Junk Science

John K Clark (johnkc@well.com)
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 09:20:24 -0700 (PDT)


On Tue, 02 Sep 97 "Rick Knight" <rknight@platinum.com> Wrote:

>I consider that the circles, whether they be hoaxes done by clever
>humans or cryptic messages from an advances off-world race, to
>be a fascinating phenomenon, at least archetypally and sociologically.

You don't need to be very clever to fool somebody who deep down really want's
to be fooled. Confession time, I've never told anyone this before but I think
the statute of limitations has run out. When I was about ten I made a hot air
balloon from several transparent dry cleaning bags, soda straws, scotch tape,
and a few dozen birthday candles, one night I launched it. I though that if
it worked at all it would only go up a few feet but It worked far better than
I dreamed, it went up several hundred feet and then the wind took it.
My joy started to fade when it dawned on me that I was being incredibly
stupid, I became terrified it would land on somebody's roof and start a fire.
I chased it for about a mile on my bicycle and then lost it, I fearfully
listened for sirens but heard nothing. The next morning feeling like a
criminal I read the local newspaper looking for unexplained fires but
fortunately didn't find any, but I did read a story about weird lights seen
in the sky that could not possibly have had an earthly origin. I never did
find out where it landed.

John K Clark johnkc@well.com

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