Odd encounters? Never-really-happened encounters? Or are they just we-can’t-really-understand encounters? Whatever they represent to me, you or
anyone else…they are usually a lot to think about. In this case, we have a bit more adventure and description than usual. We also have errors in
investigation that could have made one explanation much stronger than another. One little throw-away comment by the man who claimed this experience
caught my attention and adds to the typical crazy-ass weirdness that makes these encounters so damned
"I was looking straight into their faces, never got a side view. If you wanted to communicate with them, you were looking right at them. You
never looked at the side or the back; there was just a direct front view -- that's all I ever got."
In a way the story follows the classic plot-line of ‘boy meets girl – boy loses girl.’ This time it’s more like man meets man-thing, travels
to man-thing’s planet and is then dumped in a ditch back home without even a thank you. Terrible manners. Here’s the man himself, Carl Higdon:
Higdon worked for a drilling company out of Rawlins, Wyoming. On Friday the 25th of October 1974, he was forced to take the day off when one of his
workers was ill. He decided to take the company pick-up and travel some 40 miles away to the Medicine Bow National Forest to hunt elk.
He must have set off late because he arrived on the outskirts of the forest around 4pm…leaving just over two hours of fading autumn daylight. He
bumped into a friend who told him of elk nearby and so he got his Magnum rifle and headed off down a hill towards the forest. Little did he know his
first step plunged him away from our reality and spinning away into Alice’s rabbit-hole where big became small…
Higdon saw a group of five elk and paused to fire a shot at a strong male. He took aim and fired. His 7mm round burst from the barrel and travelled
slowly enough for him to watch in disbelief as it collapsed against some invisible surface and fell to the snow just 50 feet away. He later described
the moment in such a way as to evoke images of the Matrix movie:
This is the bullet
It floated like a butterfly, finally falling to the ground about 50 feet from where I stood. I was awe-struck -- I froze. All around me there
was a painful silence. Not a chirping bird or the rustling of leaves on nearby trees could be heard. The only sensation I could detect was a tingling
feeling which crawled up my spine. This was similar to the feeling you often get before a fierce thunderstorm, when the air is full of static
Back in the 80s a UFO researcher, Jenny Randles, called this the Oz Factor;
when witnesses describe the sensation of silence and otherworldliness. Such feelings have been recalled during *some* UFO sightings, but also extend
into other mystery areas too. For example, sightings of bigfoot and even sea-monsters have found alleged witnesses remarking on how silent the world
became. Intriguingly, this isn’t limited to single-witness incidents.
Floating bullets were just the beginning for our friend Carl as he turned around to find a strange-looking man just feet away. He was tall and wearing
black with belts crossing over his shoulders and something like a dial above his waist-belt. "Personally, it took getting used to, in order for me
to look at him without getting a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach."
Sure, it was human enough in the broad scheme of things but the details
made him uneasy.
He had a forehead that sloped back from small eyes and no clear lower jaw. His face seemed to blend into his neck and his wide mouth had large, wide
teeth with three on the top and two below. It sounds a little like a face in a spoon. On top of its head were coarse hairs that were more like the
golden bristles on a stiff brush. The being had no visible hands; the right arm ended in a cone-like instrument and the sleeve of the left arm was
long. Here’s an illustration:
So far, so good! Floating bullets and misplaced people or misplaced beings? One could argue the toss over which of these individuals is in the wrong
place. In a further Alice meets the Matrix-moment, the being gives him a packet of four pills and his adventures really get under way.
"Without any prior communication this creature said 'How you doin'? I was trying to stay calm, so I responded with a weak, 'Pretty
"I opened the packet and found four pills inside. He told me, In English, to take one of them. That it would last four days. Now normally I don't
like taking pills, not even an aspirin, but something happened. It's as if I had no control over my actions. So I just swallowed one of 'em, and put
the other three into my jacket pocket."
Remember that Carl had been shooting elk and the being was behind him because he had to turn around to see him? Now, following the pill, Carl found
that a small rectangular craft had appeared behind him. In fact, in a scene straight out of Wonderland, he explained, how it ‘…couldn't have
been more than five feet high, seven feet long, and four and a half feet wide. Tiny is the only word I can think of to accurately describe its
Like a magician, the being waved his arm and Carl found himself inside the object with the 5 elk (caged and motionless) from earlier, the being from
outside and another one. He found himself restrained in a chair as they approached him with a helmet full of wires and placed it on his head. "I felt
like the monster in an old Frankenstein movie," he recalled. Looking out from his helmet, he looked through the windscreen (or viewing screen) to see
a fast approaching planet; it was the being’s world.
For those who enjoy reading about encounters like these, there are always statements by the folk from Elsewhere
that make no sense, mislead or
are plain wrong. Mischief, deception and wilful absurdity are always in the thick of it; they can say a lot and yet actually say nothing meaningful.
Certainly nothing of any use in identifying the cause or origins of these experiences is recalled by percipients. In this case, the beings told Carl
how far away from Earth their world was…"They told me it was 163,000 'light miles' from earth."
‘Light miles’ huh?!
As he looked out, he was able to see an enormous, towering platform that was circled by bright lights. The lights were so blinding that he covered his
eyes and complained that he felt they were burning his face; the being replied that ‘Your sun burns us too.’
He was abruptly told that he wasn’t of use to them and the experience came to a crashing halt. Without ceremony or signposts, he was ejected from
the rabbit-hole and found himself out on a dirt track, rifle in hand and almost blind…
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