Half a million sign up to raid Area 51 and 'see them aliens'

Half a million people have signed up to “storm” a US military base that conspiracy theorists say holds alien technology.

The event is called Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All Of Us and says: “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.”

Naruto run is the unique running style of Naruto Uzumaki, the star of the Japanese anime series Naruto who sprints with his arms stretched behind him.

The event, set for 20 September, is likely a joke. Its creator is best-known for posting memes and streaming content on Twitch, a live streaming platform for gamers, according to comicbook.com.

Image: Let’s raid Area 51 and ‘see them aliens’, the post says

According to US media, the Air Force is aware of the Facebook post but is not commenting further.

Area 51 is about 150 miles from Las Vegas, it is not open to the public and is under 24-hour surveillance.

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The remote 4,000-square-mile patch of desert was first used for the development of U2 spy planes in the 1950s.

That programme finished after the U2 was put into service around 1956 and the base has since been used for testing other military aircraft.

Nevada Governor Bob Miller presides over the unveiling of a new road sign for Nevada State Highway 375 in Rachel, about 150 miles north of Las Vegas. 1996

Image: In 1996 the highway near Area 51 was named after the numerous claims of UFO sightings that have made it famous

Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) File Photo near Rachel, Nevada, 2004

Image: Anyone who shows up should be more worried about the desert than the guards

But conspiracy theorists say the site has also been used to store remains of crashed UFOs and other alien technology.

The US government’s official line is that what happens at Area 51 is classified for the purpose of national security.

But that and the fact that they only acknowledged the base’s existence in 2013 has only fuelled the speculation.

Peter Merlin, a US aerospace historian who has written extensively about Area 51, told NBC News that the facility is “strictly a place for testing and evaluating aircraft and associated weapons systems”.

He also said that anyone who shows up on 20 September may find themselves more at risk from the unforgiving desert terrain rather than the bullets of those who guard the facility.

“The security guards could just sit back and wait,” he said. “They don’t have to do anything if they don’t want to. The desert will take care of these people.”

Brazil's Israel embassy ridiculed for trying to hide non-kosher lobster

The Brazilian embassy in Israel has been ridiculed for badly censoring a picture that appears to show non-kosher shellfish.

The diplomatic outpost was mocked on social media for obscuring the dish, eaten by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

He appeared to be tucking into some lobster with the country’s ambassador in Tel Aviv.

But their plates were obscured by two smudged black crosses, only partially covering the food, which is not kosher and therefore not eaten by most Jews.

Social media users smelled something fishy, one posting: “They censored the food to hide that they were having lobster for lunch.”

Another wrote: “That’s some really lazy photoshopping of the lobster.”

“So what’s for lunch, fellas?” a third asked.

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One user mocked-up smiley face-shaped plates of food over the shellfish.

Mr Bolsonaro and the ambassador, Yossi Shelley, had been dining just before going to watch Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru in the Copa America football tournament.

“They will accompany the game, wishing luck to the Brazilian team in search of another title,” a translated version of the tweet reads. “Go Brazil!”

Mr Shelley has so far not commented on the picture.

'A scarecrow… a Smurfette': Melania statue unveiled near hometown

A life-size wooden statue of US first lady Melania Trump has been unveiled in her birth country of Slovenia, but not everyone is pleased with it.

The sculpture was erected next to the Sava River in the village of Rozno, around 8km from Mrs Trump’s hometown of Sevnica.

It was commissioned by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, and sculpted with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc.

Image: The likeness is questionable to that of the first lady

Mr Downey already has an exhibition in the capital Ljubljana, which explores the first lady’s Slovenian heritage, and this new piece serves as an accompaniment to it.

Although the statue is dressed in the pale blue wraparound coat that Mrs Trump wore at her husband’s inauguration as US president, it appears to show very little likeness to the first lady – promoting some criticism from locals.

One resident said: “It doesn’t look anything like Melania… It’s a Smurfette.”

Another said: “It’s not okay. It’s a disgrace. That’s what I have to say.”

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Others on social media branded it “a scarecrow”.

Even Mr Downey’s gallery appeared unsure how to interpret the wooden FLOTUS when issuing a leaflet for the gallery.

“Perhaps we are simply trying vigorously to make sense of things that might only be a slapstick prank… who knows?” it read.

A picture taken on July 5, 2019 shows what conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc claims is the first ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near town of Sevnica, US First Ladys hometown. - After Melania cake, Melania honey, and even Melania slippers, the Slovenian hometown of the US's first lady will now boast a statue of its most famous daughter -- albeit one which has faced decidedly mixed reviews. The life-size statue on the outskirts of Sevnica was inaugurated on July 5, 2019. (Photo by Jure Makovec / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: Melania Trump is originally from Slovenia

But Mr Downey defended his art work, insisting it was “absolutely beautiful”.

