If you religiously follow social media meme pages, I’m sure you’ve come across an avalanche of Area 51 memes. The latest memes talk about “storming Area 51” and freeing the “aliens”. What started as a Facebook joke, is now trending everywhere. UFO enthusiasts constantly post about it on popular social network handles.

WHAT AND WHERE IS AREA 51?

Area 51 is a US military base located in Nevada. Conspiracy theorists believe that a UFO with an alien species crashed in Nevada. Speculations have risen that the US forces have been trying to hide this from the public. People believe it is not really a military base, but is instead a facility where aliens are kept. They think multi-dimensional experiments are also conducted. It is extremely secretive and there is hardly any information about it. Nobody knows why it is even called “Area 51”. The public is completely kept in the dark about the purpose of this secluded base. It’s no wonder that conspiracy theories are weaved around the almost mythical status of Area 51.

SO WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

After a facebook event to raid Area 51 was created as a joke, almost 1.2 million people have signed up to storm the base. The purpose is to “see them aliens”. Referencing the popular Japanese manga character Naruto, it is drawing more attention. It claims that if they run ‘Naruto-style’, they can dodge the bullets and enter the place. These jokes have inspired a lot of memes on social media and it is all people can talk about.

MEMES SURROUNDING AREA 51

Here are a couple of examples of the memes inspired by the plan to raid and free the aliens:

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From The Tab
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Taken from Know Your Meme
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From The Mercury News

ACTION TAKEN BY THE US GOVERNMENT

Although the person who first created the event is admitting that it is simply a joke to get more likes on social media, government officials are not taking it lightly. A spokesperson is saying Area 51 is a testing ground for the armed US Air Forces. They are also discouraging anyone from coming near the facility. This ensures that no one is harmed during the tests and practice sessions that are conducted there.