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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Why don't aliens contact us?



The other day I was contacted about a contract job that sounded interesting.  The person who sent the email, "Antonio" told me he found my resume on a job board and wanted to hire me to do some work for his company.  It would be a part-time role which would allow me to still spend time running my business and doing the myriad other things I do throughout the day like dropping off large string instruments at the school and being a Soccer Mom.  I wrote back, "That sounds like the type of situation I have been looking for. Please provide additional details."

It's a trap

The person wrote back with a job description attached.  I checked out his email address and it led me to a legit website.  So far, so good.  But there was something off about this job description.  Where were the requirements?  And then things started moving too fast.  I am in the employment business.  I know how the hiring process works because I have been involved in it with dozens, if not hundreds, of companies.  This felt like someone was closing in on me, aggressively.  And it was.

Antonio Gerald
Totally legit-looking job description
With a little sleuthing I determined it was something like the Nigerian Scam where someone is trying to get your banking info so they can raid your bank account.  It did not take long to figure this out.  The difference here is that instead of a situation where the former Prince of Zamunda needs to smuggle $40 million out of the country and he chose you to carry out his plan, it is a job offer where you contact a third party that owes money to the first party and get them to send you the money.  You then take your cut and pass the rest on to the first party.  I can do that!  This sounds too good to be true!  Because it is.

Prince of Zamunda
The Prince of Zamunda
Having lived in New York City for a decade I have been trained in the art of spotting the scam, the Three-Card Monty on a rickety folding table, the electronics store in Times Square that has been having a "Going out of Business Sale" for seven years, the shady-looking dude with too much swagger, coming the other way, that I am going to cross the street to avoid.  I have a "Spidey Sense" that goes off when trouble is afoot.  I know a hustle when I see one.  Doesn't everyone?

Probably not.  I would bet the guy who sent me the fake job offer gets a lot of people with that.  It was quite sophisticated and took a bit of intelligence and life experience just for him to get me to the point of interest.  I am certain that others who take things more on face-value would get sucked in deeper and fall into the trap.

But I was a jaded New Yorker for too long.  I hang up the phone the moment I hear, "This is NOT a sales call!"  When I see the first six numbers on the caller ID are identical to mine, I do not say, "Wow, that looks like my number!  I had better answer it!"  I just hit the silence button.  When I see the Happy Garden restaurant is now called the Happy Dragon I know there was no million dollar buy-out.  The Board of Health shut the place down for multiple health code violations so the owner re-opened the next day with the business in his cousin's name.  It is just as dirty but man, the wings are fantastic!

And this, folks, is a completely natural segue into the question, "Why don't aliens contact us?"

Why don't aliens contact us?


They are here.  We know that.  Thousands of eye-witnesses have reported seeing spaceships, over the years.  Some people have even been inside them - sure, not all the stories are true but some are.  If any one of these stories is true then we know they are here.  My sighting is a true story.  Therefore, we can move past the existential question and focus on why they do not make contact.

I wrote a lot about why aliens do not make contact when I first started the blog in 2018, and then moved on to other topics.  But this question still intrigues me.  It has been the second biggest question on my mind since my spectacular UFO sighting in 1992.  The first question was, why do the US government and military not care about this?  Wait, I take that back.  In 1992 my biggest question was, why are girls attracted to meat-head guys who treat them like crap?  I was a nice guy.  And skinny.  But nowadays it is the other two questions which hog up more real estate in my mind.  That and why are Dino Nuggets chicken that is shaped like the chickens' ancestors?  Weird.

Dino Nuggets
Chicken Ancestor Nuggets
Why do aliens not make contact?  I have a million answers to this question.  I cannot say if any of them are correct.  One of them might be.  Here is today's possible answer.  Are you ready for it?  Here it is:

They know that one.

Contacting us is a trap.  We will pull the aliens in, extract all the scientific knowledge we can from them, and then use the technology against them.  Is that not human nature?  Look around.  Right now the two biggest economies in the world are vying for first place, economically, militarily, culturally, you-name-it.  We play nice, often, and in one-on-one dealings everyone treats each other with respect.  Every deal has to be a win-win for each party.  But at the end of the day, each country wants to be number one and that has to happen at the expense of the other country.  We Earthans would also do this with an alien civilization.  It is our way.

