The 'Storm Area 51' event becoming a bonafide phenomenon, a teenager in Minnesota who revealed that he faked being a time traveler online, and a four-year-old boy in Scotland who just may be the reincarnation of Princess Diana were among the strange and unusual stories to pop up on our radar this past week.
Last week's wild story about UFO enthusiasts allegedly planning to storm Area 51 turned into a full-blown phenomenon this past week as the concept went viral worldwide and the number of people purportedly joining in on the siege increased to well over a million. The frenzy surrounding the foolhardy idea grew to the point that the U.S. Air Force had to issue a statement warning against such an endeavor. Meanwhile, copycat events sprung up for sites all over the globe, including the Bermuda Triangle, and memes poking fun at the concept swept across the internet.
In a disappointing but not exactly shocking turn of events, a teenager from Minnesota revealed this week that he was an actor in several wildly popular YouTube videos in which he hoaxed being a 'whistleblowing time traveler' from the future. Denis Bel explained that the stress of portraying the character 'Noah from 2030' and being seen by millions of people online eventually grew too stressful as his tale became increasingly convoluted. "At first it was fun to play Noah, because it was just a big joke," Bel said, "but eventually I stopped laughing."
One of the weirder tales we've seen in quite some time emerged this past week out of Australia as a television personality there revealed that his four-year-old son inexplicably seems to believe that he was Princess Diana in a past life. David Campbell says that the youngster has made several eerie statements over the last two years which indicated knowledge of Diana's life that he simply should not know, including remarkably precise details about a residence in Scotland which she was known to love.
For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.