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Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Warren

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 07:46:57 -0800
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 20:40:20 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Warren


>From: David Rudiak <DRudiak.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 10:32:01 -0800
>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>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
>>usage:

>>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
>>hallucinations)

>>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.


Dave, Chris Tom,

Staying in the same "folklore vein," I wonder if the definition
of "Little Green Men" (post 47) partially originated from the
"The Man In The Moon" and the moon being made of "green" cheese
stories?


Frank






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