It's a trap
Using the same image twice improves download speeds.
You're welcome.
Aliens know that.  Anyone who can get from there to here has probably stopped off at a few other planets on their way over.  And it was not last week or even last year.  They have seen this game played out over centuries or even millennia.  They show up and proclaim, "We come in peace.  Take me to your leader."  The natives bow down and bestow the aliens with gifts.  They place floral leis around their necks.  They take the aliens out and get them drunk and then make rude comments about each other's women and decide it is getting late and they should all go back to their hotels.

It all goes downhill from there.  Soon the natives are cruising around in flying cars, zapping each other with plasma rays, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!  The natives eventually make the aliens wish they had never shown up.


Like my knowledge of the Nigerian Scam which clued me into the job offer scam, and my experience as a New Yorker that triggers my Spidey Sense telling me to cross the street when I see a ne'er do well, any alien delegation that shows up here is going to immediately be skeptical of us.  This is not their first rodeo, so to speak.  They know how this plays out because they have seen it before.  They will not be fooled again.

So they keep their distance.  They watch us safari animals from the safety of their Space Rovers and hope none of us try to jump into the vehicle.  Perhaps, from time to time, they will tranquilize one of us and bring us on board for an examination.  Maybe some people will be transported back to Planet X to be placed into a zoo or a circus - people go missing all the time.  What happens to them?  But by and large aliens will stay behind the white line.  It is high risk and low reward for them and simply not worth the trouble we would give them.

Aliens on Safari
Aliens on Safari


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Cow Spies



Anyone with an interest in aliens and UFOs will at some point come across stories involving cattle.  Sometimes cows disappear.  Sometimes, the story is more gruesome.  Cattle mutilation is not the most appetizing subject but one which I have not yet tackled and of which I have some ideas.  Do not worry, I will not go into many gory details.  This should be a fun piece to write and hopefully you too will enjoy it.

Aliens feeding a cow under the table
Copyright Close Encounters Studios, Used with Permission
So what is this all about.  The background, for those who have not looked much into this is, periodically farmers and cattle ranchers will file reports with their local police detailing bizarre scenes of downed or missing cattle.  These events are investigated as if they were a crime scene.  Detectives will comb the area looking for clues.  Reports will be written.

Cows pass all the time, who cares, right?  Yes, cows die sometimes of natural causes.  They get sick just like we do and it is normal to come across a downed cow from time to time.  Also, sometimes a predator will take a cow as a tasty treat.  They like steak as much as we do.  So it is normal for a pack of wolves, a cougar, or some other carnivorous wild animal to take down a cow and devour it.  And in some instances cows are poached by people who simply want some free food, ill-gotten as it were.

Here is the problem.  What makes these cases so bizarre is that the scenarios above do not fit the narrative of what some ranchers discover.  Cows will be found downed without any signs of having been eaten.  There will not even be a single bite mark.  There will be no signs of any disease.  These are typically healthy animals.

Even more strange, though, is the abnormalities which are discovered.  An NPR report on cattle mutilation says cows will be found shriveled up like a raisin without a drop of blood left in their bodies, yet there is also not a drop of blood on the ground.  And these animals may be missing their tongues, genitals, or udders.  Who would do something like this?

Could it be, maybe Satan?


Some people believe this is part of some kind of Satanic ritual.  What the blood and genitals would be used for is beyond me.  But OK, I suppose it is possible.  I have heard stories of goats and chickens being sacrificed to the Prince of Darkness.  But those are small animals which are easy to handle.  And I believe the letting of blood is part of the ritual.  Why would a cow be relieved of all its blood without a drop being spilled?  Oh, and did I mention there are no signs of how the blood is removed?  No cuts anywhere except where items were removed.  And how do entire animals disappear without any signs of carnage, footprints, or damage to fences?

People will dance around the subject of aliens without saying what they believe.  No one wants to be that nut-job who believes in Little Green Men.  But what else could it be?  We know aliens visit and observe us.  We know of countless stories of people being abducted by aliens.  Is it that much of a stretch to conclude that aliens may be interested in cattle?

