Alien sculpture on the side of a road in Baker, Calif., Which is known as the "Gateway to Area 51." (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images) Should everything go according to plan , more than half a million strangers will gather in a remote Nevada town in mid-September, united by a common goal: to raid Area 51 in the morning of the morning – using a strength-in-numbers approach to reveal any extraterrestrial treasures stashed within the notoriously clandestine government base.
Or, put more simply: "Lets see them aliens."
By Friday evening, more than 540,000 people from around the world had signed up to attend the joke Facebook event: "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" – and just as many had indicated they were "interested." 20 in Amargosa Valley, an hour's drive from Las Vegas, the event page is filled with thousands of posts theorizing the best way to break into the top-secret facility.
attraction and coordinate our entry, ”reads a brief description of the event, which was created by popular video game streamer SmyleeKun. "If we run naruto, we can move faster than their bullets." The laughter part of the description references anime ninja Naruto Uzumaki, whose notorious head-forward, arms-behind-the-back running technique has led to believe it makes them run faster. (It doesn't.)
Most people discuss the raid, including various news outlets that have written about the event, recognize that it's not intended to be taken seriously. But what about those who don't? It's not clear exactly how many people – if any – will actually show up to lead a blitzkrieg on the Nellis Air Force Base Complex, which houses the land containing Area 51.
Though some who've posted on the event page in recent days have considered that possibility.
Hello U.S. government, this is a joke, and do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan, ”wrote user Jackson Barnes, following his rather descriptive proposed game plan. “I just thought it would be funny and get some thumbsy upies on the Internet. Not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51. ”
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Speaking with The Washington Post on Friday, U.S. Laura McAndrew's Air Force spokeswoman was aware of the event. When asked how responding to ardent explorers who might attempt to enter Area 51 in September, McAndrews said she could not work on specific plans or security procedures at the base.
She did, however, issue a warning to those itching to try their luck
"[Area 51] is an open training range for the US "Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to get into the area where we train American armed forces," McAndrew said. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets. ”
The facility has long been a source of public intrigue yet for decades. That notion was officially debunked in 2013 when the CIA confirmed its existence through documents obtained in a public record request by George Washington University
Yes, Area 51 is definitely real – and even though the report indicated it was nothing more than an aircraft -testing facility, mentioning nothing about extraterrestrial life, the revelation gift credence to conspiracy theories alleging the government uses the base to hide aliens and their spacecraft. The CIA has since published information about test flights that took place there, and the alien aspects in many of the stories have been debunked. However, in 2017, the Pentagon confirmed the existence of a $ 22 million government program to analyze "anomalous" aerospace threats ”- also known as UFOs – giving the alien-obsessed koks fresh fodder for their conjectures.
Though the facility is not publicly accessible, the area around Area 51 is a popular tourist destination, sprinkled with alien-themed motels, museums and restaurants. (In 1996, Nevada renamed state Route 375 to "Extraterrestrial Highway.") But those who venture too far into the land surrounding the base are greeted with warning signs indicating they could be found or jailed for trespassing and taking photos. signs suggest those who could enter to deadly force.
In 2014, a tour bus carrying four passengers near Area 51 inadvertently drove through the warning signs and entered the base, Las Vegas Now reported. The truck was stopped by men in "military garb," and everyone in the vehicle was threatened with a misdemeanor conviction and $ 650 fine. The incident was caught on video, making it obvious the tour's thought it was all part of the experience. Only the driver was charged.
Of course, those who say they will participate in the September raid their mission won't be easy. Some have offered their own plans and even schematics detailing how the group will take on the base.
But the chatter mostly inspired dozens of jokes and memes:
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