“Strange” Rock

Look everybody! It’s a strange rock!

Well, folks. I suppose we were wrong about aliens. Roswell has been contacted by extraterrestrials again. The Roswell Daily Record is reporting that they’ve found a “strange rock” that is raising questions.

A strange rock with unusual magnetic properties – deeply scored, with what appears to be moon phases, a solar eclipse and the depiction of a supernova — has been unearthed on the outskirts of Roswell. Its discovery has startled researchers, scientists and all who have examined it.

If proven to be of extraterrestrial origin, it will mark the second time in less than a century that the Roswell area has received communications from outer space.

Roswell Mayor Sam D. LaGrone, who actually saw and touched the rock over the weekend, said, “It is a very strange looking rock…. I touched it, I felt it, and I just don’t see how it could have been produced.”

Well let’s see… Maybe somebody… carved it in there? Hell, a Google search for “carved rocks” yields a company that will carve rocks for you. That’s just a guess off the top of my head. Even if I hadn’t made a possible guess, “I just don’t see how it could have been produced” isn’t a very good argument. If I could say “I just don’t see how to solve this problem” on my Math homework I’m sure it’d get done a lot faster but I wouldn’t actually gain anything.

“It retains its magnetic polarity by which it will spin a compass needle and register its magnetic field on meters,” he said. The oval rock will also spin, depending on the position of a magnet over the image surface, he added.

You know… considering the fact that this rock is apparently made of iron makes that really unsurprising.

Priscilla Wolf, of Tijeras, a native American woman known to have “powers,” visited the site were the rock was found last weekend, and said she felt a vibration in her hands when she held the rock, and that “light came down from the skies” when the rock was deposited at the site.

First, I’m going to take issue with the wording of the first sentence. It says that she is “known” to have powers. There is a difference between saying “known” to have powers and “believed” to have powers. Knowledge is something that you can prove. Belief is something that you pretty much have faith in. Where is the proof that she has powers? If she had proof, wouldn’t she have won James Randi’s Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge and shaken the foundations of physics?

Secondly, why should we take her word for it? She could just be saying stuff so that we don’t question her “powers.” Even if she is sincere in “feeling a vibration” that could be nothing more than a subjective experience. Human senses can be easily fooled. Phil linked to a bunch of optical illusions earlier today.

Who knows? It could just be the power of suggestion.

Once in the 8th grade we were learning how to identify different rocks. My friend picked up one which we were having quite a lot of trouble identifying and held it in her hand for a while. She reported that she felt a strange electric feeling after holding it for a while and based on that thought it was whatever they use to make batteries.

Turns out it was just galena. It may be considered insensitive to say “it’s all just in your head” but it’s something that happens to all of us. We shouldn’t feel bad about ourselves just for being human and inevitably feeling things that aren’t there. After all, that’s what skepticism is for. It’s there to help us see through the mists of illusion.

Thank you, Roswell, for the continuance of putting forth solid evidence for extraterrestrial visitation.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Natsuki on July 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Oh no! It’s a carved, vibrating rock! Definitely proof of aliens. Now we must all flip out and commit sins while we still have time. Everyone, I’ll be cowering in a locked basement with my cat and a cup of coffee. =D

  2. Actually, that rock is really pretty. Kudos to the artist!

    Roswell is just frakking weird. Some people are genuine believers and don’t like reason (we’ve tried, really…) and others are just raking in the dough that tourism brings. Although, if you are in the area, DO amuse yourself at the UFO museum because it is free admission!

    Note on galena: it can be used to make primitive crystal radios, so to feel an electronic tingling might have a reason… but I don’t know how that would work in your hand.

  3. Posted by Erin on July 16, 2008 at 6:33 am

    ..and how hilarious is it that, of course, the carvings are of OUR moon and moon phases. The idea of our moon being of any importance (or important enough to carve into a woowoo space rock) to an alien civilization is just so laughably self-centered of us.. as usual.

  4. Posted by Richard on July 16, 2008 at 11:43 am

    …She reported that she felt a strange electric feeling after holding it for a while and based on that thought it was whatever they use to make batteries.

    Turns out it was just galena…

    Galena is a lead ore and lead plates are used in car batteries, so your friend wasn’t wrong at all!!

    Stupid carved rock is still stupid tho

  5. Posted by jaded_facade on July 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Now wait, what’re are you suggesting? The evidence is all there. I think it’s rather clear and perfectly logical to assume that a highly developed extraterrestrial race of intergalatic beings have expanded the time and resources to come to Earth….and leave a tiny carved rock in the dessert of New Mexico, instead of any other sign of their presence (excluding, of course, the occasional disgruntled anal probe victim). Well, it’s not like we can blame them, can we? The Prime Directive is quite clear on the rules of visiting other planets.

  6. Posted by Stefano on July 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Compliment for your analytical skills.
    But that does not prove that there are no paranormal phenomena. Of course there are often possibilities of other explanations, but that don’t proves anything, too.

    Why don’t you read a certain time paranormal books like the books from Jane Roberts? They are very psychologic and scientific, too. Only if you accept a certain time alternative theories, than you can speak about experience, otherwise your words are nothing than prejudices.

    Greets from Germany

    PS: Maybe you respond me via e-mail?

  7. Posted by Ryan S. on July 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Why are the damned aliens leaving refrigerator magnets in our deserts again.

  8. Posted by Αιφε Νι Χηοχηλαιν on July 1, 2010 at 2:46 am

    After reading this I will proceed to bang my head with a large heavy book repeatedly.

    On second thought, I like having brain cells, so maybe I won’t.

    Please excuse me as I laugh hysterically.

  9. Posted by Tanya on November 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I went to Norfolk Virginia in Nov. 2011 and we where on the beach when i found a similar rock with a faint carving on it , I wonder what the carving was until this year i put two and two together and the carving looked like Africa and other surrounding islands, I said to myself someone was missing home, weather they where free are slave they were on these shores thinking about if and when they will go home to their family and their land.

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