Stranger Things
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No doubt about it, Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon with many of us needing to tell ourselves that the out-there-yet-realistic storyline just can't be real.

Well, think again.

In a new interview on Chelsea, the United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz guested to speak about the very-real issue of climate change, but also talk a bit about the Stranger Things plot line that centers around a department of energy that investigates a dark, parallel universe known as "The Upside Down" in the show. Moniz's answer may surprise you.

"First of all, I have never seen it, but I'm aware of it," Moniz told Chelsea Handler when asked if he had any insight to the Winona Ryder-led Netflix series. "Secondly, I believe this fictional D.O.E. [department of energy] laboratory was operating in the 1980s. You can draw any inference you need from that. Third, I will note that actually we do work in parallel universes." Say what?

The official went into a bit more detail as to how the government hunts for Demogorgons investigates other dimensions like the dark-side world in Stranger Things. "We are also a big supporter of very basic science and that includes trying to understand the basic particles of nature and the structure of the universe," he added. "Theoretical physics...looks at things like higher dimensions than three dimensions and parallel universes." Watch the interview below:

There are multiple theories going around that the Stranger Things storyline was inspired by everything from The CIA to the time-travel-based Montauk Project from the '90s, but any evidence of reaching other dimensions are typically demoted to conspiracy theories. But maybe it was simple scientific findings that created this apparently-not-so strange plot line after all? Don't tell Joyce.

Listen to the Back of the Class podcast talk about the show at the 32:30-mark in the episode below: