I also observed a very long one, with a color I’d never seen before. It seemed to be made up of spheres, and appeared to have two arms, one longer than the other. It moved in a wave-like fashion. A lenticular vehicle drew my attention – it presented a lateral protuberance that looked like an antenna. It was a very nice shade of green. Minutes went by and some of the shapes vanished. Others flew very high up and more than passed near the town’s church. About seven of us witnessed the phenomenon, since the innkeeper was there with his family.”

Video of the full eyewitness video can be found at http://youtu.be/A1TtUY4ZSko

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Prof. Ana Luisa Cid)

Argentina: Tandil - A UFO City?

Source: Diario Tandil – Argentina (newspaper)
Date: 05.30.11

Tandil, a UFO City? Air Force to Research Phenomenon in Several Parts of the Country

In recent days it became known that the Argentinean Air Force launched a commission to investigate the UFO phenomenon in the country. On more than one occasion, Tandil has been in the news due to alleged “sightings” of unidentified flying objects. Could our city become the subject of repeated investigations by this new commission?

The brand new Comisión de Investigación de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales, as it has been dubbed, will be formed by civilian personnel and experts from the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA) whose mission shall be to “conduct a scientific study of aerospatial phenomena.”

Over many years, Tandil has been in the news due to alleged UFO sightings. Truth? Deception? Confusion? Most residents of Tandil remember some stories related to alleged UFO sightings and even close encounters.

Last year, Tandil’s media reported on a photograph taken by a private citizen during the month of August in the vicinity of Cerro El Centinela, from which an unidentified flying object could be seen flying over the region. The image was analyzed by the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía, which concluded that the object shown in the image was “unquestionably a UFO” adding that Tandil is “an area prone to sightings” of strange elements in the sky.

Even earlier, in 2008, Tandil was the headline and feature of all the national media due to a story that was never dismissed as a prank or confirmed as truly unexplained: in the midst of a fire that raged through hundreds of acres of the borough of Tandil, the community was shaken – half seriously, half humorously – by a series of local reports involving a UFO sighting. Yes, either a UFO or a fireball was responsible for starting the fire.

The eyewitness accounts were only a few, and more local residents are stepping forward to say they saw it. One local resident even showed photos of strange burns in his home.

In an effort to explain the event, the media consulted Fabio Zerpa, who said that locals had seen nothing less than “foo fighters” – a sort of phantom fighter that collects energy for spacecraft (sic).

Curiously though, many suggested that year that “a UFO had been the cause of the prairie fire” near the city.

Whether true or false, whether natural phenomena are involved, or mere suggestion and deceit, over the years Tandil has been mentioned more than once by UFO researchers. Many of them – according to their theories and their personal truth – state that the city is a “transit corridor” for extraterrestrial flying objects. Determining whether this is true or not is a task for the new commission created by the Air Force. Science will surely be able to forward its own perspective.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Argentina: Salta's Most Recorded Phenomenon

Source: Diario El Tribuno – Argentina (newspaper)
Date: 29 May 2011

Argentina: Salta's Most Recorded Phenomenon
By Daniel Sagárnaga – newsroom

A luminous phenomenon occurred in the afternoon hours of the city of Salta last Sunday. During the afternoon, a cloud covered the sun, radiating an iridescent light that made the skies beautiful. This is not the first time that the clouds have granted us such brushstrokes, so it did not go beyond a few minor remarks. There were those, however, who wanted to retain the loveliness of the skies and reached for their photo cameras. It seems that many were startled that same day when they checked their photos, as they displayed figures that could not be seen by the unaided eye.

In fact, there was an unidentified flying object, a UFO – or several, according to some – touring the enormous clouds, or as some researchers have said, concealing itself behind them. It isn’t at all strange to find stories of clouds and unidentified clouds within the literature of “ufology”, where they are mentioned constantly. This even goes back to ancient legend, where gods often visited Earth enveloped in great clouds. Many references to this fact can be found in Christian iconography, where divine apparitions were heralded by massive clouds. Even the word “Yahweh”, according to Peter Couliano, means “Dweller in the Clouds”. Also memorable within this iconography are the images created by Steven Spielberg for his classic film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

The Salta events are exceptional within the history of local ufology, as never before have there been so many witnesses.

Several witnesses contacted El Tribuno this week. All of them had something to display about the strange phenomenon that occurred last Sunday. Among the ones received by our newsroom, the first was taken by Paula Martínez Sanin, 38, who photographed the clouds at 16:40 hours from her home in Country El Tipal, for a total of eight shots. The next were taken by Rodolfo Arias at 17:10 from the Yapeyú Wilderness near the Arts and Crafts Market, using an amateur Sony camera. He took 18 shots.

Around that same time, Carlos Alberto Sánchez also took several photos from his home at 1600 Necochea. Access to image technology allows for phenomena such as what was seen over Salta last Sunday to be studied, discussed and confirmed, or not. In this case, we are faced with the most recorded sighting in Salta’s UFO history, which is interesting within the framework of the “UFO flap” the country is currently experiencing

Argentina: Ufologists and Researchers to Meet in Merlo, San Luis

Source: AIM Digital (Argentina)
Date: 05.30.11

Argentina: Ufologists and Researchers To Meet in Merlo, San Luis

Frequent UFO sightings in the Comechingones Range have captured the attention of researchers of the phenomenon. They will meet at the Villa de Merlo’s planetarium, in San Luis, on June 3, 2011, according to sources.

This encounter will gather notable Argentinean researchers, such as Oscar Raul Mendoza from Santa Fe and Carlos Alberto Iurchuk from La Plata, as well as UFO research organizations such as Código OVNI from Buenos Aires and Entre Rios’s Visión OVNI.

The protagonists will have a round of conferences open to the public. Opinions by religious leaders will be further added to discuss the subject from a variety of frameworks and points of view.

These presentation are taking place as part of the “Ciencia con la Gente” (Science With The People) program held by the Merlo Planetarium since October 24, 2004 – decreed as Argentinean Astronomy Day – which has garnered recognition through statements and decrees of cultural, municipal, educationa, tourist and environmental interest, conferred by several government and educational institutions withing the country.

The scene of the mysterious UFO sightings is the Comechingones Range, which is among the most active sites in the country. The year 2010 broke records in reports, which the Merlo San Luis Planetarium has received sporadically, involving photographs and phone calls from local residents – sometimes disconcerted, others alarmed – claiming to have seen unidentified flying objects. To quantify the situation, the Planetarium held a survey in April to determine that one out of three respondents to the survey had seen UFOs in the region.

