Story of the Day 03/21/2014

This one's got a little bit of everything. Ancient technology, aliens (well, at least one Extra-Terrestrial anyways), and a rumored treasure buried deep in the New Mexico desert that would make even Terry Pratchett's Dwarfs do a double take. The rumor is so widespread it even made the pages of Snopes.com.

As the legend goes, Atari buried five million unsold copies of the video game E.T. in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

If you've never heard of the game, it's probably because it's widely reported as the worst game of all times. A quick Google search returned it as the winner of the dubious honor from PC World's The 10 Worst Games of All Time in 2006. TheTopTens┬« has it second only to Superman 64.

Well, today, the Associated Press reports that Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive are "seeking to excavate" the old Alamogordo landfill "despite [New Mexico] environmental regulators' concerns."

So, two companies are going to go dig through some trash all the way out in New Mexico -- at  cost to themselves and possibly the local environment -- just because there's a chance they may find more copies of the video game than anybody could possibly be interested in.

Boggles the mind.