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Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Rudiak

From: David Rudiak <DRudiak.nul>
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 10:32:01 -0800
Fwd Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 10:41:39 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Rudiak

>From: Chris Aubeck <caubeck.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 21:30:35 +0000 (GMT)
>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Aubeck

>>From: Tom Benson <sparkle.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 12:06:05 -0500
>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Benson

>>>From: David Rudiak <DRudiak.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 19:26:23 -0800
>>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>>UFOs & Fairies? (& Little Green Men)

>>>A side-bar on the possible connections between
>>>fairies and aliens concerns the the origins of the
>>>term "Little Green Men."
>>>We delved into this back in December, 2001, two of
>>>my posts on possible comic book origins below:

>The question of how the term "little green man" entered ufology
>is a reoccurring one. I carried out some research into this
>myself, finding the expression "little green men" used as far
>back as the early 19th century, and the presence of little green
>Martians in the 1890s.

>I realised was that there have been four main categories of

>1) In very old legends and folklore

>2) In later fairytales and childrens's literature

>3) As an expression of sarcasm (applying to aliens, fairies or
>imaginary beings in general, especially when referring to

>4) In ufology, usually in order to mock believers, witnesses or
>the subject of ufology itself.

>My personal conclusion is that the term "Little Green Men" was
>in use long before 1947 to describe supernatural beings of
>various kinds, and that the flying saucer age only redefined it
>for a new generation.


Super post! I think you are dead on that "Little Green Men" was
probably in the vernacular for a very long time, first being
applied to creatures like fairies, and then naturally attaching
itself to aliens. It was certainly deeply inbedded as a
sarcastic anti-UFO term early in the 1950's.

Like black usually being evil, white being good, red being gory
or sexual, green seems to have its own primal associations,
usually something disgusting or just plain creepy. We tend to
associate green with slimy, slithery, crawling, creeping little
critters and other things that go bump in the night.

The comics and comic strips of the 1930's and 1940's were
certainly full of green aliens, but whether "Little Green Men"
in an alien context was commonly used to reference them pre- or
post-Arnold is still not nailed down.

David Rudiak

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