The sample population was 500 and the survey took place during the first week of 2011. Males and females over 21 residing in Villa de Merlo and Carpintería were surveyed, with 37 per cent of respondents allegedly having witnessed UFOs over the Comechingones Range at least once, and with 83 per cent of those reports agreeing that the objects seen were either luminous spheres or triangular lights.

On the other hand, the remaining 63 per cent never saw them, although 28 per cent of respondents believed UFOs were possible. However, the remaining 72 percent does not believe.

The purpose of the survey consisted in quantifying eyewitness accounts to determine whether the subject should be debunked, as some scientists believe that the objects seen could be of terrestrial manufacture, for example, abandoned space junk, meteorological capsules, or natural phenomena such as meteorites.

Photo B: Strange lights over a prairie fire at Los Molles in 2010, 10 km. south of Merlo.
Photo A: Alleged UFO over the Cartusian Monastery of Belén, published by a local radio station, 2010

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Argentina: Official Commission To Study UFOs is Presented

Source: Clarin.com.ar
Date: 05.27.2011

Argentina: Official Commission To Study UFOs is Presented

Consisting of experts in various fields, it came about due to the number of sightings in the country.

As Clarín informed readers a few weeks ago, the official Comisión de Investigación de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (Aerospatial Phenomena Research Commission) was presented yesterday at noon, consisting of both civilian experts and Argentinean Air Force (FAA) personnel.

Operating out of the Condor Building, the FAA’s current headquarters, it will start to receive reports in coming days – through the www.fuerzaaerea.mil.ar website – on sightings, and begin work on the most representative cases of recent times.

It is a dependency of the General Major Secretariat of the Argentinean Armed Forces and will consist of technicians attached to the National Meteorological Service, engineers, pilots from the National Administration of Civil Aviation, radar and satellite positioning technicians, computer experts and geologists.

The inaugural ceremony was presided by Capt. Mariano Mohaupt, the FAA’s spokesman. Also present was Brig. Gen. Ernesto Omar París, Secretary General, who remarked: “This commission will conduct a scientific study of aerospatial phenomena. With this we have achieved an important goal for our institution.”

From its origins, the FAA was strengthened by the collaboration of civil aeronautics experts. “Today it seeks to attract members of society who may provide their experience in the study of these events, which require a higher degree of certainty,” stated Mohaupt.

Mostly, these will be experts who have been working for several years in the field of ufology. Among them are Alberto Brunetti of the Grupo Investigador de Fenomenos Aeroespaciales Desconocidos (GIFAD); Carlos Alberto Iurchuk, systems analyst and independent researcher of sidereal phenomena, and Carlos Fergusson, coordinator of the Red Argentina de Ovnilogia (Argentinean UFO Nework – RAO). There will also be collaboration from Andrea Simondini of the CEFORA group, which also studies these cases. One of the reasons that led to the creation of this new agency is “the increase in sightings by people. However, the goal is not to prove the existence of life on other planets, but rather, to approach unknown phenomena from a scientific perspective and reach the truth. Because these are ultimately the goal of our study,” according to Mohaupt. The team also includes Marcelo Módica of Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), specializing in satellite information. It will be in charge of “examining the terrain and analyzing images received.”

Among the benefits to be gained from the amalgamation of civilians and military men, Fergusson notes that “there will be great progress in means and methodology. It is crucial to reach the scene of the events and have scientific assistance. There will also be a system of witness interviews that will prove very useful.”

And while technology assists these anomalies hunters, something more is always needed. “It is true that the Internet made us independent, because if you approach any observatory and ask for a sky chart, they’ll turn you away. Astronomy, except back in the 1950s, is very reluctant to approach this subject,” adds Brunetti. The reason for this mistrust is that “they look at the skies all the time, but do it through a telescope, which looks beyond the atmosphere. In other words, a UFO could fly in front of them and it’s likely they won’t see it.”

Among the procedures to be undertaken, the first thing is to dismiss the possibility of movements in the sky. “There is no need to create false expectations among the people. For this reason we have a decision-making body that will evaluate items and dismiss those that are speculation,” explains Simondini.

Astrologers often pick up objects that they cannot explain. “The first thing is to eliminate the passing of a satellite, space junk, balloons or weather capsules, rockets, meteorites ...even the International Space Station (ISS) can lead one to confusion,” says Iurchuk.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Spain: The Astún Yeti (2007)

Spain: The Astún Yeti (2007)
By Javier Resines

The story we remember today in our blog prompts us to take a small step back in time. Small, in that we are going back to late May 2007, which isn't so far away from us...

Taking advantage of the good weather, Carlos S. Ollés - the event's protagonist - decided to make a visit to the Pyrenees with his two daughters. In the afternoon, as they walked back toward their car, having visited the ski slopes of Astún, the eldest daughter pointed out a footprint that caught her attention beside the trail. The small group approached and attested that the mark on the ground indeed resembled that of a bare foot - albeit an enormous one - and with a disproportionately large big toe.

This was not the first time that Carlos came across mystery in the form of a footprint: in 1992, on the opposite slope of the same mountain, he was with a group of friends in the valley of Canal Roya, heading toward the summit of Pico La Raca along a trial when he discovered some strange prints in the snow. According to his own account, "they were larger and deeper than normal, and the big toe was most prominent of all." He was likewise startled by "the distance between strides, which were somewhat impossible to follow given the sloping terrain."

What creature could have left those unusual marks in at least two separate occasions, separated by a distance of some 10 kilometers? An unknown hominid that dwells in the Pyrenaic Region, or a tourist bent on playing a joke?

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Javier Resines)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spain: Demon or Spanish "Jenny Haniver"?

Source: Criptozoología en España
Date: 24 May 2011

Spain: Demon or a Spanish “Jenny Haniver”?
By Javier Resines

The IB3 television channel kicked off a new documentary show a few weeks ago in prime time under the name Illes de llegenda (Isles of Legend) in order to make its audience aware of the best-known legends of the Balearic Islands.

Each installment presents two legends seen from three perspectives: the narrative, the witnesses and expert opinion. In each episode, Miquel Salamanca, the show’s host, plays the role of a renowned journalist who is writing a book on the mysterious and legendary features of the Balearic Islands. The parallel between the past and the future, the trajectory of the investigations and the surprising outcomes will make the suspense endure until the end of each narrative.

In the first episode, bearing the title Sor Isabel Sabater / Es dimonió, two interesting adaptations of popular island legends are presented: Sor Isabel Sabater i L’ombra del dimoni and Es dimonió.

The story of Sister Isabel’s life leads Miquel Salamanca to the municipality of La Pobla, specifically to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, where a unique item can be found: a small, desiccated creature that was found in the lakes of La Albufera, according to legend. A demon, a merman or a fraud? Between myth and legend, Salamanca tours the town to learn if the creature was real or a piece crated by the taxidermist Juan Goetia.

