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Area 51 Businesses Ready To Cash In On 'Storm' Event

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Area 51 Businesses Ready To Cash In On 'Storm' Event

In case you've been on another planet this month you'll have heard of the Facebook event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us." There's been an endless supply of memes as 1.9 million users took to the social media site to pledge their allegiance to the cause. Now businesses around the Nevada desert are jumping on the bandwagon to capitalise on its success.

Just a few of the Area 51 themed mugs available Credit: Getty Images
Just a few of the Area 51 themed mugs available Credit: Getty Images

The event description reads: "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let's see them aliens." We're hoping the majority of people who signed up to the event know it's all a huge joke, otherwise they could be shot dead.

A spokesperson for the US Air Force, Laura McAndrews, recently told The Independent: "[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.

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"The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."

Area 51 On Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps / Unsplash
Area 51 On Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps / Unsplash

If anyone actually decides to 'naruto run' their way to Area 51, they won't be short of places to buy alien merchandise. There's a convenience store named the 'Area 51 Alien Centre' which you can find along the US highway 95 in Amargosa Valley which sells bumper stickers and out of this world glasses. They decided to revamp their store after it became the meeting place for the impending storming of the mysterious site.

If you wanted to stay the night near Area 51 then you could stay in the 'Little A'Le'Inn' which 'welcomes Earthlings' with open arms (or tentacles). Unfortunately, Connie West who co-owns the inn says she fully booked up on the day of the event.

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Don't' be disheartened though, she has 30 acres of land available for camping which she charges just $15 a night. Despite the real fear that potential stormers may be decapitated by the army on arrival, Connie wants the raid to go ahead: "Bring it!" West told NPR.

"It will be an experience. We'll figure out how to deal with it or we won't."

The idea of storming Area 51 isn't a new one as journalist, Louis Theroux was quick to point out.

Theroux tweeted: "I visited Area 51 back in 1997. Just sayin'."

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That's a reference to an episode of season one of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, during which a pretty fresh-faced Theroux investigated the phenomenon of UFOs and aliens. Unfortunately, the powers that be came down om Louis before he could get in and asked him to stop throwing rocks into the area.

So, if you do decide to go ahead with the ridiculous Facebook group and get annihilated by the US Army, at least you can die happy clutching your Area 51 mug.

Featured Image Credit: David Becker/Getty Images

Topics: UFO, Area 51, World News, army, Funny, Interesting, Facebook, Aliens, US Entertainment

Mark Cunliffe
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