2020 has already brought stories of legitimate UFOs and potential signs of life on Venus, Earth's closest galactic neighbor. You can add a monolith in Utah's Red Rock Country to this list of otherworldly occurrences.
While officers from Utah's Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau were flying above the southeastern Utah desert in a helicopter and counting bighorn sheep to support the state's Division of Wildlife Resources, a futuristic-looking object caught their eye.
As they turned around, landed the chopper and approached the mysterious thing, they got a better idea of what was standing in front of them: a metal monolith "between 10 and 12 feet high," according to pilot Bret Hutchings, who spoke with a CNN affiliate station. (If you're not versed in monoliths, you're not alone. Searches for the term on Merrian-Webster soared by 1400% on Tuesday as the discovery went viral.)
Photos and videos recorded at the scene show how firmly the statue is locked into the red rock. Online commenters and the officers were quick to theorize that the statue was planted by extraterrestrial beings, similar to the one that appears in the sci-fi film '2001: A Space Odyssey.'
"We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it," Hutchings said. Yet his more logical side thinks it was placed there by an artist of the human race.
Utah DPS isn't sharing the exact location due to how remote it is, meaning visitors could become stranded. They were also sure to clarify that it's "illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from."
Y'all got jokes, huh?