Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you will be well aware of the master plan to storm Area 51 in September.
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What started out as a joke with a few hundred attendants has transformed into a global event, with a whopping 1.5 million people saying they’re set to join the mission to the Nevada desert to infiltrate the top secret military/alien test site.
It’s been pretty funny to watch the whole thing unfold, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for Matty Roberts, from California, who set up the page ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’ along with the description:
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.
Although it was (clearly) only supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek joke, this is the internet we’re talking about and so of course some dumbasses are taking the whole thing seriously. So much so that apparently motels and Airbnbs in the area are fully booked around the date of the mission.
What’s more, US Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told the Washington Post that officials are aware of the event, saying:
[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.
As for poor Matty, with the viral joke getting out of control, he’s worried the FBI are going to be knocking on his door in the coming months.
“STORM AREA 51” a joke that became a viral sensation. (Video) https://t.co/SPJCwbSNR4
— George Knapp (@g_knapp) July 18, 2019
Speaking to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, he said:
I posted it on June 27th and it was kind of a joke.
And then it waited for like three days, like 40 people, and then it just completely took off, out of nowhere. It’s pretty wild.
I was just like, the FBI is going to show up at my house, and it got a little spooky from there.
I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page.
And it just took off like wildfire. It’s entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that.
Not all people do, however, and that’s the worry. Is this going to end in massacre? Or will it end in aliens? Guess we’ll just have to wait until September 20th to find out.
Until then, read about a copycat event involving 40,000 people who plan to storm the Bermuda Triangle. Why? Because “it can’t swallow all of us”. What a time to be alive.