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2017…destined to be weird?

January 8, 2017

2017…destined to be weird?

Is there something weird about years which end in 7?

I mean really weird…Bigfoot, flying saucer kind of weird. 😉

Weird things are reported every year, but for crashing into the public consciousness, it’s hard to beat years which end in seven.

1817…the Gloucester Sea Serpent…and a sea serpent necropsy!

Sea serpents had been seen in the area before, but 1817 was a major flap off Massachusetts. The Linnean Society examined a supposed baby specimen and gave it a scientific name: Scoliophis atlanticus. That identification has been disputed

1897…mystery airships from space!

While the mystery airship wave really started in late 1896, it’s in 1897 that we start to see them interpreted as alien spacecraft (before that, “mystery inventor” was one of the popular theories. In April, it’s reported that an occupant dies and is buried in Aurora, Texas. A newspaper also reports a calf being lassoed from a UFO

1947…the dawn of the “Flying Saucer Age”

Unexplained flying lights and vehicles (including foo fighters and ghost rockets) had been reported before, but on June 24th 1947, Kenneth Arnold described the movement of odd-shaped flying objects he’d seen as being like a saucer would make if you skipped it over water…which then became the term “flying saucer”. Many sightings happened in the following weeks…and what now be the most famous case, the Roswell Incident, occurred in July of that year

1957…UFO car stops!

Within a month of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik launch, a major UFO “flap” happened in Levelland, Texas. The “evidence acceleration” here was “car stops”…vehicles stopping working when a UFO is near, and sometimes spontaneously working afterwards. Investigators of this multiple-independent-witness case, included the Air Force’s Project Blue Book. In this nationally publicized case, everybody seemed to agree that something happened, but the Air Force and others suggested it was natural atmospheric phenomena (such as ball lightning). Car stops were reported in later UFO cases.

1967…Bigfoot filmed!

The term “Bigfoot” was popularized in 1958, but the game clearly changed when a Bigfoot was reportedly filmed on October 20, 1997. That widely-publicized and seen footage of a Bigfoot looking back over its (generally believed to be “her”) shoulder has been parodied many times, and is still the image many people have of Bigfoot. Also, on May 19th, Stefan Michalak has burns which he claims are from a UFO

1977…the Dover Demon!

In Massachusetts in April, a strange, small humanoid is encountered. Famed cryptozoologist Loren Coleman names it the “Dover Demon”

1987: Gulf Breeze!

Unusually clear UFO photographs are in the news, reportedly taken by Ed Walters. There is a lot of investigation in this case (particularly since it was supposedly an ongoing phenomenon), coming to different conclusions

1997…Phoenix Lights!

In March, lights in the sky and structured craft are reportedly seen in several states by thousands of people…and filmed. Even the Governor of Arizona, Fife Symington, is a witness, although initially making fun of the idea of an extraterrestrial origin

2007…Space Shuttle footage!

On August 6th, a space shuttle films what some believe is a UFO

2017…???

This sampling of many weird events from years which end in seven suggest that we may have something that happens this year that is particularly memorable, and perhaps either unprecedented or on a new scale (of impact, or of the quality of evidence).

What do you think? What did I leave off the list? Can as good an argument be made for other year-ending numbers? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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Ends in 4: geeky anniversaries in 2014

January 10, 2014

Ends in 4: geeky anniversaries in 2014

Hey, little Ten Toes! Humans (at least those using the decimal system) like to observe anniversaries by the decade. This is a brief list of some of the geeky anniversaries happening this year. It is in no way comprehensive, and we certainly may add to it (and invite you to make suggestions by commenting on the post).

1964 was a particularly stand-out year for American geek-friendly television, as 1984 was for geek-friendly movies. We’ll also be observing the 40th anniversary of D&D in 2014.

