The British tabloids are often more entertaining than American creationists. A good example is in the Daily Star, published in London. Their attention-grabbing headline is NASA to investigate 10,000-year-old mystery rock that ‘shows paintings of UFOs and aliens’. They have lots of videos and lurid pictures, and a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Discovered in Charama, India, the images appear to show aliens and UFOs, similar to scenes of a sci-fi movie. According to local archaeologist JR Bhagat it is unclear as to what the images reveal.
Wikipedia has no entry for Charama, India, but they do have this article: UFO sightings in India, which says: “Pre-historic rock paintings found at Charama, Kanker district, Chhattisgarh state depict human figures wearing suits similar to modern day space suits and drawings similar to flying saucers, each with a fan-like antenna and three legs.” That has a footnote to this news item from 2014, which also quotes JR Bhagat. It seems to be the same “discovery” that we’re being told about today. Then the tabloid says:
He [Bhagat, the local archaeologist] said: “The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Charama presently doesn’t have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject.“
After four years there’s been no research? Anyway, the tabloid goes on:
He added: “The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can’t refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things.”
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Weapons, space suits! This is fantastic! The tabloid continues:
The video was uploaded to YouTube channel The Lost History Channel on Sunday and has already received more than 7,000 views.
Wowie! If it’s on YouTube it must be true! This is how the tabloid story ends:
The archaeologists have contacted NASA [the National Aeronautics and Space Administration] and ISRO [the Indian Space Research Organisation] to help solve the mystery.
The experts will figure it out — unless they have already done so — but don’t expect to be told what they know. They’ll probably lie about it to avoid causing a panic. The people of Earth aren’t yet ready to learn The Truth™.
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