posted on Jul, 31 2009 @ 09:46 PM
Many years ago in the 1990s, you may recall, a fellow named José Escamilla broke the original "rods" phenomenon — I think it initially came about
while José was setting up his video gear to record a solar eclipse, and he later noticed these weird little things flitting about his video footage.
Escamilla appeared on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell shortly thereafter, and the whole "rods" controversy escalated from there.
The question, of course, was always are these things just distorted artifacts of the video recording process? The obvious answer was
yes, because you can't capture images of "rods" by any other method except by video recording.
You can't capture "rods" on photographic film, even on sophisticated high-speed film.
Escamilla concocted numerous pseudoscientific and downright metaphysical explanations for this glaring problem over the years, and he never
attempted to disprove the "rods" hypothesis, as any good scientist would.
In fact, after his very first appearance on Art Bell's show, I contacted José Escamilla and suggested a foolproof method for testing the
existence of "rods" — it was simple, just assemble a tripod with a 3-foot crossbar mounted on top; then attach a video camera on one end and a
film camera on the other; then, start recording a common target with both devices simultaneously.
If you catch a "rod" on the video, then you just refer to your synchronized film footage to see if it also appears on film.
Invariably, the "rods" do not appear on film. For some mysterious reason, photographic film transforms "rods" into common, everyday bugs
and birds. Escamilla knew this — he had to know it — as far back as his earliest claims in the 1990s. He had been told how
to confirm or refute the "rods" hypothesis, using simple methods and equipment already in his possession.
Yet, José pursued and popularized the "rods phenomenon" for many long years, actually attracting financial support for "research," even
though he knew it was a bogus phenomenon.
That's because José Escamilla is a full-blooded hoaxter, and "rods" are a full-blooded hoax.
The fact is, the "rods" mystery was solved almost from Day One, and it was only kept alive by Escamilla for his personal gain, relying heavily on
the gullibility of a public all too willing to believe in even the most absurd paranormal claptrap.
— Doc Velocity