What is Area 51, where is it and what are the best memes about the event planning to storm it?

Arial view of Area 51 in Nevada
Have you signed up? (Picture: Google Earth/CBS)

Over 600,000 people have signed up to a Facebook event which plans to storm Area 51.

The event, titled Storm Area 51, they cant stop all of us is packed with memes aplenty and tongue-in-cheek comments.

It has also had the unintended consequence of prompting people to sign up in earnest, or create counter events to say how stupid the idea is.

So, what and where is Area 51, and what are the best memes weve saw over the last 24 hours? Take a seat.

What is Area 51?

Area 51 is a US Air Force facility which has been the inspiration for many conspiracy theories, particularly regarding alien life.

'Gateway to Area 51' statue in California
There are many references to Area 51 in popular culture, including this statue in California named Gateway to Area 51 (Picture: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty)

Some believe the base is home to a crashed UFO spacecraft and others believe the government uses it to study time travel.

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The US government has never confirmed its real purpose and it was only recognised as a military base in 2013 following a Freedom of Information request.

Why has a Facebook event been created about storming Area 51?

The Facebook event is a light-hearted joke, made evident by the fact that it is organised by meme page Shitposting cause im in shambles and Twitch star and gamer SmyleeKun.

The event description calls on attendees to Naruto run into the base, making reference to the title character of the Japanese anime series Naruto.

Naruto Running
The Naruto run in action (Picture: Naruto/TXN)

Naturo runs with his arms behind his back, but hes perhaps best known for being a common meme.

The creation of the event comes weeks after US senators were briefed about reported encounters between the US Navy and an unidentified aircraft.

Where is Area 51?

Area 51 is in the Nevada desert, approximately 80 miles north-west of Las Vegas.

Its classified as a Military Operating Area so most commuters travel there by plane and commercial and military flights cannot use the airspace above it.

Its safe to say its not massively easy to get into, even if you Naruto run.

Facebook event planning to storm area 51
The event had 130k attendees last week but has since grown massively (Picture: Metro)

What are the best memes about Area 51?

Overnight, the #Area51Memes came trickling in, and boy, they did not disappoint.

Some users joked about stealing UFOs:

Tryna figure out how to fly the UFO I stole from Area 51 pic.twitter.com/EBWkEg4dnw

— excademiks (@Jc59936424) July 13, 2019

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While others joked about stealing some high-tech get up

Me and the boys with our stolen alien technology from Area 51. pic.twitter.com/KHHFcZWHzw

— stol3n memes (@stol3nmemes) July 13, 2019

There were a lot of memes about what people would actually do when they meet the aliens:

Me when my alien says he forgot something back at the base and we need to go back. #Area51memes pic.twitter.com/TEXp9Hl1Lj

— Looks like silence (@LooksLykSilence)

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