As seen in the photograph, the creature displays a bizarre fish body with a humanoid head, in the likeness of the alleged mermaids that toured circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, presenting the magnificent work of skilled craftsmen as “prodigies of nature”.

This strange being belonged to Don Joan Serra, later known as Don Juan Goet, who inherited it from his father, Doctor Ramón, a scion of the semi-aristocratic elite of the “senyors buferers”, who hunted the wetlands with their retainers and hounds. In all likelihood, the dimonió hails from s’Albufera.

S’Albufera and es buferers constitute a world of mystery that always had infernal connotations. Before being turned into a state park, S’Abufera was plagued by terrifying stories of strange animals ensnared by fishermen on nights of full moon. Perhaps es dimonió is one of those strange beings that emerged from nowhere. The answer, of course, will be found on Illes de Llegenda.

(Translation (c) 2011 S. Corrales, IHU)

Argentina: UFOs Return to Salta

Source: Contexto - Arg
Date: 22 May 2011

Argentina: UFOs Return to Salta

Rodolfo Arias is a resident of the city of Salta. He lives at 2300 Pasaje Yapeyú, near the Arts and Crafts Market, and on Sunday afternoon, he became the protagonist in a unique UFO sighting.

"I was taking a series of photos of the clouds, as many of them changed color. The effect was very striking and I suddenly noticed a particular glow in the photos. I then noticed a particular sheen in the sky, and started zooming the camera lens as the object was still. It was a UFO. I have no doubt about it," said the 38-year-old resident.

Arias took 16 stills, but the object in question can be seen only in the last three images. "I have a Sony camera, not a professional model, but the course followed by this UFO allowed us to take better pictures," said Rodolfo, who was surrounded by seven family members at the time the photos were taken.

The object photographed flew over the area in a straight line for a minute before turning westward. "It headed toward San Lorenzo, but very quickly, so we lost sight of it," he explained.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Argentina: Sightings in the Delta Go Back 20 Years

Source: http://www.aimdigital.com.ar/aim/2011/02/06/ovnis-crecen-los-indicios/
Date: May 23, 2011

Argentina: Sightings in the Delta Go Back 20 Years

A man fishing with friends in a region of the Paraná Delta, between Escobar and Campana, underwent a strange experience when he saw a circular “light” that remained suspended over the trees and then “flew up at a tremendous speed until it became just another dot of light, the size of a star.” This is what Eduardo Ernesto Verón Valussi told AIM. He has been a watcher of the Argentinean skies and has seen UFOs in more than one occasion.

The startled fisherman had never lived through such an experience before and tool a while to make the event known to his companions, as he was very concerned about what they’d think of him. Finally, he plucked up the courage and told his story in detail. In a conversation with this news agency, Verón Valussi recalled that Carlos Escudero and a small group of friends “were on shore, fishing in the serene and beautiful left bank of the Paraná River, in some point of the Paraná Delta, between Escobar and Campana. They would have never imagined the strange, new experience they were about to be involved with.”

Late in the night, Escudero’s companions went to sleep in their respective tents, and he stood watch, taking care of the fishing lines, grasping his treasured thermos of coffee. “In the early morning hours, and in pitch darkness, Carlos noticed a small light in the distance. It made its way toward him along the river. In the measure that it advanced, the light grew in intensity and size to the point that Carlos suspected it was a boat from the Naval Prefecture engaged in its routine river watch. He couldn’t hear any noises, and could not see the boat. He couldn’t imagine anything else and was convinced that it could not be anything else.”

Verón Valussi, an observer of Argentina’s skies who has seen UFOs more than once, stressed that “the light kept coming closer and becoming larger. But it suddenly turned around and headed for the left bank, going deeper into one of the island channels or river branches, vanishing from Carlos’s sight due to the dense vegetation. After a while, was startled to hear a loud, sharp buzzing sound coming from where the light had vanished. The enormous “light” appeared over the trees, and Carlos, bemused by what he was seeing, didn’t know what to think. He was so stunned that he wasn’t even able to alert his friends...”

Thus, the circular “light” remained static over the trees for a while and then suddenly rose into the sky at high speed, becoming just another luminous dot the size of a star. The flabbergasted fisherman had never undergone such a situation and took a while to inform his fellows about it. He was worried that they would think less of him, but arming himself with courage, he told his story in full detail.

Verón Valussi told AIM that the events had taken place some 20 years ago. He was asked: What was this UFO doing? Was it studying something, or seeking something? Was it fishing or taking up water? Or doing all these things at once?

To the observer, the possible crew of that strange light “must be very sure of what its doing, because they aren’t very concerned about being seen, and furthermore, they don’t tell anyone what they’re doing or looking for in our rivers, at least that’s what I think.”

He also pondered: “Will the UFO mystery ever be solved? We’ve been waiting for a long time. We want and deserve an answer on this mysterious subject. Perhaps there isn’t much longer to wait: this is only a suspicion I have, nothing more.”

In rural areas, stories involving the presence of lights or glows in the sky, and do not correspond with conventional elements such as airliners or satellites, already form part of the quotidian folklore of different parts of the province. On 6 February 2011, AIM published a report by two persons who experienced an event in the Ibicuy Region. “We were heading back to Mazaruca, in Ibicuy, when two lights emerged from the ground and flew upward at astonishing speed,” said Carlos B. to AIM. He witnessed the phenomenon along with his uncle Juan Bautista D., adding that both of them were “stunned”.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

High Strangeness: Argentina's Cerro Los Guanacos

Source: Grupo G.A.B.I.E
Date: 05.16.2011

Argentina’s Cerro Los Guanancos: A High-Strangeness Area

One night, a group of people saw a large ball of fire fall to earth from the heavens. They thought it was an airplane, but no traces of such a vehicle were ever found.

It was the summer of 1970. The time was 8:00 pm and “Gordo” Jiménez and Zito Verón were walking along the hillside with their goats. Suddenly, a large fireball flew overhead and impacted the north face of Cerro Los Guanacos.

Within hours, the area had been seized by soldiers, policemen, nurses and backwoodsmen searching for the fallen “plane”, yet no traces of that strange sighting were ever found.

Ever since that strange incident, this region of the Department of Salavina is constantly visited by UFO researchers and by curiosity seekers who (still) hope to experience a close encounter with the unknown.

Gastón Zalazar is an aeronautical technician and writer who told EL LIBERAL newspaper that he had his first brush with “the unknown” in 1935.

