It is safe to say that the internet phenomenon of Area 51 is undoubtedly the biggest trend of 2019 – surely surpassing the celebrity obsession with the bottle cap challenge. Back in July, an event was posted to Facebook titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”. Scheduled for the early morning on September 20, over 1.4 million people RSVPed to the event with planners explaining, “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. Let’s see them aliens.” The event gained the attention of the US Air Force with a spokesman warning potential trespassers.
As quickly as it grew to fruition, the raid was inevitably cancelled but as September 20 closed in, some people did in fact take it seriously. Showing up in the Nevada Desert to the mysterious military base on Friday morning, people held signs outside the base though no one actually attempted to raid the heavily armed space. BBC reported however that one person was arrested for urinating near the gate. As part of the date, an ‘Alienstock’ festival was held 27 kilometres from the base. The sight was expectedly bizarre as attendees dressed up as aliens and marched and dance around the desolate country side.
Area 51 was only first recognised by the US Government in 2013 and while its primary use is hidden from the public, it is believed to be used as a training base for the Air Force. Conspiracy theories surrounding the classified area begun in 1989 when a man named Bob Lazar claimed in an interview on US TV that he was a physicist who had worked in Area 51, hired to take apart a UFO.
The truth will come out eventually.