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From the archives: man claims that he can speak multiple alien languages

By T.K. Randall
March 14, 2024 · Comment icon 9 comments
Patrick Moore and Bernard Byron.
Patrick Moore (right) speaks to Bernard Byron (left). Image Credit: BBC
In this vintage clip, BBC astronomer Sir Patrick Moore speaks to a man who says he can speak 'Venusian'.
In this first of a new article series exploring some of the weirdest and most compelling video clips from over the decades, we take a look back at a notoriously bizarre interview once featured on the BBC.

Legendary astronomer Sir Patrick Moore was best known for presenting the long-running astronomy series 'The Sky at Night' up until his death in 2012 at the age of 89, but what most people probably don't remember is his stint at the helm of documentary series "One Pair of Eyes" in 1969.

In one episode, which was entitled "Can You Speak Venusian ?", Moore interviewed Bernard Byron from Essex, a 'free thinker' who believed that he could speak in several extraterrestrial languages that had been communicated to him from the planets Venus and Pluto.
In this vintage clip, Moore can be seen attempting to maintain a straight face while asking the eccentric pensioner to demonstrate the bizarre languages both in verbal and written form.

But was he really speaking alien or was he just spouting a load of gobbledegook ?

You be the judge.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by MrsGently 2 months ago
Venusian... they like it hot
Comment icon #2 Posted by Trelane 2 months ago
Well played! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by sanchez710 2 months ago
Clearly autistic and very talented. The second writing he did was extraordinary, almost like Japanese characters. They should have asked him to say the same phrase repeatedly to see if it sounded the same each time. I'm not buying the alien language guff though.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 2 months ago
That guy need to be careful...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
"... Bernard Byron from Essex, a 'free thinker' who believed that he could speak in several extraterrestrial languages that had been communicated to him from the planets Venus and Pluto." Sure... Uh huhhh. Well, there's 2 minutes of my time that I can't get back. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Razman 2 months ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by ercbreeze 2 months ago
Oh my, he couldn't pick places where life may be even remotely possible?  Ggbbgl gbgbgllg  gnggbbggab  
Comment icon #8 Posted by fred_mc 2 months ago
Venusian and Plutonian are laughable but what he said about aliens from a planet around Kruger 60b made me google a bit. Did you know that the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, which has turned out to be very unusual, according to Wikipedia is suggested to come from Kruger 60. Interesting.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Gumball 18 days ago
Patrick Moore's hair was normal before he met this guy.

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