It looks like the notorious “Storm the Area 51” flashmob has a worthy successor. More than 19,000 people have reportedly signed up for an event to storm the Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious part of the Atlantic northeast of Cuba, rumoured to be swallowing ships and even airplanes. A further 25,000 people are listed as “interested.”
Mirroring the Area 51 event’s sentiment that “the guards can’t shoot all of us,” the new event’s organiser, Anthony Carnovale, says the mysterious place “can’t swallow all of us.”
Scheduled for 1 October, the event even has its own crowdfunding page, as Carnovale seeks to raise some $175,000 to “provide boats and scuba gear” for the attendees. If the campaign fails, Carnovale has vowed to return the money. So far, it has only raised $85.
If successful, Carnovale promises to throw in a party with “live music, entertainment, and a beach party.”
Carnovale’s event comes after a similar Facebook group went viral, with more than one million people signing up for a “raid” on the mysterious Area 51 located in Nevada, where the US military is rumoured to keep all the space aliens captured during the last century. Officially, Area 51 is an Air Force training base, and some reports indicate that it is a former nuclear weapons testing area.
The Area 51 event was eventually noticed by the US military, and the Air Force issued an official warning earlier this month, discouraging people from trying to enter the classified base and reminding them that any intrusion could be met with force.
The event’s creator, Matty Roberts, says he is now terrified that the FBI will come knocking on his door.
“I posted it on like June 27th and it was kind of a joke. And then it waited for like three days, like 40 people, and then it just completely took off, out of nowhere. It’s pretty wild,” he said, according to The New York Times. “The FBI is going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.”
The Bermuda triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared. There are several possible explanations for this, but mostly it is put down to the area's violent weather patterns. Almost every major hurricane, including Katrina, Irma, and Florence originated from the region.