He said he wanted to “have a dialogue with my country’s political situation” and show Mrs Trump’s status as an immigrant who is married to a man who has pledged to reduce immigration in the US.

Mr Zupevc, the sculptor, was born in the same hospital and in the same month as the first lady and works mostly as a pipe-layer.

It is dressed in Melania's inauguration outfit

Image: It is dressed in Melania’s inauguration outfit

As part of a short film for the exhibition, Mr Zupevc highlights the inequalities between them, saying: “Let’s face it, she owns half of America, while I have nothing.”

A picture taken on July 5, 2019 shows what conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc claims is the first ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near town of Sevnica, US First Ladys hometown. - After Melania cake, Melania honey, and even Melania slippers, the Slovenian hometown of the US's first lady will now boast a statue of its most famous daughter -- albeit one which has faced decidedly mixed reviews. The life-size statue on the outskirts of Sevnica was inaugurated on July 5, 2019. (Photo by Jure Makovec / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: The statue forms part of an exhibition about the first lady

Chinese city to clamp down on 'Beijing bikinis'

Chinese men have been banned from sporting so-called “Beijing bikinis” after they were deemed “uncivilised” by authorities in the city of Jinan.

Each summer men across China roll their T-shirts up above their stomachs as cities swelter in the heat.

The cooling method is said to be based on a theory in traditional Chinese medicine, where exposing one’s midriff helps air out of the warm “chi” energy around the internal organs.

But authorities in Jinan, a city of around 8.7 million people in Shandong province, have ordered people not to adapt their tops into Beijing bikinis.

The notice also states that members of the public should not remove their shirts while outside.

Jinan authorities made the demand as temperatures rose to a sweltering 36C (96F) in the city this week.

Politicians are aiming to rectify such “uncivilised behaviour” with, according to the notice, people in the city complaining about the “uncivilised phenomenon”.

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The ruling, which is aimed at improving the image of the city, also targets public bickering, jumping queues, littering and “uncivilised dog walking”.

The order has attracted a backlash from social media users, with one person commenting: “Being shirtless cuts more carbon emissions than turning on AC (air conditioning).”

Another added: “Let the old people be free.”

A man was fined around $7 (£5.60) for shopping shirtless in a supermarket in the coastal city of Tianjin near Beijing in May.

The city introduced a regulation banning going topless earlier this year.

Man who repeatedly blocked women's toilets jailed

A US man has been jailed for 150 days and given three years’ probation for deliberately blocking women’s toilets.

Around a dozen incidents dating back to April 2017 were investigated by police in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Patrick D Beeman, 26, apologised for his crimes and in a statement read during Monday’s sentencing said: “I need to make things right and pray forgiveness every day.”

He told police he has urges to do strange things, such as look for plastic bottles to put in the loo, reported the Sheboygan Press.

It said Beeman was apprehended when a job agency told police of several toilet-blocking incidents at places where he worked.

Beeman was convicted of five counts of criminal damage and the judge decided on a tougher custodial sentence than prosecutors had requested.

He was also ordered to pay $5,500 (£4,354) and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

YouTuber buys town and renames it Gay Hell

A YouTuber has bought the small Michigan town of Hell – and renamed it Gay Hell.

Elijah Daniel, 25, said he bought it as an act of rebellion against the Trump administration rejecting requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow flag during Pride Month.

Announcing the stunt on Twitter, he joked the only flags allowed to fly in his town were pride flags.

“Gay Hell, Mi has everything. A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell, and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!” he said.

When asked about the name of the town, which reportedly has just dozens of residents, Mr Daniels told Sky News it “literally was perfect”.

“When I found out it was for sale, I was like oh s***, I’ve gotta buy this now,” he said.

Mr Daniel, who has nearly 600,000 YouTube subscribers, is openly gay and got engaged to his partner, Sam, in January.

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The prankster became the temporary mayor of Hell in 2017 and ‘outlawed’ heterosexuality, saying he would establish “new vetting measures to keep radical heterosexuals out of our town”.

He wrote on Twitter: “If Donald Trump, a REALITY STAR can be our president there’s no reason why I can’t be a politician.”

Mr Daniel told Sky News he was “trying to find the easiest political office to hold” and found he was able to become the mayor of a town, as long as it was small.

“I contacted like 50 towns and all of them were like ‘no, you’re not allowed to be our mayor’ and then I hit up Hell and they were like ‘absolutely’,” he said.

