Recently, Giorgio Tsoukalos, the guy better known for his wild hair and the alien memes, such as “I’m not saying it was aliens…but it was aliens,” participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. He discussed subjects the public seems just as curious about as aliens, like his hair and how he feels about the funny alien memes. Tsoukalos also discussed his recent UFO sighting.
Tsoukalos is the host of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. The show explores the Ancient Aliens (aka Ancient Astronauts) theory, which suggests that there is evidence that advanced alien civilizations have visited earth in the past and have aided in human advancement.
The website What Culture, sifted through all of Tsoukalos’ responses to the Reddit questions, and put together a few they found most interesting. This, of course, included his hair, which Tsoukalos says has “been slowly abducted.”
He was kidding, I think, but he did say that it takes a lot of hair spray to get his signature hairstyle to stick up like that. As for what prompted him to choose what one Reddit user called his “sweet” hairstyle, Tsoukalos says, “Uh… nothing. It just happened.”
Not a very exciting answer, especially because it doesn’t have anything to do with aliens. However, there was a more exciting question.
One Reddit user asked Tsoukalos if he had ever seen a UFO. Surprisingly, to me at least, he has only seen one and it was recent.
Tsoukalos wrote: “On August 8, 2014, along with 26 other people, with night-vision goggles, in Joshua Tree at the Contact in the Desert Conference around midnight, where we saw stars inside the Big Dipper, which obviously didn’t belong there, and after 10 minutes of observing those two stars, they began to move equidistant from each other up into space, or into darkness of the night sky. So essentially removing themselves, or moving away from the Big Dipper.”
Tsoukalos will be speaking at Contact in the Desert again this year, and so will this author, so maybe I can see a UFO with him this summer.
According to the website Know Your Meme, Ancient Aliens has come under fire from critics who claim that the show is “far fetched” and “hugely speculative.”
They traced back Tsoukalos’ alien meme to just a few months after the show first aired in April 2010. Online forums were full of people who mocked the ease at which Tsoukalos was willing to suggest that ancient mysteries had an alien origin. Eventually, in mid-2011, the Tsoukalos alien memes began popping up all over the internet.
Reddit users asked Tsoukalos what he thought about the meme, and perhaps surprising to some – except those who knew him before “the hair”, ehem – he loves it.
He wrote: “I love it. I think it’s a great honor to have been embraced by the interwebz, worldwide. I really think that it just shows that – it doesn’t show anything, but it shows that people embrace the show. I think it’s wonderful, the fan-base, I have the best fans in the world. This is something I really have to say. Everybody has been tremendous in their outreach, and in embracing not only the ideas, but also the meme, and I think it’s a fantastic combination.”
He doesn’t mind being seen as crazy. He says, “That’s perfectly fine. Because I am the first one to admit that what I am talking about is crazy, or can be regarded as crazy, so I am perfectly aware that these thoughts sound out there. BUT this does not prevent me from continuing to ask questions. Because if – in this day and age – asking questions means that you’re crazy? Then I admit, I am the craziest of them all.”
And, of course, he defended the Ancient Astronaut theory. He says, “It’s not necessarily one piece of the puzzle per se. It is the overall picture. Because what we are talking about, in the Ancient Astronaut theory, we are talking about circumstantial evidence.”
Tsoukalos continued, “It’s the combination of a whole bunch of pieces that can be regarded as circumstantial evidence, and in a court of law, circumstantial evidence allows you to win court cases. There are no crashed UFOs that are on display anywhere, or no extraterrestrial tools have been found, those are all items that so far have not been discovered, there is no one concise piece of evidence that we can say “Look, here is the smoking gun.” So it is a combination of everything. All the different pieces.”
Whether or not you agree with Tsoukalos’ ideas, you got to admire his enthusiasm…right? After all, his enthusiasm has gained his image and the Ancient Aliens theory worldwide attention.