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The 1954 French flap:

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Mid October, 1954, Saint-Martin-Belle-Roche, Sa˘ne-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: Mid-Oct-54-Saint-Martin-Belle-Roche. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Under the title "Two Martians receive ... a handful of punches", the regional newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire for October 18, 1954 reported:

"Taking advantage of the period of the grape harvest, two inhabitants of St Martin-Belle-Roche decided the other evening to disguise themselves as Martians and to play some good prank. They went under an extremely clever disguise to the residence of a neighbor. However the joke turned badly and our two accomplices, in spite of their disguise, were granted a number of hits, so much so that one of them had four cracked ribs. That is a quite unforeseen consequence of the epidemic of saucers and cigars."

Reports:

[Ref. lqh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

TWO MARTIANS RECEIVE... A HANDFUL OF PUNCHES

Taking advantage of the period of the grape harvest, two inhabitants of St Martin-Belle-Roche decided the other evening to disguise themselves as Martians and to play some good prank. They went under an extremely clever disguise to the residence of a neighbor. However the joke turned badly and our two accomplices, in spite of their disguise, were granted a number of hits, so much so that one of them had four cracked ribs. That is a quite unforeseen consequence of the epidemic of saucers and cigars.

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Explanations:

Negative case, prank.

In ufology, a "negative case" is usually defined as a case that quickly had a prosaic explanation, either by the witness(es) themselves, or, in any case, without needing an explanation from ufologists.

Keywords:

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Saint-Martin-Belle-Roche, Sa˘ne-et-Loire, hoax, prank

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 23, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 11, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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