From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:34:30 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:56:48 -0400 Subject: Cattle Mutes "Episode Of Collective Delusion" PTTUZYUW RUMOUHA5402 2360829-UUUU--RUCICSB. ZNR UUUUU RUCICSB T AUTODIN MODE V RUEOEHA T RULPALJ P R 240547Z AUG 11 FM COMMCEN CAMP SAMAE SAN TH//TERRY C// TO RUCICSB/AUTODIN MODE V//COMMCENTER-7// RUMKC/AIG 600 INFO ZEN2/CDRUSARSUPTHAI CAMP SAMAE SAN TH//S-2/PAO/MEDTC/CILTHAI// RUEOEHA/USCINCSO QUARRY HEIGHTS PN//SCJ2/INTAFF/POLAD/NCR/SCJ6/SSO// XMT AUTODIN OPNET//COMMCENTER-2//(RUCICSA) BT UNCLAS SUBJ: CATTLE MUTILATIONS CALLED EPISODE OF COLLECTIVE DELUSION During the past several years, farmers in the western states have been reporting dead cattle that seemed strangely mutilated. Soft, exposed parts, such as the ears and genitals, were apparently removed with surgical precision. Some corpses seemed bloodless. Local papers blamed satan worshippers and UFO occupants. This paper analyzes the 1974 mutilation "flaps" in South Dakota and Nebraska, with special attention to the rapid rise and equally rapid decline of public interest as measured by newspaper coverage. PAGE 02 RUMOUHA5402 UNCLAS In the opinion of the author, these two episodes are classic cases of mild mass hysteria, similar to the occasional crazes of auto- mobile window-pitting. In all cases where university veterinarians examined the corpses, the mutilations were ascribed to small predatory animals. The veterinarians also pointed out that blood coagulates in a couple days after death, accounting for the frequent "bloodless" condition. With such expert reassurances, the "mass delusions" subsided quickly. Cattle mutilation flaps are thus seen by the author as episodes when people interpret the mundane in bizarre new ways, due perhaps to cultural tensions. It is noted, however, that expert veterinarians examined only a few of the dozens of mutilations, and that some people rejected the above commonplace explanations. (Stewart, James H.; "Cattle Mutilations: An Episode of Collective Delusion," The Zetetic, 1:55, Spring/Summer 1977.) =46rom Science Frontiers #1, September 1977. =C2=A9 1977-2000 William R. Corliss BT #5402 NNNN Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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