Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or, is it a UFO? Like, actually a UFO? On Sept 20, 1.6 million people expect to find out whether we have made contact with aliens. A Facebook page titled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" was started and people are ready to raid the infamously highly classified Air Force facility.
The whole thing started out as a joke—a pinned post on the page said, "P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet." But it has quickly gained a lot of traction. To the tune of 1.6 million people saying they're attending the event, and another 1.2 million clicking that they're interested in attending.
Though all 2.8 million and climbing may be in on the joke, the US Air Force is not taking this lightly.
"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
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