How a viral quest to ‘see them aliens’ at Area 51 spiraled from a joke to a potential ‘Fyre Festival 2.0’

For a few brief, if glorious, months this year, it seemed there would finally be an answer to a question plaguing hundreds, if not thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people: Are there aliens at Area 51? And if so, can we see them?

It all started with the viral Facebook event, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The event’s description seemingly indicated that it was all a joke.

“We will all meet up in Rural Nevada and coordinate our parties,” it says. “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

(A “Naruto run,” for the uninitiated, refers to the popular anime, in which a person runs very fast with their torso forward, and arms back.)

But as the event, which was initially supposed to take place on September 20, grew in popularity, concerns began to mount. Here’s a timeline of the controversial event which nearly spiraled into a disaster of Frye Festival proportions.

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