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Morphing Keel's Wednesday Phenomena into Three UFO Day Cycles

Updated on March 28, 2015
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MUFON UFO Journal author (March 1995, June 1996). Self published on UFO Window website from 1997 to 2002. Hubpages articles began late 2011.


In the following hub there will be presented several UFO reports that occurred during either a peak in UFO Day Cycle A, UFO Day Cycle C, or both. I will explore Day Cycle B in a later hub. All of these cases are high in strangeness and credibility. The sightings were chosen based on dates where UFO events clustered, where they represented dramatic yet credible accounts, they were linked to another similar report in the same cycle, or occurred when two of the cycles explored here peaked together (the concluding report).

Both of these cycles were discovered by myself during an investigative quest set in motion by a theory expounded upon by author/researcher/theorist/magician/ufologist/cryptoozologist/fortean John Keel (in his book Operation Trojan Horse). He noticed a spike in reports on Wednesday when he was deep into researching UFOs while receiving bundles of UFO news clippings during increases in sightings in March 1966 and March 1967. I believed that if he had included data from a much broader period that the effect would mostly evaporate. I wasn't discounting the possibility of at least one day cycle that was close to a week in length (or nearly divisible by 7 days), but I felt that a deeper look into the matter was warranted.

1973 edition, originally printed in Britain in 1971
1973 edition, originally printed in Britain in 1971 | Source

About fifteen years ago, while researching my second of two articles that I published in the MUFON UFO Journal in March 1995 and June 1996, I first stumbled onto a cycle that was approximately 6.75 days in length. That was abandoned as not working consistently enough to gain statistically significant results. I revisited the subject recently when my UFO interest was renewed after realizing that we were in the midst of a record number of reports and that there were numerous web sites that now made it possible to keep up with them in real time. From studying the more recent data it was determined that their was a cycle of 7.1436 days in length (shifting one whole day about every 50 days) and a cycle that was 7.0079 days in length (shifted one day in advance approximately every 2.43 years). I named these cycles 'UFO Day Cycle A' (which had a noteworthy peak on 10/4/11 at about 1:30pm, CST) and 'UFO Day Cycle B' (roughly peaking at noon on 1/1/12).

I found that those two day cycles accounted for many recent spikes of short duration in UFO activity. However, partly to explain better why there was such a pronounced spike on 12/31/11-1/1/12 that only my secondary 'UFO Day Cycle B' could explain. I decided to take another look at my old cycle and have regained confidence in its use. When I last explored it my value of its length was 6.7612... After exhaustive analysis I now am convinced that it is almost exactly 6.76 days in length (I came up with alternate values of 6.760043 and 6.7599 for its length and then determined that the truth was midway between them). This UFO periodicity is now labeled 'UFO Day Cycle C' and its last pronounced peak has been determined to be at approximately 10pm, CST on 12/31/11.

In order to refine the length of the cycles it was necessary to compare their peaks to significant UFO event dates decades into the past. The further back in time one looked the better the estimate could become. What follows are not just examples, but were used to better refine or test the estimates of the cycle lengths. I plan to conduct a statistical analysis of the cycles comparing them to two or three dozen highly regarded UFO events at some point in the near future. Until that time I hope that the following presentation will add some weight to their value in the field as a way to determine potential dates for UFO hunters to stalk their prey.

The first two reports are from Canada and occurred within range of a peak in UFO Day Cycle A which is estimated to have been exact on 7/28/68 at 11:50am, CST.

1968, July 28 (Sunday) - 9:00pm (7pm, CST) in Saint Stanislas-de-Kostka, Quebec, Canada. While their parents were away, five young people (oldest was 20 years of age) at first witnessed two circular objects with very bright red halos surrounding them. One object landed in an oat field 1000 feet away. All of them bravely approached the object outdoors with a flashlight, but lost their cool when they discovered a four foot tall figure with a big head imbedded in the shoulders (it had no neck), a flat nose, large round eyes, and dark brown bumpy skin that resembled that of a toad. It lifted its hand towards them and opened and closed its mouth, then retreated towards the barn. They decided that they too should retreat and ran in fright back to their house. While inside the entity decided to pay them a visit and knocked on one of their windows and made a sound much like a cow. Shortly after the entity left they saw the aerial vehicle take off vertically. The next day a fifteen foot circle of crushed grain was found in the field where the UFO had landed the night before.

1968, July 28 (Sunday) - near midnight (10pm, CST) in Upton, Quebec, Canada. A family of four was awakened by their barking dogs. The father went outside to see what the commotion was about and discovered two strange sights. In a nearby field he witnessed four or five aliens of about three feet in height and elongated heads chasing after cows. At the same time he "encountered a sparkling, rotating cloud-like object in the yard" which then took off, passing overhead as it moved to a nearby field. The aerial vehicle was luminous on top but dark on the bottom and as it moved overhead the aliens vanished.

