"Storm Loch Ness" Campaign Joins Growing Number Of "Storm Area 51" Copycats
Perhaps all the mysteries of life will be solved by memes.
Following the viral Facebook campaign to Storm Area 51 (which is up to nearly 2 million people who've marked "going" or "interested," by the way), others have gotten it into their heads that the best way to find answers the world's best-known urban legends is to throw a crap-ton of people at them.
Earlier this week, we saw the first viral imitator of the Storm Area 51campaign, Storm the Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic Ocean that has been subject to several conspiracy theories due to the disappearances of ships and planes in the area. Event organizers Anthony Dominick Carnovale, James Jones and Matthew Hudson seem slightly more serious than the ones who started the Storm Area 51 campaign, promising that all proceeds generated from the "raid" will "go to cancer research and wild life foundation." Carnovale described the event as a "party" instead of an actual raid, and launched a GoFundMe to help create a safe atmosphere where people could rent boats and listen to live music.
Now people are "planning" on storming Loch Ness in Scotland. Like Area 51 and the Bermuda Triangle, Loch Ness has also been the subject to years of conspiracy theories, namely that there is a giant dinosaur-like creature in the Loch, known as the Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie" if you're cool.
While not as viral as "Storm Area 51," the event, created by California resident Bryan Richards, has quickly attracted over 25,000 interested people. Adopting the memespeak of the Storm Area 51 raid, Richards wrote in the description of the event, "The time is now for us to find dat big boi."
Also like "Storm Area 51," the "Storm Loch Ness" campaign is very dumb, but for different reasons: whereas storming Area 51 comes with the risk of getting shot by the U.S. military, storming Loch Ness is extremely easy, because it's a public lake. Gemma McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, told CNN, "There's really no need to 'storm' Loch Ness, given that it is open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year." McDonald also warned that the most dangerous part of Loch Ness isn't Nessie but rather the large waves and cold water, which could lead to capsizing and hypothermia.
These are only some of the most viral imitators of the Storm Area 51 campaign, as several campaigns with more niche subjects have begun spreading through the site. These include small campaigns like Leave Work and Storm the Beer Garden, They Can't Sack All of Us Storm Morrissey's House, Storm the NYSE, Storm the Ivy League School You Were Rejected From, Storm R Kelly's house. He can't pee on all of us!, and many others. As with the Area 51 raid, it's yet to be seen if anyone will be foolhardy enough to try any of these stunts, but it is nevertheless interesting to see people stumbling onto the potential power of mass organization through memes. Who knows? Maybe next we can storm the moon. The vast, unknowable universe can't stop all of us.