More than 400,000 people have joined a Facebook event planning to 'storm' a supposed UFO hotspot

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  • Over 450,000 people want to know what's really the deal with Area 51.
  • They're all members of a Facebook group created with the intention to "storm" Area 51 and "see them aliens."
  • Located in Nevada, Area 51 has long fuelled conspiracy theories and rumors about aliens and UFOs.
  • The group plans to do a "Naruto Run" - arms back, head forward, and very, very fast - in a nod to the popular anime.
  • The "storm," which is probably a joke, is planned for September 20 - so jot that down.
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If you've ever had the vague suspicion we're not alone in the universe, you're not alone. In fact, you're joined by about 450,000 other people who plan to raid Area 51 this summer for evidence of alien life forms.

For decades, Area 51, which is located in Lincoln County, Nevada, has been shrouded in mystery and tied to conspiracy theories. People have long associated it with aliens and UFOs, in particular.
The US Airforce also has a highly classified base in the area, which has only served to fuel the UFO speculation. The US government first acknowledged the base in 2013.

The event, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," is scheduled for September 20 and is an "X-Files" fan's dream come true.

"We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry," the event description says.

The group plans to "Naruto Run" into the restricted government area so that they "move faster than their bullets." To be clear, a "Naruto Run" is named for the popular anime and means to run very, very fast with arms pushed back and torso forward.

To be clear, it seems that the event may be a joke, and even supposed attendees acknowledge that. In one comment detailing an elaborate "game plan," the event's poster concludes by addressing the "government" directly.

"Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan," the person wrote. "I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet."

But, honestly, the supposed raid has prompted some pretty funny memes on Twitter.