If you knew how much I used to love restarting games of Sid Meier’s Civilization, just for the immediate exploration purposes, then you’d understand why I have never been able to sit down and mess with Google Earth for any amount of time. It would eventually lead to interventions, and I’m not up for hanging out with that many people at once.
For former CIA analyst Allen Thomson, it has become second nature, after leaving his 13-year stint in the Agency back in 1985, for him to search through public satellite imagery, noting odds and ends he finds. Well, he recently found some buildings out in the Chinese desert, and nobody knows what they are yet.
“I haven’t the faintest clue what it might be,” said Thomson. “But it’s extensive, the structures are pretty big and funny-looking, and it went up in what I’d call an incredible hurry.” He found it accidentally after searching for an orbital tracking site he’d just found out about, which is located near the Chinese city of Kashgar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked for something under the couch and stumbled upon satellite imagery of an unknown group of buildings.
If you’re a Chinese person with ties to secret government labs where clones of ancient Chinese warriors roam the halls, please leave a note in the comments. Obviously, it’s probably just a fireworks stand for the Chinese New Year coming up in February. Or maybe it’s just a carnival. An alien carnival. Why hasn’t anybody found the Hatch yet?