Area 51: Threat to life for alien hunters wanting to storm base- Army issues stern warning

A staggering ONE MILLION people have now joined a Facebook group encouraging people to descend on to uncover any potential alien secrets. Area 51 has long been thought of by conspiracy theorists as a place where the US government is hiding intel on alien activity, and it all began when an apparent weather balloon crashed into the nearby town of Roswell in 1947. Many believed the weather balloon – the official stance by US authorities – was actually an extraterrestrial UFO, and the US government has been keeping alien secrets ever since.

Now however, the public is demanding answers and one million people and counting have signed up to a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”.

The sheer amount of people who have signed up to the event has caused the US army some concern, forcing them to issue a statement.

The base is heavily guarded, and is surrounded by signs which state ‘Use of Deadly Force is AUTHORIZED’.

Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews warned people to stay away in a strongly worded statement.

Ms Andrews said: “Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.

“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.

According to a description of the Facebook group, attendees will meet nearby and storm the top secret base on September 20.

The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

Naruto is a reference to a popular Japanese anime character

While the event is obviously tongue-in-cheek, having been created by a group called ‘Sh**posting cause im in shambles’, the US army is taking the event seriously.

Some attendees have also failed to get the joke, warning people that they will be killed.

One Facebook user commented: “Apparently none of ya’ll understand military weapons. Also what makes you think there isn’t a contingency plan for things like this already in place?

“I know this is a joke but if you do actually pull this stunt you are actually either going to be responsible at best for the largest mass incarceration in history and at worst the largest suicide run.”

Another added: “Can someone go Facebook live so when y’all end up in jail or shot, we can see why no one has ever tried this.”

Area 51 has been used by American aviation authorities since 1955 and is closed off to those without top-level security clearance.

However, the US Government did not even admit the base existed until 2013, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request, and it is heavily protected by armed guards.

UFO sighting: Strange alien spaceship seen over Rome in clear as day video

An unknowing family was looking out of their window from their home in Rome when they spotted a bright light in the horizon. Suddenly, the light, which is yellowish and perfectly circular, shoots up towards the sky. The family is left baffled by the incident, with people in the background saying in Italian: “What are they?”

The person who films then adds: “Here it is, it’s going up. What’s this stuff? It’s gone.”

The video was picked up by several media outlets in Italy before conspiracy theorists got hold of it.

Several UFO hunters are convinced this is a sign of alien activity in Italy.

Popular YouTube channel UFOMania said: “A luminous sphere was spotted and recorded with a mobile phone by a family living in the area of ​​Villa Chigi in Rome.”

Many people who commented on UFOMania’s video were absolutely convinced that the sighting is extraterrestrial.

YouTuber EVA UFO commented: “It is a plasma drone. It’s got to be alien technology or something else, just understand that they are taking pictures of our landscape and maybe compared them to the old times.”

One person, COVER UFO MAGAZINE, believes the sighting could have been an alien abduction.

They commented: “Did we just witness an alien abduction? This is exactly how the several spheres we saw over a busy interstate outside Albany NY took off. This looks real to me.”

However, others were not so convinced by the video’s authenticity, and believe the sighting could have been of something which has a more logical explanation.

Michael Bryant wrote: “Obviously a kite.”

YouTuber Stuart Walker questioned whether the video was a complete fake.

He wrote: “They find something so interesting they need to film it and zoom in but then they just get a little fed up and stop. Anybody who has been to Rome or checked on maps will know how heavily populated it is and everybody would have seen it.”

Lunar eclipse pregnancy precautions: Can a pregnant woman sleep during an eclipse?

Tomorrow’s lunar eclipse will peak tomorrow when the Full Buck illuminates the night sky around most of the world. US space agency NASA has calculated the partial eclipse will peak at 10.30pm BST, when our celestial orb lines-up with the shadow projected by our planet. But although the science surrounding eclipses is extremely solid, some myths amazingly persist.

There is absolutely no scientific rationale behind the myth linking insomnia with lunar eclipses.

Aztecs believed a lunar eclipse was a consequence of a bite being taken out of the Moon.

This idea reportedly translated into the Mexican superstition that if a pregnant woman viewed an eclipse of the Moon, a bite would be taken out of her unborn child’s face.

And even Hindu text credits the eclipse to the head of the demon dubbed Rahu, who devoured the Moon or Sun.

READ MORE: The first Full Moon of the Summer peaks TOMORROW

Other popular eclipse superstitions:

Stay indoors during the eclipse: It has long been believed pregnant women who are in the presence of the eclipse could cause their baby to have facial deformities or birth marks.

But again – there not a single rational reason why pregnant women shouldn’t stay indoors during an eclipse.

Don’t wear metal. Pregnant women should avoid wearing hair pins some astrology sites continue to advise.

These superstitions cause undue concern by claiming these might can trigger facial birth defects.

READ MORE: How NASA found ‘warm watery oasis’ on planet’s moon

However another popular myth urges expectant mothers to wear metal, and red underwear.

Mexican superstitions say wearing a safety pin, or rather more worryingly, a knife close to her belly, in addition to red underwear, offers protection against their baby being born with a cleft palette.

But while the cause of a cleft palate remains a mystery, there has, of course, been no proven links to eclipses during pregnancy.

Indian astrologers also urge pregnant women to avoid use sharp implants to slice fruit and vegetables.

READ MORE: When will Full Moon peak tomorrow?

They warn this can cause the unborn baby to develop other cleft organ.

Obstetricians gynaecologists believe some pregnant in Pakistan might be told warned to lie straight to prevent a baby from developing crooked joints.

However Dr Shafia Bhutto told St. Louis Post Dispatch: “There is nothing that will happen to your unborn baby during an eclipse because they are in your uterus.”

