If you suffer from alien abductions and have a craftsy streak, we've got the perfect project for you this holiday season. The helpful folks over at StopAbduction.com have put together a simple how-to for crafting your own "thought screen helmet" (pictured) from just $30 worth of materials. No, we're not kidding - and neither are they. Yes, this is the very same helmet that has been "successfully used by former abductees for nine years." The key innovation with these hats, apparently, is the use of Velostat, an electrical shielding material, instead of tin foil. Inventor Michael Menkin explains the development of the thought-screen helmet:
The first thought screen helmets were made in 1998 and used aluminum foil. They were sent to an investigator in Iowa. The investigator reported that one user tried it for a short time with no results. Afterwards, the investigator could not be reached and the whereabouts of the helmets are unknown. About 8 thought screens were made in early 1999 using a metalized plastic which is used in static shielding bags. Six users reported success but two users were overcome by telepathic commands from the aliens, removed the helmets and were taken. From 1999 to 2008 over 100 people abducted by aliens have reported using thought screen helmets and hats made with Velostat. Since 1999 only two abductees were taken when they wore thought screen helmets with Velostat. Most of the other abductees using thought screen helmets reported success. Some abductees could not be reached after they tried their thought screen helmets. In 2007 several thought screen helmets were made with ten and twelve sheets of Velostat. Although eight sheets of Velostat are adequate telepathic shielding in most cases, some abductees state that they had a headache or felt nauseous with that level of protection. This situation may indicate that the aliens have increased the power of their telepathic transmission, especially when they directly confront their victims, but the signal remains scrambled by the Velostat.
The good news is that this type of thought screen device can fit inside most hats and helmets, and if the alien signals get stronger you can just add another layer of Velostat. Check out Melkin's how-to on making these caps. He advises that you make the hat quickly, and expect a fight from aliens who don't want you to wear it. So the faster you make it, and the more quickly you put it on, the easier it will be to block their telepathic signals telling you to stop wasting time with Velostat when you should be reading blogs and working. Stop Abductions' How-To [via Stop Abductions] Thanks, Kyle!