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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.

SEPTEMBER 2007, CONSTANTIN TOADER AND OTHERS, GEMENI, MEHEDINTI, ROMANIA:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to a "weird news" agency of the Internet, towards mid-September 2007, in Gemeni in Romania, a score of villagers were heard by police officers about their sighting of a flying character who resembled Superman.

According to the statements which are all similar, the character flew above their houses in his shining blue outfit, in upright position, at a speed described as normal, at approximately 100 meters above the ground, without any sound nor smoke.

It does not seem that it was considered that the flying Superman could have been simply a party balloon imprinted and in the shape of the famous comic strip character.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000306
Date of event: September 2007
Earliest report of event: September 20, 2007
Delay of report: Days, weeks?
Witness reported via: Police?
First alleged record by: Witnesses statements records by police.
First certain record by: Web weird news agency Ananova.
First alleged record type: Witnesses statements records by police.
First certain record type: Web weird news agency.
This file created on: September 24, 2007
This file last updated on: September 25, 2007
Country of event: Romania
State/Department: Mehedinti
Type of location: Village.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: About 20
Witnesses ages: 46 and various
Witnesses types: Not reported. Villagers.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Superman outfit
Entities outfit color: Blue.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: "Superman."
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: None heard.
Entities actions: Cruised in the sky.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported or "Superman".
Explanation category: Possible party balloon.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. an1:] ANANOVA:

Under the headline "Police probe 'Superman' sighting", the weird news agency indicates that the Police are investigating after almost 20 villagers, from Gemeni, Mehedinti county, Romania, claimed to have seen a Superman-like figure flying through the sky, wearing a shiny blue suit.

The Police officers took written statements from all of the witnesses and say they described the figure in the same way.

A local policeman, Ion Anuta is quoted:

"We talked to people of different ages who are all reliable citizens in our village.

"They all said they saw this strange creature who flew over their houses in his shiny blue costume. We'll just have to see what happens next."

Villager Constantin Toader, 41, is quoted:

"He looked like Superman and was flying slowly at about 100 yards from the ground in a standing position. He didn't make any smoke or sound. Just cruising around."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

59.

Location. Gemeni, Mehedinti County, Romania

Date: September 2007

Time: various

Police are investigating after villagers claimed to have seen a Superman like figure flying through the sky. Almost 20 villagers claim the figure was wearing a shiny blue suit, just like Superman's. Police officers took written statements from all of the witnesses and say they described the figure in the same manner. Local policeman Ion Anuta said: "We talked to people of different ages who are all reliable citizens in our village. They all said they saw this strange creature that flew over their houses in his shiny blue uniform." Villager Constantin Toader, 41, said: "He looked like Superman and was flying slowly at about 100 yards from the ground in a standing position. He didn't make any smoke or sound. Just cruising around."

HC addendum

Source: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2517321.html

Type: E

Points to consider:

In the source code of the Ananova web news brief, a commented out line indicates that the story was "filed: 10:57 Thursday 20th September 2007".

It does not seem that it was considered that the flying Superman could have been simply a party balloon imprinted and in the shape of the famous comic strip character.

Addendum September 26, 2007 - A ufologist reader of this file informs me that a contact in Romania told him that although he does not watchTV at all, and does not read the tabloid Press, he reads an electronic newspaper every morning and did not see anything of this affair; he asked colleagues and nobody heard about it either, although he estimates that such an affair should have been in all the newspapers.

Above: Various types of "Superman" balloons.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 24, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses reports recorded by police officers not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 24, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Information on winds and "flying figure" trajectories not available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 24, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Exact date, and time, not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible party balloon.

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: Albert Rosales.
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 24, 2007 Creation, [an1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 24, 2007 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 25, 2007 Addition of the "Addendum September 26, 2007" paragraph in the "Points to consider" section.

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