Roswell anniversary marked by Google

Go play with the Google doodle today that marks the 66th anniversary of the “UFO crash” at Roswell. It’s quite elaborate for a doodle.  Google.

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Google today is celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident with an interactive homepage doodle that allows users to help a lost alien return to his spacecraft.

The “Roswell incident” dates back to 1947, when residents in Roswell, New Mexico reported seeing a mysterious object crash on a nearby ranch. The official government explanation is that a military surveillance balloon crashed to Earth, but many believe it was actually a UFO, making Roswell synonymous with aliens.

The black-and-white doodle, therefore, features an alien crash-landing his small craft on the ranch. He emerges unscathed, but is in need of materials to fix his spaceship. That’s where you come in. Guide the extraterrestrial around the ranch to collect various items that will help repair the spacecraft, and send our visitor on his way.

I encountered some barnyard animals, supersized a few things and got him back up into the sky.

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It’s not EXACTLY like the actual event which was prompted by some secret military testing that went awry. All would have quietly faded away (maybe) except for Stanton Friedman who dug up the incident and spawned imaginative interpretations about what happened.

There was not a crash of a UFO at Roswell. There were not alien bodies ever found. The government is not back-engineering otherworldly craft. The evidence does not support such things and the current state of our military expertise should show that after 66 years, we’ve not learned anything much new about propelling spacecraft that we wouldn’t have figured out on our own.

Roswell is a great American story and the town happily promotes the legend. But we must keep in mind that it is fiction. While every minute detail of the Roswell real event might never be revealed (it’s been too long and the records may be gone), we can be reasonably assured that this historical event got a whole new spin that was just too fun not to play with.

Check out the Roswell wikipedia page for tons more about this iconic event.

Roswell UFO incident – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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  4 comments for “Roswell anniversary marked by Google

  1. July 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Pfft…Everybody knows the Roswell incident was caused when Philip J. Fry tried to microwave popcorn while watching a supernova but neglected to remove their aluminium cover, thereby sending the Planet Express ship back in time 1050 years, and that the alien was, in fact, Dr. Zoidberg.

  2. Bob
    July 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I once interviewed a guy who said this: “There are no such things as aliens. The ‘Grays’ are creations of the Jesuits in their deep underground military bases through their genetic experimentation. All the grays are hybrids. They cannot reproduce; they live short lives; they are lesser than what a man is—that’s one of the signs of a hybrid. What I maintain is that the Jesuits have perfected their antigravity craft, and god knows what other technology, and so what they did when they crashed at Roswell, they put those little creatures in there.”

  3. One Eyed Jack
    July 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    There was not a crash of a UFO at Roswell.

    Not true! I saw it on this documentary called “Independence Day”…

  4. spookyparadigm
    July 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Bob, have you seen much about Nick Redfern’s “Final Events” book? You might want to find some of the longer form interviews he gave about it a few years ago with I think Secret Sun, The Paracast, maybe Binnall and a few others. Like the shark in Jaws, they’re better than the actual book because they provide the nifty story rather than making it plain that it’s a fricking rubber shark. In a nutshell, Redfern ties together Crowley’s Lam into Jack Parsons and the Babalon working into UFOs. None of that is new. But he then suggests that this sparked a working group within the intelligence community that followed the Parsons lead into weirdness, before it became subverted by a confusing of muddle on the one hand of military types trying to weaponize demonology and diabolism, and on the other hand by a dominionist conspiracy intending to protect the world from having demon/aliens suck out everyone’s souls by imposing a hard theocratic regime backed up by surveillance and technotrickery.

    I mention it specifically because of a side detour into the idea that the Roswell bodies were alchemical homonculi (an idea I’ve seen before including in fiction like the 1990s Delta Green role playing game).

    The problem of course is that as with other Redfern books, there are a few FOIA-esque documents that hint at things, and then a raft of “super-secret agent/occultist told me horrifying fiction-esque story that knits together other supposed first hand accounts way creepier than what are usually reported, and that at times fall apart when someone else takes look, see also Hexham Heads.” And the theocratic conspiracy stuff struck me as akin to Mermaids: The Body Found in that a potentially legit concern (navy sonar effects on whales) is sensationalized and buried within a bunch of muck (I had a similar issue with The Men Who Stare at Goats, which buried significant issues on the origins of the torture techniques of the US in a story about New Age hijinks, and in fact in the book this is even alluded to in a meta-fashion but not really picked up on further).

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