In close encounters and UFO sightings (and some Bigfoot sightings), people have reported the smell of sulfur (a rotten eggs smell). Now scientists have learned that that hydrogen sulfide, which produces this odor, can alter consciousness without causing physical harm, by causing a state of suspended animation. This could also be a clue to the phenomenon known as missing time.

When mice breathed the gas, they went into a hibernation-like state. Their activity level fell dramatically, and they moved only when the researchers touched them or shook their cages. After the mice returned to breathing normal air, they quickly returned to normal.

Art credit: Dana Augustine

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