Storm Area 51:The internet comes up with a brilliant idea once again
The internet is a strange, strange place.
The world wide web is my favourite place in the whole wide world. The internet is where our quirkiest sides come out, a space where we can express ourselves with the shields of a screen protecting us from any embarrassment and any accountability. Of course this has its downside, but this article isn’t where we delve into that.
Instead, allow me to draw your attention to the wonderfully weird, wonderfully fresh idea people have just come up with: Storm Area 51. We all know what Area 51 is, right? It’s a hotbed of conspiracy theories, but above all, it’s supposedly where the US government keeps all classified data on extra-terrestrial life. All spaceships that have supposedly landed or crashed on earth are said to be stored in Area 51. Speculation says that the work undertaken within Area 51 varies from reverse engineering advanced alien technology, to dissecting and testing alien molecular biology.
In 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act request - which is the American version of an RTI - the government formally acknowledged that Area 51 is a military base. It is a space where deadly force can be deployed against trespassers, and it heavily under constant guard. About 150 miles away from Las Vegas, it has so far been impenetrable.
And we also know what Naruto is, yes? For the manga uninitiated, Naruto is a manga and anime series that took the millennials by storm. Incredibly relatable and emotional, the lead character, Naruto Ozumaki, is perhaps now most well known for his distinctive style of running - The Naruto Run. The Naruto Run involves bending your back at the waist, stretching your arms straight out behind your back, putting your head down, and running at high speed.
His manner of running has become so famous, that people now regularly do the Naruto Run in large groups, as you can see below:
Put together Area 51, decades of curiosity about it, the Naruto Run and the weird, weird Internet, and what do you have?
A facebook meme page created a gag event, where the plan was to do a Naruto run into Area 51, storm it, and figure out what’s really going on at the military base. The goal? “To see them aliens”. With over six hundred thousand RSVPs, the event is now officially viral. The mad rush to the closed off premises is scheduled to take place in September. The plan? Meet up there, and battle ram the gates with their own bodies, swarming over the base - all at 3 am. This makes perfect sense, because as the page description says, the Naruto Run will make them all “move faster than bullets”.
Oh man. I love the internet.