The storming of Area 51 is one of the biggest misfires in the short but rich history of the Internet. Of well over two million people declaring participation in this event on Facebook, only a handful showed up at the gate of the guarded military facilities in the Nevada desert.
It seems that we will have to postpone our dreams of freeing aliens for another time. However, the failure of the “storm” is not so painful if we take into account all the memes and jokes created around this event. This applies not only to those created before September 20. After all, the failure of this whole idea is another reason for mockery and a festival of mockery. Combined with photos and recordings of people who showed up at the entrance to Area 51, it gives us quite a lot of interesting and funny materials.
Several dozen participants, several arrests
Two million people announced their participation in the Facebook event “Storm Area 51. They Can’t Stop Us All” created in June, and even the American army commented on the matter. Even before she did “zero hour” – the assault was planned for September 20 – it looked more serious. The media was abuzz with information about the arrest of two YouTubers from the Netherlands who had invaded an area closed to civilians. We learn from Fox News that the young men were sent back to the Netherlands after a few days in custody. The BBC, in turn, reported that several dozen people took part in Friday’s event near the secret US base. One was arrested for… urinating near the entrance gate. None of the approximately 75 daredevils dared to force the security measures put in place by the army.
What is Area 51?
Area 51, called Area 51, Dreamland in the USA and officially Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3, is a famous American military base located in Nevada since 1955. The facility is located in the desert, near the dry Lake Groom. It has one of the longest runways in the world, and the airspace above it (the size of Switzerland) is considered the most secure in the entire United States. Until 2001, the US government stuck to the story that Area 51 was just an urban legend. The CIA confirmed its existence only in 2013. According to numerous conspiracy theories, extraterrestrial life forms are being held at the base in Nevada and American scientists have been conducting secret research for decades.