Al Fry’s “Strange Beings”

Al Fry is the Strange Being, if you ask me.

You can find some very odd videos by this man online — discussions of demihumans, dangerous chi power emitted from the eyes, and more insanity. It’s all a hodgepodge of random new age crap (qi and “psychic self-defense,” and the usual “vibrational levels” and “negative spirits”) and cryptozoology, duct-taped together and presented as if it was real. Except, almost as if with a bizarre sense of humor.

You want to believe the guy narrating is joking when he says, “Now, listen up!” and goes on to explain how as late as 9,000 years ago, there were still bipedal carrot-men roaming the earth, and the “data” regarding their existence was used by Tolkien in his book, The Lord of the Rings. Which, after all, is a work of history, right?

You want to believe people don’t actually believe in anything as silly as that. But then you listen to Al Fry, in all his dry, weird narrative glory, and you realize there are people who believe in things as stupid as this. And then you kind of have to laugh and despair at the same time.

5 thoughts on “Al Fry’s “Strange Beings”

  1. Barefaced Messiah, the biography of L. Ron Hubbard, outlines a similar mythology, but one that was invented by a much more successful weirdo.

  2. Wow. I just watched one of his videos on youtube, one about hidden world history. His bizarre ideas and slow, matter-of-fact way of speaking makes it seem like he’s making it up as he goes along – which I find hilarious. But then I scanned the 50 or so video comments and saw that each one either completely agrees or riffs off Al-the fucktard-Fry. Despair, indeed.

  3. Mark,

    Yeah, but I find the less-successful freaks more interesting somehow. More homegrown, less slick. Less allied with, you know, Those People.

    Kilgore — heh, I love Vonnegut too — yes, bizarre. He’s got that crazy, just-spilling-it-out -of-his-head way of talking that makes it sound even crazier. And yes, sadly this kind of thing does seem plausible to more people than it ought. This is why we need better education in critical thinking and science.

  4. In fact Al Fry goes on to say he does not beleive or disbeleive the claims cited by you. he also makes it quite clear that one of the core things he’s trying to acheive in his films is not taking mythology at face value. He’s trying to weave together folklore and often time first hand reports of bizzarre things, usually only hinting at certain truths which im sure he holds dear. While fantastic and ludicrous they may be, I also think these films are a wonderful source of information about world folk-lore, they can lead the open minded to countless interesting sources of information, for instance his studies of the arabian “Thousand nights” in another film are a fantastic insight into these stories for any beginner. I think if you can’t enjoy and take anything from these films then you have not looked with keen enough eyes. James

  5. James,

    Uh, okay. Did it look like I was simply slamming him? I reread my post and I don’t think I was. Weird isn’t always bad. And I do despair that humans believe such silly things. And Fry is weird and somewhat entertaining. And I wrote this in 2007, you know.

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