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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-13 09:06:33 AM
I read a book by a biologist who did field work in northern Argentina a few decades ago, before everybody had satellite radio internet connections implanted in their skulls. They saw this strange glow in the sky coming over the mountains. Aliens? End of the world? It was the kind of thing that could spur a warning like this article. The cause turned out to be a space experiment, releasing gases into low earth orbit or the upper atmosphere.
 
2012-12-13 09:17:13 AM
That same thing happens to me every time I drive across Indiana.
 
2012-12-13 09:24:14 AM
The same thing happens to me every time I drive from Vegas to LA.
 
2012-12-13 09:53:10 AM
"If you've cut yourself at all in the course of these tests, you might have noticed that your blood is pure gasoline. That's normal. We've been shooting you with an invisible laser that's supposed to turn blood into gasoline, so all that means is, it's working."
 
2012-12-13 10:02:18 AM
Meh, it's just an abundance of street lights.
 
2012-12-13 10:04:04 AM
Or here in the US, we call it DUI.
 
2012-12-13 10:04:32 AM
Local UFOstreetlight researchers are warning drivers in the region about "time anomalies"

FTFTFA
 
2012-12-13 10:06:09 AM
This sounds like the X-Files pilot.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-13 10:07:31 AM
I did the same thing for 10years driving to work every morning. Vaguely remember waking up and the next thing I know I'm angry and pulling in to the parking garage.
 
2012-12-13 10:07:43 AM

ZAZ: The cause turned out to be a space experiment, releasing gases into low earth orbit or the upper atmosphere.


Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.
 
2012-12-13 10:07:53 AM
It's called "Mescaline".

www.dataasylum.com
 
2012-12-13 10:10:38 AM
Anyone else read the headline in Cave Johnson's voice?

"So word of advice: if you meet yourself on the road don't make eye contact. Lab boys tell me that'll wipe out time - entirely. Forward and backward. So do both of yourselves a favor and let that handsome devil go about his business."
 
2012-12-13 10:10:55 AM
Don't worry. They've got time travel experts on the case.

www.pbs.org
 
2012-12-13 10:11:31 AM
I experience this all the time! However that's because I drive stoned, only way to face traffic.
 
2012-12-13 10:13:04 AM
Make life take Route 5 back! What I am going to do with this?
 
2012-12-13 10:13:07 AM
Is this like an Argentinian politician skipping town to be with his US mistress?
 
2012-12-13 10:13:58 AM
I missed Rev.K's comment up above,
 
2012-12-13 10:14:44 AM
Two young men whose duties cause them to travel National Route No. 5 on a regular

You mean people zone out while on their daily commute to work?
 
2012-12-13 10:15:54 AM

Summoner101: Is this like an Argentinian politician skipping town to be with his US mistress?


How about this: you shut your goddamn mouth before I kick your goddamn teeth down your throat and shut it for you.
 
2012-12-13 10:15:55 AM
Happens to me every time I drive from DFW to SE KS to visit family.
We call it "Oklahoma".
 
2012-12-13 10:16:33 AM
After several minutes had elapsed, they noticed that they continued the trip without any further incident, but without any recollection of the distance they had already covered.

Yeah, that's called exhaustion. It happened to me a couple times when I was working 70+ hours per week. I'd get on the twisty mountain road to home and then I'd be in the driveway with no memory of the 30 mile drive.
 
2012-12-13 10:18:35 AM
I'm gonna take that road. First I need to put out a classified ad for someone to come with me though.
 
2012-12-13 10:21:24 AM
While travelling along Argentina's Route 5 you may experience a little time travel become extremely bored.

//seems like that's what's happening.
 
2012-12-13 10:21:36 AM

abhorrent1: I'm gonna take that road. First I need to put out a classified ad for someone to come with me though.


You have to do it alone first before putting the ad out.
 
2012-12-13 10:21:44 AM

Mirrorz: I did the same thing for 10years driving to work every morning. Vaguely remember waking up and the next thing I know I'm angry and pulling in to the parking garage.


Ditto. I have a bad habit of daydreaming on my commute. I usually snap out of it and wonder if I pulled out in front of anyone at that last intersection.
 
2012-12-13 10:25:15 AM

Maus III: Summoner101: Is this like an Argentinian politician skipping town to be with his US mistress?

How about this: you shut your goddamn mouth before I kick your goddamn teeth down your throat and shut it for you.


Yes Master, I have been ever so naughty.
 
2012-12-13 10:27:13 AM
Joel, one of the protagonists of the strange story,

Maybe his bosses didn't like him?
 
2012-12-13 10:27:26 AM
Look, once you are past 40 you have trouble remembering what you did 10 minutes ago. Classic example for me: turn out lights downstairs, lock front door before going to bed.

