600,000+ people have signed up to storm Area 51

When it comes to mysteries, Area 51 is commonly regarded as the conspiracy theorist's Mecca. For decades, this air force base in the wastelands of Nevada has been a hotbed for rumors of extraterrestrials, secret mind control programs, and clandestine surveillance technology.

And through TV shows like The X-Files, the black site has captured the public's imagination and is now synonymous with UFO's, aliens, the Men in Black, and science gone wrong.

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Bearing all the above in mind, it's perhaps no surprise that many people around the world are desperate to infiltrate the highly-guarded site and find out exactly what the US military has there under lock and key. Are there dead Martians lying in cold storage? Are they experimenting on humans? Or is the real answer something far more mundane.

Now, a group of over 613,000 people (as of this writing) have signed up to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51; storming the barricades in an attempt to unearth evidence of alien activity.

The event, which is entitled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," is a tongue-in-cheek invitation to get people to run towards Area 51 en masse, and overwhelm the guards through sheer force of numbers.

The event page states simply: "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let's see them aliens. [sic]" The intended date of the 'invasion' is currently scheduled for Friday, 20 September, 2019, between the hours of 3:00-6:00 PDT.

The official story explaining the secrecy surrounding Area 51 is that the Air Force wanted to keep the development of their then-experimental Lockheed U-2 strategic reconnaissance aircraft under wraps.

Of course, I know the real reason why Area 51 exists. Shall I tell you? Okay, here goes. Area 51 exists to distract you from the really secret stuff going on in Area 52 ...