People actually showed up to storm Area 51
Unsurprisingly, the Facebook event ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’ fell flat, only 75 people out of the two million that promised to go, actually turned up.
What started out as little more than a joke by a college student in his room, the Facebook event rapidly gained traction, two million promised to go, and a further 1.5 million promised they were considering it. It got so out of hand in fact that the U.S. Air Force got involved and warned against the event.
The BBC reveals only 75 people bothered to turn up at the since cancelled raid. That’s an attendance rate of 0.00375%. Only one of those people actually got arrested and not a single person was stupid enough to try and enter the highly protected military zone.
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An internet joke to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" has drawn hundreds of people to the mysterious US government facility. Half a million people signed up to try and enter the military base in Nevada, which conspiracy theorists say holds alien technology. Attendees wore tinfoil hats and capes. #area51 #stormarea51 #aliens #tinfoilhat #nevada
"I'm a little disappointed because it's a lot less people than they said online," Nathan Brown, who drove more than 700 miles from Portland, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper.
Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews released a warning to potential trespassers, contributing to its eventual shutdown:
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” she said.
McAndrews added: “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
Following this rather stern warning, the event was repurposed into a satirical music event named AlienStock and took placed in Las Vegas the day before the proposed storming. AlienStock itself faced issues as it had to move itself from Rachel, the nearest hospitable place to Area 51, to a safer area.
“We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.”
Area 51 is a max-security US Air Force base which is said to carry out secret developments and testing of aircrafts and classified aircraft research. Over the years, the hush hush space has become the centre for an exhaustive list of conspiracy theories ranging from the housing of aliens to the development of time travel.