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Who are the Real Men in Black?

The Real Men in Black, often depicted in pop culture as secretive agents policing extraterrestrial activity, are shrouded in mystery. Some believe they're government officials tasked with suppressing UFO witnesses, while skeptics argue they're a blend of folklore and misidentification. Unraveling their true identity invites us to explore the shadowy intersection of conspiracy and reality. What secrets might they be guarding?
Garry Crystal
Garry Crystal

The recent Hollywood blockbuster film Men in Black was an entertaining piece of science fiction. The film’s plot involved special agents investigating extra-terrestrials and unidentified flying objects (UFOs). However, the roots of the film lie in strange encounters with real men in black.

Real men in black encounters have been reported for over 50 years. As with UFO theories, no one knows whether these people are fact or fiction. In 1956, American author Gray Barker published a book on the subject called They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. With this book, Barker revealed their existence to the world.

The men in black interrogate people who have seen UFOs, and then threaten them not to reveal anything they have seen.
The men in black interrogate people who have seen UFOs, and then threaten them not to reveal anything they have seen.

The real men in black are claimed to appear after a UFO sighting. They are strange looking men wearing black suits and hats, and are said to be either very short or very tall and to wear wigs and make-up. They are also said to arrive in either very new or new-looking, old style Cadillacs. They claim to be either from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or some other secret agency.

Individuals who have spotted an unidentified flying object may be visited by the men in black.
Individuals who have spotted an unidentified flying object may be visited by the men in black.

The men in black question or interrogate the UFO spotters and threaten them not to reveal anything they have seen. The men then disappear as quickly and mysteriously as they had appeared. Most of the theories regarding these men tend to lean towards alien beings. This theory cannot be proved, and there have only been 40 documented accounts of encounters.

Another theory regarding the real men in black was put forward after anonymous articles were sent to websites and newspapers. The articles report that there is a very real agency called the Office of Scientific Investigation and Research (OSIR). The OSIR are concerned with all things scientific, including the paranormal, supernatural and metaphysical.

The OSIR is said to have a special Phenomenology division that deals specifically with extraterrestrial life. They also deal with unexplainable incidents such as crop circles, ancient mysteries and distortions of space. The OSIR is said to be staffed by the world’s scientific experts. It also has links to numerous intelligence agencies and government offices around the world.

In 1990, the OSIR was said to have surfaced and opened a Public Relations division to interact with the public. Ten years later, this division was closed down and nothing has been heard from them since. The OSIR is thought to have powers that supersede all government officials and agencies. Are the investigators from the OSIR the real men in black?

The truth may never be known. It is common knowledge that secret government agencies such as OSIR exist, but why would they appear for 10 years only to disappear? Speculation exists that information was being fed to the public during this time through the media from the OSIR. Whether these encounters are true or just more speculation to feed the public’s paranoia remains to be seen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who originally coined the term "Men in Black" in relation to UFO phenomena?

The term "Men in Black" (MIB) was popularized by ufologist Albert K. Bender, who claimed to have been visited by dark-suited government agents after he discovered something significant about UFOs in the 1950s. These agents allegedly intimidated him into stopping his research. Bender's experiences were later published in Gray Barker's book "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers" in 1956, which helped cement the concept of MIB in UFO lore.

What is the typical description of the Men in Black according to eyewitness accounts?

According to eyewitness accounts, the Men in Black are often described as mysterious, intimidating figures dressed in black suits, with white shirts and black ties. They are said to have an unusual appearance, sometimes with odd facial features or an unsettling demeanor. Witnesses often report that these individuals exhibit strange behaviors, speak in a monotone voice, and display a lack of understanding of common social customs, as if they are not human or are unfamiliar with human society.

Are the Men in Black associated with any government agency?

The Men in Black are often thought to be associated with government agencies, particularly those involved in secret operations or UFO investigations, such as the FBI or the Air Force's Project Blue Book. However, there is no definitive proof of their existence or connection to any official body. The lack of concrete evidence and the mysterious nature of their appearances have fueled speculation and conspiracy theories about their true origins and purpose.

Have there been any credible investigations into the Men in Black phenomenon?

While there have been numerous reports and anecdotal accounts of encounters with the Men in Black, credible investigations into the phenomenon are scarce. Most research into the subject comes from within the UFO enthusiast community. Mainstream scientists and investigators typically regard the Men in Black as part of UFO folklore rather than a subject for serious study, due to the lack of verifiable evidence and the anecdotal nature of the reports.

How have the Men in Black influenced popular culture?

The Men in Black have had a significant impact on popular culture, inspiring a range of media from comic books to a successful film franchise. The "Men in Black" movies, starting with the 1997 film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, have been particularly influential in shaping the public's perception of the MIB, often portraying them as agents of a secret organization that monitors and regulates alien activity on Earth. This fictional representation has become so ingrained that it often overshadows the original, more sinister folklore surrounding the Men in Black.

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Discussion Comments

anon275346

There have been way more than 40 documented cases. Try thousands.

blast

It also makes me wonder what kind of information might be available that we just don’t know about. When I watch the show it always seems like the Ancient Alien scholars don’t have any concrete evidence, but now I’m wondering if organizations like the OSIR might have more legitimate evidence about these topics.

Does anyone know if the OSIR is made up of some Ancient Alien theorists or is it strictly scientists? The show always made it seem like the theorists are a more extreme type of group, but I wonder if they are more legitimate than that?

TheTiger

@anon52353 - I don't know if you've ever seen it, but there’s a series called Ancient Aliens that talks about these kinds of theories. I watched an episode about the Easter Island statues, and many of the Ancient Alien researchers believe that the statues had to have been placed by alien visitors.

I never thought about the statues looking like the men in black pictures, but looking at them now they do bear a weird resemblance. I guess the only problem is that we can never really know if there are real men in black photos to back it up. I would say it’s probably a coincidence, but I guess you can never be too sure!

anon52353

the statues on easter inland "look like" the men in black pictures. that's how they moved the stones. "do you think?"

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