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The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was filmed primarily in New Zealand where, contrary to popular belief, it rains an awful, awful lot. This was bad for filming, sure … but it came with a slight upside.

Yep, that’s the Nazgul – Sauron’s becloaked ring-snatchers – resting it up in a copse and discussing tactics, all whilst camped out under golf umbrellas they clearly stole from their dads. Although we’re unlikely to ever get answers, we have to ask whether a) that material shrinks in the rain or something, and b) this umbrella design was specially designed for the characters (as was literally everything else in this film).

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The A70 Abduction

One of the most infamous cases of alleged alien abduction took place in the outskirts Edinburgh in 1992. Two friends, Garry Wood and Colin Wright, were driving down the A70 near Edinburgh at approximately 10pm on 17 August 1992, when they noticed a disc-shaped black object floating approximately 20ft in the air in front of the car. As the object came closer, a bright light emanated from it. Garry sped the car up in an attempt to get away from the bizarre object.

What happened next remains an enigma, but both men passed out for what they believed to be a couple of seconds. When they came to, the car was facing the opposite direction even though they had no recollection of turning around. Their seat belts were unfastened and they were shaking uncontrollably. Even more ominous, two hours had somehow passed. Over the forthcoming days, Garry and Colin felt completely drained of energy but couldn’t sleep. They both experienced disturbing dreams and had severe headaches. They decided to contact the British UFO Research Association who suggested being hypnotised in an attempt to discover what took place during those missing two hours. During these sessions, both men recalled sitting in the car when it was stopped below the UFO. Then, alien like creatures departed the floating object and approached the car. Garry then recalled feeling an excruciating pain in his stomach - “You know, live you’ve been electrocuted,” he said. They were taken to the UFO by the aliens and taken to a featureless room where they were the stripped naked and examined before being placed into a transparent container and strapped in. As they looked around, they both recalled seeing other men and women in the same transparent containers. Both men recollected how they saw tall humanoid creatures inside the UFO and heard agonising screams.

As they both detailed what they experienced, they became extremely shaky and often cried as they recalled the bizarre experience. They spoke of one taller humanoid creature who seemed to oversee the entire episode. The most chilling thing Garry remembered, however, was this taller humanoid creature telepathically telling him “we are here already and we are coming here!”

Alien board game from 1979 Be the first player to get one of your Astronauts into the Space Shuttle Narcissus! (Center of the board) Also, use your Alien to eliminate the astronauts of other players! 

Alien series ranked by how stupid the characters are

Alien: Smart people! Make informed decisions based on the facts in front of them. Only really stupid when they let Kane on the ship, but they didn’t do it for stupidity sake only so i let it pass.

Aliens: Some dumb people, but that’s really down to greed and not taking things seriously. Stick together (mostly), make well thought out plans, and are generally intelligent (Gorman not withstanding).

Alien vs Predator: Actually figure out what’s going on pretty fast. They do split up, but they didn’t know tow hostile alien species were coming to kill them so i give em a pass. Also Lex is smart as hell

Alien: Resurrection: The Betty crew is smart, once shit goes sideways the whole main crew sticks together and generally works well. The company? Bunch of idiots trying to resurrect an extinct, highly hostile alien life form like their own little jurassic park.

Alien 3: A couple smart prisoners in the land of morons. Charles S. dutton’s character single-handedly brings this above the bottom 3.

Prometheus: there is a whole scene where they play with a weird space snake. They run forward from a moving ship when they could run side-wards. Kind of after the fact but Shaw rebuilds an android that tried to kill them all. They aren’t smart y’all.

Alien: Covenant: every character seems to have the intelligence of someone from a Friday the 13th movie. “Let me just separate from the group to bathe myself even though I know there are dangerous creatures out there” “Let me just stick my head in this egg like the shady android told me to do” “Let’s go bang in the shower right after all our friends die”. Bunch of morons

Alien vs Predator: Requiem: “the government would never lie to us” *proceeds to be blown up by a bomb dropped by the government* me: looks at the camera like i’m on the office