The mystery and conspiracy surrounding Nevada’s Area 51 (a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base) is nothing new. While one person won’t be able to make it past the site’s heavily armed guards and a web of cameras, 1.1 million might. At least, that’s what almost half a million Facebook users think.
A recent Facebook event titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” implores fellow tinfoil hat wearers to raid the military compound on September 20. Despite being months away, more than 1.1 million users have signed up as “going” while another 938,000 are “interested.”
All in Good Fun
Anyone wondering how a group of conspirators is going to storm a heavily guarded military base shouldn’t wonder any longer. The event’s description says, “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.”
The reference nods at the frequently memed Japanese manga character who runs with his arms behind his back and his head forward. However, it is highly doubtful the tactic will be successful against Area 51’s serious level of security.
Meanwhile, the Facebook event also outlines how the group will meet up in September. It says that raiders will convene at the Area 51 Alien Center, a diner 90 miles outside of Las Vegas. From there, they’ll move on to try and steal alien secrets.
Of course, anyone hoping to “see them aliens,” should recall that raiding a United States military facility is a horrible idea. The sign outside of Area 51 bears the not-so-friendly reminder that guards are authorized to use deadly force. Thankfully, the entire proposed storming is a giant, whimsical joke (hopefully).
Area 51 itself has long been at the epicenter of speculation for alien conspiracy theorists around the world. Despite the state of Nevada earning a No. 13 ranking in UFO sightings, many believe the government is hiding alien technology or even alien beings at the desert site.
The 5,000-square mile base was opened in 1955 and has been shrouded in secrecy ever since. In reality, Area 51 has hosted countless nuclear missile tests. It has also served as a safe zone for testing new stealth aircraft.
Interestingly, the government has confirmed the facility is technically an Air Force base. However, that admission isn’t enough to convince many people that’s the only thing going on at Area 51. Some believe it serves a more extraterrestrial purpose. While those beliefs may be wholly ungrounded, they do produce some entertaining social media content.
Although this whole event is a joke, some dedicated crusaders could show up at Area 51 in September. While its physical attendance remains to be seen, the event marks a good reminder of social media’s influential power, especially in terms of conspiracy theories.
And just as a final reminder, take a hint from Joe Rogan as to whether you should show up or not:
Bob Lazar doesn’t want you to go to Area 51!#Repost unitednuclearbob with rep0stapp
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I have to comment on this ‘Storm Area 51’ thing. I do understand it was started as a joke by someone, but… https://t.co/auz2WGKule
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 14, 2019