Episode 65: X-Day and Fake X-Day


The Mondo 65 FAQ (which is from Wikipedia, of course):

1. What is X-Day?

X-Day is part of the mythology of the satirical Church of the SubGenius, an organization formed as a parody of cults and extreme religious groups, and their pamphlets and claims. X-Day fell on July 5th, 1998, the scheduled “end of the world“, and has been celebrated on July 5th each year since then. From its inception in 1980, the Church had prophesied that an army of alien invaders would land on the planet Earth and destroy the world of “normals”, “pinks”, and “glorps,” while the members of the Church of the SubGenius would be rescued by the aliens and taken away into space.

When July 5th, 1998 arrived and no alien fleet appeared in the sky, members of the Church began citing a large number of conspiracy theories to explain why the predicted end of the world did not take place. The ddate program claims that the Church “declared that it had got the year upside down” and that X-Day will actually take place in 8661. The most popular explanation for the failure of the prophecy in the Church is usually summarized with the statement, “the calendar is wrong and July 5th, 1998 has not really arrived yet.” Because of this, the Church has held annual gatherings around July 5th of each year since 1998 to celebrate X-day and greet the arrival of the anticipated alien “Sex Goddesses.” No flying saucer rendezvous has been confirmed as of 2006, but members of the Church have been undaunted.

Regular events at X-Day include a symbolic effigy burning of J. R. “Bob” Dobbs (the founder of the Church of the SubGenius); a baptism where participants have their sins “washed away”, “and receive new ones in return”; concerts and performances by underground rock bands and performance artists; theme camps; and an auction where participants are encouraged to donate strange, unusual, and offensive items of all sorts (including themselves).

2. What is Fake X-Day?

Since its inception in 1953, Church founder J.R. “Bob” Dobbs has predicted that a fleet of flying saucers will arrive at the beginning of July to destroy the worldwide Conspiracy against the Church of the SubGenius, while all ordained SubGenius ministers will be rescued by escape vessels piloted by the Alien Sex Goddesses, also known as the Xists. The expected arrival date for the alien invasion is July 5th, 2007.

Meanwhile, the town of Roswell, New Mexico is holding its Amazing UFO Festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the “Roswell UFO Incident” that took place in 1947. The date of this festival: July 5th, 2007.

Roswell’s festival is being heavily promoted, and it is expected to draw a crowd of nearly 50,000 visitors. The festival promotes itself as being family-friendly, and noted UFO researchers and conspiracy theorists are expected to attend. Parades, costumes, and carnival rides are planned, along with costumes and commercial events.

Rev. Modemac, one of the X-Day festival’s organizers, stated, “Of course, you can’t copyright or trademark the date of July 5th, so those folks in Roswell are free to hold their celebration on any day they choose. However, the original Roswell incident took place on July 8th, not July 5th. So obviously they chose the date of July 5th in order to imitate us.”

He further went on to state, “They’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of a crashed weather balloon. We’re preparing for the real thing.”

UFO Encounters 1
Alleee 1
Julie London * Stoned Soul Picnic
UFO Encounters 2
Sounds Orchestral * Something’s Coming
Criswell * Intro to Plan 9 From Outer Space
UFO Encounters 3
Claude DenJean * Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Kay Weaver * Astrouniverse
UFO Encounters 5
Nino Rota * Valzerino Del Nonno
Patrick E Peters * Jet Lady
UFO Encounters 6
Enoch Light * Strangers in the Night
Enoch Light * Up, Up and Away
UFO Encounters 7
Ennio Morricone * My Name is Nobody
Vaughn Moore * The Battle of New Orleans
UFO Encounters 8
Sounds Galactic * Spinning Wheel
Terry * Something in the Night
UFO Encounters 9
Collins H Driggs * Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Dave Pell Singers * Laughing
UFO Encounters 10
Eddie Warner en Zang Wan The Nelson Boys * Telstar
Robert Alberg * The Martian Sands
UFO Encounters 11
The Evolution Control Committee * The Fucking Moon
Alleee End


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