And in in India, meanwhile, some expectant mothers are even urged to bath before and after the eclipse and partake in other religious routines to ward off bad omens associated with the eclipse.

Chris Pratt Is Your New Favorite Country Music Singer, Y’all

Chris Pratt tapped into some big yeehaw energy for an impromptu country music performance.

If those Marvel checks ever stop clearing, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor might have a future as a singer after taking the stage at two bars in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night.

Pratt first stopped by Robert’s Western World, where he belted out a rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” revealing a gruff twang we honestly didn’t know he had in him.

Musician Sarah Gayle Meech was reportedly performing at the time, but she welcomed the actor onstage. 

“He was super nice and really friendly,” Meech later told The Tennessean

But one performance wasn’t enough for the newly minted country star, as Pratt took his show on the road, appearing next at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Before launching into Garth Brooks’ “Papa Loved Mama,” Pratt was reportedly introduced as the lead singer of Mouse Rat, an admirably deep-cut reference to his character on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

The crowd was understandably taken aback by the movie star’s hard left into the country music scene, taking to social media to express their disbelief.

“Are you kidding me… resident #avengers nerd. 10 feet away from @prattprattpratt,” one onlooker wrote on Instagram. “He came, he rocked, he owned.”

“You hear stories of people popping in and singing. We didn’t think we’d experience it,” another fan told The Tennessean. “It made our Nashville trip.”

But Pratt isn’t exactly a stranger to the mic, joining Garth Brooks onstage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, where the two blessed the audience with a performance “Friends in Low Places.”

And when the “Avengers” star took over hosting duties on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he rocked a shockingly impressive duet with Chris Stapleton to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

A star is born … again!

Robert Kraft Goes Public with New Mystery Lady, Still Friendly with Ex

Floyd Mayweather Laughs Off Conor McGregor Rematch, ‘Circus Clowns’

Early Prime Day deal: Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote is only $14.99

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.
Amazon's best-selling streaming media player is dirt cheap for Prime Day.
Amazon’s best-selling streaming media player is dirt cheap for Prime Day.

Image: amazon/mashable photo composite

TL;DR: The best-selling Fire TV Stick is on sale for just $14.99 (a $25 discount), and comes packaged with the voice-controlled Alexa remote.

It’s easy to assume that most of us have “cut the cord” with the cable companies and switched over to an all-streaming entertainment setup. And there’s never been a better time to move over to streaming — with all the exclusive shows that are packaged with Netflix, Hulu, and others, it’s most people’s preferred way to watch TV. But if you haven’t done so just yet, here’s your chance for a price that you’re not going to find anywhere else.

The Fire TV Stick is a best-selling, pocket-sized streaming media player, and you can get one for just $14.99 during Amazon’s massive Prime Day sale — it comes bundled with an Alexa remote, too.

The Fire TV Stick is so simple to use, you’ll wonder why it took you this long to get one (but good thing you waited, because it’s usually not so cheap). 

All you have to do is plug it into one of your TV’s HDMI ports — and that’s it. Launch and control your content by using the Alexa remote’s intuitive buttons, or just speak into it and tell it what you want to see. You’ll have access to apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and many others — the Fire Stick has more storage than any other small streaming media device, so fitting every app or game you desire on it won’t be a problem. (A word to the wise: You’ll have to have your own accounts on all these services though.)

To sweeten the deal, the Fire TV Stick is even compatible with Bluetooth headphones for a more immersive viewing experience.

Grab the Fire TV Stick during Prime Day and also get an Alexa Remote all for just $14.99  to score $25 in savings.

MH370: Why air crash investigator questions if captain ‘forgot to turn on pressurisation’

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China with 239 passengers on board. However, the jet last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am, before mysteriously vanishing over the South China Sea. Radar and satellite data shows how the aircraft suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean – a move that many experts have looked into. 

Some have suggested it proves the captain – Zaharie Shah – made a final goodbye gesture to his home town of Penang.

However, leading air crash investigator Christine Negroni has an alternative theory, claiming Mr Shah actually suffered from hypoxia.

This is a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level and causes a person to become disorientated, before essentially passing out.

Ms Negroni questions in her book “The Crash Detectives” if this situation occurred after Mr Shah forgot to turn on the jet’s pressurisation switch. 

She wrote in 2016: “An inability to get enough oxygen into the lungs to sustain cogent thought happens when aircrafts lose pressurisation, and that can happen for a variety of reasons. 

“It can be triggered by an electrical problem or some mechanical difficulty. 

“Pilots sometimes fail to turn the pressurisation on at the beginning of the flight, but even when the pressurisation is working as it should, there’s no way to keep a plane pressurised if there is a hole in the fuselage or if leaks at the seals of doorways, windows, or drains from the galley and bathrooms allow the denser air to escape.

“When aircrafts fail to pressurise after takeoff or lose cabin altitude in flight, it is potentially life-threatening. 

“The reason we don’t see tragedies more often is that pilots are taught what to do.”

Ms Negroni revealed how in this situation, a pilot should fly to a lower altitude and switch the pressurisation on.

However, Mr Shah may have been incapacitated.

She added: “There are many cases of pilots discovering that they failed to set cabin altitude upon takeoff.

“If pressurisation was set correctly and is still not working, pilots immediately begin a rapid descent to an altitude where supplemental oxygen is not necessary. 

“When pilots do not follow these steps, the situation spins out of control quickly.

“To be clear, pilots don’t intentionally ignore the procedures, when they do it is usually because their mental processes are already compromised by oxygen starvation.”

However, this idea is just one theory among hundreds of others proposed over the last five years.

Some state the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.