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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ALAN FRISWELL'S HOAX PICS #2 - A Saucerful of Secrets

I had suspected that my interpretation of the surgeon's photo would be 'solved' by the CFZ crowd at some point, and so well done to G. L. Wilson and Oll Lewis for pretty much getting it right.

Mr Wilson was correct in spotting that the shot was taken indoors, and Oll's observation that it may be 'plasticine in a bath' was more or less on the money, except that the model was made of polystyrene--although it was indeed weighted down with plasticine.

Here's a shot of the model while under construction in my workshop, with the dinosaur at the back giving him a very odd look--and a pic showing him in the bath before I filled it with water.

OK, no more easy ones, folks--now it gets a bit harder....

Coming out of left field--as I frequently do--Here's a pic of a UFO. Yes, I know--not crypto and all that, but who's to say that some UFO phenomena might not be of organic origin anyway?

If we entertain John Keel's contention that most, if not all fortean strangeness can be attributable to some super-spectral gestalt, able to bend reality to it's own purpose, or even the more recent evidence for 'sky beasts', then the jury might have to remain out for a while longer. But anyway, here's a 1950's-style saucer--just the sort of thing that George Adamski might well have encountered after a session on the special brew. So how's it done? Once again, there is no digital imaging involved and everything in the picture is real--kind of.

I will say one thing--it wasn't filmed in a bath tub....


stormwalkernz said...

The Model was suspended on a fine thread in front of a poster which you can see the light highlights on in places.
Impicking that below is a piece of artificial grass.

dinosaurman said...

Hi Stormwalkernz.
Alan F here.

The sky is not a poster, and the saucer is not suspended on a wire. The grass is real as well, and was photographed at the same time as everything else.

But having said that, there might be a clue in what you say....