Can you believe it’s been over a year since the Storm Area 51 fiasco? It feels like only yesterday that millions pledged to bum-rush a top secret desert facility and unveil the secrets of our alien overlords, then later decided an impromptu EMD music festival was a better idea.
Those were the days, huh?
Well, while this isn’t exactly on the same level, and certainly not musically, at least one guy in Utah really wanted to meet up with some aliens earlier this week. His actions led to a stolen truck, a punched face, and some likely disappointed galactic ambassadors.
It all started when the owner of a pickup truck left it unlocked, with the keys inside, just outside a 7-Eleven. According to local news outlet KMYU, while he was in the store, another man jumped into the truck and drove off with it.
But he wasn’t gone long. The man soon returned to the gas station with the truck, and claimed he felt bad about stealing it, before getting punched in the face by the truck’s owner and running off on foot. The owner had already phoned the police, though, and they eventually caught him.
After that, the man was taken to the hospital, where he tried to escape three more times until finally relenting.
It was at this point he apologized to everyone for the misunderstanding, and revealed his true motivation: To “get to the Colosseum to get on a flight with alien diplomats.” He, of course, never made it.
Was the man really planning to drive that truck all the way to Rome? I can just imagine a spacecraft filled with extraterrestrial diplomats, hovering over the Colosseum an extra five minutes before shrugging their alien shoulders and blasting back off into space.
That was our chance, folks.