Sometimes, pranks go too far without us realizing so. That is the case with the founder of the latest Internet craze, where people are scheduled to gather outside the top-secret US military base and storm it.
People have been pretty excited and buzzing about the most recent Facebook event which is called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” Much like the name suggests, the plan is to use enough people to overwhelm Area 51’s defenses so that it can be overtaken – most likely in order to reveal whatever secrets the base may be hiding in regards to aliens and extraterrestrial existence.
Even with enough manpower, storming a top-secret military installation probably isn’t the smartest idea when you think about it.
The page was created at the end of this past June by a man named Matty Roberts. The California native set it up as a bit of fun, nothing thinking that his instructions, “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” would be taken seriously.
However, after a few days, the event page went viral, wracking up around 1.7 million people who’ve clicked “attending.” Now Matty feels uneasy with the whole thing. it’s easy to take it as such.
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He spoke with CNN and said, “I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere. It was pretty wild.”
It’s reported that he was reluctant to reveal his true identity at first, afraid he might be tracked down by the authorities.
Roberts added, “I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.”
“STORM AREA 51” a joke that became a viral sensation. (Video) https://t.co/SPJCwbSNR4— George Knapp (@g_knapp) July 18, 2019
Roberts revealed his inspiration for the idea, saying he came up with it after listening to a Joe Rogan podcast interview that was conducted with Area 51 expert Bob Lazar, as well as filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. For anyone that may be new to the world of Area 51 theory, Lazar is a well-known Area 51 theorist, gaining recognition in certain circles after having made claims he worked on alien space crafts while having been employed at the base.
Using the pseudonym Val, Roberts spoke with NPR via Facebook Messenger and admitted he set it up the event as a joke stating, “I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page. And it just took off like wildfire. It’s entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that.”
While it may have been set up with good intentions, it may have gone a little too far since now the US Air Force has strongly discouraged anyone from trying “storm” Area 51. According to a spokesperson of theirs, the base is a live, opening training range. So come September, we’ll keep our eyes out for what happens – but now that the truth behind the Facebook event is out, I have a feeling we’ll watch the plan crash and burn faster than the spaceship at Roswell.