Happy Area 51 day, everybody!
The popularity of the notoriously secretive Area 51 military compound has peaked in the last couple of months after the "Let's storm Area 51" Facebook group got way out of hand, with millions of people signing up to the pledge to "see them aliens."
And now, the day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived.
It is estimated that around 30,000 avid alien hunters are going to arrive at the compound today, and the news stations have pitched up in preparation for some high-quality alien content. But, as a KTNV reporter, Joe Bartels, was signing off his segment, one man expertly Naruto ran through the shot. Amazing.
Keep scrolling to see the hilarious video, and to hear a little bit more about the Area 51 frenzy that has engulfed the internet.
Area 51 has, for years now, been an alien-enthusiast hot spot.
via: ShutterstockAnd what exactly goes on inside the compound has lead to decades of wild speculation from UFO fans all across the world.
So, what exactly is Area 51?
via: ShutterstockArea 51 is a United States Air Force facility which is a classified and remote detachment of the Edwards Air Force base, located at Groom Lake in the south of the Nevada desert.
It is a notoriously classified compound.Like any top-secret military facility, few people are allowed to enter the premises, which spurred more suspicion over what goes in within the compound. The borders of Area 51 are not fenced but are marked with orange poles and warning signs which state that security is authorized to use deadly force on people who insist on trespassing. Yikes.
And, as a result, many rumors about the compound's activities have been circulated.
via: ShutterstockThough its only confirmed use is flight-testing, there have been many other speculated happenings within the facility. While it was used by the Army Air Corps as an ariel gunnery range during World War II, there were many reported sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) around the area.
Though the military, of course, attempted to put these rumors to bed.
via: ShutterstockThese mysterious sightings were typically spotted by commercial airline pilots who, back in the 1950s, would only fly at altitudes of around twenty thousand feet. The military claimed that the UFOs spotted by these pilots were actually the U-2 spy jets being tested, which would fly at much higher altitudes than the commercial airplanes.
People remained suspicious, however.Because we've never really trusted our government, have we? The speculations continued, with some people making outlandish claims that the facility was building and repairing crashed alien spacecraft rather than military planes.
And now, more people are attempting to access the facility than ever before.
via: ShutterstockArea 51 has become somewhat of a tourist hot spot, with thousands of keen alien-hunters traveling across the country (and sometimes the world) to catch a glimpse of the secluded compound.
And one person took things to a whole new level...Clearly bored of discussing alien conspiracy theories over the internet in their basement, one extraterrestrial enthusiast formulated an actual, real-life plan to find out the truth once and for all.
The plan was to break into Area 51.Though storming a top-secret government facility, which may or may not be riddled with aliens, is probably a lot easier said than done.
It all started back in June with a simple Facebook group.
via: FacebookThe Facebook group, which was titled, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us," planned on breaking into the secluded compound in the early hours of September 20th this year.
And, believe it or not, millions of people signed up.1.5 million people put that they were "interested" on the event's page, while over 2 million people vowed to actually attend the movement for alien liberation.
Their inter-planetary war was rigorously organized.
via: ShutterstockThe ringleader of the group, Matty Roberts, stated in the description: "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." For those who don't know, "Naruto running" is a meme inspired by an anime character called Naruto Uzumaki, who has a distinctive running style.
The break-in was carefully plotted out...Because gaining access to one of the most secretive facilities in the world ain't no walk in the park. The last time that someone tried to speed past the site, he was shot. In January, a man carrying an unidentified cylindrical object was shot by the local sheriff’s office after attempting to drive into the site. Though, hopefully, their "Naruto running" would solve the problem of flying bullets.
A strict plan of action was drawn out...
via: FacebookLiterally. The group's creator, and overall master strategist, Jackson Barnes, outlined his plan of action and, let's just say, there was plenty of "pebble throwing," "dry wall kicking," and "Naruto running" involved.
The warriors were split into 3 groups.There were rock throwers, Naruto runners and "Kyles" (a team of buff, slightly emo teenagers who frequently kick in drywall). As for the other couple of million people? Well, I'm sure that they'd enjoy watching the festivities unfold from the sidelines.
People online took it all very seriously.
Storming #Area51 would be irresponsible, illegal and potentially dangerous. Besides, once a secret base is routinel… https://t.co/g3h1gmaiF3— Nick Pope (@Nick Pope)1562796111.0
Most people found the funny side, however.
This is getting so ridiculous and I love it. 😂😂😂 #StormArea51 #Area51 #Aliens 👽 https://t.co/1UzZMl3Z6l— Traumahawk (@Traumahawk)1562587012.0
The creator of the group initially set up the page as a joke.
via: FacebookAt the end of his post in the Facebook group, Matty wrote: "P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet. I'm not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51."
However, people have taken this plan seriously...This is not a joke to some, and people are actually planning on going ahead with the alien hunt!
Over 2,000,000 people signed up to the group.Though whether all of them will turn up has remained a mystery...
via: GettyBecause today's the day, folks! September 20th is upon us, and we will now see whether all of the alien hunters will actually turn up or not.
There's going to be a festival...
via: GettyIn early September, the group's creator, Matty Roberts, disassociated himself from the event that is today descending upon Nevada, saying that it was poorly organized and that he was afraid that it may turn into a public safety crisis. Instead, he organized a 3-day-festival, dubbed "Alienstock" in the neighboring town of Rachel, and encouraged people to attend this rather than storm the facility. The festival will see thousands of alien hunters revel in live music, alien-themed activities, and plenty of booze.
Though the festival is predicted to be a roaring success...
via: GettyIt still hasn't stopped people from turning up to the military compound.
Some people are just too damn keen on seeing those aliens.
via: GettyAnd people have flown in from all over the world to attend the raid. You have to admire their dedication, at least.
The press has descended upon the area.
via: GettyAnd so have the first wave of Naruto runners, apparently.
Just to clarify...Naruto Uzumaki is the eponymous protagonist of Naruto, a Japanese manga and anime series. He is a ninja, and he has an odd and distinctive running style... Arms pointed back, chest pointed forward.
Naruto running has become the main joke of the full Area 51 fiasco..."If we Naruto run fast enough we can dodge the bullets," as the original group so famously stated.
And our first keen Naruto runner has now been spotted!
He hilariously Naruto ran past KTNV's news anchor.
via: YoutubeAnd it was caught beautifully on live TV.