One Hundred and Fiftieth anniversary (1864)

Literature

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

One Hundred and Twentieth anniversary (1894)

Literature

  • The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

One Hundred and Tenth anniversary (1904)

Movies

  • An Impossible Voyage (and several others) (Georges Méliès)

Literature

  • The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (the first sequel to The Wizard) by L. Frank Baum

One Hundredth anniversary (1914)

Movies

  • Gertie the Dinosaur (a very early animated movie)
  • The New Wizard of Oz (directed by L. Frank Baum)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz
  • Cinderella (with Mary Pickford)
  • Neptune’s Daughter
  • The Ghost Breaker
  • In the Year 2014
  • His Prehistoric Past (Charlie Chaplin)
  • The Primitive Man
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Rock)
  • A Study in Scarlet (short)
  • A Trip to the Moon (not Méliès)

Literature

  • At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Birth centennials

  • George Reeves (actor: Superman)
  • Alec Guinness (actor: Star Wars)
  • Jonathan Harris (actor: Lost in Space)
  • Kevin McCarthy (actor: Invasion of the Body Snatchers)
  • David Wayne (actor: Bat-villain)
  • William S. Burroughs (author)
  • Jeff Corey (actor: Star Trek)
  • Thurl Ravenscroft (voice artist: Disney)
  • Tod Andres (actor: Planet of the Apes)
  • James Van Allen (physicist)
  • Robert Wise (director, producer: Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
  • Ward Kimball (animator: Disney)
  • Desmond Llewelyn (actor: James Bond)
  • Clayton Moore (actor: The Lone Ranger)
  • Robert McCloskey (author, illustrator)
  • Jack Cardiff (cinematographer, director: The Mutations)
  • Kenneth More (actor: Journey to the Center of the Earth)
  • Jack Parsons (rocket scientist)
  • Jerry Siegel (comics: Superman)
  • Martin Gardner (author)
  • Jackie Coogan (actor: The Addams Family)
  • Richard Widmark (actor: The Swarm)
  • Tenzing Norgay (mountaineer)

Ninetieth anniversary (1924)

Movies

  • The Thief of Bagdad (Douglas Fairbanks)
  • Peter Pan
  • Siegried (directed by Fritz Lang)
  • Aelita: Queen of Mars
  • The Hands of Orlac
  • The Enchanted Cottage
  • The Last Man on Earth (Earle Foxe)
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Alice’s Spooky Adventure (Walt Disney short)
  • Trip to Mars (Koko the Clown)

Literature

  • The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

Eightieth anniversary (1934)

Movies

  • The Black Cat
  • Babes in Toyland (Laurel & Hardy)
  • Tarzan and His Mate
  • Men in Black…the only Three Stooges short to be nominated for an Oscar

Bufo’s Weird World

  • The “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the Loch Ness monster surfaces

Literature

  • Erewhon by Samuel Butler
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Seventieth anniversary (1944)

Movies

  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • The Uninvited
  • Captain America serial
  • House of Frankenstein
  • The Scarlet Claw (Sherlock Holmes)
  • The Lodger
  • Between Two Worlds
  • The Canterville Ghost (Charles Laughton)
  • The Mummy’s Ghost and The Mummy’s Curse
  • It Happened Tomorrow
  • The Monster Maker
  • Black Magic (Charlie Chan)
  • Cobra Woman
  • The Return of the Vampire
  • The Invisible Man’s Revenge
  • Cry of the Werewolf
  • Jungle Woman (Acquanetta)
  • The Lady and the Monster
  • Gildersleeve’s Ghost

Sixtieth anniversary (1954)

Movies

  • Godzilla (USA release)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Them!
  • Tobor the Great
  • Monster from the Ocean Floor (the first geeky movie Roger Corman produced)
  • Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Brigadoon
  • The Naked Jungle (it’s a monster movie…it’s just that the monster is made up of many little organisms) 😉

Debuting TV series

  • Captain Midnight
  • Flash Gordon
  • Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

Literature

  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Comic book first appearances

  • Wendy the Good Little Witch

Bufo’s Weird World

  • The first big wave of humanoid sightings in conjunction with UFOs in the modern era occurs in France
  • Truman Betherum’s Aboard a Flying Saucer is released
  • The UFO Evidence by Richard H. Hall and NICAP

Fiftieth anniversary (1964)

1964 was a great year for television! Shows debuting that year include:

