Area 51 in Nevada is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, which has long been the centre of speculation on aliens and UFOs. The speculation comes amid reports of unidentified flying objects in the area, which are most likely related to classified aircraft research, but have led many to believe that the base is being used to store crashed alien spacecraft.
With these rumours in mind, it's unsurprising that so many people want to see what's inside the military base. And that's why over 400,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to "storm" Area 51 in a quest to "see them aliens."
Under an event titled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," Facebook users are inviting each other to join a "Naruto run," inspired by a Japanese manga, into the top secret base.
The description for the event, scheduled for September 20, reads in a rather tongue-and-cheek manner:
"We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens."
And yes, they've already put a game plan together.
This event, which is clearly meant to be a joke, isn't the first time people have tried to trespass onto the military base. Two adventurers were stopped at gun point by military personnel in 2016 after trying to sneak a camera through the base's back gate. According to signs around the base, personnel are permitted to use deadly force against those who trespass.
Though in the past, trespassers have usually just been met with a fine and a court date. When a tour base accidentally crossed into the border of the base back in 2014, the driver and four passengers were each cited with a $650 fine and a misdemeanor charge. The passengers eventually had their charges dropped, but the driver had to pay up and was banned from leading tours in the area for several years.
But that doesn't seem to have stopped people for signing up for the joke event, with many Twitter users expressing interest.
idk wtf going on but if we saving the aliens, I'm in bitch. going ✈️ area 51— max ⛅ (@irenesscalp) July 12, 2019
"My life has exclusive taken turns for the worse in the last few months so I guess I'm in to raid Area 51 later lmk what lunch y'all have," one user joked.
My life has exclusive taken turns for the worse in the last few months so I guess I'm in to raid Area 51 later lmk what lunch y'all have— Kenny (@Kennykimberly05) July 12, 2019
Even Snooki wants to get involved, adding: "Ok I’m in the Area 51 raid just to get Max Evans and Michael Guerin."
Ok I’m in the Area 51 raid just to get Max Evans and Michael Guerin.— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) July 12, 2019
Others are planning on running distractions to help the aliens escape.
Some Twitter users are hoping they'll be able to get their hands on some alien technology.
While many don't see the whole thing going too well.
As much as the "storm Area 51" meme might be funny, real UFO fans know the alien bodies were moved to a base in Ohio. 51 just studies spacecraft. Just sayin' 👽— Mack (@_Kenziepuff) July 11, 2019
Others are worried about the consequences.
E.T. would be proud. Seriously, though. Don't storm Area 51. You'll regret it.