Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rural gentry dons the Alcoa sombrero

Small town New England is not, for the most part, like other rural areas of the U.S. It's generally relatively affluent -- in fact some towns tend toward upper crust. They often touristy, attracting leaf-peepers, pick-your-own apple fanciers -- maybe there's a nearby ski area or a hiking trail. Also, there are a lot of old houses and antiques and graves of Revolutionary War patriots and that sort of thing, which means they usually have historical societies which own an 18th Century house which is a small museum.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is no exception. It's also the birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois and the location of Alice's Restaurant. And the current home of a guy named Thomas Reed who claims he was abducted by aliens when he was 6 years old, in 1966, and again 2 years later, in a town a few miles away. So now the Great Barrington Historical Society board has voted to accept the story as the truth.

What does that mean? “It means that we believe it is true,” said Debbie Oppermann, the director of the society. “I know we’re going to get a lot of backlash. We’re going to get hammered,” she said. “But we have given it an awful lot of thought, and, based on the evidence we’ve been given, we believe this is a significant and true event.”

The evidence seems to be that other people reported seeing mysterious flying objects at around that time, and Reed passed a "lie detector" test.

Human credulity, it seems, is limitless. These ant-like creatures traveled for dozens of light years -- a journey of many centuries at the least -- to fly around one small town in New England, abduct members of a single family 3 times, then disappear never to be seen or heard of again. Makes perfect sense to me. 

1 comment:

roger said...

a vote for consenual reality.