Why is Everyone & Their Mother Talking About Area 51?

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overhead satellite image of Area 51


The legendary, secret and mysterious aura about the notorious “Area 51” will continue to have people’s interests peeked until probably the end of time. This U.S. Air Force facility, located in the secluded southern desert in Nevada, is highly classified by the federal government. The secrecy surrounding the base has made it a frequent subject of conspiracy theories dealing with UFO’s and alien technologies. 

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The rumors have people so convinced that recently there has been an internet sensation where people want to find out for themselves. There was a Facebook event created called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All”. 1.7 million people signed up to attend and 1.3 million people are “interested” in going. The event is set to start on September 20, 2019. It goes on to say “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. Let’s see them aliens.”  

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The idea blew the internet up, it went so viral that thousands of memes were made and pretty much every single news outlet did a story about it. 

Even Bud Light got in on it. 

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The United States Air Force even came out and made a statement reminding everyone that it is “illegal and dangerous to try to access military installations or military training.”  And then continued by saying “the US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”  So in case you don’t get the subtext, go into Area 51 if you want to die. 

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But to everyone’s surprise (*sarcasm) the Facebook Event was suppose to be satirical. On June 27, a man named Matty Roberts from California created the Facebook page as a joke. He didn’t think it would get much attention. He did it to be a funny idea for a meme page after he listened to a podcast between comedian/podcaster Joe Rogan and the notorious Area 51 whistle blower Bob Lazar, who claimed he worked on an alien space craft while he was an employee at Area 51. 

So, now that it has been publicly said that the whole thing is a joke you still might have some outliers who’ll try to storm Area 51 for fame. The actions some humans do for attention are insane so I wouldn’t doubt it. People are going to jail for licking ice cream, but that’s a different story. And if someone did do it to try to reveal the “big secrets” of Area 51, Bob Lazar, the biggest Area 51 conspiracy theorist, the guy who claimed to have worked on alien technology for the government, advises not to. 

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“I do understand [the Facebook event] was started as a joke by someone,” he writes. “But there are a number of people who are actually planning on showing up. This is a misguided idea.” Lazar then continues to explain that, in his expert opinion, there are not any “aliens or alien technology located [at the base]” He continues “I do not support this ‘movement.’ This is no the right way to get more information.”  

Some people might wonder why the first man to tell the masses about the “whereabouts” and the “going ons” at the secret base, is telling the public to not storm Area 51. Is he working for the US government now? Has he been bought to keep the secrets? Or does he not want to see a crowd of young people getting shot for no good reason? Probably the latter, as I think we all would. 

Legends and folklore are fun to tell and retell. If it wasn’t fun to do then we simply wouldn’t do it. Humans love to make up stories and claim they have secrets no one else knows about. Now, I’m not saying that all “conspiracy theories” are automatically false, but when everyone is telling everyone else that all the aliens and UFO’S are at Area 51, then it’s probably no so.