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May 23, 2018 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Yay! Forteana! I love this silly stuff!
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 8:10 AM on May 23, 2018 [1 favorite]

From further down the page:

'Idiocracy' Is Bad, Actually
You know who'd find the movie hilarious? Hitler.

....and now I'm imagining being trapped in a scene from "Downfall", having to listen to Hitler's idiotic theories about Walter White and why "The Force Awakens" was SJWs ruining Star Wars.
posted by thelonius at 8:26 AM on May 23, 2018 [3 favorites]

This conspiracy theory has it all, folks: Nikola Tesla, Stonehenge, the Space Race and the Cold War, and someone dropping their space blanket in orbit yt .

My brain read this sentence in a Stefon voice, and I'm not sure that was not the intent.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:28 AM on May 23, 2018 [18 favorites]

Has a mysterious satellite been circling the Earth for 13,000 years?

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say “no.”
posted by Frayed Knot at 8:37 AM on May 23, 2018 [14 favorites]

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say “no.”

Seriously. Everyone knows that the aliens were only granted access to our dimension by Aleister Crowley's Amalantrah Working in 1918. This allowed them to drop the normal disguises (faeries) they had employed previously to sneak in. When Parsons and Hubbard sort of ham handed threw open the interdimensional door in 1946, they stepped up their game and cruised on through in their flying saucers/magickal circles.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:46 AM on May 23, 2018 [15 favorites]

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say “no.”
Not just a good idea. It's the law.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 8:48 AM on May 23, 2018 [5 favorites]

I mean it depends on what you mean by "satellite". There's no reason the earth couldn't have captured some space rock 13,000 years ago (I don't understand where this date comes from though) that's been in a trojan orbit this whole time. Radio waves could bounce off an asteroid with a delay of a second or so (or it could have just bounced off the moon).
posted by runcibleshaw at 8:55 AM on May 23, 2018 [4 favorites]

VALIS! Does it come from the stars?

My thoughts exactly.

Why don't you look at me?
Afraid of what you'll see?
I'll find you anyhow,
Later or now; later or now
posted by octobersurprise at 9:19 AM on May 23, 2018

Thinking Sideways has a great episode on this. I learned about the rarity of satellites orbiting north-south.
posted by Apocryphon at 9:30 AM on May 23, 2018

I watched it for a little while.
posted by davebush at 10:02 AM on May 23, 2018 [5 favorites]

Didn't the Doctor deal with this a while back?
posted by Ashwagandha at 10:43 AM on May 23, 2018 [1 favorite]

While he was experimenting with radio signals, Hals noticed that some of the signals would echo back to him several seconds after the initial transmission had ended. He was at a loss to explain what accounted for these Long Delayed Echoes.

In 1973, science fiction author Duncan Lunan wrote an article for Spaceflight Magazine that speculated that a 13,000-year-old alien object in orbit around the Moon could have been responsible for these otherworldly echoes.

Cool. My dad always mentions having read about early radio operators noticing that signals were being reflected from some otherworldly source, but I've never been able to find any articles or references to it without going down a UFO rabbit hole.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 5:42 PM on May 23, 2018

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