”One evening we were returning home with my father and when we reached Cerro Los Guanacos, my father realized he’d lost his rebenque, and asked me to go back and find it. I found it, and on my way back, on the highest part, I found myself facing something that left me cold: the sea was only a few meters away from me. It looked so real that I could even make out the waves. I couldn’t scream or say a word. I took off at full gallop to the house of Mr. Juan Mansilla, where I was given some water to drink,” he said.

Stories about Cerro Los Guanacos have been handed down from one generation to another, involving the presence of strange phenomena, sounds and lights that appear in the firmament and keep local residents on their toes, and even researchers who come to the area to spend the night, faced with the likelihood of having a sighting to study.

The location is 17 kilometers from Sumampa, in the El Carabajal wilderness, deep in the Quebrachos Deparment. It is dominated by dense forest and few have had the privilege of reaching its summit, where it is said the firmament can be seen “in a different manner” and where the night offers colored lights and the possibility of seeing strange phenomena.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E and El Liberal www.elliberal.com.ar)

Argentina: Local Residents Comment on Ituzaingó

Source: Noticias Terra
Date: 05.17.11

Argentina: Local Residents Comment on Ituzaingó

[This news item is a restatement of information from the Crónica newspaper, but it adds Andrea Pérez Simondini’s comments regarding to major FAA (Argentinean Air Force) bases – SC]

Some residents of Ituzaingó disclosed that their neighborhoods are often overflown by “various vessels from outer space coming directly toward us.” Furthermore, those who made statements not only saw them in sky – they also insist that [the UFOs] left marks on the ground, and in their very own backyards.

While there are photos of these manifestations taken by private citizens, the most authoritative account was given by Andrea Pérez Simondini, a specialist who forms part of the Visión OVNI group: “There is an image that calls our attention powerfully, and is related to what we’ve come to know as triangular UFOs,” she explained to the Crónica newspaper.

According to local residents, the vehicles also touched the ground, and this can be seen in a series of marks that have been the source of much discussion. “We are facing a phenomenon that not only files, but also touches the ground, as we found two types of marks, some measuring ten meters in diameter and other smaller ones that barely reach a meter, and are usually seen in gardens,” she added.

Andrea Pérez Simondini explained that it is possible that the sightings are concentrated in Ituizaingó because it borders the Morón and Palomar air bases. While making clear that it is still too early to render a verdict, experts made clear that this is not a story to be dismissed out of hand. We will have to wait and see....

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Argentina: Ituzaingó – Targeted by UFOs?

Source: Impulso Buenos Aires

Argentina: Ituzaingó – Targeted by UFOs?

CAPITAL FEDERAL – Ituzaingó appears to be the site chosen by unidentified flying objects to make themselves seen and make contact with the Earth. As reported by Diario Crónica in its printed edition, the sightings captured by Adrián Nicala and disseminated by Crónica are now joined by those from several local residents who also claim having seen them.

Meanwhile, experts on the subject lend credit to the possibility that the photos taken in fact belong to beings from another world.

“There is a very compelling image that is related to what we call “triangular UFOs”, explains Andrea Pérez Simondini to Crónica. Ms. Simondini is a specialist with the Vision Ovni group. In this regard, she admits that it has not yet been established if the image corresponds to a “structure with three lights and a triangular shape, or whether it involves three objects, as it is not possible to distinguish the physical component,” she adds.

Simondini further recalls that the area in which Nicala claims that UFOs make their stops is a well-known area for sightings. In fact, the woman says that a survey of ground prints and UFO sightings took place in the region occupied by the Roggero de La Reja Reservoir, in Moreno, Merlo and the vicinity of Luján.
“The phenomenon not only flies around – it also lands. We found two types of prints: large ones between eight and ten meters in diameter and some smaller ones commonly found in gardens, and scarcely reach one meter in diameter.

All of this information appeared in Diario Crónica's printed edition.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Argentina: Tractor Operator Claims Seeing Vehicle; Farmer Sees Cow Abducted

Source: El Liberal (www.elliberal.com.ar)
Date: 17 May 2011

Argentina: Tractor Operator Claims Seeing Vehicle; Farmer Sees Cow Abducted

Former judge Andrés Miotti discussed the likely “sightings” that have occurred in the [town of] Maravilla with EL LIBERAL, where according to Miotti, a tractor operator had a close encounter.

“A UFO appeared before the tractor operator. The tractor stalled, and once the UFO departed, the machine resumed operation,” Miotti asserted.

He says that subsequent research into the case “yielded positive results”. He also said that this event was documented “in one of the many works written by Fabio Zerpa on UFOs.” He proudly recalled that Zerpa, in one of his books, “devoted a section to the Maravilla Case and our organization’s involvement.”

Another possible close encounter that Miotti remembers took place in 2001, only a few kilometers from the center of La Banda. “The case that startled me was that of a UFO abducting a cow in a field near La Banda,” he recalls.

“While he did not acknowledge it at first, the witness to the event subsequently confessed it to us. It was two o’clock in the morning and he had gone out to relieve himself. That’s when he saw an object stationed in the field, in the process of abducting a cow,” he said.

Miotti is a firm believer that Santiago del Estero is a province where “UFO sightings always occur”. In this regard, he said that just recently he received an eyewitness account from people who allegedly witnessed abductions occurring in that region of the vast provincial territory.”

Source: http://www.elliberal.com.ar/secciones.php?nombre=home&file=ver&id_noticia=1105150RM

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Argentina: "Synchronized UFOs" Over The Samborombón River

Source: Diario Popular (www.diariopopular.com.ar)
Date: 05.15.11

Argentina: “Synchronized UFOs” Over The Sanborombón River
By Sebastian Aranguren

An amateur fisherman witnessed the maneuvers of three unidentified objects over the banks of the Samborombón River near the town of Ferrari, Buenos Aires. Researchers consider this event important due to the synchronization of the UFOs movements, which according to the protagonist of the extraordinary adventure, even acted as if aware of his lonely presence in the darkness of the early morning hours. The episode, investigated by the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogia (FAO) took place on April 3, 2010 when Sergio Asselborn, a veterinarian from the city of Quilmes, was engaged in one of his hobbies – fishing – in a spot chosen for many years: the Samborombón River, at a spot located over an iron bridge some 30 km from National Highway 2. It was a two o’clock in the morning when Asselborn, as the veterinarian told FAO researchers, underwent a life-changing experience: a buzzing sound similar to that of a beehive prompted him to look up, causing him to see something he had never seen in many years of fishing trips to the site. A plate-shaped UFO was in the sky, surrounded by small orange and red lights that outlined its contour. If something drew the witness’s attention, it was that the object was coming toward him, stopping in a series of repetitive movements that lasted approximately half an hour.

Another element was added after this time period: a second triangular object assumed a vertical position to the left of the first UFO, firing off a series of luminous signals that Asselborn described as bursts, as a prelude to what would be a sudden departure into the dark of the night. However, there was still more: a third UFO, with a structure similar to the first, appeared on the scene and was still in the sky, within the witness’s visual field. It remained at some 1500 feet over Asselborn’s position and flew over the countryside, rising and falling until it vanished behind a mill and a eucalyptus forest.

From that moment onward, the fisherman was entranced by the first UFO, which never ceased to be visible to the witness, who got into his car and watched the slow maneuvers of the object for two hours, after which it approached his vehicle as though getting ready to observe him. Thus, after being stationary for five minutes, the object acquired sudden speed, vanishing into the southeast, turning into a small luminous dot, followed by the second of the objects that was part of the phenomenon and which had been outside the fisherman’s field of vision for the moment. The mysterious spectacle ended nearly at daybreak. Days later, Asselborn contacted members of the FAO, and a week later, a team consisting of Luis Burgos, Fernando Mengui, Miguel Peralta and Roberto Castillo combed the area, which is a UFO hotspot. So many cases have occurred here over the past 50 years that Burgos himself has been moved to refer to it as “the Argentinean nest.”

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Argentina: UFOs over Santiago – Surprising Close Encounter Narratives

Source: El Liberal (newspaper)
Date: 05.15.11

Argentina: UFOs over Santiago – Surprising Close Encounter Narratives

Questions about the existence of beings from other planets, periodically visiting our world, are nothing new. Since antiquity, philosophers and researchers were already associating the great monuments of mankind, such as the Pyramids of Cheops and the Inca structures, with activity involving aliens and unidentified flying objects (UFOs)

In Santiago del Estero, few were willing to take this theory seriously – the one that states that galactic beings and strange craft visit certain parts of the Earth to “feed on cosmic energy”, as they consider that most sightings are “incorrect perceptions” by people and that aircraft or other natural phenomena are involved. For this reason, such stories almost generate disbelief – or scorn – on the part of those hearing them.

But many people who did not believe in the existence of such phenomena were surprised one day when unidentified flying objects suddenly appeared before their eyes, changing their way of thinking, and even prompting them to tell El Liberal about their experiences.

To Jorge Raul Rojas and Enrique José Zuccarino, two residents of Santiago engaged in UFO research, “unidentified flying objects will be seen more and more”, adding that sightings will increase in the next 20 months “in the measure that December 2012 approaches, a month considered as the end of our current times.”

They posit that UFO sightings will become increasingly frequent “because in this alternative time, we are approaching the real time of the Universe, which will come about on 21 December of next year.”

Regarding the reason why UFOs are being regularly seen over the province, Rojas stressed that “Santiago has two or three energy regions that are of [interest to the phenomenon],” mentioning Las Termas in Rio Hondo and Ojo de Agua, as well as the Choya Region.

With regard to Ojo de Agua, he said that the mountain range surrounding the district “has a vortex of special energy that is of interest to these object, who possibly absorb it as they transit through the universe. An energy similar to what is released from Cerro Uritorco, in Cordoba.

Rojas stressed the existence of places known as vortexes, linked to a special energy whose production has been allowed by nature, and is chosen by interdimensional visitors.”

Zuccarino, in turn, says: “It’s curious that extraterrestrial craft should station themselves at the front dam of Las Termas de Rio Hondo, as occurred a few days ago, and this is due to the fact that they capture energy from water to power their craft.”

Moreover, they stressed that Santiago del Estero “has always been a UFO hotspot, since they made their first manifestations in the area known as La Higuera, in Choya, and sightings have been nearly constant since then. It is said that they appear in that area because there is Uranium, according to information compiled by the Provincial Mining Office.”

In the capital city, Lake Las Termas in Loreto, Sumampa, Ojo de Agua and several routes and towns in Santiago, numerous people claim having seen and having photographed “strange craft” in the sky. These are unforgettable experiences that changed their lives.

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Salvador Dalí

While Salvador Dalí never took a stance on the paranormal or much less UFOs, his surrealistic work has often wound up on the cover of books and magazines on the subject. "Soft Construction With Boiled Beans" - depicted here - was used by Editorial Posada's DUDA magazine to ilustrate "Ellos sabían el momento de su muerte" (They Knew When They Were Going To Die) - an article on a Royal Air Force pilot stationed in Egypt who was cursed with the ability to forecast the deaths of each member of his squadron.

Dalí was born on this day in 1904.

Under Wraps: Mummies Reanimated

Under Wraps: Mummies Reanimated
By Juan Carlos Mallory

The tabloid couldn't have had a more suggestive cover illustration: the parchment-skinned head of a South American mummy, millennia-old mouth gaping wide in mockery of a smile, vacant eye sockets staring out of the page. The title caption stated something about "the mummy's curse" or some equally attention-grabbing statement, but the story could not have been more compelling. The tabloid spun a yarn about archaeologists having discovered a cache of mummies in northern Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest point on earth, or at least in the Americas, where the intervals between rainfall can be measured in centuries. As the intrepid scholars re-enacted a scene straight out of an Indiana Jones script, one of the mummified bodies, presumably that of an ancient tribal shaman, made an audible cracking noise as its desiccated mouth opened into an evil smile. Locals believed that the spirit of a sorcerer, kept in abeyance by whatever nameless spells had been uttered over his unholy body, had finally been unbound and was responsible for the series of calamities which had befallen the area as well as the archaeologists.

So much for the tabloid. A superficial investigation of archaeological discoveries in northern Chile at the time (Schobinger, 1997; Allison, 1986) demonstrated that a major discovery involving ancient mummies had indeed taken place in 1983 near the city of Arica--could this have been the cache of bodies that included the tabloid's grinning evil shaman?

Mummies Reanimated

On both sides of the Atlantic, mummification was the province of medicine-men or priesthoods, who were also associated with the use sorcerous practices for the benefit of the tribe or kingdom. In Chile, the sorcerer was both feared and treated as an outcast, being forced to dwell alone in caves or remote locations (a fate reserved nowadays for paranormal researchers!). However, sources indicate that he was served by a retinue of acolytes whose services were seemingly repaid by being endowed with the power to change shape into animal form, enabling them to spy on those who might have unwittingly offended their masters. According to Rollo Ahmed's The Black Art, the Chilean sorcerers themselves could morph into nocturnal "birds" and engage in a number of vampiric practices--cattle mutilation being foremost among them. This is a sobering thought in the light of the "Chupacabras" epidemic that this South American country has experienced since 2000.