For me the question is not, are aliens messing with our cows?  That is a foregone conclusion.  My question is, why are aliens messing with our cows?

Why do Aliens Like Cows?


Artist Roger Phillips whom I featured in my story of the Pinebush UFO Fair, makes a living drawing cartoons on the subject, among other alienata.  His work is featured in the Roswell Daily Record, affectionately known as the small town rag of Roswell, New Mexico.  Roger does a lot of cartoons involving aliens and cows.  It is a running gag, and a good one.

Gray Zone's take on the Far Side
Copyright Close Encounters Studios, Used with Permission
I asked Roger about the fascination with cows.  He told me:
I always thought that the connection between the grays and cattle was a humorous one. Why would a species capable of interstellar travel be interested in mutilating cows when they have such advanced technology? Besides, how many cows do they need? Even us primitive humans are capable of growing meat in a laboratory setting! I like to think about the contract that aliens are humorless, cold and unfeeling while my comic aliens have many foibles and weaknesses that we humans experience. 
I guess the only reason the aliens would be interested in cattle at all is that maybe they are distant relatives of man from the future and maybe a glimmer of our primate past still lives on inside them.
I always appreciate a new perspective on a discussion topic.  But we are still not getting to the heart of the matter - or the liver or kidneys, etc.  Why do aliens like cows?

Here is what I think:

Cow Spies


One of my first blog articles was about alien spies disguised as insects.  It was inspired by a hike in the woods with my kids where we encountered some strange insects which all built themselves identical little houses.  Each house resembled a larger insect with huge eyes.  I had never seen anything like it in my life.  What creature was capable of doing something like that?

Alien Insects
What insect builds these houses?
Since I think about aliens quite often these days, I imagined that this was something aliens could do if they wanted to slip into our world and spy on us.  Aliens could disguise themselves as insects and most people would never know the difference between these bugs and any other bug.

This assumes that a species with the ability to get from there to here (wherever that is) would also have the ability to manipulate DNA to transform themselves into Earth-like creatures.  Maybe that is a stretch of the imagination based on current human technology but just think what we could do with another million years of research.  What if people on another planet started this research a million years ago?  Or 100 million years ago!

But why stop there?  Why just insects?  What other Earth creatures would provide the perfect cover for alien spies?  What animals do humans permit to hang out with us?  Who are our friends in the animal kingdom?

Man's best friend is, of course, the dog.  Then there are cats and other house pets.  Understanding Man's complex relationship with these animals would take some study ahead of time - there are pre-requisites to this.  That is Man 400.  We need an animal that is Man 101.  I say that because, picture yourself arriving at Planet Earth.  You just flew 100 light years and you know nothing about this planet.  All you know is what you can observe from your spaceship.  What do you see?

I see cities with millions of people walking on sidewalks.  This must be who is in charge here.  What other creatures do I see milling about in large numbers?  Cows.

Dairy farmers will often have hundreds of cows.  Cattle ranchers may have thousands.  Often times these animals are set out to pasture where they just hang out, munching grass, doing what they please, in close proximity to humans.  If I were an alien and I wanted to spy on the people who were running the place, I might want to dress up as a cow to get in close.

I do not know how one would go about transforming themselves into a cow.  But maybe it involves more than just getting a mouth swab and growing some DNA in a petri dish.  Maybe they need some of the animal's organs in order to understand how it works?  This could explain the mutilation.

Why do they sometimes take just the genitals and the blood?  I am just speculating here, of course, but maybe they are good at growing the animals but they cannot get them started.  The engine cranks but it does not turn over, so to speak.  They need real cow blood to get them going.  And then, once they have a working cow (who, by the way, used to be a guy named Frednork who is now going undercover) they need a faster way to make more cows than the ole' DNA in a petri dish routine.  It is faster to incubate the cows.

Or, maybe it is a combination of the two.  They need the reproductive organs to incubate cows and the blood is used to provide nourishment through some type of umbilicus.

