Arial drone, Alien spacecraft, Viral Marketing?

Around May 11, 2007, Coast to Coast AM webmaster, Lex, received an email letter with attached May 6, 2007, images of a very odd aerial object (or some new type of modern furniture) from a Central California resident who calls himself “Chad.” Chad is worried about his family’s safety and health since he has now seen the bizarre aerial object at least eight times from his house windows and on hikes near his home. Neighbors, he said, have also seen the unidentified aerial object. Then on May 15, 2007, I received another similar aerial “drone” image allegedly taken by a person at Lake Tahoe, California, on May 5, 2007 and identifying themselves at UFO Casebook.com as “Lake Tahoe-05-05-07MUFON Submitter 7013.”Now on May 21, 2007, the following images have been posted at Flickr.com with this email by rajman1977:

“This week I was visting my fiance’s parents in Capitola (we were actually there to tell them about our engagement, in fact). We were eating dinner on the back porch when we

noticed this “object” sort of hovering in the sky. The camera was still out from earlier so Igrabbed it and tried to get some clear shots of it. It took off over the roof shortly after, so I ran into the street in front of the house to follow, trying to get more shots without wobbling around too much (which was harder than it sounds). It then came in lower over a telephone pole, where I was able to get a few more pictures, before it finally took off into the distance pretty fast. I thought it was gone but noticed it was still visible, so I grabbed a few more pictures.

At one point a car stopped to look as well. No one had any idea what this thing was, but everyone in the car was visibly freaked out by it. Once it was gone they told me to call the news and drove off. 🙂 I’m not sure who else saw it in the neighborhood since I don’t live down there, but I’m sure at least a few others must have noticed it. It was way too werid and way too close to go unnoticed. Once it was gone and I caught my breath I could barely stop my hands from shaking for the next hour or so. Needless to say, this is all we talked about for the rest of the night. None of us can figure out what it was (and that’s saying something, because my fiance’s dad is a mechanical engineer).

We sent a copy of the photos to their newspaper but haven’t heard back yet. I dunno how long that kind of thing takes.

There’s also some writing on this thing, which I didn’t recognize (and I read both English and Hindi). You can see it in a few of the pictures.

Anyway, I created this Flickr account for the best of these pictures. I have no clue what this thing is so I’m putting it out there to see if anyone else saw it.”

zOMG! Its a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

zOMG! It’s a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

zOMG! It’s a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

zOMG! It’s a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

‘zOMG! It’s a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

zOMG! It’s a UFO!
Rajman1977 Image 0018, taken with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE X on May 16, 2007, in Capitola, California. Image © 2007 by rajman1977 at flickr.com.

Via Earthfiles.com

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What Makes Someone Seem Credible?

I’m curious to gather thoughts on this matter of what makes people more credible or less credible.

I believe that there are several factors, both learned and preconceived, regarding a person that will affect how you perceive their input. What I mean is, you can hear the same thing from two different strangers, but you will be more inclined to listen/believe one person instead of the other because of various factors.

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These factors work together to create degrees of Instinctual Credibility. What exactly are these factors?

1. Sexual Attraction – If the person is sexually attractive to you or has prominent sensual features, this increases the amount of attention that you pay to them.

2. Stature – If someone’s height, facial expression or musculature intimidates you, calms you, or puts you off, this will affect the effect of the words coming from their mouth.

3. Dress – A guy in a t-shirt and jeans will sound different than a man in a uniform. A well-dressed individual will command more authority and will more easily persuade than a bohemian hippy.

After the initial reaction comes the learned factors. Information, tone of voice, tact, these all go towards how you take the information in. However, the instinctual credibility is the barrier that allows the information to even be heard the way it should be.

Taking that a step further, if you know something about the person before you meet them (perhaps someone has talked about them before you met them) how much does that affect how you perceive them? If you’re a female and your friend told you about how good her boyfriend is in bed, would that make you more receptive to his conversation when you finally get to meet him? If your buddy bitches and rags on someone, how will that affect you when you finally meet that person.

The saintly thing to say is that none of that affects you. You form your own opinions based on what you perceive, right? Will someone admit to being affected to preconceived notions or am I barking up a tree that does not exist?

There have been studies on Instinctual Credibility. We know that a person in uniform can make people do more than a person in plain clothes can. We know that a highly sexual person can make people do more than a detestable person can. We also know there are exceptions to the rule. Still, do we recognize how we are affected by these instincts within us?

This entire thought has been brought to you by the notion that if my wife tells her friends that I have a big penis, they’d pay more attention to me when I meet them. The ones that she told, did in fact pay more attention, and have wandering eyes toward my nether regions. More so, than those she did not mention it to. The truth to the matter as to whether I have a large penis is still up for discussion between the wife and I. For some reason, she doesn’t believe me when I tell her that the peni she sees in porn are fake. They don’t get that big in real life. :mrgreen: