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The Falkville Metal Man

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Images of the Falkville Metal Man taken by Jeff Greenhaw. Source: The Z Files

In 1973, Jeff Greenhaw, Falkville Chief of Police, received a call about a UFO in a field outside of town. He went to the scene and saw a figure standing there that was slightly taller than 6 feet and was wearing a reflective material that looked like “rubbing mercury on nickel”.

The Legend of the Falkville Metal Man

It all started on a October night in 1973, when the young Falkville Chief of Police, Jeff Greenhaw, received a call that would change his life forever. He was told about a UFO in a field outside of town. Greenhaw recently sat down for an interview with Red Water Filmworks and shared his story.

At first, he thought he was dealing with “an idiot”. But things got weird real quick. He described seeing a figure, slightly taller than 6 feet, wearing a reflective material that he couldn’t identify. It looked like aluminum foil, but there were no pieces left behind. The figure’s head and neck seemed to be joined together, and the suit changed color depending on the angle of the light.

Greenhaw said the figure’s movements weren’t human-like and reminded him of the robot in “Lost in Space”. He took four photos of the figure with his Polaroid 2 camera, but there was no response when he tried to talk to it. The figure then ran away at speeds exceeding human capabilities. It didn’t move like a normal human but seemed to bounce as if it were on springs.

Greenhaw chased after it in his patrol car, reaching 35mph through a paddock but still failing to keep up with it. Eventually he lost sight of it after crashing his vehicle.

Greenhaw kept the photos in a safe place for several years, but they were stolen along with his service revolver and a shotgun 10 years later. He filed a police report but life became difficult for him after the encounter.

People he thought were friends turned out to be untrustworthy and he isolated himself from the public for years. He and his wife raised five children, and he says that his wife and God were the only things that kept him going.

Greenhaw never sought financial gain from the encounter and has had a difficult life because of it. He has been isolated and ridiculed by many, but he remains a believer in the Falkville Metal Man.

Was the Falkville Metal Man a Hoax?

Negatives of Greenhaw’s photos as stored by MUFON.

From what the reports say, it was very dark in this rural area after 10pm, with only Greenhaw’s truck lights shining. It’s possible that some pranksters dressed up in a 1950’s sci-fi movie style costume, called in a fake UFO sighting, then ran off pretending to be the metal man. Greenhaw, who was in the dark, filled in the blanks of what happened, thinking what he saw was real.

Ufologists hold the belief that the Metal Man could have been a robotic probe from an extraterrestrial landing vessel, while skeptics assert that the entire event was a mere hoax staged by Greenhaw and an unknown associate, possibly a child due to the entity’s small stature.

Some speculate that the appearance of the creature was achieved by wearing a tin foil costume, while others suggest that it could have been an asbestos fire suit coated in reflective aluminum that was used to create the creature’s distinct appearance.

The images captured by Greenhaw were collected and sent to Walt Andrus, a director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), for analysis. The analysts concluded that the incident was probably a fabrication, inspired by the recent Pascagoula case and the subsequent media attention surrounding it.

One thing that seems to point towards the encounter being real, rather than a hoax, is that a UFO can be seen in some of the negatives of Greenhaw’s pictures even though he never mentioned it himself.

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The Mysterious Chinese Pyramids

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The Chinese Pyramids of Shaanxi Province, China. Photo: Atlas Obscura

Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, is home to numerous mysterious pyramids located alongside the Wei River. Some people believe the pyramids have alien connections.

Where are the Chinese Pyramids?

A map showing Xi’an, where many of the Chinese Pyramids are located.

Shaanxi Province in Central China contains ancient secrets dating back almost 8,000 years. Xi’an, the province’s capital, is home to dozens of pyramids situated along the Wei River, while numerous others are scattered throughout different regions of the country.

While some of these monuments feature step-like structures reminiscent of those found in Mesoamerica, many others are simply enormous earthen mounds that conceal intricate underground chambers and passages constructed for the benefit of royalty. The tallest of these pyramids stands at 154 feet, although it was originally 249 feet tall during its prime.