However it works, once aliens can grow cows or transform into them, this would be a pretty good disguise.  They could hang out on the farm and watch us come and go.  They could observe our food production technology up close.  They could listen in on our conversations - who lowers their voices around cows?  On the contrary, a working farm can be a loud place, at times.  Farmers will often need to raise their voices to be heard over machinery and mooing cows.

The alien cows would not have to worry about food and shelter.  They would be well cared for - feedings in the barn or out in the pasture.  A good scrubbing with the hose, from time to time.  "Hold on, what's that?  Are you milking me?  Seriously, guys?  Your hands are freezing!"

Some alien cattle may not fare as well as the dairy cows, though.  They would be like, "Oh, we're going for a ride?  What fun!  So, what's there to do in Kansas City?  Will I get to meet Patrick Mahomes?"  Next thing you know, they are at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn.

Peter Luger's
Peter Luger's
Spies?  Really?  OK, it is a huge stretch of the imagination.  What is a more simple explanation for aliens' seeming fascination with cows?  I always like to bring things back down to human nature and draw corollaries between us and aliens.  We are smart, they are smart - maybe we think alike on some things.

What do humans like about cows?  Um... they are yummy.  Sorry vegetarian readers, give me a moment here - in fact, just scroll down to the next article.  I love beef.  I like a nice steak.  I am a sucker for a fast food hamburger - does not really matter from where, they are all about the same, although I do wish In-n-Out would expand to the East Coast.  Maybe aliens like beef too!  Maybe they love a tender, juicy steak.

Aliens may take this a step further.  In parts of Asia, people eat blood soup and have other uses for blood.  Some people in other parts of the world will eat feet and other parts of animals that folks here in the US would turn our noses up to.  It is feasible that aliens like to eat only certain parts of the cow and they have precision tools, much more advanced than a butcher knife, to get at that food.  You have heard of shark fin soup.  How about cow udder chutney? 


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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Brain Parasites



In normal, casual conversation, I do not bring up the subject of UFO's.  At best, people do not know what to contribute to the conversation and it does not go very far - I might as well be trying to discuss the difference in skiing versus snowboarding, with a person who hates the cold.  At worst, the conversation will elicit some strange looks and the provocative question, "You believe in UFO's???"  I hate that question, although it is a clear signal to me that I need to adapt to the audience and change the subject to something more banal, in support of cerebral myopia - like the latest cat memes.

Crazy Cat Lady Parasite
Crazy Cat Lady Parasite, T. gondii
There is a place, however, where serious scientific-type discussions about aliens and UFO's can take place.  I am a member of a group on social media which takes an open-minded view towards this subject.  Its members include people from all walks of life from truck drivers to physicists with PhD's, film makers, bloggers, and other Creatives, those who have experienced close encounters and those who are lucky enough to have avoided this.

Awful Cat Meme
Awful Cat Meme
We do not discuss all types of paranormal activity, though - no ghosts or demons, no Bigfoots or El Chupacabras.  It is science, not witchcraft.  Within those parameters, there is serious discussion on questions like:
  • What are the Tic Tac spaceships?
  • Where do they come from?
  • Why do they not make contact?  
  • Why are the Tic Tac ships here?
These are the very types questions I have been raising and analyzing on this blog for over a year.  So it is fun for me.  I will often respond to a question with a link to a blog article I already wrote because it will explain my thoughts better than I can do in a social media text box, using my thumbs.

The other day, a member of this group brought up a topic I had not yet put much thought into.  It inspired me to write this article.  A member named Ryan posted:

what if what we're dealing with is so intellectually superior that it's deployed psychological measures to ensure we're incapable of responding.
1/3 of the human population is infected with a feline brain parasite. If I wanted to control a large population I might do it like that.
Fascinating
Fascinating
Fascinating.  Let us take a look at that.

Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome


Some people will immediately believe anything which supports an internal narrative.  For instance, there are people who believe there is an alien city on the Moon.  The popular version of this originates from the widely debunked Alien Autopsy Video which I had a lot of fun analyzing.  Even when presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, once someone gets that bug in their brain, it is hard to get it out.  I pointed out to one person online that the producer of that video has repeatedly admitted it was a hoax.  Still, my antagonist simply replied:

Hard to say David, there is so much info either way, I people set to debunk at all costs as well as hoaxers....

