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Alien Baby Found In Attic
Status: Undetermined
image The Guardian reports that screenwriter Barney Broom has discovered a baby alien in his attic, "stored in an old toffee jar wrapped in a copy of the Daily Mirror dating from October 1947." The alien (or rather, model of an alien) resembles the aliens depicted in the alien autopsy movies and appears to be sculpted out of clay. It has a serial number on its foot. Speculation has commenced about what this alien baby might be. Was it something created by the US airforce back in 1947? Broom does live close to some US bases, so maybe a US servicemen renting the cottage left the model up in the attic by accident. Or is it a film prop from the 1960s? Or is it a recently created hoax?

Whatever it turns out to be, the case bears a striking similarity to the discovery of a pickled dragon in an Oxfordshire garage that occurred back in early 2004. The dragon turned out to be of recent manufacture, and its discovery was a stunt to help promote an author's book. Given that we're once again dealing with a writer discovering a mysterious pickled creature, the question to ask is, Does Barney Broom have a book coming out soon, and does it have anything to do with extraterrestrials?

Update: The BBC also has an article about the alien baby, with more pictures of it, including a close-up of the serial number on its foot. They note that the Pentagon is dismissing the model as a hoax. I also find it interesting that the first thing Barney Broom did with the model was take it to the Sci-Fi Channel. In my mind, this increases the likelihood that it's a hoax.

Update 2: image Captain DaFt has sent in a picture of his alien lamp, which, I suppose, bears a vague resemblance to the alien in the attic, in the sense that it's also a small alien preserved in liquid. He writes: "Here's the picture of my alien lamp I promised in response to the "Alien found in attic" story. Unfortunately; Spencer's doesn't seem to sell them anymore. (Nor the dinosaur fetus lamps either.)"
Personally, I would definitely pay good money to own a dinosaur fetus lamp.
Categories: Extraterrestrial Life
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 06, 2006
Ooooh I'll keep my eye on this...
Posted by davetolomy  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  06:08 AM
When I was in the military we used to take above-top-secret stuff home and forget about it all the time. In fact there is some lucky guy right now in California with a Bigfoot in a chest freezer hidden under his deck. Sometimes when you have too much to drink you forget to account for all your paranormal war trophies.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  07:30 AM
This looks very much like the X Files prop that was for sale in the mid 90s after the movie came out. The alien was in a large jar of greenish fluid. It would be simple enough to remove the alien from the jar and put it into something else and refill the jar with some other fluid. I find this to be a bad joke and nothing more.
Posted by Ceredur Crysane  in  Center of the Universe  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  10:00 AM
The hands on the picture are obvious real, so is the jar and the seal on top of it. So if there are so many proven real things that are not photoshopped there can be only one explanation: what
Posted by Beasjt  in  Earth  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  12:36 PM
So the bigfoot that I bought on e-bay is a fake?
Posted by wdl  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  04:12 PM
Correction, Beasjt, thet means that there is something tangible inside an exsisting jar, but that means nothing. If I found an Alien I would totally bring ot to the sci-fi channel guys! They's know for sure if it was a hoax or not. Or I'd call it a haunted alien and sell it on eBay.
Posted by Dracul  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  06:08 PM
It's probably either a model made by a person who REALLY believed the Roswell junk, or maybe a new hoaxer playing into our fear of 'martians'.
Posted by Dracul  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  06:11 PM
Oh, and one last thing, Maybe the number on his foot is his name, reversed! tongue wink in which case his name is Peibieos, which is pretty cool. That's what I'm going to call him! That's just the reverse of what I can see, I can't see the other side. PEIBIEOS IS MY HERO!!
Posted by Dracul  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  06:16 PM
These have been around for years, every since the X-Files. In fact, I bought a similar one two years ago at Spencer's. (I'll e-mail a photo)

Took this quote from the BBC article:

"If I remember correctly, there was a vogue for selling these about 8 to 10 years ago, through sci-fi magazines. Made by a special effects contractor in the United States who had spare capacity, they were indeed shipped in "formaldehyde" solution. Perhaps someone tried to make something similar in the UK, and added the newspaper as corroborative detail." Simon Cursitor, London

So sorry folks, it's not an alien, it's a novelty.
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  07:25 PM
Oh, BTW, if anyone wants to create their own paranormal being in a jar, here's a good site to start; http://www.miskatonic.net/pickman/mythos/bottle.htm
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Tue Feb 07, 2006  at  08:09 PM
@Dracul
I only said there was something real inside, not that it is a real alien ;P
I simply used "wording" in a manner that you could indeed read that I implied it was a real alien. A bit like those who claim it is real.
PS what would a holy alien make on eBay?
Posted by Beasjt  on  Thu Feb 09, 2006  at  07:38 AM
Well first of all, the object in question definitely seems to be real...meaning, the image above hasn't been photo-shopped.

It was allegedly discovered "stored in an old toffee jar wrapped in a copy of the Daily Mirror dating from October 1947".

Nobody's denying that the 'alien' is anything other than a model (despite what some people seem to think). The interesting question is whether or not it was actually made in 1947 (an, obviously, evocative date in UFO lore).

The paper could simply have been chosen, by the 'hoaxer', because of the date's significance...as seems the most likely explanation to me. If it actually IS from 1947, however, then it is a VERY interesting item, despite the fact that it's clearly NOT a real alien. Why? Because 'greys' (the currently dominant alien icons) only began to be described/depicted in the mid 1960s (as far as I know).

I blogged about this the other day. Have a look:
http://www.fustar.org/2006/02/07/something_in_the_attic/
Posted by f  in  Ireland  on  Fri Feb 10, 2006  at  07:07 PM
Oh, by the way...the owner of the house isn't a writer, he's a film-maker. So it's possible this is a stunt to publicise a forthcoming film/documentary.

Interestingly, according to his own website, he "has written and directed numerous films for the Ministry of Defence". Make of that what you will...
Posted by f  in  Ireland  on  Fri Feb 10, 2006  at  07:10 PM
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Posted by nitedrive  in  sweden  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  05:59 PM
eww i would not go and get that thing out of my attic so i respect you for that and it is kind of nice that you are taking care of it i think well i think it is kinda scary because one of these days they will take over the world!!!!
Posted by Brianna  in  Sidney ohio  on  Thu Oct 26, 2006  at  12:42 PM
wow, i really interested in this alien fiction..
hope u'all give me the latest news of this alien's nature...but i kindda hard to believe..does alien really2 exist or just an illusion??
Posted by Jalil  in  MALAYSIA  on  Sat Dec 09, 2006  at  12:24 AM
Thats fake cause i saw it at wal mart!!!
Posted by valerie  in  Mesa  on  Mon May 14, 2007  at  02:27 PM
im only 14 years old but i remember that i saw something like this when i was like 8 years old
it was for sale in a mall in a store that had a lot of jokes inside, the name of the store was something like "2000 bromas", and the mall was in colombia not in usa ok chao.
Posted by santiago  in  usa  on  Sat May 19, 2007  at  01:21 PM
I have a dinosaur fetus in a lamp that I don't want anymore. Don't know how well it would ship, but if you wanna pay me for it then I will ship it to you. I am in Washington, USA
Posted by Alia  in  sumner, WA  on  Wed Feb 06, 2008  at  11:29 PM
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