A Facebook "sh*tpost" meant to troll the US government and alien conspiracy theorists alike has morphed into a massive ordeal with the government promising violence against anyone who takes it seriously. The post is a fake event created by a known trolling page, which is encouraging attendees to "storm" Area 51 in Nevada to find the true purpose behind the secretive military installment or rather, "see them aliens." As of Monday morning, over 1,000,000 Facebook users have signed up as attending.
The hilarious nature of the post caused it to skyrocket in popularity, and to those who appreciate good humor, this is a close rival to the group who promised to travel to the edge of the earth to prove it is flat.
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
To those who may be unaware, Naruto Run refers to the running style of Naruto Uzumaki, the hero in the Japanese anime series Naruto. In this running style, Naruto is depicted sprinting with his hands behind him and his head tilted forward to decrease wind resistance. It doesn't work, but the hilarious vision of hundreds of thousands of people Naruto running toward Area 51 is utterly epic.
Ok guys, i feel like we need to formulate a game plan, Ive put together this easy to follow diagram here for a proposed plan.
The basic idea is that the Kyles form the front line, if we feed them enough psilocybin and monster energy and say that anyone in camoflague is their step dad, and the entire base is made of drywall then they will go beserk and become an impenetrable wall.
Then the Rock Throwers will throw pebbles at the inevitable resistance (we dont want to hurt them, we just want to annoy them enough to not shoot the kyles as often)
While this is all happening, the two naruto runner battallions will run full speed around the north and south flank, and shadow clone jutsu, effectively trippling our numbers, and overwhelm the base (red circle).
Just to be entirely clear on the event's intentions, the author of the post, Jackson Barnes wrote the following disclaimer:
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P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.
Despite the clear joking nature of the post, there are hundreds of comments from people who really think that people are going to storm the base.
"You people are stupid if you think you can outrun the military's bullets," one comment read. "Bullets travel at supersonic speed and will go through your dumb bodies, no matter how fast you can run."
While the commenter above may be experiencing his first day on the internet, the US government has apparently taken the bait as well and has issued a warning of government violence to anyone thinking of Naruto running toward them.
As the Washington Post reported, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said officials were aware of the event. When asked how authorities would respond to ardent explorers who might attempt to enter Area 51 in September, McAndrews said she could not elaborate on specific plans or security procedures at the base.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
And there you have it. A literal sh*tpost on Facebook about storming area 51, clearly designed to troll, has morphed into actual chest pumping from the US Air Force. This is the internet -- and government -- in 2019.