I would insert a Picard face-palm image here but I already used a Star Trek image and I am not really a Trekkie - nothing wrong with the show, I just never got into it.  At any rate, people are free to believe what they want, Science neglected.

I am not one of those people.  When I hear something new I immediately want to look it up and see if it is true.  In the Information Age, it seems that so much information is simply made up.  Then it is posted on some blog or slip-shod website and suddenly it is a "source," whether it was initially verified or not.  Me, I go the extra mile.  When I hear that, "1/3 of the human population is infected with a feline brain parasite," I have to check this out.

It sounds ridiculous, right?  But it turns out this is true and the numbers could actually be up to half of the world's population.  Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite which all cats (from Garfield to Simba) can host in their guts after eating a rodent which carries it.  Ya think it is funny to watch little Snookums bat around a mouse and then present it to you as a sacrifice to the Gods?  Think again.  Your kitty could be ingesting a mind-altering parasite which will multiply in the walls of its intestines and then infect your brain.  No, for real!

Then, for the next three weeks, every time your Kitty walks on your dining table or kitchen counters after doing her business, she could be spreading parasites around the places you eat, causing you to ingest the bug.  Even cleaning out the litter box could cause you to come into contact with this parasite.

I like cats but I do not have one.  We had them when I was a kid but they were always outdoor cats - no litter box.  The whole litter box disease thing is one of the many reasons I am a dog person.  Sorry, Cat Ladies (and Gentlemen).

So what!  A parasite may not be that bad, right?  For instance, Giardia can enter the body from drinking out of a stream.  This is why you should always filter your water when hiking.  Giardia can cause chronic diarrhea.  In Western Nations this is not a killer.  You just drink more water and eliminate a little more often and you are good.  And there are medications which can cure you.  No biggie.

Toxoplasma gondii or T. gondii, however, infects the brain.  Right off the bat, I do not like it.  Do I even need to go further?  ScienceAlert.com says the parasite could alter and amplify a range of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's, oh and also cancer.  Thanks Kitty!

The one effect that really blew my mind, though, is that people infected with T. gondii are more likely to get into traffic accidents.  This is due to decreased reaction times.

Mind Blown
Mind Blown!
Is there a correlation between Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome and being a terrible driver?  Maybe one of the questions on the driver's license exam should be, "How many cats do you own?"  For the record, that is a joke - mostly.

Brain Parasites


If T. gondii a.k.a. the Crazy Cat Lady parasite, can cause people to be more susceptible to certain types of actions, like getting into traffic accidents or committing crimes (see chart below) perhaps there are other parasites which can do this.  Maybe they exist here on Earth.  Or maybe they exist on other planets.  Biology and Medicine have made great strides in the past hundred years.  What will we know in another hundred years?  Or a thousand years.  What if we had a million years to examine all organisms on our planet and a thousand other planets?


T. gondii
T. gondii
Any civilization which has had the time to develop the capabilities to get from there to here would probably have also made great medical and biological discoveries in that time.  Perhaps, before arriving at Earth, they stopped on a planet inhabited by parasites which can infect the brain and cause you to, oh I don't know, pee your pants.  Or walk around flapping your arms like a bird.  Or maybe it can cause people to become more radicalized by their political views and want to fight anyone who disagrees with them.  Hmm...

It may indeed take a million years to discover a parasite like that.  But also, within the time it takes to figure out faster-than-light-speed travel, or Worm Holes, or Punch Tunnels, perhaps genetic engineering would advance to the point where you could build this organism yourself.  It is feasible you could construct a mind-altering parasite which would cause a population to be more susceptible to acting how you wanted them to act.  If you were planning on making contact with a more primitive society you might want to infect them with this parasite ahead of time so they would be more prepared to receive you.

I am not saying this is happening - just that it is possible - on a more advanced planet.  It is not possible for us, here on Earth, but it would be for a society which has figured out how to get from there to here.

