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People are just finding out about the crazy government conspiracy that inspired Stranger Things
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People are just finding out about the crazy government conspiracy that inspired Stranger Things

Online fans just realised the connection between Stranger Things and the real life conspiracy

Netflix’s biggest show just got a little more interesting and if you’re into conspiracies, you’re going to love this revelation.

The Stranger Things TV series has been the best thing since sliced bread and its creative plot is something that fans can’t stop talking about.

But would you believe me that it was inspired by a major US conspiracy theory?

Fans recently found out about this connection and they’re losing their minds.

Did you know about the conspiracy?

Dubbed The Montauk Project, a lot of people believe there was a secretive government experiment conducted from the 1950s until the 80s, above and underground.

Set in the town of Montauk, New Jersey, the rumours began swirling around after two alleged victims of the experiments wrote a fanatical book titled The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time in 1992 by Preston B. Nichols and Peter Moon.

Nichols and Moon wrote about awful torture methods carried out on young orphans at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station to research psychological-warfare techniques and time travel, teleportation, and mind control.

Funded by The Department of Defense using $10 billion in Nazi gold recovered from a train found by U.S. soldiers, the story is wild.

So, how did this inspire a show about a group of kids and Vecna?

The facility is said to have conducted experiments.
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Well, in one instance within the book told by the authors, a ‘porthole in time’ was opened up by the scientists and an alien-type monster travelled through it, destroyed equipment, and ate researchers before being destroyed.

Sound familiar?

There were also apparent experiments which attempted to open up the minds of people to turn them into super-weapons capable of destroying others with a simple thought.

Not only was the show originally titled ‘Montauk’ when it was picked up by Netflix, but the synopsis is pretty spot on in telling the original story.

Slash Film reported: "Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl."

In Nichols book, he also recalled a time where his own powers were being developed: “The first experiment was called ‘The Seeing Eye.’ With a lock of person's hair or other appropriate object in his hand, Duncan [Cameron, supposed psychic] could concentrate on the person and be able to see as if he was seeing through their eyes, hearing through their ears, and feeling through their body. He could actually see through other people anywhere on the planet.”

Um, Eleven in the Upside Down?

In another section, it’s clear that there are several comparisons to be made: “We finally decided we’d had enough of the whole experiment. The contingency program was activated by someone approaching Duncan while he was in the chair and simply whispering ‘The time is now.’ At this moment, he let loose a monster from his subconscious. And the transmitter actually portrayed a hairy monster. It was big, hairy, hungry and nasty. But it didn’t appear underground in the null point. It showed up somewhere on the base. It would eat anything it could find. And it smashed everything in sight. Several different people saw it, but almost everyone described a different beast.”

But if you thought the creators would confirm or deny the connection to the Montauk Project, you’re wrong.

Matt and Ross Duffer simply said that taking off the ‘Montauk’ title was ‘very painful.’

Fans on X wrote about the revelation.

One person said they believe it all: “I think it’s more than just a conspiracyy theoryy, I think it actually happened around the time of about 10 years ago now.”

Another penned: “You just made this interesting!! Gotta check it.”

Someone else said: “Woahhaaaaaaaaa?!?! I feel you on this one."

What do you think?

Topics: Netflix, Stranger Things, Science, Conspiracy Theories