One of the less spectacular (and, by extension, most plausible) theories about Area 51 relate to experiments in Weather Control. Simply, the suppression, manipulation, and deliberate cause of certain weather patterns. Innocent enough in principal – you get nice sunny days when the President makes an outdoor public appearance, and torrential rain whenever a Wall Street protest attracts a big crowd.
However the more fantastical notion behind wether control, leaked to the public by a Dr Hendricks in 2006, is that it’s part of a secret weather war between the US and Russia.
Speaking to website Ecoenquirer, he revealed that “200s’s hurricane season represented the Russians’ first large-scale success. Think about it. The number of tropical storms that year was not only an all-time record, but so many of the big hurricanes just happened to hit our oil production and refining facilities. I’m afraid this was just the start in an escalating weather war”.
Of all the scientifically improbable flights-of-fancy that fiction has bestowed upon the human consciousness, nothing is quite as intriguing as time travel. The ability to turn back the hands of the clock and undo humanity’s most important moments, or leap forward and live in a futuristic wonderland without the inconvenience of actually ageing – the scope for the imagination is endless.
Allegedly, the US government has already dipped its toes into the murky water of time travel, as numerous “man out of time” images have indicated. Whether this technology is a by-product of captured alien craft, or simply giant scientific strides by the US Military, is open to debate, but Los Alamos physicist Robert Lazar has gone on the record about a briefing that was given at the base.
If ever you begin to question just how far the human imagination is willing to go, think of Area 51. Nothing more than a few square miles of flat desert in an otherwise unremarkable part of Southern Nevada, it has become one of the most mysterious and iconic parts of the planet for no other reason than the US Military have a fence around it.
2013 saw a long-awaited acknowledgement from the White House that the facility existed, but absolutely nothing in the way of specifics over what was going on there.
Nature abhors a vacuum though, and the total lack of any official explanation from the American government means that the facility is *definitely* the home of alien beings, amazing futuristic tech, and experiments in the paranormal. Strictly speaking, there’s not any… y’know… proof of any of this, but since when has that stopped anyone.
This image was captured by photographer Harry Lichtman as the rising sun seemed to set it ablaze.
It turns out that the Glacier National Park is actually some kind of magical fairytale land, as the lakes are also filled with these brightly coloured rocks that are definitely-maybe giant jellybean
You’d be forgiven for mistaking these wetlands for an alien world, but they’re actually in China.
The ruby tint of the landscape is caused by a type of grass called Suaeda salsa. It is one of the few species of grass that can thrive in highly alkaline soil and deepens to a blood red hue as it matures.
Looks like someone forgot to turn their graphics settings up to high.
Whilst it’s not quite certain why the water froze to look like the batmobile, some of the theories posited include extremely slow freeze time, causing the ice crystals to grow to an enormous size and the presence of some kind of mineral in the water creating the shapes.
It doesn’t really matter how many times you see this image, you can never quite wrap your head around the fact that it’s an unedited photograph first time around. Looking at it from adifferent angle helps to break the illusion a bit.
This shot was captured by photographer Frans Lanting whilst on assignment with National Geographic magazine. The effect is created by the intense early morning sunlight falling on the sand dunes that surround the Deadvlei clay flat, whilst the basin in the foreground is still in shadow.
Looking for all the world like the gateway between heaven and earth, the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia become mirror-like during the rainy season when they are covered by a thin layer of perfectly still water.
These are the largest salt flats in the world and alternate between looking like the actual sky, and the heaven version of King’s Cross at the end of Harry Potter.
Nope, this isn’t a scene from the upcoming Avatar movie. These caves on the north island of New Zealand are home to a species of glowworms Arachnocampa luminosa, which are only found in New Zealand.
The Glowworm Grotto was discovered in 1887 by Māori Chief Tane Tinorau and an English explorer named Fred Mace. The pair were punting through the caves by candlelight when they stumbled across a cave that looked like the night sky.
Some of the greatest literary minds have devoted their lives to dreaming up breathtaking imaginary worlds.
Turns out they needn’t have bothered.
Look beyond the chewing gum spattered pavements of everyday life, and you’ll find a kaleidoscope of magical worlds more fabulous than Elton John’s patronus.