Please dont attempt to raid Nevada to see them aliens as part of the internets joke du jour, the US air force will not be amused
Urban legend has it that Area 51 is a weird place. Yet even if the conspiracy theories are true and the Nevada air force facility harbors extraterrestrial technology and/or life, it would still barely qualify as being weirder than the internet where, early this month the anonymous users behind a Facebook meme page proposed a jaunty group invasion of the restricted compound.
In a Facebook event titled Storm Area 51, They Cant Stop All of Us, the creators explain: 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 naruto run part of this call to action refers to the particular, oft-memed, ostrich-like sprint of a popular Japanese anime character.
Their plan, scheduled for the wee hours of 20 September, has gained momentum; 1.5 million people have RSVPd as attending the raid, while 1.1 million more are interested.
In a post pinned to the top of the event page, a user named Jackson Barnes has drawn a diagram game plan, illustrating how different factions of attendees could best swarm the base.
Beneath his scheme, Barnes writes: Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet. (He currently has 101,000 thumbsy uppies for his effort).
Barness disclaimer contains perhaps the most important bit of information to retain from this story: Storm Area 51 is all a joke. And through engaging with that joke, most people are simply trying to take it to further extremes of silliness, such as by posting goofy blitzkrieg suggestions based on astrological signs.