The Egyptian sorcerer-priests, in spite of their greater refinement and knowledge, were no less ruthless than their Chilean counterparts. During the mummification process, aside from the usual chants and spells involved with the embalming and which have survived down to our time, the sorcerer would allegedly whisper magical commands into the mummy's ear so that it would obey the living sorcerer in the afterlife, performing a number of duties in the Land of the Dead.

Even more frightening to the living is the prospect of mummies being reanimated: whether accomplished through sorcerous means (such as incantations, the use of an amulet, etc.) or through sheer accident (the opening of the mummy's sarcophagus leads stirs it out of its ages-old slumber), this possibility has become another staple of popular entertainment.

Yet such incidents appear to have transpired in real life.

In his book The Way out World (Prentice Hall, 1961), radio personality "Long" John Nebel takes a break from discussing the colorful and controversial characters who paraded before his microphone to discuss an incident involving a Buddhist monk named Aung Lin in the jungles of Sri Lanka. According to the story, Aung Lin served in a monastery located on the outskirts of a small village, which was the only human settlement for many miles around. As time passed, the monk heard his brethren discussing the dark, sordid tales regarding a renegade monk who lived alone at the edge of the forest. The villagers lived in fear of this rogue personage and avoided him as much as circumstances allowed.

As chance would have it, Aung Lin and his fellow cenobites were heading back to their monastery one day when they saw the rogue monk heading toward them in the opposite direction--an event which caused the other Buddhist monks to flee. Aung Lin, being remarkably self-possessed, stood his ground and actually engaged the rogue monk in conversation, who in turn invited him back to his cottage.

The bedraggled hermit's dwelling was even less savory than the man himself, and conversation did not exactly flow. Nebel remarks that Aung Lin was taken aback by the evil on the elderly monk's features, which "looked as though he had been immersed in evil for so long that it had had its effect upon his face." The younger monk readily understood the fear he inspired among the villagers and other monks, and was beginning to share their misgivings.

Among the tales circulated regarding his erstwhile host was the one involving the mummy of a small child: at some point during his journey down the Left-Hand Path, the rogue monk had disinterred the corpse of a 2 year-old child and mummified it through a procedure akin to the tanning of leather. Through a liberal use of necromancy, the monk was able to summon forth spirits to "animate" the small mummy, which performed all types of nefarious deeds ranging from theft to murder. Once its deeds were finished, the rogue monk would banish the spirits and the miniature mummy would become another dusty object among his belongings. Aung Lin was apparently able to catch a glimpse of the tiny monster one night as he strolled down a path--a small leathery figure holding a knife in its hand, on its way to perform its master's dark bidding.

Closer to us in both time and space we have the equally disturbing story involving a diminutive mummy venerated by certain segments of the population of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

The mummy, known variously as the Niño Compadrito (literally, the "godfather child") or "Mario", is a controversial object whose worship has been proscribed by the Peruvian government. According to anthropologist Flor Galindo, the figure was concealed from 1958 to 1976 to avoid its seizure. The Catholic Church has openly declared the figure to be "satanic", given that it is allegedly capable of exacting retribution or "wreaking punishment" from worshippers who stray from the fold.

The Niño Compadrito was apparently found under Cuzco's Calle de Montero and kept in the family of Juan Letona de Muñoz. Specialists suggest that the diminutive figure is that of an ape or an unknown creature. Readers can let their imaginations soar with this last observation.

Although clearly different in appearance and purpose, both Aung Ling's story of the mummified child and the Niño Compadrito share a common denominator: the belief that spirit forces (not necessarily the body's original occupant, can be conjured by a canny necromancer and ordered to take up residence in the vessel prepared for them.

A third case will bring us even closer to home: in 1967, a young woman named Leah Marsten, a teachers' aide living at home with her mother near Athabasca, Canada, claimed having seen a crude, animated "doll" emerge from under her bedroom dresser and stand squarely in front of her, about to pounce. Overwhelmed by the feeling of fear emanating from the figure, Ms. Marsten fled her room and was later found in a near-hysterical state. Police officers could not find anything at the site. Could the crudeness of Leah Marsten's would-be assailant perhaps be due to the fact that it had been "tanned" much like the Sinhalese mummy seen by Aung Ling? It need not be said that the cultural differences between Sri Lanka and Canada are immense, but could the reanimation of the mummified dead perhaps be a common secret to sorcerers of all continents?

Mystery of the Canarian Mummies

Spain's conquest of the Canary Islands in the 15th century set the precedent for the conquistadors' behavior when they reached the New World in the wake of Columbus' three caravels. This volcanic archipelago, located off the African coast, was inhabited by the enigmatic people known as the Guanches. The island group was well-known to ancient seafarers under a variety of names, such as the Satyrides, since they were believed to be the home of the mythical Satyrs. The historian Plutarch refers to their inhabitants as "Atlanteans", unleashing a controversy which rages to this very day over whether the Canaries are a remnant of the submerged island kingdom.

The Guanches lived in a Neolithic paradise where instruments of bone and sharpened stone were still used, and pottery was available in its most rustic manifestations. Some anthropologists believe that these original Canary Islanders may have been the last surviving members of Cro-Magnon man, to judge by contemporary chroniclers, who described them as being fair haired and much taller than the Spanish explorers (the monks Boutier and Le Verrier claimed having seen nine-foot tall specimens). Yet for all their rough ways, the Guanches built crude step-pyramids without the benefit of metal tools and mummified their dead. A dead Guanche chieftain was embalmed but never buried--it was his "duty" to stand by the new chieftain to offer advice to the newcomer, and perhaps even discourage would-be usurpers with the threat of revenge from the hereafter.

Spanish author and filmmaker Juan G. Atienza's Los Supervivientes de la Atlántida (Martinez Roca, 1978) states that many scholars old and new believed that the Guanches had learned their mummification techniques from Egypt, but that in fact, the methods were radically different. "[Scholars] have resorted to historical possibilities to suggest, on the one hand, an Egyptian influence in the Guanches ritual custom of mummifying their dead, and on the other, the possibility of a remote Cro-Magnon migration to the Canaries from the Basque Country and the Cantabric Corniche, approximately."

But if the Guanches didn't get their techniques of dealing with the dead from Egypt, and were certainly too far from the Chilean mummy-makers (in both time and space) to learn from them, then who?

Perhaps the answer lies in the mummies which allegedly can be found in our own country, in Death Valley's Panamint Mountains.

A number of renowned authors of the paranormal, such as Brad Steiger and Vincent Gaddis, have written about the legends that point to the existence of a lost civilization, known as the Shin-au-av by the Piutes. A prospector, after accidentally plummeting down a mine shaft, found himself in a tunnel leading to a series of chambers containing hundreds of leather-clad mummies spending the rest of eternity surrounded by stacks of gold bars and bins filled with gold.

