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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.

1954, in the north, France, a man:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Aimé Michel had received a letter from someone he considered credible because he was sober, cultivated, anxious to keep his story secret. Michel did not believe the story at first, then thought the story was true, but he could not understand the meaning.

Aimé Michel considers the witness as the first "contact" whom he had met, himself unable to believe his own story because of its absurdity, except that he was sure it had occurred.

One autumn night during the 1954 saucer flap, driving into the country, he was blocked by something on the road. He stopped, got out of the car, saw - a bit vaguely - what was then called a flying saucer (round, etc.) and, between him and the thing, a little being. He never gave Michel precise details because he felt that nothing in his adventure deserved investigation (because of its absurdity). The little being approached and talked to the witness in a strangely "artificial" or monotonous manner, repeating two sentences a number of times. These two sentences were:

"The truth is denied to the constipated," and "What you call cancer comes from your teeth."

Aimé Michel explained that years later, he had tried to get in touch with the witness again, but the latter had died. However, one of the witness's friends answered him, he would be the only confidant of the witness besides Michel. This friend said that he asked the witness on his deathbed what the truth of the story was, and that the dying person confirmed everything, dying wondering what the heck the encounter could have meant.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001780
Date of event:
Earliest report of event:
Delay of report:
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: October 13, 2018
This file last updated on: October 13, 2018
Country of event:
Type of location:
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages:
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting.
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: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, saw witness, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Silly joke.
Explanation certainty: High.


[Ref. ez1:] ERIC ZURCHER:

Ufologist Eric Zurcher constituted a small catalogue of about thirty previously unpublished French cases, among which this one:

021.1954. North of France. X...

The witness saw a saucer land and a small man come out of it. He was entirely covered with a diving suit which did not allow to distinguish anything. He made hear in French these completely absurd 2 sentences:

"Intelligence is prohibited to the constipated and cancer comes from tooth ache (or, 'from within')". Then it went up in the UFO which disappeared quickly.

Source: Communicated by A. Michel

[Ref. #am4:] AIME MICHEL:

Ufologist Aimé Michel wrote to the reader's mailbag of FSR magazine:

One for the 1954 book

Dear Mr. Bowen, - Your excellent answer to Dr. Willy Smith in FSR Vol. 26, No. 6, gives me the opportunity to write you, vieux copain, and to give a brief account of a case in 1954 which I have never before mentioned.

The "witness" first wrote me a letter. In every other way he seemed believable - sober, cultured, anxious to keep his story secret - yet at first I did not believe him, rather in the fashion of Dr. Smith.

Perhaps I should try to explain: what he told me so perplexed me that I couldn't rid my mind of it, especially when, during the long years, I investigated a CE3(4). He was, in fact, the first "contactee" I had encountered, and he was a strange contactee at that, for he himself could not believe his own story (though he was sure it took place) because of its absurdity.

Let me relate the details: one night that autumn, while driving in the country, he was stopped by something on the road. He stopped, got out of the car, saw - somewhat vaguely - what was then called a flying saucer (round, etc.) and, between him and the thing, a little being. He never gave me precise details for he considered that nothing in his adventure deserved investigation (because of its absurdity). The little being approached and addressed the witness, in a queer "artificial" or monotonous voice, repeating two sentences a number of times. Those two sentences were:

"La vérité est refusée aux constipés," and
"Ce que vous appelez cancer vient des dents."

Even in French the first sentence is more than ambiguous. "Constipé" means, of course, "Constipated," but it also means "stiff" or "ill at ease". In the second sense it can be understood somewhat humourosly. But "refusée" par qui? does it mean that people with stiff characters are unlikely to find or grasp truth? (What truth?). One can imagine many other interpretations. As for the second sentence, there are also many other possible meanings, for example "vient des dents" ("comes from the teeth") can mean "through what you eat" (your diet), or "your manner of eating" and so on.

Remember that in the autumn of 1954 all such strange things were new -by that I mean CE3 and 4. An ordinary person in 1954 could not grasp the idea that another world, whatever that can be, was mounting a scenario of "fantasmagory," as huge as that wave, merely in order to deliver such follies and platitudes.

Years later, while still reflecting on that, and other cases, I tried to renew contact with the witness. Alas he was dead. However a friend of his answered me (I think he is still alive) and so is the unique confident of the witness (apart from me). The friend told me that he asked the witness on his death bed what was the truth of the story. The dying man confirmed the whole story... and died asking himself what the devil it could all mean.

Personally, I believe the story is "true". But Quid est veritas? as Pontius Pilate said. Voltaire remarked that "...he went out without waiting for an answer, so that human kind were left in ignorance of the truth."

Yours sincerely,
Aimé Michel,
Alpes de Haute Provence,
21 April, 1981



Location. Nord (Northern) France (exact location not given)

Date: 1954

Time: unknown

An anonymous witness reported seeing a disc-shaped object land and a small man come out of it. He was entirely covered in a dark tight-fitting diving suit, which did not allow distinguishing none of his features. The little man then communicated in French with the witness saying the following absurd sentences:

"Intelligence is prohibited to the constipated and cancer comes from a tooth ache." The little man then walked back into the disc, which then took off and disappeared.

HC addendum:
Source: Eric Zurcher quoting Aime Michel

Type: B




A man saw a disc land and from it emerge a small being who said "intelligence is forbidden for constipated people and cancer comes from stomach ache", then reboarded the object which then took off.

Alain Gamard 1979 citing Zurcher citing Aime Michel

Note: "La Jarvie" [sic] is not the place, this is a mistake by Rogerson, as there was a different report in "La Javie" in 1947. Rogerson also misdates the case, it is said it was in 1954.

Points to consider:

This is a story without credibility, which apparently was the subject of nor checking neither investigation nor decent documentation, and in which Aimé Michel probably did not believe for a second if one considers what he thought of the "contactees" as expressed in his book on the 1954 French flap. Probably entirely invented, perhaps by the "confident" of the "witness".

Indeed, one may wonder how Aimé Michel could, by letter or phone call, fall on the friend of the witness instead of the witness.

We may also note the reluctance with no good excuse of the witness to describe the littrle being, and the description of the saucer suggesting that he was just content to say that it was like the other saucers of that time.

Michel argued that the man was credible because he was "sober, cultured, anxious to keep his story secret". But, first, someone who makes up such a story is not necessarily wild-eyed, without culture. Then one must remember that a number of hoaxes in 1954 had the false witness confronted to the police. The "witness" here may have realized that after writing to Michel. Maybe he posed as his own friend and invented his death so that Michel drops the case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Low October 13, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the apparent first report by Aimà Michel. Help needed. Opened.


Silly joke.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.0 Patrick Gross August 26, 2004 Was first published in my France 1954 catalogue.
0.1 Patrick Gross October 13, 2018 Création, [ez1], [am4], [ar1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 13, 2018 First published.

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