I loved the first season of Stranger Things. It was awesome and I could totally relate as a child of the ’80s to just about everything the kids did. As it turns out, the series might have bothered the Department of Energy a bit, as Washington Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markay found out out after he made a Freedom of Information Act request to the DoE for any internal communications having to do with Stranger Things.
As it turns out, there was quite the discussion on what the DoE is actually investigating as far as parallel universes and human experimentation as depicted in the show. While a DoE blog post publicly denies that they explore parallel universes or experiment with monsters, in one series of emails, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated that the department does in fact support research in the area:
“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.”
Just don’t release any Demogorgons, please. The documents also indicate that the DoE it has participated in creepy human experiments with soldiers placed into trenches nearby nuclear explosions. In fact, one of the redacted emails talks about healthcare provided to this day to some islanders where nuclear test were performed.
If you want to dig through the full 163 page document, you can check it out below: