Things go viral. You can’t really predict how or why, as it’s often the craziest of things that take off like wildfire. Case in point: Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us. The recently-created Facebook event seemingly captured the imagination of conspiracy theorists everywhere. Or at the very least, it sparked a meme-making machine that has the Internet on fire. At press time, more than 1.2 million Facebook shooters marked themselves “Going” to the event, with another million “Interested.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force is not amused.
Storm Area 51
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” says the event page. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
Apparently, “naruto run” is some sort of anime action running style. Sigh. According to the post, this will be the presumed attendees’ secret weapon when storming the castle. You know, the Air Force, and it’s armories full of heavy automatic weapons, and I don’t know, jet fighters and such, it’ll never be able to handle a well-executed naruto run, right?!?
Obviously, for most folks, this entire Internet sensation serves as little more than a joke. However, it appears some folks are ready to go. According to one local motel owner, the locals are ready to make some money off the event.
“Apparently, people are taking it seriously,” said Connie West, co-owner of Little A’Le’Inn, near the base, as reported by npr.org. “I think they’re stupid if they think they’re going to get to the test site, but I’m gonna capitalize on it.”
But seriously, the U.S. Air Force is saying, officially, this would be a very bad idea. Really, they will shoot you.
“The Nevada Test and Training Range provides flexible, realistic and multidimensional battlespace to test and develop tactics as well as conduct advanced training in support of U.S. national interests,” said (an Air Force official to NRP), using the full name of a site that includes Area 51. “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”
That’s the nice way of saying get ready for a belt-fed welcome if you try to hop the fence at one of the more restricted military installations in the country. Unless you’re like mega-good at the naruto run, then we’re sure you’ll be fine.
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by Peter Suciu / Jul 15, 2019