1/2 hour later: lie in bed and desperately -- and unsucessfully -- try and recall if I locked the front door. Try to reconstruct a memory scene in my mind of me locking the front door.... no dice.

Solution: wander my tired ass out of bed, wander down 3 flights of stairs (townhouse) and look at the front door that I locked earlier.
 
2012-12-13 10:31:16 AM

jtown: After several minutes had elapsed, they noticed that they continued the trip without any further incident, but without any recollection of the distance they had already covered.

Yeah, that's called exhaustion. It happened to me a couple times when I was working 70+ hours per week. I'd get on the twisty mountain road to home and then I'd be in the driveway with no memory of the 30 mile drive.


I must be exhausted all the time then. I thought it was normal.
 
2012-12-13 10:33:00 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-13 10:33:56 AM
Driving from Austin to San Antonio a few times I had the exact same thing happen. No recollection of driving through San Marcos whatsoever.

Helped that I had been up for 20+ hours, it was the middle of the night, and was exhausted.
 
2012-12-13 10:35:16 AM
It's called drunkenness.
 
2012-12-13 10:35:32 AM
So did the trip really happen if they can't remember it? Maybe they were at the destination the whole time. Whoa
 
2012-12-13 10:37:46 AM
Translation: people in Argentina are falling asleep at the wheel and blaming aliens.
 
2012-12-13 10:38:11 AM
There were plenty of times when I was a teenager where I could drive home without really being aware of every single curve and mile I travelled. It's called muscle memory; you get used to a certain road's characteristics, and the thinking part of your brain does something else while the part that operates your muscles does the driving by rote.
 
2012-12-13 10:38:39 AM

Mad_Radhu: Anyone else read the headline in Cave Johnson's voice?


Yes, which is why I posted a Cave Johnson quote upthread.
 
2012-12-13 10:40:33 AM
media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-13 10:42:40 AM
Back in the day my dad used to say that when he drove in convoys with the Army sometimes late at night the guard rail or lights wizzing by at the same frequency would hyptonize drivers and quite often people would get disoriented like this.
 
2012-12-13 10:46:39 AM

TXEric: Happens to me every time I drive from DFW to SE KS to visit family.
We call it "Oklahoma".


Same here. I've also experienced it (for reals) in western Kansas. Lost all sense of time while driving home from work on I-70. I lived in Hays, worked in Hays, and ended up in Yocemento. I think I was just tired.
 
2012-12-13 10:52:27 AM
I've had this happen to me on highways or even in cities especially after I know my route and the timing of the stop lights. If I'm not mentally engaged in something I tend to just turn on auto pilot and can't recall any of it after I snap out of it. The same goes for watching TV/movies, when it goes to a commercial break or the credits roll I will realize that I had no idea what I just spent my time watching. Sometimes I can't even recall the characters or even the name of the show.
 
2012-12-13 10:52:46 AM
This used to happen to me all the time, I would finish a big rolled fatty while driving on long trip and find myself way down the road or the feeling of being lost because the scenery was changed all of a sudden. Haven't had that experience in a long time.

Good times....and I miss them too.
 
2012-12-13 11:01:06 AM
Back in the day, when I was a wee nipper, this happened to me almost everyday.

I'd pass out drunk and stoned in a nightclub only to awake in my own bed and my car neatly parked on the driveway without a scratch.

I think my car is alive...
 
2012-12-13 11:02:58 AM
The same thing happens when you drive through Utah
 
2012-12-13 11:08:54 AM
This is nuts
 
2012-12-13 11:16:36 AM
Leaving satisfied!

Mad_Radhu: Anyone else read the headline in Cave Johnson's voice?


Came here to say this!
 
2012-12-13 11:18:08 AM
How do you say "highway hypnosis" in Spanish?
 
2012-12-13 11:20:53 AM

Rev.K: Mad_Radhu: Anyone else read the headline in Cave Johnson's voice?

Yes, which is why I posted a Cave Johnson quote upthread.


You must've missed Mad_Radhu's comment up above,
 
2012-12-13 11:22:02 AM
reported feeling disoriented, then suddenly finding that they've driven several kilometers that they can't remember
Yeah, it's called autopilot. I did this last night on my way home (45 minute drive).
As I was getting on the interstate from the hiway, I thought "I don't remember those 2 streetlights a mile back. I hope they were green"

This is also what would theoretecially allow zombies to work. The thinking and reasoning process of your brain sort of turns off, and your basic motor skills takes over. You are seeing the road, making the turns, not ramming into the ass end of other cars, all the 'normal' parts of driving, and unless something unusual happens (A bird smacks off your window, a car blows it horn, your girl friend suddenly yells "I'm pregnant", you continue on, but you arn't acticvly registering anything that is going on.
 
