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The "Storm Area 51" event is the best thing on the internet and we have the memes to prove it.

If you were mindlessly sifting through social media over the weekend, you would have noticed an… unusual theme.

One that likely made you feel as though you’d missed a huge news story, or the release of a groundbreaking Netflix documentary.

Yes, Facebook this weekend took a turn for the intergalactic, featuring none other than a hefty dose of alien-related content.

Specifically aliens captured from Area 51 thanks to the greatest use of the platform in the history of social media.

A satirical plan to “storm Area 51”, the highly-secure government facility that is best known to the public as a hub of alien conspiracy theories, popped up in our Facebook event pages on Friday, with more than a million people from around the world pledging to ‘attend’ the event.

The event, which casually suggests we “all meet up” at Area 51 and “storm” the facility because “they can’t stop all of us”, has birthed a growing series of Area 51 memes, hilarious tweets, and ridiculous plans of attack.

It’s by far our favourite thing on the internet right now.

See you there. Image: Facebook.

Should the event go according to plan, more than a million strangers will gather in a remote Nevada town in mid-September, united by a common goal: to raid the military base in the early hours of the morning all with the endgame of revealing – and potentially capturing – extraterrestrial treasures stashed within.

Yep.

"We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry," the comically brief description reads.

"If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens."

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(By the way – "Naruto run" is the practice of running with your body bent forward with your arms stretched behind your back so you run faster.)

If we've lost you completely and you're wondering what the hell Area 51 even is, let us explain.

What is Area 51?

Area 51 has long been a source of public intrigue, particularly because for decades, Americans were led to believe that the military facility didn’t exist at all.

In 2013, however, the CIA confirmed its existence, which confirmed suspicions that it is definitely, 100 per cent, without a doubt where ~alien research~ is conducted.

While the 2013 report described it as merely an aircraft testing base, in 2017, the Pentagon confirmed a $22 million government program was launched to study “anomalous aerospace threats” –also known as UFOs – at the base, as reported by the The Washington Post. Enter all the wannabe agent Scully and Mulders out there.

So what exactly is going on behind the walls of Area 51?

Look, we commonfolk don't know what to believe, which is why we'd very much like to storm it. (But we won't, any US government officials reading this, we promise).

Due to the facility's eerie reputation, the area surrounding it has become a popular tourist destination, complete with alien-themed motels, museums and restaurants.

But as you near the base it all becomes less novel, with stern warning signs indicating they could be fined, jailed or subject to “deadly force” for trespassing and taking photos.

Yikes.

What will happen if it does get "stormed"?

You probably won't walk away with a new alien friend as the memes suggests, and probably will face a bloody end that you won't be able to outrun – Naruto-style or not.

Speaking with The Washington Post on Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said officials were aware of the "storm area 51" Facebook event gaining traction, but when asked how authorities would respond, McAndrews said she could not disclose security measures.

She did, however, issue a pretty telling warning to those wanting to give it a crack.

“[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.”

So... if you were seriously considering booking yourself a flight to Nevada, we would advise against it. We don't predict a fun end to the holiday.

But hey, we know what you really came here for, and that's tweets and memes of the ridiculous variety, so without further ado – from Real Housewives references to a glimpse into how our lives would look with the injection of new alien buddies – here they are:

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Oh, and if you're still considering the trip to Area 51, you might bump into Chuck Norris and Keanu Reeves:

Might be worth it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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