So, let us roll with that notion.  If the people on Planet X (wherever that is) were able to create this Superbug, how would they get it into the bloodstream of, say, half the population on Earth?  They would need some sort of delivery mechanism - some way to seed the planet.

I have said it before and will say it again, I am NOT a fan of conspiracy theories.  But there is one which gives me an idea.  Some people think the vapor trails produced by jet engines are actually a spray called ChemTrails, which are some type of government mind-control.  These people are the "tin-foil hat" types which give serious UFOlogists a bad name.  I say this because the concept has no basis in fact.  Science on our planet has yet to devise such technology, but if it were possible, why would it be sprayed randomly on the entire population?  It would infect the people who were trying to infect others.  Oh yeah, and there is the fact that the vapor trails or ConTrails have a scientific explanation.

ConTrails NOT ChemTrails
ConTrails NOT ChemTrails
We cannot do this.  But maybe aliens can.  And since they do not live here, they could infect the planet with a parasite and not have to worry about infecting themselves.  We may also presume that when building this organism they would have built an antidote for it.  But maybe not.

Why are the Tic Tac Ships Here?


Would aliens use commercial jetliners to spray us with this parasite?  I suppose it is possible but I say unlikely.  Air traffic controllers or the Air Force would eventually spot these planes and take action against them.  More likely, they would use some more advanced technology to administer the bug.  It would have to be an aircraft which uses stealth technology to avoid radar detection and is also rather small so it can avoid being seen with the naked eye.  But if it was detected, it would need the ability to out-maneuver Earth's best fighter jets so it would not be shot out of the sky.  And just in case we are able to shoot one down, it should be an unmanned drone so there is no loss of life.

Alien Brain Parasites
A Tic Tac Ship
What I am describing sounds like a reasonable description for the Tic Tac ships from the Nimitz Encounters.  Was that their true purpose?  Who knows!  My best guess is that they were spy drones sent here to do reconnaissance.  But it is certainly possible they could also have been sent to deliver some sort of payload.

Hopefully, someday soon we will find out.



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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mobius Universe



The other day I read a great article someone posted on a UFO discussion group I belong to on Facebook.  For those who are new to the ISOT blog I will put out the clarifier that any "UFO discussion group" that I actively participate in is not going to talking about Bigfoots and El Chupacabra.  This is a science-based group of academics and philosophers rooted in reality, the same way I try to model this blog.



Möbius Strip

One of the admins of the group posted a blog article by Joe Murgia who goes by the pseudonym UFO Joe.  I do not  know Joe personally but after seeing the article I noticed that I follow him on Twitter so I have probably read his blog before.  Like me, he seems to also be concerned with getting at the truth of matters and avoiding conspiracy theories or degenerating into the Supernatural.

Joe posted an article, based on stories from George Knapp and others, which was mostly about an event that occurred at the Skinwalker Ranch.  This is a property owned by aerospace contractor Bob Bigelow, a man who has had a quite a bit of involvement in UFOlogy.  Supposedly a lot of weird stuff goes down at the Skinwalker Ranch.  It is said to be a hotbed of UFO activity and other inexplicable phenomena.  I do not buy in to all of that but then, I have not been there.  Maybe if Bob would be so kind as to fly me out there on his private jet I could write a favorable article about the place *ahem*.

The UFO Joe story involves a visit to the ranch by a US government official who was studying UFO reports.  While there, this official witnesses a UFO sighting, of sorts.  What he saw was not a spaceship, it was some type of projection of an object known to mathematicians as a Möbius Strip (also known as Möbius loop or Möbius band, any of which would be great names for a rock band).

At this point, I had to stop reading that article - not because I did not like it, I eventually did finish it - and immediately start doing some research.  Someone from the government saw something strange floating in the air - yeah great.  Back up, a sec.  What is this Möbius Strip of which you speak?  It is not every day that I hear about something I have never heard of before.  Once upon a time, I was great at math.  But I had no recollection of ever hearing of this Möbius Strip.  I had to find out more.

What is a Möbius Strip?


