The UFO Refuelling Centre

For the second time in less than a year the People Who Live On YouTube think that they’ve spotted purposefully constructed rock circles on Mars.

The first one was a rock formation that looks similar to Stonehenge.

The second, more recent one comes from last week and is more of a loop of rock on the ground.

The discoverers of the second one are SecureTeam10 and they’re saying that it’s obviously not natural.  Someone has even said that it might be a UFO refuelling site.  Well, obviously, because all UFOs are circular.

Either way, to give a good headline, both pictures are being called examples of “Marshenge”.  It’s not the first time that people have thought they’ve seen things on Mars.  There’s been a lizard, a hermit crab, a bear, a woman and even a dinosaur.

Apparently this is called pareidolia, a psychological response to seeing faces and other significant and everyday items in random places (a bit like seeing a Welshman’s face in a chicken nugget).  It is a form of apophenia, which is when people see patterns or connections in unconnected data.

To that end, it has also been suggested that the UFO refuelling site might actually be a “lava bomb”.  Lava gets thrown from a volcano, “blobs”, solidifies and then breaks up.  As always, though, a realistic answer isn’t always as interesting as what we can make up.

Hey mom there’s something in the backroom
I hope it’s not the creatures from above
You used to read me stories
As if my dreams were boring
We all know conspiracies are dumb

What if people knew that these were real
I’d leave my closet door open all night
I know the CIA would say
What you hear is all hearsay
I wish someone would tell me what was right

Up all night long
And there’s something very wrong
And I know it must be late
Been gone since yesterday
I’m not like you guys
I’m not like you

I am still the skeptic yes you know me
Been best friends and will be till we die
I got an injection
Of fear from the abduction
My best friend thinks I’m just telling lies

Alright

Up all night long
And there’s something very wrong
And I know it must be late
Been gone since yesterday
I’m not like you guys
I’m not like you

Dark and scary, ordinary,
Explanation, information,
Nice to know ya, paranoia
Where’s my mother, biofather

Up all night long
And there’s something very wrong
And I know it must be late
Been gone since yesterday
I’m not like you guys
Twelve majestic lies

Aliens Exist by Blink 182

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