The following report occurred during a peak of 'UFO Day Cycle A' which crested at 9:55pm, CST on 11/6/75:

1975, November 7 (Friday) - 2:50am-6:55am (MDT=CST) in SAC base west of Lewiston, Montana. Remote sensors set alarms off due to a violation of site security. Shortly after that two things should have been set in motion: A helicopter crew and a Sabotage Alert Team (SAT) would have been dispatched to investigate the intrusion. The SAT people got to within a half mile of the 300 foot orange glowing disc shaped object. When they radioed in the information they were instructed to advance on the object but they responded in the negative, saying that they would stand their ground and report back if anything changed.
The UFO rose to a height of 1,000 feet when NORAD picked it up on radar over the missile site. Two F-106 jet interceptors were launched from Great Falls, Montana. The object continued to rise and eventually, when it reached a height of 200,000, disappeared from radar. It was gone before the jets could locate it. Experts were brought in to test the missiles and the associated equipment and found that the numbers that were programmed into at least one of the missles that set it to a target had been changed. Eventually they ended up replacing the entire missile(s).

The following report occurred during a peak of 'UFO Day Cycle C' which crested at 9:30am, CST on 2/4/73:

1973, February 4 (Sunday) - 9:50pm (6:50am, CST) in a car on Route One on a trip from Iron Knob to Kimba, Australia (32kms NE of Kimba). A male driver and his female passenger spotted a door-like rectangle off the road to their right (about 10 feet high by 5 feet wide) of orange/red light with a man in a white space suit floating inside it. The driver then pushed his foot down harder on the accelerator. When they arrived at their destination they called the local police who accompanied them back to the scene of the sighting. They didn't find any sign or trace of the prior event. A truck driver traveling along the same stretch of road at 10pm also witnessed the event.

An interesting aspect connecting this last sighting to the next one is the fact that they both occurred within range of peaks of 'UFO Day Cycle C' that are spaced exactly 338 days apart (occurring at the same time of day) or precisely 50 times the 6.76 day length of that cycle.

The following reports occurred during a peak of 'UFO Day Cycle C' which crested at 9:30am, CST on 1/8/74:

1974, January 8 (Tuesday) - 3:13am (CST) near Springfield, Ohio, a man driving home after work had his car engine and lights fail. Multicolored, blinking lights then descended just yards from his car and he was then witnessed a brilliant six foot wide circle of light appearing to open a view inside an aerial vehicle. Inside the oval he saw five small occupants (no taller than four feet) in high backed chairs wearing colorful robes. He couldn't recall their facial features but they all had long brown hair that almost reached the floor. The light, that lit up the inside of his car and the surrounding area went out after about five minutes, the multicolored lights were seen again and the craft ascended quickly into the dark sky.

1974, January 8 - 7:40am (9:40am, CST) south of Enterprise, California, three men driving on a highway witnessed a steady white light come vertically from the sky and apparently landed near the Pacheco School in Shasta County.

1974, January 8 - Afternoon (8am, CST give or take 3 hours) Zafferana, Italy. Working alone inside a small room within her house a lady felt a gust of wind and turned around to see a pleasant figure in front of her. Within a brightly lit area, a tall man with pale skin and hair and almond eyes and wearing golden boots and tight fitting coveralls stood before her. She was filled with a joyful and peaceful sensation. The man then smiled and vanished in a flash of light.

The following report occurred within range (the edge of the range is 20-21 hours away from the peak) of both 'UFO Day Cycle C' (peaking at 4:15pm, CST) and 'UFO Day Cycle A' (peaking at 4:25pm, CST) on 4/25/1977:

1977, April 25 (Monday) - 3:50am (1:50am, CST if time given was daylight time; date also should possibly be April 26 if it was the evening of April 25-26) Pampa Lluscuma, Chile (near Putre, Chile). A military patrol of eight soldiers were encamped when suddenly two bright lights about 2,000 feet away were seen hovering close to the ground. Their dogs and horses remained silent, but the men were alarmed and a corporal leading the group ordered that their campfire be put out. The corporal then approached the lights and commanded them to identify themselves. The other men saw him engulfed in light and disappear. They frantically searched for him but could not find him. At 4:15am he suddenly reappeared looking dazed, sporting days worth of beard on his face and asking several times where his mother was. He made sinister laughs and then said as if possessed "You will never know who we are or where we come from." He became hysterical which caused one of the soldiers to slap him, where upon he fainted. While this was happening one soldier, who was standing further back from the rest noticed a half human, half animal creature hiding behind a rock. The creature appeared to be wearing a helmet and holding a red light. He then thought he was seeing it in several places at once. He was so scared that he kept it to himself and later learned that none of the others had seen it. When the corporal awoke he had no recollection of where he had been. When he had fainted earlier it was noticed that his watch displayed the date April 30.

1977, April 25 - 10pm (approximate local time; 6pm, CST) at Crab Island Brazil. Four men were abducted from their boat. After their return one of them was dead, two badly burnt and the survivors were missing at least five hours of time that they couldn't account for (even during hypnotic regression).

I wish to thank Dr. Donald A. Johnson who's On This Day was instrumental in creating this hub.

© 2012 Joseph Ritrovato


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