I have been to the Las Vegas Strip many times.  I love Vegas.  I could sit at that Roulette wheel for hours.  This is a different kind of strip, though.  Think more a strip of paper.  A Möbius Strip is a one-sided three dimensional object.  It has no beginning and no end.  It has special properties not found in other three dimensional objects.  They are easy to create.  I made some with my son and then I wrote an article on How to make a Mobius Strip.

One special property of a Möbius Strip is you can traverse its entire length and end up back where you started, without crossing from one side to the other.  Here, watch this video:


We did a couple other experiments too to see another cool property of the Möbius Strip.  You can cut it in half and instead of making two Möbius Strips, each with a half twist, it makes one long Möbius Strip with a loop.  You see, the two half twists combine to make a full twist.  Watch this:


Mind blown.  Cutting it in half again, you would think,

Twist + Twist = Loop

Therefore,

Loop + Loop = Loopty Loop

But no, you would be wrong.  Cutting it in half the second time makes a mess of spaghetti where somehow the strip goes through both loops.  It is crazy.  Check this out:


But so what!  What does all this have to do with a blog about aliens and UFOs?  Pay attention, here's the thick of the plot.  All of this geometry got me thinking about aliens.  Also, eating, sitting, and breathing get me thinking about aliens.  What if the Universe was in the shape of a Möbius Strip?  Ha?  Follow me on this.

The Möbiverse


When we look out into space we see stars really really far away.  Some of those stars have planets with intelligent life circling them.  But they are so far from us we could never get there.  Rocket technology could progress by orders of magnitude for another hundred years and we could still never carry enough food and fuel to get to another star system before the rocket's passengers all died from old age or cabin fever.

But what if, when we look way out into space, we are actually looking at something which has curved back in on itself à la the Möbius Strip?  Then, a planet which appears to be many light-years away could actually be on the back side of our visual plane, so to speak.  If that were the case, instead of travelling in a straight line to get there, we could just punch a hole in space and get there instantaneously.

Picture the old wormhole trick, where you fold two sides of a piece of paper together and then punch a hole through them with a pencil.  Except in this case, instead of folding the paper, you just go straight through.

Wormhole Trick
The Ole Wormhole Trick
Get's 'em every time
I call it the Punch Tunnel Theory.  I was going to call it the Marceau Tunnel Theory?  But there is already The Marceau Ship and The Marceau Contest, and I named the island in my pond Marceau Island, and we have a hill behind the house the kids and I call Marceau Hill so - I do not want people to start thinking I am some kind of an egomaniac.  😁

Here is a demonstration of this so-called Punch Tunnel Theory:


But wait, you say, I am a fan of the Multiverse theory and this new Punch Tunnel theory contradicts that.  Maybe not.  If you think we live in a series of universes or dimensions where you can travel from one to the other through some sort of barrier, maybe what you think of as a Multiverse is actually a Möbiverse.  In the Möbiverse, you can travel from place to place by punching a hole between barriers, just like in the Multiverse, but in the Möbiverse these places are not truly separated from each other - you could easily pass directly from one to the other by travelling in a straight line, if you had a rocket fast enough.  The straight line just happens to loop around itself endlessly, like as if you were to cut a Möbius Strip in half an infinite number of times.

Möbiverse
The Möbiverse
Maybe that makes it the Spaghettiverse?  In that case, you could also travel from one part of the Universe to another, not by punching through walls but by simply jumping off one strand of spaghetti, onto another.  You could still take the straight line route, but in this case, the shortest distance between two points would not actually be a straight line, it would be a hop.  The Hop Theory?  I love naming things.

What do you think?  I welcome all comments.


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How to make a Mobius Strip


Möbius Loop

How to make a Möbius Strip


Making a Möbius Strip is a fun and easy project you can do, using everyday household items, in three easy steps.

  1. Cut a strip of paper the long way, one and a half inches wide
  2. Put a half twist in the paper
  3. Tape the ends of the paper together

OK, I know that was a little complicated so I will break it down for you.  Also, if your keyboard lacks the ö character, you can just make a Mobius Strip.  Same difference.

