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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

MARCH 13, 1950, PENON DE LOS BANOS, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Compilers of stories of close encounters of the third kind indicate that on March 13, 1950, in Penon de los Banos, Mexico, a vessel said to be equipped with a powerful propeller landed, according to the newspaper of the next day.

A Martian came out, speaking English according to one source, Spanish according to another, and told a native that the cities of planet Mars are underground cities, and that Venus is very hot, wet, and dominated by flying reptiles. The martian announced that the Earth will be destroyed in the Third World War, and then colonized by the Martians.

It is said that a strong strong sulphur odor filled the air when the ship left, according to one source, or accompanied the Martian according to the other source.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000174
Date of event: March 13, 1950
Earliest report of event: March 14, 1950
Delay of report: 1 day
Witness reported via: Newspaper or invented by newspaper.
First alleged record by: National newspaper.
First certain record by: Skeptical ufology book.
First alleged record type: National newspaper.
First certain record type: Skeptical ufology book.
This file created on: May 15, 2007
This file last updated on: August 30, 2009
Country of event: Mexico
State/Department: Mexico City
Type of location: Not reported.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported
Witnesses types: Someone from the area
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Speaks English, or Spanish.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, talked about Mars and Venus and Earth destruction and invasion by Martians.
Entities/witness interactions: Talked about Mars and Venus and Earth destruction and invasion by Martians.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation category: Invention or journalistic invention or parody.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. wb1:] DAVID F. WEBB AND TED BLOECHER:

In their catalogue, thew two ufologists indicate that on March 13, 1950, an object described as a 9 meter in diameter spaceship with a propeller, allegedly landed in Penon de Los Banos, Mexico. The pilot of the craft conversed in the Spanish language with the witness, telling that "they" will colonize the Earth after we destroy ourselves. An odor of sulphur was reportedly accompanying the UFO occupant.

The authors indicate that the story appeared in the newspapers El Universal for March 14, 1950 and The Durango Herald, March 19, 1950.

[Ref. bh1:] ROBERT E. BARTHOLOMEW AND GEORGE S. HOWARD:

The authors indicate that on March 13, 1950, in Penon de los Banos, Mexico, a ship said to be "equipped with a powerful propeller" landed.

A pilot came out and spoke English. This Martian told a native that cities on Mars were underground and Venus was very hot, humid, and overrun with flying reptiles.

He said Earth will destroy itself in World War III, and then Martians will colonize our planet.

A strong sulphur smell filled the air as the ship left.

The authors indicate that the source is the newspaper El Universal, of Mexico City, for March 14, 1950.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Pe˝on De Los Banos, Mexico, on March 13, 1950, at an unknown time, a Martian spaceship 9 by 6 meters in size, "equipped with a powerful propeller, and made of a metal which defies gravity" landed, and the pilot engaged one of the natives in conversation in perfect Spanish. Martian cities, he said, are underground. The Martians have found Venus too hot and humid, infested with flying reptiles; they will colonize Earth after we destroy ourselves in World War III. There was a strong odor of sulfur after the ship took off.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Humcat quoting newspaper sources.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 13 March 1950 in Penon De Los Banos, Mexico, there was a "Spaceship" equipped with propeller lands (9m diameter). "Pilot converses in Spanish language, message: they will colonize after we destroy, odor of sulphur."

And: "An nine meter in diameter object, described as a spaceship with a propeller, allegedly landed in Penon de Los Banos, Mexico on this day. The pilot of the craft conversed in the Spanish language with the witness. His message was that 'they' will colonize after we destroy ourselves. There was a reported odor of sulphur accompanying the presence of the UFOnaut."

And: "Close encounter with a craft and its occupants. One object, about 40 feet across, was observed. One being was seen. A Martian spaceship 9 x 6 meters in size, "equipped with a powerful propeller, and made of a metal which defies gravity" landed, and the pilot engaged one of the natives in conversation in perfect Spanish. Martian cities, he said, are underground. The Martians have found Venus too hot and humid, infested with flying reptiles; they will colonize Earth after we destroy ourselves in World War III. There was a strong odor of sulfur after the ship took off."

The website indicates the sources as: "Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Newspaper Clippings; Rosales, Albert Humanoid Sighting Reports Database".

Points to consider:

There does not seem to be any witness for this case. The original source not being quoted nor available, it is possible that the story was only a very obvious journalistic joke intended from the start to be understood as such.

It could have been a parody of the stories about Venusians from the United States, as the detail of the Martian speaking English to a native instead of speaking in his language would suggest.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 15, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Original source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe May 15, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No witness information. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 15, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Martian speaking english and telling about flying reptiles on Venus, the destruction of the Earth, a forthcoming Martian invasion, no credibility. - -

Evaluation:

Invention or journalistic invention or parody.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 15, 2007 Creation, [wb1], [bh1], [ar1].
0.2 Patrick Gross May 15, 2007 First published
1.0 Patrick Gross August 30, 2009 Conversion from HTML4 to XHTML Strict. Addition [ud1].

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