It is widely accepted among archaeologists that China’s pyramids were constructed as a means of paying tribute to esteemed emperors and their families.

According to History101.com, some of these tombs contain subterranean palaces, kitchens, and even toilets. Chinese historian Sima Qian once claimed that over 700,000 workers were involved in constructing Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, although this figure is now thought to be an exaggeration. British historian John Man suggests that the project likely required 16,000 workers and two years to complete.

Legend has it that Qin Shi Huang had been planning his tomb since his youth, with the site situated at the base of Mount Li. The pyramid was reputed to have been booby-trapped with crossbows and mercury to deter thieves from stealing the emperor’s treasures.

Intrigued by these tales, archaeologists explored the mausoleum and discovered unusually high levels of mercury, lending some credence to the legends.

The famous Terracotta Warriors, found near an ancient Chinese pyramid

One of the most astounding archaeological discoveries occurred in 1974, when Chinese farmers stumbled upon over 6,000 terracotta warriors. These statues were left behind to safeguard the emperor and ward off malevolent spirits as he journeyed through the afterlife. The tomb also contained chariots and around 40,000 weapons.

CHinese Pyramids ANd Feng SHui

Another Chinese Pyramid

In 2018, Italian archaeoastronomer Giulio Magli put forward a novel theory regarding China’s pyramids, suggesting a possible link to celestial bodies.

Magli is renowned for his expertise in uncovering the astronomical connections to ancient sites in regions like Greece, Egypt, Central and South America.

In addition to examining the pyramids themselves, Magli also explored the potential use of the ancient practice of feng shui in the placement of these royal burial sites.

By studying satellite imagery, he hoped to identify any correlation between the positioning of the pyramids and the stars, given the belief of ancient Chinese rulers that their reigns were divinely ordained.

According to Magli, the emperors of the Western Han dynasty may have chosen to align their tombs with the Earth’s cardinal points – north, south, east, and west – to demonstrate their supreme authority over the world.

The Alien Connection to the Chinese Pyramids

There is a group of emperors whose tombs display a noticeable lack of alignment, with some being off by as much as 14 degrees. According to Magli, this off-kilter positioning of the pyramids and burial sites can be attributed to a slight tilt in the Earth’s axis as it revolves around the sun. During the construction of the pyramids, they would have aligned with the star Polaris.

Magli posits that in ancient times, Polaris held significant celestial importance. He suggests that certain emperors may have deviated from tradition and opted to construct their tombs in honor of Polaris rather than the Earth.

The first widespread exposure of China’s pyramids came from U.S. Army Air Corps pilot James Gaussman, who claimed to have spotted a bejeweled pyramid while flying missions between China and India. On March 30, 1947, the “New York Times” published a story by Colonel Maurice Sheahan, detailing the strange pyramid he had observed in China. Gaussman’s photo accompanied the article.

The story soon became connected to theories that linked China’s pyramids to both the ancient lost city of Atlantis and extraterrestrial life. Some claimed that Xi’an villagers had passed down stories of their ancestors conversing with “people from the sky.”

The “Alien Launchpad” Pyramid

A video about the Ancient Pyramids in China

In 2002, CNN reported on a mysterious pyramid situated on Mount Baigong, thousands of miles southwest of Xi’an. Mount Baigong features three caves and pipes that stretch from the mountain to a nearby lake. According to ancient alien theorists, the pyramid was a launch tower intended for extraterrestrial spacecraft. Ancient alien theorists seized upon this story, but Chinese researcher Yang Ji urged the use of scientific methods to verify its authenticity.

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The Shining Ones: The Tuatha Dé Danann of Ireland

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Were the Shining Ones of ancient Ireland an alien race? Photo: Sanna Hines

The Tuatha Dé Danann or the Shining ones of Ireland were an ancient race of people believed to be the descendants of fairies. Some believe they were extraterrestrial in origin.

Who were the Shining Ones?

The Tuatha Dé Danann were a race of magical beings who possessed extraordinary powers and were often worshipped as divine creatures in Ancient Ireland.

The Shining Ones held a strong belief in Goddess Danu, also known as “the mother,” and were sometimes referred to as “followers of Danu.”

