If it looks too good to be true, chances are it probably is.
That's certainly the case with this wholly fake (but totally hilarious) special request chit for 72 hours of leave for the
upcoming fictional assault on Area 51 that's circulated on social media in the last few weeks.
The document, which first appeared on the Navy-centric Facebook page
Shit My LPO says 4 — Operation Enduring Memes, features a humble plea to allow a fictional submariner from the USS Ohio nuclear submarine "to storm Area 51 and clap them alien cheeks."
The signature on thee approved form? "Clap some cheeks for me! HOOYAH!"
To be fair, few of the commenters on the Facebook page believed for a second that this was a real chit, but the prospect of a U.S. service member receiving authorization to assault a different service branch's installation is a bit too amusing not to check out.
Sadly, your suspicions were right: it ain't real.
"I can confirm that hat special request authorization sheet did not originate on USS Ohio and is not an authentic Navy document," Lt. Mack Jamieson, spokesman for Submarine Group 9, told Task & Purpose.
Oops. In the meantime, here's a very real scene from the upcoming civilian assault on the secretive Air Force facility:
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.