Wednesday, September 26, 2007

it's superman!


i got this e-mail last night from my pal, gorilla brother, and current collaborator, karl kesel, with the opening line;
"weirdest-ass thing in our paper today"...


Police are investigating after villagers in Romania claimed to see a Superman-like figure flying through the sky.

Almost 20 villagers, from Gemeni, Mehedinti county, claim the UFO was wearing a shiny blue suit, just like Superman's.

Police officers took written statements from all of the witnesses and say they described the figure in the same way.

Local policeman Ion Anuta said: "We talked to people of different ages who are all reliable citizens in our village.

"They all said they saw this strange creature who flew over their houses in his shiny blue costume. We'll just have to see what happens next."

Villager Constantin Toader, 41, said: "He looked like Superman and was flying slowly at about 100 yards from the ground in a standing position. He didn't make any smoke or sound. Just cruising around."

he also included a link to
which features this picture

karl said he felt the whole story had a kinda mothman feel to it. i'm down with that, but--and maybe it's just cause of the grainy photos of something floating in the sky--i'm getting a real m.night shyamalan "signs" vibe from it. like maybe these guys are gonna start showing up over every major city soon and then begin the invasion.

now, i've said it here before, time and time again, i WANT to believe. i would really love for this to be an actual flying man, whether of terran or alien origin. i WANT that and have my fingers crossed...


i'm betting on a balloon.
it's a great idea--i know I'D do it.
i'm guessing, from the way it's "flying slowly at about 100 yards from the ground in a standing position." that it's a man-shaped balloon--maybe even an inflatable sex doll, they inflate really well with helium. (i have been told.) (also, floating in a standing position? what self-respecting person with the power of flight would just float around in a standing postion? i would be supermanning all over the place!)

but, who knows?

i'm hoping it's real.

thanks, karl! great story!

smell ya later~


Anonymous said...

That's a cool story. I'll be checking out the links you included later. I also want to believe. There's been rumors for awhile that there are folks trying to develope jet packs.
Anyway, I don't want to know what you're doing with helium and inflatable dolls, but I would call her supergirl not superman. Hey now I just thought about something. This whole sighting might be a promo for the new Smallville season.

Unknown said...

I think you nailed it on the head, Todd. No self-respecting flying person would merely fly in a standing position. Dive-bombing the neighbors would be essential!


Matt Wieringo said...

I don't know about that. From that stance, he looks kind of like Orion with his nifty foot discs. Maybe that meteor that landed a while back was the first salvo from Apokalips and the New Gods have arrived to save us!

Scott Weinstein said...

I have to disagree about the just floating there thing. As demonstrated by Claire's new boyfriend on Heroes, floating is an excellent tool for stalking. Maybe this guy was a little drunk and didn't realize everyone could see him.

Brian said...

Could be Orion, but I'd think he'd be floating over DC HQ what with all that Death of the New Gods stuff going on.

The positioning of the body/inflatable companion looks right for a jetpack, so it could be a new and improved model that doesn't make a lot of noise.

My best bet, though, is a giant invisible bird that eats people and what we see is his dinner.

So, if you go outside today and look, up in the sky, and don't see a bird . . . for god's sake duck and cover.

Christian D. Leaf said...

My money is on Mafus cracking off some brimstone after a big plate of refined beans. Either that or Squeeze laughed so hard she squeaked one out that sent her into orbit.

Still, it is a pretty nifty story, especially if it's true.

Warren said...

I much prefer these types of unsolved mysteries to the other kind of unsolved mysteries. You know -- like who sent the anthrax a few years back?

I love UFO's, ghosts, and Bigfoot. I don't quite believe in them, but I don't quite disbelieve either.

Steve Danger said...

You get the balloon, I'll grab the helium, I'll meet you in Kansas.

DonKelly said...

I'm with Warren... cool unsolved mysteries are the best.

Maybe it's really Charlie or Willy Wonka in the great glass elevator. I'm just speculating though.

But like you said Todd.. if I could fly.. I'd hardly do it standing upright... I'd loop the loop all over the dang place. Swoop down and tap folks on the head.
"tag your're it"