Those Cursed Mummies

Mummies and the curses attached to them are such a staple of modern culture that their discussion could well be the subject of a doctoral dissertation. Since Lord Caernarvon died under suspicious circumstances in 1922 after opening King Tut's tomb, a number of theories have been put forth to solve the riddle of the "mummy's curse", ranging from actual spirits guarding the dead pharaoh's tomb to a slow death by radiation poisoning due to the presence of pitchblende (a source of uranium) in the sarcophagus.But not all curses appear to be attached to the human remains of Egypt's mighty rulers. Some of the lesser artifacts in their burial chambers appear to hold mysteries of their own.

In his book Strange Encounters (Ace,1968) John Macklin cites the case of one Richard Crocker, a Londoner who was fond of spending his lunch hours combing through antique shops. One afternoon in March 1958, Crocker ventured into a certain West End antique shop and peered into a brightly colored wooden box. To his surprise, it contained five delicately carved statuettes which turned out to be Ushtabi dolls, figures employed in ancient Egyptian funeral rites. Not interested enough to make a purchase, Crocker left the figures behind and returned to work.

Upon returning home, he discovered that his baby daughter had suddenly taken ill. The man became uneasier still when he learned that the girl had become sick at around the same time of day he had handled the Egyptian statuettes. His daughter made a swift recovery and no further thought was given to the matter...until a year later when Crocker saw another Ushtabi doll on display in another antiquarian's storefront. Gripped by a sense of foreboding, the man rushed back home, only to learn that the
little girl had taken ill exactly the same way as before. "After that," writes Macklin, "Richard Crocker is hoping that he will never see another of the dolls.
And he has wondered what disaster would have happened if he'd bought one."

The now world-famous "Ice Princess", the mummmy of an Inca maiden sacrificed at the summit of the Peruvian mountain known as Nevado de Ampato, near the city of Arequipa, has also attracted considerable controversy as a "cursed" mummy. Her remains were found by U.S. archaeologist Johan Reinhard and taken out of Peru for research purposes.

However, the city of Arequipa began to experience a string of calamities shortly after she was taken out of the country: two air traffic accidents, one of which made headlines around the world and left nearly two hundred dead, a mid-air collision between two helicopters and the collapse of a high-voltage cable during a fireworks display, killing thirty onlookers. The word spread around southern Peru that the "wrath of the gods" had been unleashed due to the maiden's removal, and local brujos hastily convened to pray for divine forbearance. Despite their fervent orisons, local authorities were advised to seek the return of the "Ice Princess" post haste.

But rather than risk public ridicule by citing the reasons given by the brujos, local leaders chose to cite financial reasons. "If the mummy were here, we might get some tourists," said Antonio Jiménez, mayor of Cabanaconde, a hamlet in the foothills of the massive Nevado de Ampato. Others cited the fact that museums around the world were charging an admission to see their "ancestor" and that the mountain people were not benefitting from it at all.

Neither were the museums. Perhaps Mayor Jiménez would have been startled to read that the "Ice Princess" had been de-accessioned (removed from display) from the Everhart Museum. Museum authorities cited the need to comply with the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act of 1992, which mandates the immediate return of Native American human remains to their respective tribes for immediate burial. Thus, the Everhart collection had a mummy that could neither be photographed nor displayed, and which further had to be repatriated: what greater curse than bureaucratic entanglements?

Peru's mummies appear to be unusually troublesome. Curtis A. Rowlett, writing in Strange Magazine (Spring-Summer 1992) mentions a curious personal experience involving a 1989 conversation with a man who had turned down an offer--extended by a Peruvian aviator--to visit a cave in the vicinity of the Nazca Plains which allegedly contained five small glowing mummies. The aviator had remarked about the hazards involved in touching the mummies: those who did so developed sores on their hands "or anyplace else that came in contact with the mummies."

Could Some Mummies be Alive?

In February 1954, Chilean muleteer Luis Gerardo Rios and his nephew Jaime were transiting the slopes of the towering El Plomo mountain at an elevation of 16,400 feet above sea level. Their high-altitude journey took them through an ice field where their eyes caught the alluring glint of gold through the Andean snow. Digging for more of this godsent wealth, the two men were startled to find a body near the treasure trove: the frozen body of an 8 year-old boy whose black hair was coiffed into a complicated hairdo. The child was in a kneeling position with his hands on his knees--the prayerful stance of the ancient Incas.

Realizing the opportunity at hand, Rios and his nephew decided that the frozen mummy could in fact represent a much greater windfall to them than the baubles that had been left in the snow alongside him. They carefully extracted the Inca boy from his ice chamber and took him down to Piedra Numerada, a cavern located at a more accessible altitude of thirteen thousand feet, storing the mummy while plans were made to contact Greste Mosny, curator of the Museum of Natural History in Santiago de Chile. A reasonable price was reached, but the anthropologist and her staff demanded to see the mummy before turning over a fortune in escudos to the mule driver. A month and a half after the discovery was made, specialists from the museum laid their eyes on the most perfect specimen they had ever seen, being so impressed that they agreed that any amount disbursed would indeed be a paltry sum for the purchase.

But something very odd had happened in the meantime.

According to Rios, the muleteer, the frozen eight year-old had weighed 114 pounds when removed from the dizzying heights where he was buried. In the month and a half that transpired between discovery and final agreement with the museum staff, the mummy's weight had dropped to some fifty pounds. Rios remarked offhandedly that the mummified boy began bleeding from the ears and "dripping oil" as he was brought down the mountain. Spanish biologist García Beltrán noted that this was incontrovertible proof that the boy was indeed alive, and in a state of what we would nowadays call cryogenic suspension.

García Beltrán stressed the point that the Inca boy was not a mummy--he had not been embalmed in any shape or form. His facial features, skin, and internal organs suggest that he was merely frozen at an ideal altitude: high enough to avoid decomposition, but not so high as to have extreme cold ruin the body.

Museum authorities agreed with the biologist's conclusion after making a curious discovery among the funeral cache--a bag of coca leaves, suggesting that the boy had been made to consume the narcotic in order to fall asleep and slip painlessly into "suspended animation."

Experts wondered if the Incas had indeed mastered the technique of preserving bodies for centuries, perhaps in the hope future men might be able to reanimating them some day through the right combination of either potions or spells.

