9. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station traditionally screens a triple feature of The Thing at the start of the winter season.
Because there’s no better way to kick off six months of constant darkness than with a movie about a shape-changing monster loose in an Arctic base.
11. It has a Twitter account…
DEAP-3600 experiment lookin’ spiffy! http://t.co/KxY9oHHtwC
…2013 is the first time Area 51’s existence has been acknowledged by the CIA and the president.
Full disclosure: Obama mentioned it as a joke at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, and the CIA declassified documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.