The first thing you will need is a paper cutter.  In this case, plain old scissors will not do.  You need a way to cut a perfectly straight line.  I used our school-room paper slicer.  If you do not have one of these, they can be easily obtained during an elementary school parent-teacher conference.  Simply have your spouse sit down on one of the tiny chairs at the two quadrant sliced conference tables in the back of the classroom, with the teacher in the center cored-out part of the table, while you pretend to look for your kid's art work on the wall.  Put your hands in your pockets and whistle while you do this, to look less conspicuous.

How to make a Möbius Strip

When the teacher pulls out the kid's writing folder and starts pointing to random words, thereby demonstrating that your kid knows how to write, slip the paper cutter under your shirt and quickly announce you have to use the restroom, really badly.  Walk quickly (do not run and do not look back - both are signs of guilt) and put the slicer in your car.  If anyone stops you on the way out and asks what you are doing, say, "Nothing?"

Or better yet, you can buy a paper slicer at an office supply store like we did.

Next, remove a standard 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper from Tray 1 in your printer, like my kids keep doing.  They know where we keep the paper.  It is in the office supply closet, just outside the downstairs bathroom.  But that closet is a whole fourteen feet away from the printer.  Why spend the extra six seconds round trip when you can deplete the cache of paper in the printer prematurely and make me late for a meeting when I am trying to print something at the last minute and get out of the house but I need to stop and reload the printer?  Right?

How do you make a Möbius Strip?

Place the sheet of paper on the slicer and cut about a one and a half inch slice, the long way.  The exact width is not important, as long as the resulting strip is thin enough to get the twist in the next step, in there, but wide enough that you can later cut it in half a couple times, like in this Möbius Universe article.  If you use the metric system where you live, 1.5 inches is just smaller than the maximum depth of the edge of a Cricket bat.  Cheerio!

Do not discard the wider, remaining strip of paper.  You can use that for additional experiments.  One experiment I always like to try at home is to take a piece of scrap paper like that and write the new password to the WiFi on it.  Then I fold it up and put it inside the new roll of toilet paper sitting on the back of the toilet.  Then I wait to see which comes first, someone replaces the empty roll hanging from the wall with the new roll on the back of the toilet or someone asks me for the  WiFi password.  It is great passive-aggressive fun!
Random Office Supplies

Next, get yourself a clear tape dispenser.  I call it Scotch Tape.  It is a name brand, I know.  That makes it kind of like calling tissues Kleenex but that is what I call it.  Scotch Tape dispensers are commonly found in offices.  Do NOT steal one from work, you will get fired - unless you own the company, like I do.  Then, take whatever you want.  My tape dispenser is always empty because the kids always use it.  I bought them all their own - Costco sells them in multi-packs.  But what the kids do is when the dispensers run out of tape, they remove the empty roll and throw away the little spindle that holds the roll in the dispenser, rendering the dispenser inoperable unless you jury-rig it with a paper clip.  At least they are attempting to reload it (see toilet paper rant, above).  So then they have to use mine and I have to say things like, "Kids!  What leaves my desk?"  And they reply, "Nothing!"  And I say, "That's right!"  And then my tape dispenser disappears.

Half Twist

Dispenser in tow, take the smaller strip of paper you cut and make a loop out of it, like as if you were making daisy chains for your first grade class Christmas tree.  I am assuming the reader is an adult and that most schools no longer have Christmas trees in the classrooms.  My kids' school does not.  I guess at some point in the past few decades someone in Academia realized that not everyone celebrates the birth of Christ and we should not require kids to dress up a dead bush intended to represent him.  But when I was a kid, no one had yet figured that out.  So the boys cut strips of paper and chained them together to make our own garland and the girls sewed popcorn onto long strings of sewing thread.  My first grade teacher was very keen on making sure boys did boy jobs and the girls did girl jobs, whatever that meant.  🙄  Then we adorned the bush with our creations.

Important - do not tape the loop together without first making a half twist.  This is what makes an ordinary loop into a Möbius Loop.  It needs that half twist.  See the picture.  Be careful not to put a crease in the paper when making the half twist.  Then, put the two ends together and tape them in place.


One Sided Three Dimensional Object

Voilà!  You have a Möbius Strip.

Some people would also say, "Walla!  You got you a Möbius Strip, there, Buckshot."  Either expression is acceptable.


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