2012-12-13 11:23:00 AM

Rev.K: "If you've cut yourself at all in the course of these tests, you might have noticed that your blood is pure gasoline. That's normal. We've been shooting you with an invisible laser that's supposed to turn blood into gasoline, so all that means is, it's working."


"All these science spheres are made of asbestos by the way, keeps out the rats. Let us know if you feel a shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough or your heart stopping, because that's not part of the test - that's asbestos. "
 
2012-12-13 11:26:39 AM
cdn.buzznet.com
 
2012-12-13 11:42:22 AM
its simply a bullshiat human condition called "wrote behavior"

Their "missing time" is the same condition as you being neurologically trained to dump on the toilet. Its quite a common experience for truck drivers.
 
2012-12-13 11:46:07 AM
Had that happen more than once on the Provo-Irvine run I used to make for a trucking company when I lived in Utah. After awhile, desert and mountains start looking the same and when all you have is a crappy stock radio in the truck that doesn't pick up squat it's easy to zone out. Got so tripped I ended up Arizona (almost 200 miles out of my way) once.

It's not aliens or time travel, it's sheer mind-numbing boredom that got to them
 
2012-12-13 11:47:29 AM
It's crazy, but it should be studied. Often times disproving a wacky non-scientific claim leads to insights in real science. Especially with a nice repeatable experiment.

Many people here have probably hit it on the nose. It's just people zoning out. (But why there?)
 
2012-12-13 11:55:59 AM
I drive over 40,000 miles per year and most of it is on what I call "auto pilot". When driving on roads that are familiar, my subconscious takes over and I don't remember the drive. It sometimes bites me in the ass when I wake up and realize I took a wrong turn 20 miles ago.
 
2012-12-13 12:17:33 PM

Maus III: Summoner101: Is this like an Argentinian politician skipping town to be with his US mistress?

How about this: you shut your goddamn mouth before I kick your goddamn teeth down your throat and shut it for you.


images.starpulse.com

Stop! Hammer time
 
2012-12-13 12:18:44 PM
Could be worse, there could be dinosaurs coming through the time anomolies

\Is Primeval to obscure for Fark?
 
2012-12-13 12:30:11 PM
And I can't remember getting up in the middle of the night to go pee.
So what else is special with these people?
 
2012-12-13 12:32:45 PM
I've driven in Argentina.

Time travel is the least of your worries.

They drive with NO RULES
 
2012-12-13 12:39:05 PM
blogs-images.forbes.com
 
2012-12-13 12:44:53 PM
Approves

images.sneakernews.com
 
2012-12-13 12:59:12 PM
I would speculate that it is more likely a hypnotic effect created by viewing the terrain the road passes through. Let us look for the simplest before we jump to aliens and time travel, but I guess that isn't nearly as fun.
 
2012-12-13 01:01:48 PM

flynn80: Could be worse, there could be dinosaurs coming through the time anomolies


When I read your comment I thought of the times when I played this game.

upload.wikimedia.org

/Yea I know it didn't develop from a story like that but driving and dinosaurs reminded me of it.
 
2012-12-13 01:10:10 PM
I didn't know Brannon Braga was Argentinian.
 
2012-12-13 01:11:39 PM

Profedius: I would speculate that it is more likely a hypnotic effect created by viewing the terrain the road passes through. Let us look for the simplest before we jump to aliens and time travel, but I guess that isn't nearly as fun.


See this post -

Canton: How do you say "highway hypnosis" in Spanish?


I was looking through the car manual of my car (96 Tracker) a few months ago for no reason and came across a page that said Beware of Highway Hypnosis. I had never heard of it before so it amused me at the time.

Highway Hypnosis
/Yea I linked to Wikipedia for lack of a better source offhand.
 
2012-12-13 01:16:25 PM
Fear and Loathing road trip?

Sweet sweet Mary.
 
2012-12-13 01:20:32 PM
It's clearly the work of the UFOs hovering at the left and right edges of this local photo
 
2012-12-13 02:01:41 PM

Fiction Fan: Don't worry. They've got time travel experts on the case.

[www.pbs.org image 150x150]


I love that stupid theme song and I don't even watch the show. 

Gonna ride the dinosaur traaaaaaaain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNpoEoXi1lE
 
2012-12-13 02:09:42 PM

Canton: How do you say "highway hypnosis" in Spanish?


This--no greys from Zeta Reticuli or Plots By Men In Black required, highway hypnosis is a common phenomena (and as others have noted, quite common on long stretches of road). In fact, the phenomenon of road hypnosis is why there's that "no more than ten or eleven hours continuous driving" reg for CDL drivers.

And Route 5 is pretty much a long, continuous, almost straight-as-an-arrow two-lane highway through farmlands and the Argentinian equivalent of prairies--pretty much imagine I-70 as a "super two" two-lane highway, and it becomes pretty screamingly obvious (for anyone who has had misfortune of driving through Kansas and the rest of the parts of the US that look like they've been run over with God's own steamroller) HOW people could "lose time".

