Fake 'Raid' On Area 51 To Look For Aliens Prompts Memes & Bets

Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:03 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019 10:03 PM UTC

More than 1.1 million Facebook users have said they want to be part of the phony storming of the mysterious Nevada base to find extraterrestrials.
<div><p>What are you doing on Sept. 20 between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. PST?</p><p>Perhaps you’d like to join the 1.1 million Facebook users who have clicked they are “going” to the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All” event. An additional 937,000 have said they are “interested” in attending as of Monday. And the number keeps growing.</p><p>The goal: “Let’s see them aliens.”</p><p>At least one of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a> specifically, is offering odds if the base actually will be subject to marauding alien seekers in September, how many will RSVP and whether President Trump will tweet about the event.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "\n&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Why is this so funny &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Area51?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Area51&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Area51memes?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Area51memes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/4DoH2SMHbJ\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/4DoH2SMHbJ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Lambert🇰🇪 (@its0anda) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/its0anda/status/1150369135127384065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 14, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Area 51, a section of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert, has long been ground zero for conspiracy theorists who believe it holds the answer to “are we alone in the universe?”</p><p>Rumor is that the mysterious base, is home to the wreckage of alien spacecraft or actual remains of extraterrestrials</p><p>The intent of the joke Facebook page is to have a horde of people “meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate” entry.</p><p>The page also suggests that if the crowd does a “Naruto run” they have a better chance of getting close to the truth that is out there.</p><p>To save you for having to look it up, because we had to, a Naruto run is a reference to a popular Japanese manga character that has a distinct way of running: head forward with arms and hands straight out behind his torso to decrease air resistance.</p><p>The Facebook page, created by SmyleeKun, a popular video game streamer, suggests that by opting this mode of offense, the horde “can move faster than their bullets.”</p><p>The raid on Area 51 may not be real, but let us be real, some people are probably going to show up on Sept. 20. Maybe not 800,000 people but maybe 800 or, well, 8.</p><p>Despite the CIA in 2013 debunking the extraterrestrial theories and confirming the base’s existence as a place for aircraft testing, many people still want to believe.</p><p>Of course, Hollywood has helped feed the Area 51 and UFO theories with “Independence Day,” “The X-Files, “Roswell” and dozens of other movies and TV shows.</p><p>All that interest in life outside of Earth has spawned a UFO cottage industry of sorts near the base with alien-themed museums, restaurants and hotels. Even the road leading to the area was renamed in the 90s to the Extraterrestrial Highway.</p><p>The interest in the Facebook page, plus media coverage of the page’s “fake” event has gotten the attention of military officials who want to make sure no one breaches base security, according to Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews.</p><p>“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”</p><p>Many visiting the event’s Facebook page do seem to realize the prank nature of the event, posting memes of guards watching for the attack and aliens they might find on base – some that look a lot like E.T. from the Steven Spielberg movie. Others have posted aerial photos of Area 51 with “raid”-plan schematics that show positions for rock throwers, Kyles, People Armed to the Teeth, Naruto Runners and “Rest of Us Sneaking in Safely.”</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a> has posted odd on whether people will actually attempt to get on base:</p><p><strong>Will Area 51 Will Be Raided On September 20, 2019?</strong></p><ul> <li> <p>No -300</p> </li> <li> <p>Yes +200</p> </li></ul><p><strong>How Many People Will RSVP "Going" To The Event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” On Facebook?</strong></p><ul> <li> <p>Over 1.51 Million -300</p> </li> <li> <p>Under 1.51 Million +200</p> </li></ul><p><strong>Will President Trump Tweet A Warning Not To Raid Area 51 Before September 20th?</strong></p><ul> <li> <p>No -510</p> </li> <li> <p>Yes +305</p> </li></ul><p> </p><div> </div></div>
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