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Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Shough

From: Martin Shough <mshough.nul>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 13:33:13 -0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004 14:54:01 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Shough

>From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 14:11:09 -0400
>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 12:11:33 EST
>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>What also got me was these fairie ring things had similar properties
>>to what I saw in a Stanton Friedman lecture where he showed
>>samples of UFO landing trace soil reactions to water.  Dry and
>>wouldn't absorb water. I believe they were Mr. Ted Phillips'
>>soil sample results.


>UFO debunkers have often tried to explain away physical trace
>cases as Faerie Rings. They are distinct from each other and
>from Crop circles. Faerie rings involve fungi.


>In practically no case have there been saucers observed in
>conjunction with the crop circles... nor with the faerie rings.


The term 'fairy ring' was historically used in various different
senses, not just for the fungus rings. The 18th century English
antiquary John Brand remarks that "some refer the phenomena to
the operations of electricity" and quotes Philosophical
Transactions regarding "a circle of about five yards diameter,
the rim of which was nearly a foot broad, newly burnt bare as
was evidenced by the hue and frangibility of the roots" observed
after an electrical storm. It was widely believed that such
"blasted" rings were correlated with storms. Erasmus Darwin
subscribed to some such idea, as Vallee pointed out in Magonia.

This was possibly quite a widespread folk idea not restricted to
western "natural philosophers" if we consider the Chinese names
for certain fungi according to Frank Lane (Elements Rage):
Thunder Mushroom, Thunder-peal Mushroom and, even more
explicitly, Thunder-aroused mushroom! Fungi stimulated by the
temperature/humidity conditions associated with storms? Maybe.

But it's interesting that FSR carried a series of reports from
Argentina and Brazil in 1968-69 under the heading "Mushrooms at
Alleged UFO Landing Sites". These were positively huge mushrooms
in some cases, always associated with circular rings or ellipses
of "burnt" or "blackened" grass. I seem to recall a case from
another source where "unknown fungi" were found inside a burned
circle at Tres Arroyos, Argentina in 1973, but I can't give a
reference. Maybe S.American listers could tell us more about
these cases, and if anything ever came of an examination of
monster mushrooms at the University of La Plata following the
Tandil case of November 1968?

This is highly interesting folklore, if nothing else. On the
speculative side, I wonder if the accelerated growth of
abnormally large fungi in such a case could be construed as a
botanical analogue of the accelerated local time experienced by
humans who stumbled into fairy rings? ;-)

Martin Shough

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