Okay, youâ€™ve heard it about a hundred times in the past month, but weâ€™ll say it again: Area 51. Sorry.
Area 51, located in the desert of Rachel, Nevada, is an extremely classified United States military facility. Officially named the Nevada Test and Training Range, the CIA first began using the site in 1955 toÂ develop and test specialized aircrafts. By 1978, the US Air Force gained control of the installation â€” and as far as the public knows, Area 51 is simply an open training range for the Air Force.
Sounds pretty boring, right? Well according to a number of conspiracy theorists, Area 51 is more than just a training range, and Facebook user, Matty Roberts, has created a group of nearly two million people who are interested in finding out what is really behind the gates of Area 51.
Started in late June, the Facebook event titled â€œStorm Area 51 â€¦ They canâ€™t stop all of usâ€ plans out the raid which is set to go down on September 20Â at 3 a.m.
Hereâ€™s the plan, as laid out in the description of the event:
â€œWe 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. Letâ€™s see them aliens.â€
RobertsÂ has come forward explaining that he started the event as a meme page, and that he never thought it would gain so much attention.
So then, why did the intended meme page blow up? For one, itâ€™s funny. The Naruto Run really adds a nice touch to the outrageous plan. But coupled with the internet craze as well as the fact that some extraterrestrial enthusiasts really believe that they can storm the top-secret area, the raidÂ may just be attempted, and the rural town of Rachel, Nevada has a record high â€œno-vacancyâ€ to prove it.
As if the government issued warning to stay away from Area 51 wasnâ€™t enough, Bob Lazar, an American scientist, now better known as the most famous Area 51 conspiracist, took to InstagramÂ to tell those planning to raid the area that it would be a waste of time.
Not because the alien conspiracy theories are false â€” but because the aliens are not located in Area 51. Theyâ€™re in area S4, which is south of Area 51.
Yes, according to Bob Lazar, who apparently worked inside Area 51, the raiders will be Naruto Running toward the wrong building. In 1989, Lazar came forward with a testimony of what really went down behind closed doors. Choosing to break his oath of secrecy, Lazar claimsÂ that he worked on the project of reverse engineering one of nine flying saucers obtained by the US government. He also claims that he read official documents which account for human involvement with aliens, from the star system Zeta Reticuli.
Thanks to a recent Netflix documentaryÂ â€œBob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucersâ€ we can all learn more about Lazar and his apparent inside information, which has aided in creating the Area 51 conspiracy theories.
So, while we patiently wait for the events of the proposed raid on September 20Â to unfold, letâ€™s get the conspiracy straight by watching the documentary, and of course checking out the best Area 51 memes.