The 2017 stunt was intended to mock President Trump’s treatment of Muslims.

Mr Daniel’s latest prank has been trending on Twitter and a number of users have posted photos standing next to the town’s sign.

One couple posted a photo of themselves next to the town’s love locks and wrote: “Our gay love and legal marriage is forever cemented on the gates of Hell. It’s what @s8n would want.”

Makeup expert and YouTuber Jeffree Star said he would be keen to own a home in Gay Hell.

He tweeted: “As a part time Michigan resident myself, I’d love to buy some land in Gay Hell! A cute pink mansion on a hill, nothing too fancy?”

Awsten Knight, the singer of rock band Waterparks, also tweeted: “I WANNA GO TO GAY HELL WITH MY FRIENDS”.

Mr Daniel said the reaction has been mostly positive and most people understand that it is “just a fun joke”.

This is not the first time Elijah Daniel has pranked the US leader.

In 2016, he wrote a 10-page erotic novella featuring the president titled Trump Temptation: The Billionaire & The Bellboy.

Asked if President Trump was banned from his town, Mr Daniel said he was “not sure” he could legally do that, but had “definitely tweeted it”.

Boy, 4, secretly drives great-grandpa's car on mission for sweets

Children will often do anything for sweets, but one American boy has taken his desire for confectionery to the extreme.

Jenna Swenson’s four-year-old son Sebastian stole his great-grandfather’s keys, jumped into his SUV and drove more than a mile during rush-hour to a petrol station in the hope of picking up something sweet.

Instead, he was greeted by police – much to his family’s relief.

Image: The young boy is barely able to see over the steering wheel. PIic: Fox News

Ms Swenson described the thoughts which went through her head during the escapade.

She told Fox News: “Panic, anxiety… A little of almost all the emotions going on…trying to calculate what happened.”

No one was hurt, but the car and some mailboxes were damaged in Blaine, Minnesota. The young driver also had a small bump with a tree, leaving behind a part of the car’s front bumper in a neighbour’s garden.

On Tuesday morning at around 8.30am, Sebastian climbed on to his great-grandfather Roy Becker’s walker, similar to a zimmer frame, to reach the car keys which were hanging high on a wall.

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The four-year-old appeared to have a good working knowledge of how a Hyundai Santa Fe works, with Mr Walker commenting: “He watches everything people do and he’ll repeat it.”

The car was damaged. PIC: Fox News

Image: The car was damaged in the incident. Pic: Fox News

Despite barely being able to see over the steering wheel, Sebastian reversed out of the driveway, drove through a number of winding residential streets before making a left turn onto the busy, four-lane University Avenue.

Witnesses reported they saw the SUV driving erratically at speeds up to 15mph before pulling into the car park of a petrol station.

“I’ve never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle,” said Blaine police captain Mark Boerboom.

Car keys will now be locked to stock Sebastian reaching them. PIC: Fox News

Image: The vehicle’s keys will now be locked away to stop Sebastian reaching them. Pic: Fox News

Mr Becker said: “It could’ve been very serious. He could’ve hit a car. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. We could be talking about a funeral.”

Sebastian’s shocked family will now keep their car keys locked away.

Ice cream wars: Trucks seized for evading millions in fines

New York City investigators have seized 46 ice cream trucks after their owner was accused of evading more than $4.5m (£3.55m) in fines since 2009.

Operation Meltdown targeted the operators of New York Ice Cream for allegedly violating thousands of traffic safety laws such as running red lights, parking near fire hydrants, and blocking pedestrian crossings.

Between 2009 and 2017 the vans accrued 22,000 tickets, but the owner Dimitrios Tsirkos avoided paying any fines by creating dozens of “shell” companies.

When the authorities tried to seize the vehicles for nonpayment, he allegedly dissolved the business and re-registered the vehicles under the names of newly formed companies.

Image: One of the vans is put onto a low loader

The 46 vehicles seized each owe at least $10,000 (£7,884) in tickets, but the city’s Sheriff’s Office said at least 90 vehicles have unpaid summonses.

Mr Tsirkos has been accused of being involved in the unsavoury side of the ice cream business on more than one occasion.

He has been entangled in a long-running dispute with the Mister Softee ice cream company which began in 2013 when he opened a business called Master Softee, using a nearly identical logo on their trucks.

Mister Softee was been involved in a 'turf war' with New York ice Cream

Image: Mister Softee was been involved in a ‘turf war’ with New York ice Cream

A court ruled against Mr Tsirkos in 2016, but since then his New York Ice Cream and Mister Softee have been engaged in what one investigator likened to a “mafia turf war” with drivers using intimidation to try to carve out the sweetest spots on the streets of the Big Apple.

