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Stranger Things’ portrayal of the Department of Energy wasn’t that far off base


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The Netflix show Stranger Things didn’t portray the US Department of Energy in, shall we say, a very favourable light.

Cruel experiments on human subjects and a willingness to nonchalantly bump off any man, woman or child who learned the truth, doesn't leave much room for interpretation.

Back in August, the Energy.gov page posted a blog attempting to separate fact and fiction; namely stating there was no shady Hawkins Lab in Indiana, that it didn’t dabble in parallel universes or mess with monsters and that its scientists were actually really nice.

Well, in the words of weaselly Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki from Independence Day, “that’s not entirely true.”

A freedom of information request from the Washington Free Beacon (which we initially and excitedly read as 'Free Bacon') has revealed some of the internal discussions that took place at the DoE, relating to the show.

According to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the agency is very much exploring the possibility of The Upside Down being a real thing.

“It’s not true that ‘the Energy Department doesn’t explore parallel universes,’” Moniz told the PR employee working on the blog post.

“We support theoretical physicists/cosmologists through the Office of Science High Energy Physics program, some of whom almost certainly are doing a fair amount of research on parallel universes.”

Also, it was revealed the DoE does make weapons (or at least has) and has conducted human experiments.

“We actually do make weapons,” wrote employee John Larue in an email that has been redacted.

“Also, human experiments: there is some really eyebrow-raising stuff in the history of the atomic energy commission,” he added.

Finally, we have to spare a thought for the DoE employees who had the show completely ruined for them by the internal chatter.

“DO NOT SPOIL THIS FOR ME. I was going to watch it this week. The blog already killed part of it for me,” wrote Eben Burnham-Snyder.

We feel you, Eben. We feel you.

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