Absurdist Parody Or What?

To be multilingual is a mixed blessing. It’s even more so in the age of  internet. You read something  unsettling in one language, and then find the same repeated in every other language you can read and understand. Can be tough on your nerves.

Not long ago, Ru-net (Russian internet) went all crazy about — get this! —  Snowden’s revelation about an oncoming global cataclysm. The site of origin is in English. It took about 2 month before the Russian translation spread and made people wonder.  “Snowden’s testimony” — note the quotes! — goes as follows:

“The highest levels of government don’t know what to do about UFOs, and the official story that they are all merely weather balloons or natural phenomena has been clearly dismissed. If anything, these documents speak about UFOs as if they are surely guided by an intelligence beyond our own.

As it turns out, the most credible and inexplicable sightings are of vehicles that have been spotted leaving the sea floor at hydrothermal vents and directly entering solar orbit…”


Russians — like most people this day and age should — have a high tolerance for all things absurd.  Evaluate your own by reading some more:

 …Because ballistic missile tracking systems and deep-sea sonar are kept as state secrets, scientists don’t have access to data about these objects. However, most of the contractors at DARPA are sure that there is a species more intelligent than homo sapiens living in the mantle of the Earth.

It makes sense, if you think about it, because that is the only place where conditions have been more or less stable for billions of years. Extremophiles may live at different temperatures than us, but they have been able to thrive and develop intelligence at a seemingly accelerated rate. That’s not true, because they’ve simply evolved at the same rate, but without many of the vicissitudes which set back surface life . . .

…The president receives daily briefings about their activities. Analysts believe their technology to be so far advanced that we stand little chance of survival in any potential war… 

Ridiculous?  An absurdist parody? A cross between The Onion  and some extreme conspiracy theory?

Based upon a domain name, chronicle.su, I have a suspicion the site was developed by a bunch of Russians with aspirations to be seen as super-cool.  

I choose not to hyperlink the site for fear that those who follow the link will never come back the same.  

Well, perhaps I was too harsh on the guys. I find this one below simply hilarious… in a darkly-satirical sense. On the other hand, being multilingual, I might’ve mistaken a tastelessly ludicrous stuff for a humorous parody.



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