Wednesday, March 21, 2007

For Your Consideration: Flying Humanoids

It's hard to believe I've been blogging for an entire year, and I haven't written a single post on the subject of UFOs. Alien visitations rank fairly high on my list of obsessions--somewhere between giant squid and Japanese variety shows. So to make up for my oversight (and the extra day without a post) I'm presenting you with what I think is one of the strangest videos I've ever seen.

Mexico (as those of you who live there must know) seems to be a major destination for extraterrestrials. Sightings of flying saucers are unusually common down south, and Mexican UFO clubs are responsible for some of the best photographic "evidence" of their existence. But this video (and I've seen others like it) is different from what you're probably expecting.

Take a look. I'm curious to know what you think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice video. My idea was to eventually make the Columbia Conspiracy a book. It might not happen for a while, but it's worth a shot!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU'RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Pray tell . . my Columbia Conspiracy?

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!!!! THAT I ACTUALLY BELIVE but my mom thinks it's a load a crap but i love that stuff!!!!!

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm hmmmmm..... You're Columbia Conspiracy....

5:57 PM  
Blogger theatre said...

wow i haven't been online have i?? cool vid

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool vid? sweet vid......

11:18 AM  
Blogger CosimaCat said...

I've heard of people seeing saucers on the dunes
well, around them.
Pray tell, columbia conspiracy?

6:09 PM  
Blogger CosimaCat said...

They left parts out of the subtitles, by the way.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Anything good left out of the subtitles, Cosimacat?

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about your french adventure???
Can't wait to hear!

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about your french adventure???
Can't wait to hear!

5:50 PM  
Blogger CosimaCat said...

Let me see...
*starts whistling the X-Files theme song while the video is loading until she is asked to stop*
1. (5 seconds in) The announcer says, "The inhabitants of a city..." However the subtitles call this location a "remote town". I don't think that cities are remote towns, do you? "City" implies an urban area, 10 000 inhabitants or more if I remember correctly- better, instead of seeing how well I remember 5th grade geography textbooks verbatim, let's see what Wikipedia has to say:
"A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. In most parts of the world cities are generally substantial and nearly always have an urban core, but in the United States many incorporated areas which have a very modest population, or a suburban or even mostly rural character, are designated as cities. City can also be a synonym for "downtown" or a "city centre"."

2. (11 seconds in) the subtitles imply that the townsfolk (as in majority) claim the flying things are witches; however what she's saying is that the inhabitants are terrified by the fact that they seem to be being attacked by some extraordinary beings which many claim resemble witches. So far the subtitles seem to be attempting to slant a watcher's judgment.

3. (13 seconds in approx.) In the video the lady says, "From Mexico, Alejandro [Alexander] Mendoza with the impacting testimonies...". The subtitles leave the reporter's name out. Perhaps I'm being picky or paranoid or both, but it seems to me that if they're leaving the reporter's name out, there's a reason.

4. (20 seconds) Here we go with "remote town" again. Also, the sound won't play. Next shot, it's back on, though.

5. (the scene that starts 25 seconds in) The people's commentary is not subtitled. I'll do my best to translate it:
GRAY-HAIRED MAN: For example, why didn't it keep going straight?
. . .after that the voice over is the only thing that can be heard with any clarity, which brings me to:

6. (40 seconds approx) The subtitles don't mention that "witnesses testified that it seemed to fly on a broomstick"

7. Three seconds of monologue without narration: as best I could tell he was saying that "But this presumption was scoffed at/not taken seriously until this policeman's testimony changed the panorama"... did we read anything about it being scoffed at? And also, "panorama"? That doesn't make sense to me... what about "picture"?

8. (56 seconds in) the policeman says that it had feathers, but that is noticeably absent from the subtitles. (*shrugging, possibly to indicate winglike appendages* "Asi con plumas, dos garras, negras" = more or less "Like this with feathers, and two black claws")

9. (1 minute 19 seconds in) The cemetery is named as the "St. Katarina" cemetery (Katarina is a word for an elegant woman, and also the name of the elegant female skeletons made for Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead [November 2]) but this name is not mentioned in the subtitles.

10. Didn't mention that it was "curious" that both testifying witnesses so far were policemen. This one's unmentioned name was Leonardo I-Couldn't-Catch-His-Surname,-Sorry (wait, I think I got it, Samaniego? Salmaniego?)

11. (two minutes in) The reporter says that local TV stations began to catch on to other unnerving stories- unlike the subtitles it makes no mention of videos.

12. It is not mentioned that the video in question which is being centered in an investigation was filmed by "Geronimo and his friends in the Omniclub" which I think is the aforementioned UFO club.

13. The reporter says "That extraordinary object or being," the subtitles change being to humanoid. Can we have two seconds of anything that isn't trying to glorify humans?

14. Thankfully, there isn't a 14.

This concludes my analysis. While some were minor, there are some discrepancies that I suspect mean something bigger.
Or maybe it's just the decongestants talking.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Very, very impressive cosimacat. If you ever move to New York and need a job, give me a call. A person with your skills could be very useful to have around.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

That is one weird witch. It doesn't even need a broom to fly...

1:25 PM  

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