From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:19:09 +0100 Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:02:39 -0400 Subject: "Orthoteny" And The Great French Flap Hello List A mailer just steered me to this webpage from the '60s; which mentions UFO patterns and Rome, which provoked interest because I'd already got something on a sighting there. However I was unaware of the "great French flap" of 1954 (which actually seems to have covered much of western Europe and lasted a bit longer than mentioned). It raises a question: are ufologists working on this `orthoteny' hypothesis? http://www.egyouth.fsnet.co.uk/triangle/hbleys.htm Go Find for "orthoteny" - ie with quotes [Extract Begins] "To be accepted by science as a fact any phenomenon must necessarily be repeatable or show some kind of pattern, and until 1954 the erratic UFO did not fulfil any of these requirements. The only thing that could possibly be done was to take the reports of witnesses and note them down; but even this was not truly scientific, for testimony is really the field of the lawyer and not the scientist. But, despite what he may tell you to the contrary, thc scientist has not got this excuse now. On September 17th, 1954, it vanished for ever with the discovery of the first "orthoteny". Orthotenies are alignments, or, more strictly speaking, great circle courses, plotted by taking UFO sightings (usually during a "flap", the term used for a concentration of sightings) that occur within any particular day. They were first discovered by Aime Michel (a French scientist) during the great French flap of 1954, which, lasting just a month (from September 17 to October 17), was one of the greatest in modern history and forms the basis for Michel's book Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mvstery. This book is really a monumental work of documented evidcnce, and in it Michel tells of how he first discovered orthoteny after his friend the poet Jean Cocteau had told him to see whether the objects moved along certain lines or traced out patterns. He tried this out with sightings on September 17th at the beginning of the flap, and found his first orthoteny, stretching from Cenon through Clermont-Ferrand and Chaudolas to terminate at Rome." [Extract ends] Already had a translation of a report from an Italian diplomat (Console?) who happened to be in Rome on the 6th of Nov 1954 www.perceptions.couk.com/uforoma.txt and a photo presumably taken that day (the "cross shape" is visible) www.perceptions.couk.com/imgs/fleetvatican.jpg BTW - although I'm not certain (too young to recall) it seems our trusty MSM did their usual trick of down-playing or even suppressing those eye-witness reports. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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