For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens (and their technology) exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers.
While aliens aren’t taking up residence in the compound, what is going on there is just as interesting.
In the middle of the barren Nevada desert, there’s a dusty unmarked road that leads to the front gate of Area 51. It’s protected by little more than a chain link fence, a boom gate, and intimidating trespassing signs.
Beyond the gate, cameras see every angle. On the distant hilltop, there’s a white pickup truck with a tinted windshield peering down on everything below. Locals says the base knows every desert tortoise and jackrabbit that hops the fence. Others claim there are embedded sensors in the approaching road.
What exactly goes on inside of Area 51 has led to decades of wild speculation. There are, of course, the alien conspiracies that galactic visitors are tucked away somewhere inside. One of the more colorful rumors insists the infamous 1947 Roswell crash was actually a Soviet aircraft piloted by mutated midgets and the wreckage remains on the grounds of Area 51. Some even believe that the U.S. government filmed the 1969 moon landing in one of the base’s hangars.
If Facebook event RSVPs mean anything, nearly 1.9 million people will be meeting under the cover of darkness and storming the notoriously secretive Area 51 on Friday, September 20, because sometimes you just need to “see them aliens.” Using the classic “they can’t catch all of us if we all run up at once” tactic, the Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has earned just as many “interested” indications as it has RSVPs. The comments section is filled with theories and memes for how to best storm the seemingly impenetrable government base.
Right now, it’s just a Facebook event created by popular video game streamer SmyleeKun that has received a lot of attention. The Washington Post questioned what would happen if public intrigue were to supersede the obvious joking tone of the post. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews gave a short but clear answer to the question when she said that they were aware of the Facebook event and that “[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…The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
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