Believe your conspiracy theories or not, the fact is that Area 51 is completely ingrained into pop culture by now. And while people can talk all they want about mysterious lights in the sky, the thing that triggers our curiosity the most is the fact that the US government was refusing to acknowledge the place even existed. (Sure, that will make the place less interesting…)
Bob Lazar’s tell-all documentary about what he claims to have seen as a physicist in Area 51 came out in 2018. The film is called “Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers” and is narrated by Mickey Rourke. You decide if it adds credibility or not.
Area 51 and the Cold War
Nowadays drones are practically toys. In 1960, however, Area 51 was only starting to discuss unmanned aircraft as a possible project.
The idea was suggested after a U-2 aircraft was downed by the Soviets, along with pilot Greg Powers inside it. This tragedy escalated the tensions between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. If only they knew how common these little gadgets are now...
Bob's Your Uncle
One of the main people who can take credit for alien-related rumors about Area 51 is Bob Lazar. In 1989, Lazar came out claiming he worked in Area 51 as a physicist and can vouch for the existence of aliens.
In fact, Lazar claimed to have seen government documents stating that humans on Earth have been interacting with aliens for more than 10,000 years. We want to believe him. We really do.
Area 51? Never Heard of It...
An official CIA acknowledgment of Area 51's existence came in 2013. The CIA released a 400-page document to George Washington University's National Security Archive and people could finally point their fingers at it and say "I KNEW IT!"
Still, the document doesn't confirm any of the alien-related rumors or conspiracies around the place. But think about it — would you tell people if you had an alien encounter? Probably not...
The Video Game
In 2005, Area 51 was given the highest degree of respect when Midway Games designed a game after it. (And aptly named it "Area 51".) Those who play the game can fight aliens and other creatures that aren't 100% human. Sci-fi fun for all!
Interestingly, this game isn't the first of its kind. In 1995, ten years prior, a similar game of the same name was released and even had celebrities voicing the characters! Among those famous names, you can find Powers Boothe, Marilyn Manson, and David Duchovny from "The X Files".