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Alien Encounter Day
"Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us"
Were you at Woodstock in '69? Were you at Alienstock 50 years later in 2019? Though Woodstock's attendance numbers were estimated to be more than 400,000 and included some of rock and pop music's most legendary artists, Alienstock managed to capture the attention of millions of people online! It all began in the summer of 2019 when college student Matty Roberts posted a massively viral Facebook event encouraging Area 51 conspiracy theorists and meme makers alike to “Storm Area 51,” because “They Can’t Stop All of Us,” and spend a September weekend in the small town Rachel, Nevada, roughly 27 miles north of the U.S. military base known as Area 51, long suspected by some of harboring governmental secrets regarding UFO technology and even Little Green Men themselves! Whatever the case, aliens have found their way into many musical genres, providing a great line up for musical encounters of the tuneful kind at the next planned Alienstock, which will trade governmental trespassing for music and other festivities. "Take me to your (band) leader! " 🎶 👽 🎸 🎷✌️ ☮️
A few modern humans have historically claim alien encounters of the "third kind", though interaction with strange beings are prominent throughout all cultures and folklore!
This modern numbering terminology for encounters is based on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book (a systematic U.S. government study of unidentified flying objects) and divides contact into the following categories: A close encounter of the first kind is sighting of a UFO; the second kind is physical evidence to prove the existence of an alien; and the third kind is actual contact with alien life forms!
Our current concept of what these aliens might look like, including the fashionable bright green shade peculiar to the "Little Green Men" comes from diverse sources.
As early as 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author of 'Tarzan of the Jungle') referred to “green men” in his first science fiction novel 'A Princess of Mars' and in the following decades,
Following this, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon (science fiction heroes of the 1920s and 1930s) often battled green extraterrestrials.
An when stories started to circulate about aliens being recovered from a crashed flying saucer in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, the extraterrestrials were usually portrayed in descriptions or illustrations as having green skin.
However, the image of a green alien was solidified by a curious widely-publicized event on a Kentucky farm in August of 1955.
Terrified members of the Sutton family showed up at a police station and recounted how a “bright silvery object with an exhaust all the colours of the rainbow” landed and humanoid creatures with “an oversized head and arms extended almost to the ground” emerged and attempted to approach their house. Scared off by the family's gunfire, they disappeared into the darkness.
A media sensation ensured, with numerous versions published, accompanied by drawings of the creatures as described by the witnesses: large heads, large ears, about three feet tall, glowing eyes, spindly legs, and talons instead of fingers. The aliens were never described as green, but their bodies were said to “give off an eerie shimmer as if made of silver metal.”
One reporter for The Evansville Courier thought the story needed a bit of colour and added a touch of journalistic license. The aliens became “little green men.” Other media followed suit and the legend of “The Siege of the Little Green Men” became deeply embedded in the public's consciousness.
Today's kilt-wearing aliens and fans of extra-terrestrials appreciate the contrasting colours of purple, black, and silver in their tartan, which sets off hues of alien complexions and highlights the colour of their big black, soulless eyes.
For a longer list of songs appealing to aliens of all kinds, click the graffiti near Rachel, Nevada.
Remember, they can't stop us all!