The organisers of one alien-themed party went their separate ways last week, leading to accusations of secrecy and poor planning.

A wildly popular Facebook joke about "storming" Area 51 inspired plans for an enormous alien-themed party in the Nevada desert. Now there are three events in the works, including one in Las Vegas sponsored by Bud Light.

The aliens, if they're watching, probably have some questions for humanity. You might, too, so here's a closer look at what's happening.

The joke

There's not much to it: In late June, Matty Roberts, a college student, created an event on Facebook called


The drama


A party of the third kind