Journalist Osvaldo Murray suggests that the "death" of the Inca boy on account of improper handling may have been excusable, but the discovery of another frozen child, removed from its icy sepulchre without proper precautions, was tantamount to murder. Murray made reference to the 1985 case of a frozen boy found near the summit of Aconcagua, the loftiest Andean peak, by a team of Argentinean mountain climbers. Discovered at the same sixteen thousand-foot elevation as the Inca boy, the team brought their find down from the mountain, where it was taken to the city of Mendoza. Nothing further was ever heard about it.

The journalist believes that a careful investigation of similar altitudes throughout the Andean range might yield even more ancient bodies awaiting resurrection in an unlikely future...


On Saturday, March 3, 2001, the Venezuelan town of San Cristobal in the state of Tachira finally buried the mummified body of man who died some 40 years ago. His remains, which had been attributed magical properties and become a source of veneration for the locals, were buried in a family grave. No one appeared quite certain about who the man had been in life: the mummy went by the nickname Cánchica and was buried in 1961, only to be disinterred in 1981 and transferred to the local cemetery's ossuary. Given its remarkable state of preservation, the mummy was believed to be miraculous by some and diabolical to others. Cánchica's face was partly disfigured by the stones hurled against it by persons holding the latter belief.

Cuauhtemoc Guerrera, a forensic pathologist with the San Cristobal Central Hospital, explained Cánchica's mummification as being due to environmental factors, the material with which his coffin was built, and perhaps even the man's dietary habits. But his learned explanations did little to suppress the aura of superstition surrounding the mummy.

The living have always felt a morbid fascination for the dead, as exemplified by funeral customs going back to the Neolithic period, periodic exhumations to inspect the body's progress, and the "Days of the Dead" held in many cultures. But perhaps no other aspect of lifelessness has intrigued us more than mummies and the complex, often downright bizarre practice of mummification--a strangeness that has imbued it with negative associations.

Whether swathed in bandages or left out in the sun to dry, mummies have been a constant reminder of the human need to believe in an afterlife. Popular culture embraced mummies in the 1920's with the discovery of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and the subsequent "curse" attached to said find, immortalized in dozens of motion pictures in several languages. More recently, audiences have thrilled to the computer-generated exploits of The Mummy (1999) and a recent episode of the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show introduced us to Empada, a Peruvian mummy-turned-exchange student who, like all the undead, must kill to stay alive.

While reams of paper have been churned out regarding the likelihood of "mummies curses" or their utter implausibility, there are nonetheless certain instances in which someone or something appears to be occupying these lifeless husks...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Argentina: More UFOs Reported in Sierra de la Ventana

Source: Noticias Tornquist (Prov. of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Date: 04 May 2011

Argentina: More UFOs Reported in Sierra de la Ventana

Stories of unidentified flying objects – better known as UFOs – in the Serrana Region, while not the coin of the realm, are often heard of. Stories of the inevitable young person on an evening stroll and seeing a strange light, or the one who saw a light vanishing behind a hill...

Some of these accounts speak of a “black hole” in the area which has been much debated by experts in the field. But few photos have been taken of it. It is so quick in its movements that surprise paralyzes those who see it, and the last thing on their minds is to reach for a camera.

A few weeks ago, while downloading photos taken in Sierra de la Ventana to a computer, a young man from Monte Hermoso saw an oval-shaped object -- visible over the hills – appearing in one of his images. This, without question, was an unidentified flying object. The photo was taken with natural light, it was daytime and the image was blurred.

Last week, a resident of Coronel Suarez (who prefers to remain anonymous at present) was traveling toward Sierra de la Ventana along Route 76 and a thousand meters before the road enters the mountains, where the immense stone walls form a corridor paved with asphalt, he saw a powerful light flying along the clear skies. It was on Sunday, April 24, around 1 a.m. that day. He was driving with his wife and a mutual friend. He stopped the vehicle, emerged from it with his passengers, and took a photo that is published along with this news item.

They were shocked by what they saw...perhaps the best thing. But furthermore, a few meters ahead, was another car that stopped to see the same object. They did not make contact with the driver, but the lights visible at the bottom left are that car’s headlights.

“It was a second – just a flash,” said the protagonist to the Nuevo Dia newspaper of Coronel Suarez. He had already had a previous experience in that area a decade ago. At that time, the intense light vanished behind the sierras, noting that while it moved slowly at first, it took off quickly toward the mountains, leaving onlookers baffled. The photo is available and is published with the article in hopes of seeing if other local residents saw something similar in the area. If so, it would be best if they contacted our newsroom in order to add greater credibility to what our fellow neighbor has told us.

Finally, no unusual sensations were experienced. No extra energy and no bodily sensations. It was all very normal. The only strange detail was the intense white light that vanished after speeding away behind the mountains.

Link: http://www.noticiastornquist.com.ar/index.php?misc=search&subaction=showfull&id=1304171094&archive=&cnshow=news&ucat=1&catid=1

(Translation (c) 2011, Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Argentina: Salta Resident Photographs UFO Over Cachi During Easter Week

Source: Contexto (San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina)
Date: May 4, 2011

Resident of Salta Photographs UFO Over Cachi During Easter Week

Saturday, 30 April 2011 – Last weekend, Cachi was the tourists’ choice not only for its natural wonders and the warmth of the “vallistas” who live there. It was also chosen by unidentified flying objects, who flew over its skies before the incredulous gaze of thousands of onlookers.

One witness managed to capture the moment: it was renowned aviator Tony Galvagno, the protagonist of the 1990’s incident [near the town of] Joaquin V. Gonzalez promoted as the “Argentinean Roswell”, with domestic and international repercussions. At that time, the aviator from Cachi witnessed from the town of Anta the fall of a strange object that caused a tremendous explosion. He later went public about being threatened by various organizations, who caused him to desist from the research he had undertaken.

According to accounts of what happened last weekend, the “vessel” remained suspended in the air for nearly half an hour – between 7:30 pm and 8 pm. – on Saturday, April 23. Galvagno says that he decided to spend a few days with his family at Cachi, renting a house in the urban section of town.

“On Saturday afternoon, during prayers, we saw a strange formation between the mountains, similar to a massive UFO. Being dark, because the sun was behind it, we did not pay it much attention, supposing that it was merely a cloud,” says Galvagno. However, he explains that after a few minutes went by, and as daylight fade, metallic flashes began to emerge from the object, making Galvagno and his family – and hundreds of tourists walking the town square – certain that it was not a plain and simple cumulus nimbus, but a vessel.

“I commented it with other people, as the object remained suspended in the sky, and we all agreed that at nightfall, it revealed the perfect, well-defined and metallic lines of a UFO. And it vanished thus, before the eyes of hundreds of onlookers,” said the pilot. (www.eltribuno.com.ar)

(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo GABIE, Argentina)