Cows, UFOs and barrels full o' monkey fun

“Woke up this morning with light in my eyes/And then realized it was still dark outside/It was a light coming down from the sky/I don’t know who or why

Must be those strangers that come every night/Those saucer shaped lights put people uptight/Leave blue green footprints that glow in the dark/I hope they get home all right.” “Mr. Spaceman” — The Byrds

Watching the History Channel’s “UFO Hunters: Invasion Texas 2008” this morning I suddenly became more skeptical about the military’s claim that the UFO sightings around Stephenville, Texas, were the result of fighter jet training in that area.

Given that explanations for all types of sightings of weird phenomena in years past were the result of swamp gas makes my whimsical conjecture that the cows of Erath County may have been the cause of the UFO sightings not be such a silly musing. After all, methane is a major component of swamp gas and we all know a little at least about the link between cows and methane. So, with maybe 50,000-or-so cows in Erath County — the state of Texas milk jug — one might guess a little methane could be found.

But could all the conditions be right to make what methane is located there put on a spectacular light show? Are our fighter jets practicing around rural North Central Texas? Is it time for us to ask Mr. Spaceman to take me along (I won’t do anything wrong)? Or could the sightings have roots in all of the above?

Don’t ask me. I just work here.

Question of the day

A promo for Jack FM in Houston earlier this morning said listening to the station was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. This explanation by Mr. Funk, that funky cat of the funky “Funk and Wagnalls dictionary, is that if one monkey unleashes a ton o’ fun then a whole barrel must level the fun walls and allow the fun to spill into the valley of fun. In other words, its a bit of hyperbole to say the least.

I would think one monkey stuck in a barrel would probably get a bit ticked off and opening a whole barrel might just open up a barrel of monkey whup ass. I can’t say that is a fact because I have never nor would I ever place a monkey in a barrel. I’m just saying …

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