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Why the joke Facebook page calling for people to storm Area 51 went viral

More than a million people have actually RSVP’d – and the military have issued a serious response.
‘Let’s see them aliens’ … a tourist attraction at a gas station near Area 51 in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, US. Photograph: Ben Wenz/EPA

The truth is out there, and there are grand plans to find it. As of Monday, 1.1 million people had RSVP’d to a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All ofthe event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.” If you have never seen the popular internet memes of “naruto running”, you have time to track one down: the daring ambush is scheduled for 3am on 20 September.

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