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Imagine crowds of people who have never met each other in the middle of September before dawn in the desert town of Nevada to rush to the entrance of Zone 51 in search of aliens. This is a fantastic idea conceived as a joke in social media, but its popularity spreads quickly. On Monday, the number of people who registered in Facebook for a "storm in zone 51" exceeded 1 million.
Now US military say they are watching the situation.
"The US Air Force knows about the Facebook event, which encourages people to" Storm Zone 51, "a BBC spokesman said.
" The Nevada testing and training area provides a flexible, realistic and multidimensional space for combat purposes to test and develop tactics, as well as to conduct enhanced training to support US national interests, "the official said, using the full name of the site, which includes area 51." Every attempt for illegal access to the area is heavily discouraged. " By page of the event, the plan is to "break the flow" to the facility so that the group can move faster than the bullets. "- See Aliens Sprint style is a reference to Naruto Uzumaki, a Japanese anime that moves with his chest ahead and his hands sticking out behind him
The event has all the qualities of a ridiculous internet joke, is it? "
" Yeah, it sounds like a joke, but obviously there are people who want to check out the joke, "Connie West , co-owner of The Little A & Le Inn (called "Little Alien"), told NPR.
The western inn in Alamo, Nev., Is the closest place to stay in Area 51. "About 26 miles from the track," she says.
After the event on Facebook, her phone constantly rings to book a room. Her 10 rooms are already full for the day of the event, September 20, and she said that most of the people who made the reservations asked her about the collection in Area 51.
The West also has about 30 acres of land, tourists to book for $ 15 per night. So far, around 60 people have committed to setting up a tent on the day of the event, which she never experienced on a day that is not related to an organized event such as a marathon or a bicycle race that takes place in the wilderness near her. "Apparently people take it seriously," West said. "I think they are stupid if they think they will reach the test site, but I will take advantage of it.
For her, it means giving up the Hannah's Gift Shop and buying T-shirts.
"All with the participation of aliens and / or District 51," West said.
The most secret base is not available to the public. , although it has become a tourist destination, foreign themed outfits such as West are not unusual. Nevada even renamed the alleyway state road for reports of UFO traffic on the road.
The conspiracy theorists are obsessed over Area 51 for decades, claiming the government is hiding aliens and smashing UFOs into place. In 2013, the CIA published a classified report, written in 1992, in which the federal government acknowledged that there were spy planes tested there. Officials also acknowledge that District 51 is the place where science fiction stories are based, which is a real government tool.
In May, the New York Times reported that Navy officers, in classified guidance, described "unexplained aerial phenomena, or unidentified flying objects," sparking new theories of extraterrestrial life hidden in Zone 51.
It's hard to say how many of the millions of supporters of the event know it's a joke and how many of them really are planning to go to Nevada, but most of the thousands of reviews on the page show that this is not serious.
"We forget something very important," writes Nick Praffe. "We need rulers to create a smoke curtain to block satellite and cameras."
The man behind the page that created the event is a 20-year-old man from California who will only be identified as Val. He would not have shared his family for fear that publicity around the event would have led to his persecution. "
" I just thought it would be a fun idea for the memo page, "Val said through Facebook Messenger." It just broke out like a wildfire. "It's completely satirical, but most people understand that. 19659007] He spoke to the NPR that he would "probably be there, but not for the sake of it."
He spoke "with some great people" about planning a different kind of shindi, perhaps something educational, although it is not clear what exactly will be the lesson.
Whatever it is, Val said she was not likely to include Sprint in the desert at 3 am, he said.