What is Area 51 about? Internet joke plan to ‘raid’ Area 51 gets stern reply from US military
Why millions of people have signed up for so called “Storm for Area 51”. What is area 51 about? The US government’s military base? It’s just a fun joke by a person started as a funny idea turned out to be a storm.
The truth is already out there, but people are still curious about the area 51, which is the secretive US military base in Nevada desert in Las Vegas that has been the target of alien conspiracy theories for many decades. Now on Facebook millions has signed out to a tongue in cheek Facebook event call the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”, planned for 3 am on 20th September 2019.
The truth is out there, but it’s probably not at Area 51, the secretive US military base in the Nevada desert that has been the target of alien conspiracy theories for decades. Now, millions of people have signed up to a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” planned for 3 AM on 20 September 2019.
What is Area 51 about?
Area 51 has spawned more conspiracy theories than perhaps any other military facility in the world. Here’s what we do know about this secret U.S. military installation.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AREA 51:
- Area 51 is a U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada.
- Area 51 is an active military installation. It is administered by Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.
- Area 51 is not accessible by the public and is under 24-hour surveillance.
- The only confirmed use of the installation is as a flight-testing facility.
It’s a real military base, run by the US Air Force and used for testing out the new stealth planes. This place has been kept secret for a long time and its confirmation is its existence came only in 2013 and its exact location is abut 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas , when the US central Intelligence Agency de-classified a report on the history of the Lockheed U-2 spy plane.
The testing of those planes likely led to the numerous reports of Unidentified Flying Objects in the area, though none have been confirmed to be of extraterrestrial origins. The name comes from a convention of naming the plots of land on the base. There are other numbered areas on the base, which were designated by the now-defunct Atomic Energy Commission.
What do these people plan to do? A facebook page has been created and the owners stated their plan: “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.”
The word Naruto run is the reference from anime television show in which the main character is a ninja who runs leaning forward with his arms outstretched behind him. Try it yourself. You’ll look ridiculous.
Who are these people?
They’re internet jokesters. Their “plan” includes different battalions made up of “Kyles” (internet slang for aggressive guys), “People Armed To The Teeth” and “Undercover Aliens”, to mention a few. That is to say, none of this is real. One person who posted a map of the supposed attack added, “P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.” The meme has spread to several social media platforms and spawned so, so many TikTok videos of teens joking about how they’d get along with their new alien friends.
What would happen if people did try to enter Area 51? If all the millions who have signed up for the event show up at the Area 51, they would not be welcomed ofcourse. Laura McAndrews, a spokesperson for the US Air Force, told the Washington Post that they were aware of the event and said, “[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Why is this happening?
On June 27, Matty Roberts, who lives in California, created the Facebook page as a joke, not realizing that millions would rally behind his battle cry to “see them aliens” at the Air Force facility in Nevada.
Most, but not all, knew the desert congregation scheduled for September 20 was in jest, as the page included instructions such as “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” (For the uninitiated, “naruto run” is a reference to a type of running in a popular anime show.)
The creator is afraid the FBI may knock on his door
“I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere,” he told CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. “It was pretty wild.”
Roberts told KLAS he’d declined interviews as interest was skyrocketing because he thought if he revealed his identity he might have FBI agents showing up at his door.
“I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there,” he said.
Roberts said he came up with the idea for the meme page after podcaster Joe Rogan interviewed Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. Lazar claims that he worked with an alien spacecraft while he was employed in one of Area 51’s underground facilities.
Before coming out to KLAS, Roberts communicated with NPR via Facebook messenger under the pseudonym Val.
“I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page,” he wrote.
“STORM AREA 51” a joke that became a viral sensation. (Video) https://t.co/SPJCwbSNR4
— George Knapp (@g_knapp) July 18, 2019
Roberts/Val also said that, although he doubted he’d have an actual army gathered to run into Area 51 this September, he’d been in touch “with some pretty great people” to plan a safer, yet still out-of-this-world desert event. It’s just a bit of fun. “Most laughter doesn’t follow jokes and other conscious attempts at humour. It comes from playful interactions with other people. One of the reasons why social media is as powerful as it is, it’s really an extension of the play group,” says Robert Provine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He studies laughter and how it spreads among people, and says the audience plays as much a role as the jokester. “If there wasn’t an audience, they wouldn’t do it.”says the audience plays as much a role as the jokester. “If there wasn’t an audience, they wouldn’t do it.”
Elon Musk gets excited What is Area 51 about raid on Twitter
♥️👽 SpaceX has Area 59 👽♥️ pic.twitter.com/h4YUL1Xx51 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 17, 2019
Tech moghul and space enthusiast Elon Musk joined the six lakh people who have already signed-up on Facebook to raid the restricted Area 51 region on September 20.
Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility.
Showing his interest in the event, Musk took to his favourite social networking app Twitter and shared a dialogue-meme of himself and an alien figure on Tuesday.
The meme shows a conversation between Musk and an alien “one week after the Area 51 raid”.
Because of so much social media craze , it is becoming very easy to viral a crazy idea. People are joining in millions so you can have idea about how strong is social media!