Whether or not there is any evidence of extraterrestrial life in Area 51, the area of the Nevada desert that the Air Force has kept under tight wraps for a handful of decades now, has been the center of several pop culture projects. From The Transformers movie to the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Seth Rogen/Kristen Wiig comedy Paul, just what is contained within the highly sensitive area has made for great fictional fodder. However, UFO enthusiasts have felt for as long as its existence has been public knowledge that the government his hiding something pertaining to aliens in Area 51.
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Maybe it’s a sign of us living in one of the most comically bizarre timelines possible, one where D-list reality TV stars are actual presidents, or maybe it’s something else…but over the last couple weeks, what surely must have been a joke when it was suggested, has grown into an online movement of over a million people committed to storming Area 51 and seizing alien artefacts has forced the Air Force to politely but forcefully discourage that crusade from being undertaken.
The Facebook event now has 1.2 million people ‘attending’ the showdown, scheduled for September 20th, and even the U.S. military has come out to warn against it. “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,” Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said to The Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Now, the rest of us might understand just how ridiculous this idea of laying siege to Area 51 is, but thankfully something being a dumb idea doesn’t preclude tremendous memes from being created about said dumb idea. The Internet did not disappoint in this regard. Here now are twenty of the best storming Area 51 memes out there.
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