Time-Traveling Drunk Man Says He Was Sent From Year 2048 to Warn of Alien Invasion

A man claiming to have been sent back in time from the year 2048 to warn civilization about an alien invasion was arrested less than 200 miles from Devils Tower, the rock formation at the center of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.' Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

A drunk man arrested by cops in Wyoming this week says he had traveled back in time from the year 2048 to warn civilization about the imminent arrival of aliens.

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But first, a visit to the recent past: On Monday night, authorities in Casper received a call about a visibly drunk man claiming to be from the future, according to KTWO. Officers arrived to find Bryant Johnson warning that aliens would be coming next year and that people should leave as soon as possible. He claimed he was from the future.

Johnson was so concerned about his mission to save humanity that he requested to speak to the "president of the town."

Cops said Johnson had bloodshot eyes, slurred speach and a blood-alcohol reading that exceeded legal limits — but the alleged time-traveler had a perfectly logical explanation: the only way the aliens could send him back in time was to fill his body with alcohol and making him stand on a giant pad.

He was arrested nonetheless.

Strange things have been afoot as of late in America's least populous state. Just a few weeks ago in Crook County, Wyoming—not even 200 miles from Casper—the first annual Devils Tower UFO Rendezvous was held. Devils Tower, of course, is the rock formation at the center of Steven Spielberg's 1977 alien classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November. The festival featured a parade, a costume constest and a slate of speakers that included UFO investigators, people who claim to have been abducted and others who have studied the possibilty of extraterrestrial life.

On the western side of the state, the earthquake swarm that has been rocking the Yellowstone National Park supervolanco since June is now one of the longest such swarms ever recorded. In a span of three and a half months, over 2,500 earthquakes have been recorded, causing many to worry about an eruption of the supervolcano. Experts have said, though, that the earthquakes in no way indicate that an eruption is imminent.

It's not clear if the localized flurry of alien speculation and Yellowstone earthquake swarm are connected. But the truth is out there.