What started off as a flippant joke has taken on a life of its own as people began to sign up to “Storm Area 51” in their hundreds of thousands, sharing memes and vowing to “check out those alien cheeks.”

The Facebook event now has 1.2 million people 'attending' the showdown, scheduled for September 20th, and even the U.S. military has come out to warn against it. “Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said to The Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Sounds ominous, doesn't it? The warning prompted one poster to reassure the government that they aren't serious, although they would say that, wouldn't they? “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan,” they wrote. “I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.”

Well, as you can see yourself from the list below, it has already succeeded in that respect! Scroll down to check some of the best memes and reactions, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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NanZ 4 months ago

Now that's funny!

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Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. Officially, the facility is called Homey Airport or Groom Lake, named after the salt flat situated next to its airfield.

Although details of the facility's operations are not publicly known, based on historical evidence, it is most likely a training range that supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The USAF acquired the site in 1955, primarily for flight testing the Lockheed U-2 aircraft.

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Kjorn 4 months ago

best 3 words… Don't have kids

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Xavier Wescott 4 months ago

I laughed out loud at this.

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The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.

The base has never been declared a secret base, but all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information.

The CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time on 25 June 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2005, and they declassified documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.

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logical fallacy 4 months ago

Do you really want to be probed tho?

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wwon91 4 months ago

this is the best one for me so far

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Area 51 is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (134 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. The surrounding area is a popular tourist destination, including the small town of Rachel, Nevada on the "Extraterrestrial Highway".

The perimeter of the base is marked out by orange posts and patrolled by guards in white pickup trucks and camouflage fatigues. The guards are popularly referred to as “camo dudes” by enthusiasts. Signage around the base perimeter advises that deadly force is authorized against trespassers.

Technology is also heavily used to maintain the border of the base; this includes surveillance cameras and motion detectors. Some of these motion detectors are placed some distance away from the base on public land to notify guards of people approaching.

Source: Wikipedia

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Clara Marinic 4 months ago

I'm dying hahahahaha

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Chancey 4 months ago

I laughed so hard at this!!!

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Jocelyn 4 months ago

Dammit.. never should have let those fuckers out

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ADHORTATOR 4 months ago

serious question

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athornedrose 4 months ago

i think about that sometimes. wouldn't it be better to build the hype in one place and storing everything on the opposite end of the country

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logical fallacy 4 months ago

"I shall call him Venom and he shall be mine and he shall be my Venom" -famous last words

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Xavier Wescott 4 months ago

This one made me giggle so hard!

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Nikki D 4 months ago

Good point!

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AloofFox 4 months ago

Ah dear...

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Isle_of_stressed_pilots 4 months ago

12 is that rational voice inside your head

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Jason Doakes 4 months ago

300'000'000people minus 200'000people, not even a dent

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Freya the Wanderer 4 months ago

Didn't this show predict the election of President [sic] Donald Trump?

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Laura Zappenduster 4 months ago

Imagine how tiny this one would be :D

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wwon91 4 months ago

here would be a reason- the strips and casinos

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MsM 4 months ago

Chillin out maxin relaxin all cool

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My O My 4 months ago

That sums it up pretty well

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Xavier Wescott 4 months ago

this scene was the best in the movie.

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Jocelyn 4 months ago

"His name was Kyle"

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AloofFox 4 months ago

Come on... where r they??

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Zenozenobee 4 months ago

why anyone would actually leave home or hair dresser while dying her/his hair?

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Sadie Jayne 4 months ago

Aliens aside, I really love this guys mustache!!!

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Xavier Wescott 4 months ago

I look at this picture and imagine them all saying "REEEEE!"

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Olga Antonova 4 months ago

Let my people go!

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earringnut 4 months ago

PSA for newly freed aliens: do not trust the humans with facial tattoos. Do not engage with them. Slowly and calmly run away from them as quickly as possible.

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