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The plan to storm Area 51 has undoubtedly become the meme of the year.
From celebrities to corporations to actual lawyers, everyone has been drawn into the seemingly wacky but surprisingly motivated plan to storm Area 51, the government facility rumored to contain proof of extraterrestrial life. So if you’ve been on the internet at all in the last couple of months, let’s start with the question: How did this all get started?
Storm Area 51
The idea to storm Area 51 started with a Facebook event posted in the first week of July 2019. Normally, that might not be worthy of attention, but the idea, spurred by the gaming community, quickly took on a life of its own. The event soon netted nearly two million people who pledged to attend the event:
[T]he anonymous administrators of the public meme page “Shitposting cause im in shambles” teamed up with a Twitch video game streamer named SmyleeKun to organize an event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us … The thinking goes that if a bunch of people head toward the high-security base at once, the military won’t stand a chance of stopping them.
After that, the event gained even more traction from the millions of social media users sharing it to highlight its absurdity.
— Queenie 🇵🇱 (@TheLegitQueenie) August 6, 2019
Some pointed out significant logistical issues with the plan.
— Nick Ryan (@NickWithMS) August 7, 2019
And others spared a thought for the beings that might be on the other side.
— Alien (@Alien06193094) August 4, 2019
All in all, because of a thing called “shitposting” — that is, posting something in order to make fun of it — many thought of the raid as a joke.
However, as with many things on the internet, it’s not entirely clear who thought it was a joke and who took it as a very serious suggestion.
The event has even drawn criticism from some outlets and entities who feel the “joke” may have gone too far. The Air Force released a statement about their Nevada facility, saying:
As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous.
It’s never a good sign when the government pre-warns millions of people not to do something.
Who’s coming to the party?
Despite the criticisms, the fantasy fever-dream of Area 51 lives on, with more big names endorsing the event every day. Recently, Déjà Vu Services, Nevada’s largest adult entertainment operator, announced that it would be bringing something to the party that everyone always needs — strippers.
“Come September 20, we’ll be there,” Director of Operations Ryan Carlson said, “We know that most Americans know: that strippers make any event better, and this one will be no exception.”
According to Carlson, it will be the “Ultimate Alien Tailgate Party,” and strippers will be both for the Facebook masses that arrive and for the victorious souls who make it back.
As previously mentioned, it is very difficult to ascertain who is and is not serious about this event, but if Ryan Carlson is a man of his word, there will be strippers.
Depending on your preferences, that itself might be worth the journey — even if you don’t get to free any aliens.
Ancient Code advises that everyone stay safe and remain far away from the Area 51 base altogether.
See more about the Storm Area 51 creator below from KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas: