At some point over the last week, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” transformed from a viral prank into a national phenomenon.
‘Storm Area 51’ Hits 1 Million Sign-Ups, Air Force Threatens Retaliation
The Facebook event, which encourages Area 51 truthers to meet up in Nevada on September 20 and storm the highly classified US Air Force base now has more than 1 million registered attendees. It must be the event description that stirred their spirits:
“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.”
More than 915,000 other Facebook users responded that they are “interested,” as though they’d like to attend but aren’t quite sure getting carpet-bombed in Nevada fits into their calendar.
And the US Air Force has promised as much, if not in so many words. A spokesperson told the Washington Post that the “Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets” and would “discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
To be sure, virtually no one – aside from the Air Force, apparently – considers this anything more than an internet meme.
Still, odds are that someone could show up to “Storm Area 51” anyway and promptly proceed to ruin their life, right? How long would it take Florida Man to hitchhike to Nevada?
John McAfee: The Adult in the Room?
But this is where the “Storm Area 51” saga grows even more bizarre. Because John McAfee emerged as the voice of reason.