With now over one million RSVP’s, Facebook’s latest viral “event” has received an official warning from the US Air Force.
The plan is this: Attendees of the event will amass in the remote Nevada desert and then, in a coordinated “raid”, they will overrun the military forces at the notorious Area 51 and free whatever secrets are held there. The Facebook page for the event is full of hilarious memes and hypothetical plans to infiltrate the base, but the Air Force apparently doesn’t find it too humorous.
An event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” appeared on Facebook earlier this month, urging alien enthusiasts everywhere to gather for a history-making mission.
In the past week, the number of people “going” has skyrocketed from 300,000 to 1,000,000 — with an additional 918,000 Facebookers declaring they are “interested.”
The military is saying not so fast.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” USAF spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told the Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Many believe that Area 51 houses some of the United States’ most advanced technological secrets, possibly recovered from crashed interstellar spacecraft or reverse-engineered from such vehicles.
Fanning the flames of this hysteria is Bob Lazar – an alleged former employee at the secret airbase – who has been making the media rounds as late with a Netflix special and an appearance on The Joe Rogan Podcast.
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