The Wildest Things You Never Knew About Area 51

Before you storm the gates at Area 51 to “see them aliens”, you might want to learn what you’re getting yourself into.

Why Area 51?

Area 51 was named because it was the 51st area of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Nevada Proving Ground. Nuclear bombs were originally tested (on a very shrunken scale) on the premises. The government claims that Area 51 is a place where the military tests top secret vehicles and technology, and that is why civilians cannot enter the grounds legally.


Next Page →

The More You Know

  • In one month, the average person consumes about a Lego brick’s worth of microplastic.
  • Alexander the Great encouraged his men to shave so enemies couldn't grab their beards during battles.
  • Portland was named by a coin flip. Had the coin landed the other way, the city would be known as Boston, Oregon.
  • Peanuts can be used to make dynamite.
Next Page →