(For those of you in Oz, there's actually a few even more direct parallels to Route 5--try the Stuart Highway and the Bruce Highway, where there are (I shiat you not, for those who've never been along these roads or seen signgeek pages re these roads) road signs actually advising folks to play road trivia games to minimize the risk of road hypnosis. The drive is SO monotonous that people have been known to fall asleep at the wheel and drive off the road, hence the warnings.)
 
2012-12-13 02:29:38 PM

Tenatra: Profedius: I would speculate that it is more likely a hypnotic effect created by viewing the terrain the road passes through. Let us look for the simplest before we jump to aliens and time travel, but I guess that isn't nearly as fun.

See this post -
Canton: How do you say "highway hypnosis" in Spanish?

I was looking through the car manual of my car (96 Tracker) a few months ago for no reason and came across a page that said Beware of Highway Hypnosis. I had never heard of it before so it amused me at the time.

Highway Hypnosis
/Yea I linked to Wikipedia for lack of a better source offhand.


Yep I have experienced it many times mostly when I drove an 18 wheeler from Des Moines to Colorado Springs and back for a year back in 94. The trip on I-80 through Nebraska is mind numbing and you experience Highway Hypnosis often, but I knew what it was so I wasn't alarmed when I realized I couldn't recall the last 50 miles or more. The only time it is really dangerous is if something happens and you don't snap out of it, because when you are in it you are still working the controls of the vehicle and navigating the slight turns.
 
2012-12-13 03:02:39 PM
FTFA: Drivers on the 35 km strip between the towns of Lonquimay and Anguil have reported feeling disoriented, then suddenly finding that they've driven several kilometers that they can't remember.

Well how many of us has NOT had that experience?
 
2012-12-13 03:46:43 PM
My friend lived about an hour from there. I'll have to tell her about this, I'm sure it will be worth a larf.

/Not superstitious
//Neither is she
 
2012-12-13 03:52:56 PM

puckrock2000: Joel, one of the protagonists of the strange story,

Maybe his bosses didn't like him?


24.media.tumblr.com

Sees what you did there...
 
2012-12-13 03:55:54 PM

MythDragon: Rev.K: "If you've cut yourself at all in the course of these tests, you might have noticed that your blood is pure gasoline. That's normal. We've been shooting you with an invisible laser that's supposed to turn blood into gasoline, so all that means is, it's working."

"All these science spheres are made of asbestos by the way, keeps out the rats. Let us know if you feel a shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough or your heart stopping, because that's not part of the test - that's asbestos. "


"Good news is, the lab boys say the symptoms of asbestos poisoning show a median latency of forty-four point six years, so if you're thirty or older, you're laughing. Worst case scenario, you miss out on a few rounds of canasta, plus you forwarded the cause of science by three centuries. I punch those numbers into my calculator and it makes a happy face."
 
2012-12-13 04:13:54 PM
you knuckleheads never heard of white line fever?
 
2012-12-13 07:39:19 PM
Thought that was a reference to cocaine.
 
2012-12-13 09:15:56 PM
I've only done this once before.
 
2012-12-14 12:03:59 AM

ObscureNameHere: Look, once you are past 40 you have trouble remembering what you did 10 minutes ago. Classic example for me: turn out lights downstairs, lock front door before going to bed.

1/2 hour later: lie in bed and desperately -- and unsucessfully -- try and recall if I locked the front door. Try to reconstruct a memory scene in my mind of me locking the front door.... no dicThe Irresponsible Captain: It's crazy, but it should be studied. Often times disproving a wacky non-scientific claim leads to insights in real science. Especially with a nice repeatable experiment.

Many people here have probably hit it on the nose. It's just people zoning out. (But why there?)

I think this might be the reason I wonder about this story. Why there?

 
2012-12-14 12:04:40 AM
I apologize for my last post being completely incoherent.
 
2012-12-14 12:36:36 AM

Sexpun T'Come: It's just people zoning out. (But why there?)


It looks like a very farking boring drive. On the highway there is only 1 turn that needs to be made through this section. Farmland and no street lights. Pretty much the other thing you are going to see at night are the lines on the road.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-14 02:56:35 AM

Tenatra: no street lights


See my post.^
 
2012-12-14 05:03:58 PM
The last sentence is my favorite: "It's either UFO abductions or mind control gas."

Yep; those are the only logical conclusions!
 
2012-12-15 02:25:55 AM

authorizeduser: The last sentence is my favorite: "It's either UFO abductions or mind control gas."

Yep; those are the only logical conclusions!



It's pretty ridiculous. They didn't even bother to acknowledge the Loch Ness Monster's likely involvement.
 
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