Baby on board! Woman gives birth in the back of an Uber

“Helped me give birth” is not one of the feedback options available after a passenger finishes a ride in an Uber – but perhaps it should be.

Uber driver Krunal Shukla, originally from Gujarat, India, had a surprise extra passenger when he picked up a heavily pregnant woman, her father and younger sister from a home in east London with their destination set as St Thomas’ Hospital.

After just a few minutes in the car, Ada Luguterah realised her baby was not going to wait.

“We thought we had time but a few minutes later it was contractions and the baby was coming straight away,” Mrs Luguterah told Sky News.

The baby’s mother explained: “[The driver] had to call the ambulance and my sister had to catch the baby in the back seat of the Uber!”

Laughing, she added: “At the time same time, we were worrying about the fact that we were going to mess the car up.”

Mr Shukla took control of the situation, pulling over in Amersham Road, New Cross, at around 1.30am on Friday morning and calling for an ambulance.

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Image: Driver Krunal Shukla was described as ‘so supportive’ by Ada Luguterah, who gave birth in the back of his taxi. Pic: Krunal Shukla

In the few minutes the ambulance took to get there, Mr Shukla’s fourth passenger had already arrived.

Praising the Uber driver, Mrs Luguterah said he was “so supportive” and “really good”, adding that “he made the whole thing so much easier”.

Mr Shukla told Sky News if he knew she was so close to giving birth he would have ensured she had taken an ambulance rather than his taxi.

“I thought it was just for a routine check-up,” he said, but explained that after a few minutes his passenger began to shout “the baby is coming now!”

“I was so shocked,” he said.

Mrs Luguterah, 34, who also has a four-year-old son, said: “That was the last thing I ever thought in my life that was going to happen. Things like that happen in the movies, in One Born Every Minute [a TV show about a maternity hospital], but it doesn’t happen to normal humans like us!”

The baby boy does not have a name yet, but one of Mrs Luguterah’s siblings suggested he be called Uber.

The baby came more than a week early and Mrs Luguterah had not been expecting to give birth that night, saying she had gone to work at the bank as usual, come home and gone to sleep before the baby decided to come early.

She was with her father and younger sister in the car, but wishes her mother had been with them, saying: “Mum would have had experience and known what to do. Dad has never had the privilege to be there with his children [when they were born]… and my sister has never seen a child being born until she had to catch one for the first time.

Uber customers have apparently wanted a quiet option for a while

Image: The Uber driver was given a five-star rating by his unusual passenger

“It was a good quick lesson for everyone involved, including the poor Uber driver. Oh my gosh, he was the sane one among everyone. He was never thinking about his car at all.”

Mr Shukla helped direct the ambulance to them and followed the instructions down the phone to try to help, including trying to find blankets.

The Uber driver did not have any – but resourcefully remembered he had some brand new cotton clothes in his boot from a £1 shop that he was intending to use to clean his car. He also put the heater on to keep the baby warm when he arrived.

He said: “I was worried for them and then suddenly I can see the baby come!”

Reflecting on the unusual events, Mr Shukla said: “I think there is a message for the whole world. There is a lot of bad but… look at this woman… we must respect our mothers.”

Speaking of his role, he said simply: “It was my duty as a human. She is a brave mum.”

The pair spoke later on Friday, with the mother thanking the driver for his help and promising to get back in touch in a few months time to let him know how the family are getting on.

And, if you’re wondering, Mrs Luguterah gave Mr Shukla a five-star rating on the app – and Uber waived the cleaning fee for the back seat.

An Uber spokesperson said: “We are delighted that Ada and her baby are doing well. Krunal remained calm under pressure throughout the journey.

“Uber is proud to play a small part in helping this new family when they needed a quick, safe and reliable ride the most.”

Huge rock size of a building makes 8ft crater in road

A huge rockslide containing a boulder the size of a building has fallen into a major road in Colorado, blocking all traffic.

The road was closed indefinitely after one particular rock left an eight-foot crater in the ground, Colorado Department of Transportation said.

No injuries were reported.

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and the department said the rockslide occurred on Highway 145, about 10 miles (16km) north of Dolores, and that crews were working to clear the road.

Huge Rockslide Sparks Indefinite Closure of Colorado Highway
Huge Rockslide Sparks Indefinite Closure of Colorado Highway
Huge Rockslide Sparks Indefinite Closure of Colorado Highway
Huge Rockslide Sparks Indefinite Closure of Colorado Highway

They said they expected the highway to be completely closed in both directions for about 48 hours.

“The Sheriff is asking for your cooperation in avoiding the area so crews may concentrate on clearing the debris,” they said.