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Only a few dozen show up to 'Storm Area 51'


Posted on Saturday, 21 September, 2019 | Comment icon 44 comments

Area 51's secrets are in no danger of being exposed. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 / Airwolfhound / Flickr
After months of hype, barely anyone actually turned up to storm through the gates of the secretive facility.
Millions signed up for it, but when push came to shove, very few were willing to go through with it.

According to various reports, somewhere between 75 and 150 people actually turned up at the gates of Area 51 on the day and the actual 'storming' of the base never materialized.

Only one person was arrested and that was for urinating near the gate.

The story was much the same for other mirror events such as 'Storm Loch Ness'.
"I'm a little disappointed because it's a lot less people than they said online," said Area 51 attendee Nathan Brown who had driven 700 miles from Portland to attend the event.

Originally billed as a tongue-in-cheek effort to determine if there are aliens at the secretive US base, the event titled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" was originally posted on Facebook in July.

It quickly became something of an Internet phenomenon with 2.5 million signups.

Given the meager turnout however, the event seems to have ended in more of a whimper than a bang.


Source: BBC News | Comments (44)

Tags: Storm Area 51

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #35 Posted by Rlyeh on 21 September, 2019, 9:04
Too bad I was looking forward to it.
Comment icon #36 Posted by OverSword on 22 September, 2019, 1:36
I donít know why you associate age with cluelessness. Some people have no sense of humor or wonder regardless of age. People go to Roswell every year on the anniversary of the alleged crash, many of which are dressed up as aliens and just there to have a good time and most of them are far into adulthood. Do you think people didnít get irony or humor until memes?†
Comment icon #37 Posted by OverSword on 22 September, 2019, 1:41
I never thought that for a second. Itís mainly people having fun. The truth is the storm Area 51 thing would never have gone viral if not for Main Stream News.†
Comment icon #38 Posted by _Only on 22 September, 2019, 3:12
Well, in this case, it's about youngerr internet culture. Some older people just do not understand what memes are, or Naruto or any of that, heh. Because of that in particular, a lot of the nuanced humor being tossed around is sailing over the old uninitiated head, though of course they still usually have common sense. It's just it helps to know what people are actually referring to when they're joking around, and that's where the meme culture comes in - they're basically referencing other jokes, but if you don't know the joke, you're lost in translation, and often left taking things literally... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Ebenezer_J_Booze on 22 September, 2019, 13:48
If there only had been "Alienfest" there and Limp Bizkit as the main performer as some speculated earlier when this thing turned to "Alienfest". Now that's a gig that I'd watch later as one cam bootleg video on youtube. ;)
Comment icon #40 Posted by Chaldon on 22 September, 2019, 21:11
I always knew there can be no revolution in an individualistic society. Even such a small and stupid one. I don't blame anyone, it was really a stupid idea (I mean that Naruto run) but at least there was a chance this to become the first precedent of the completely new kind of expression of the general will. Would the storm actually happen, all that government's overconfidence in control over people would be shaken. If millions want to know, then it must be revealed, isn't it? After all who's secret it is? Government's or nation's? Can a nation demand anything from its representative governmen... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Stiff on 22 September, 2019, 21:30
OK fellow Europeans, if America is storming Area 51, we need†to storm the Vatican. They can take the Aliens and we'll take the Predators.†
Comment icon #42 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 25 September, 2019, 21:04
Don't you just hate it when people get you all hyped up only to learn it was all hot air?
Comment icon #43 Posted by stereologist on 25 September, 2019, 21:08
It's so easy to sign onto some online whatever than it is to get the old lard butt out of their parent's basement and to a physical location. †
Comment icon #44 Posted by ChrLzs on 26 September, 2019, 5:18
I choose to laugh, not to shake my head at the hypocrisy...


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