All right all you tinfoil hat wearers, these Area 51 memes might be going a little too far.
Local CBS affiliate 8 News NOW Las Vegas recently released a report on how the parody Facebook event is becoming much bigger than anticipated. That’s not to say that it’s no fun at all to imagine Naruto running at a U.S. Air Force base and potentially stealing a little alien buddy, but things are starting to get a little too real.
The segment includes interviews with locals from Rachel, Nevada, a town close to the military base, who are predicting major traffic jams and influxes in their business. A motel called the “Little Áléinn” is booked solid around the September 20 event date. Joerg Arnu, who runs an Area 51 research website, also says his web traffic has increased from 500 hits a day, to around 3,000.
An exclusive interview with Matty Roberts, the creator of the “Storm Area 51” Facebook page, said that since the event has blown up, he was a little worried.
“I was just like, the FBI is gonna show up to my house, and it got a little spooky from there.”