Curiouser curious encounters, a selection (Part I)

Source: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA UFO SIGHTINGS DATABASE, compiled by Jacques Vallee. Commentary added.

A haystack?

Dec. 07, 1872. Banbury, Great Britain:

At King's Sutton an object resembling a haystack flew on an irregular course. Sometimes high, sometimes very low it was accompanied by fire and dense smoke. It produced the same effect as a tornado, felling trees and walls. It suddenly vanished

The physical description and behavior of the being described in the following encounter are eerily similar to accounts of my Norwegian grandfather:

Apr. 17, 1897. Williamston, Michigan:

At least a dozen farmers saw an object maneuver in the sky for an hour before it landed. A strange man near 3m tall, almost naked and suffering from the heat, was the pilot of the craft. "His talk, while musical, seemed to be a repetition of bellowings." One farmer went near him and received a blow that broke his hip.

Possibly the first account linking UFO’s and cattle mutilation.

Apr. 19, 1897. Leroy, Kansas.

Alexander Hamilton was awakened by a noise among the cattle and went out with his son and his tenant. They saw an elongated cigar-shaped object, about 100 m long with a transparent cabin underneath showing narrow reddish band, hovering 10 m above ground. They approached within 50 m of it. It was illuminated and equipped with a searchlight. Inside it were "six of the strangest beings" the witness had seen, also described as "hideous." They spoke a language no witness could understand. A cow was dragged away by the object with the help of a strong red cable; it was found butchered in a field the next day.

A politically incorrect encounter.

Apr. 25, 1897. McKinney Bayou, Arkansas:

Judge Lawrence A. Byrne of Texarkana, Arkansas, was surveying a tract of land when he saw a peculiar object anchored on the ground. "It was manned by three men who spoke a foreign language, but judging from their looks one would take them to be Japs."

An elegant frog-man.

Fall, 1938 (or following year). Juminda, Estonian coast:

Two persons saw a strange "frog-man" 1 m tall with a round head, no neck, and a hump in front of the body.The mouth was a large, straight slit, the eyes were like smaller slits. The skin was brown-green, compared to pegamoid, hands normal. The creature walked in a peculiar "but elegant" fashion, the head waving up and down while the legs moved "carefully." When pursued, the creature accelerated very fast, with feet "fluttering." About 100 m away it vanished completely'.

Towely-skinned mummies from space.

Feb., 1949. Pucusana, Peru:

C. A. V. an oil company employee, 30, was driving to Lima when he saw a shiny disk at ground level. He walked toward it for 10 min. Three figures came out as he was 20m away. They looked like mummies, had joined legs and one large foot. They "slid" along the ground. They were covered with a strange "towely" skin, asked the witness where they were, had a lengthy discussion with him, and took him for a trip in their craft.

Return of the flying haystack.

Sep. 07, 1954. Harponville, France:

Between Harponville and Contay, two bricklayers, Emile Renard, 27, and Yves Degillerboz, 23 saw an object floating in mid-air over a field: "It looked like an unfinished haystack, with a plate turned upside down on top of it." When they approached, it took off. Diameter 10 m, height 3m. A kind of door was noticed. The observation lasted over 3 min. The object released smoke when it departed.

Beings in bags.

Sep. 26, 1954. Chabeuil, France: Mrs. Leboeuf was suddenly confronted with a creature resembling "a child in a plastic bag, with eyes larger than human eyes." This creature entered a flat, circular machine, which took off toward the northeast with a soft whistling. Traces. Witnesses in state of shock.

Oct. 02, 1954. Croix d'Epine, France:

A mechanic, Ernest Delattre, 19, was riding home on his motor scooter when an egg-shaped object, brilliantly illuminated, landed on the left side of the road 15 m away. He saw short, dark shapes "like potato bags" moving about the object. He sped up, saw the object, the size of a small bus, taking off while its color changed from orange to blue and then to grayish-blue. The witness fainted while telling his story. Two persons in neighboring villages independently reported observing the object.

Someone should have asked little Bertiaux just how much like.

Oct. 04, 1954. Villers-le-Tilleul, France.

Ten-year-old Bertiaux saw an object "like a tent" and an unknown man near it.


  1. Isn't it amazing what tricks the mind can play?

    My experiences after dying, and unfortunately thanks to 21st century technology, was snatched back to life.

    Well, "I" found it interesting.....

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  4. Ha! I can beat Stag on that easily. Not only have I been dead, I am currently dead, and speaking to you from the grave, I must say I enjoyed the flying haystack/tent article immensely.

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