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Joe Simonton and the "Pancakes from Space" !

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So last week I was reading one of my favorite books, "Le Grand Livre du Mysterieux", and a couple of pages were dedicated to the strange story of Joe Simonton, one of the weirdest story I've read when I was a kid. I don't think the Aliens really gave this man "pancakes from space", I think it was a hoax, but it's still an interesting story. I've made a search in the forum database and saw that the only thread created about the case was in 2003, so I have decided to start a new thread about it. Here's the story.

On April 18, 1961, Joe Simonton, a sixty-year-old chicken farmer of Eagle River, Wisconsin, allegedly witnessed the landing of a UFO in his yard. At 11 A.M. that morning, Simonton was startled by a strange loud noise outside and above his farmhouse. He stepped to the window and was surprised to see a silvery object coming down vertically in his yard. He approached the object (with no fear), whereupon a hatch in the upper portion opened and he saw three dark-skinned men inside. One of them handed him a silvery jug with two handles, made a motion like drinking, apparently indicating that he wanted water. Simonton took the jug, filled it and handed it back. Looking into the object, he saw a man "cooking" on some kind of flameless cooking appliance. There were several small, perforated, pancake-like objects beside the griddle and Simonton motioned that he wanted one, whereupon one of the men handed four of them to him. Then the object took off at a 45° angle and was gone in just a few seconds. As it left, pine trees near the takeoff path bowed over, apparently as a result of air turbulence as the object went over.

Joe Simonton ate one of the "pancake" and said it tasted like cardboard. A UFO research group obtained one, as did Dr. J. Alien Hynek, the Air Force's consulting astrophysicist. After several days of much exploitation of the incident by news media, the UFO group announced that the affair had had too much publicity, and they did not intend to analyze the "pancake." On May 3 Simonton told United Press International that if "it happened again, I don't think I'd tell anybody about it." The same wire story quoted the UFO group statement which said that organization planned no further action and had more important things to investigate. The most recent word on this affair comes from an APRO member in Minnesota who claims that one analysis with which he is familiar yielded the information that the pancake was made of corn and wheat flour as well as other well-known familiar ingredients, but that the exact origin of the certain type of wheat was not known. This is another case somewhat similar (where the occupants are concerned) to others, including the Playa del Rey Kehoe encounter.

The "men" involved were small, about 5 feet tall, had dark hair and skin, wore dark blue knit outfits with turtleneck tops, and knit helmets similar to those worn under headpieces. They had no beards or were clean-shaven. The whole episode lasted about five minutes and Simonton observed a few details of the inside of the craft It was dull black, instrument panels included, he said, somewhat like wrought iron. The object itself appeared "like two washbowls turned face to face." The sound Simonton heard before coming out of his house was like "knobby tires on a wet pavement." The craft hovered a short distance (probably only a few inches) off the ground, all during the episode. The hatch was about 30 inches wide and about 6 feet high.


More about the case: http://www.ufowiscon...0418_vilas.html

Interview with Simonton

Edited by JonathanVonErich

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