  • Bewitched
  • The Addams Family
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Jeopardy
  • Flipper
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • The Munsters
  • Jonny Quest
  • Underdog
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Stingray (supermarionation)
  • My Living Doll (Julie Newmar as a robot)
  • The Magilla Gorilla Show
  • The Peter Potamus Show
  • Hoppity Hooper
  • Linus the Lion Hearted
  • The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (Magoo does the classics)
  • R3 (a now obscure science fiction show with Oliver Reed)

The Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted, and the Beatles set records appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Movies

  • Mary Poppins
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Literature

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker (the first Doctor Who novel)
  • Farnham’s Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Bantam begins reprinting the Doc Savage adventures
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (the first book of the Chronicles of Prydain)

Fortieth anniversary (1974)

Movies

  • Blazing Saddles
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Zardoz
  • Dark Star
  • Flesh Gordon
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  • Blood for Dracula (AKA Andy Warhol’s Dracula…the Udo Kier version)
  • It’s Alive (Larry Cohen’s killer baby movie)
  • Phase IV
  • The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat
  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
  • The Cars that Ate Paris (Peter Weir)
  • Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
  • The Terminal Man
  • The Groove Tube

Debuting TV series

  • Land of the Lost
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Kolchak the Night Stalker
  • Shazam! (Captain Marvel)
  • Hong Kong Phooey
  • Happy Days (does it count? Well, arguably, Fonzie is supernatural ((or at least, a superhero)), but Mork & Mindy was also a spin-off) 😉

Toys & Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons (original version)

Literature

  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
  • Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster
  • The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Comic book first appearances

  • Wolverine
  • The Punisher
  • Iron Fist

Thirtieth anniversary (1984)

Movies

  • Ghostbusters
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • The Neverending Story
  • The Terminator
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • The Karate Kid
  • Gremlins
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Red Dawn
  • Dune
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Splash
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  • Conan, the Destroyer
  • 1984 (the John Hurt version)
  • Children of the Corn
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Man
  • 2010
  • Top Secret!
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Repo Man
  • The Philadelphia Experiment
  • Supergirl
  • Firestarter
  • Night of the Comet
  • Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
  • The Toxic Avenger
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Runaway (Gene Simmons and robots versus Tom Selleck)
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night
  • The Ice Pirates (which my Significant Other has named the worst movie ever made)
  • C.H.U.D.
  • Dreamscape
  • Iceman
  • The Company of Wolves
  • All of Me
  • The Brother from Another Planet

Debuting TV series

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett)
  • V
  • Airwolf
  • Thomas (the tank engine) & Friends
  • Highway to Heaven
  • The Transformers
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe
  • Muppet Babies
  • The Master
  • The Duck Factory
  • Rainbow Brite

Toys & Games

  • Chill
  • Toon

Literature

  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Twentieth anniversary (1994)

Movies

  • The Lion King
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • The Mask
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • The Crow
  • Stargate
  • Ed Wood
  • The Flintstones
  • Junior (Arnold Schwarzenegger…pregnant)
  • Frankenstein (the Robert De Niro version)
  • Street Fighter
  • Star Trek: Generations (Kirk and Picard)
  • The Pagemaster
  • Timecop
  • Wolf (Jack Nicholson)
  • The Shadow
  • Blankman

Debuting TV series

  • Babylon 5
  • Touched by an Angel
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • Gargoyles
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • Weird Science
  • Earth 2
  • Duckman
  • The Tick

Videogames

  • Sony releases the Playstation in Japan
  • Earthworm Jim

Tenth anniversary (2004)

Movies

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Incredibles
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Polar Express
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Village
  • 13 Going on 30
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Saw
  • Hellboy
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Grudge
  • Shark Tale
  • Team America: World Police
  • AVP: Alien Vs. Predator
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Catwoman
  • The Manchurian Candidate (Denzel Washington)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Night Watch

Debuting TV series

  • Lost
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The 4400
  • Phil of the Future
  • Bleach
  • Wonderfalls
  • Hex
  • The Batman
  • Ghost Hunters

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