They originated from four major cities: Falias, Gorias, Finias, and Murias. When they arrived in Ireland, they brought with them fascinating skills and wisdom gained from the four wise men residing in each of the four cities.

The Shining Ones are said to have brought four treasures that proved to be beneficial to Ireland.

The small, dark native peoples of Ireland during that time appeared significantly different from the Shining Ones, who were commonly depicted as tall with fair skin, red or blonde hair, and blue or green eyes.

Interestingly, during the same period when the Tuatha De Danann arrived in Ireland, there were discoveries in archaeology that revealed small populations of red-haired individuals around the world.

For example, excavations conducted in Xinjiang Province, China, revealed mummies with blonde or red hair, which dated back to around four thousand years ago.

The well-preserved mummy of nobleman Yoya from ancient Egypt, who lived around 1400 BC, also exhibited Nordic features and blonde hair, much like his wife, Thuya, who was also the great-grandmother of Tutankhamun.

The Gods, in particular, were often depicted with features that symbolized their powers, such as Brigit, the Goddess of light and fire, who was believed to have sparked flames with her bright red hair at birth.

The magical abilities and otherworldly artifacts of the Tuatha de Danaan left an indelible mark on the history of Ireland.

The Shining Ones were known to possess a variety of magical, or perhaps technologically advanced, devices. According to ancient sources, they wielded a Magical Rod that enabled them to transform objects and individuals into different forms.

On the Mound of Tara, they placed the Lia Fail, or the Stone of Destiny, which would roar upon the election of the rightful king.

Lugh possessed an invisible sword that guaranteed victory to anyone who wielded it, and the Cauldron of Dagda was a vessel capable of feeding an army without ever being emptied.

The Tuatha de Danaan also possessed a remarkable boat known as the Ocean-sweeper, which sailed without a traditional sail and could be steered through the power of the sailor’s thoughts. Aonbarr, their steed, was believed to be a flying machine capable of traversing both land and sea.

Where did the Shining Ones come from?

Arriving from the sky on top of Sliev-an-lerin, the Iron Mountain in the County Leitrim, the Shining Ones had to engage in two significant battles before they could establish their authority over Ireland.

Their first battle was against the Firbolgs (also known as the Men of the Bags), which took place at Magh-Tuireadh, where the Tuatha De Danaan used their ability to appear and disappear at will, thanks to their cloaking technique, to confuse the Firbolgs.

In the second battle, the Shining Ones confronted the Fomore, a group of malevolent giants notorious for their raids on Ireland from Tory Island.

Among the leaders of the Fomore was the giant Balor, who possessed the ability to unleash a potent beam of energy, known as the “flux of energy,” to strike his foes across the channel separating Tory Island from Ireland. Accounts of Balor’s appearance suggest that he resembled a machine rather than a living being.

Were the Shining Ones Ancient Aliens?

The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series covered the possibility that the Shining Ones were an alien race

Many people believe that the Shining Ones were an ancient race of aliens who visited the ancient Irish people.

To someone who doesn’t understand, even the simplest modern technologies can appear to be powerful magic.

An airplane may appear to be a ship sailing through dark clouds, while a television screen can feel like a window to another realm, and a phone can seem like a magical stone that speaks and provides divine guidance.

Those who control such magical tools may seem godlike, with their height, red-golden hair, and sky-blue eyes, wielding powerful and fiery weapons. They may even appear ageless, immortal, wise, beautiful, and terrifying – much like gods themselves.

The ‘magic’ attributed to the Shining Ones could have been misunderstood technology by the local population. Whether this technology was man-made or of extraterrestrial origin is a matter of debate.

It’s possible that these people were migrants from advanced civilizations in our world, possibly displaced by the Great Flood, searching for new homes and bringing with them remnants of their knowledge and technology.

Experts argue that the lack of physical evidence proves that the Shining Ones never existed and are just a myth that helped the ancient Irish people understand their world.

What do you think? Are the Shining Ones an example of an ancient alien civilization visiting earth? Let us know in the comments.

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