More and more people started sending out invites, and soon Weusthuis' address and willingness to party was being broadcast to the entire world as effectively as if she was running Andrew W.K.'s Twitter account. Within a week, 30,000 invitations had been sent out for the once-teeny 16th birthday celebration, with pre-partiers setting up a party-related Twitter and website and even producing several unofficial party trailers. Look, it's the Netherlands, OK? There's not much else to do there.
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This tulip's blog gets over 30,000 hits per day.
The hour of the party neared, and revelry-hungry hordes started to march on Weusthuis' home like Uruk-hai clutching red Solo cups instead of scimitars. Dutch police moved into action, trucking in extra police to deal with the crowd and evacuating the poor teenager and her family. Realizing that there was going to be no party after all, and that the phone signal in the village didn't provide a good enough connection for them to check up on the tulip blog, the wannabe-partiers began to riot.
Luckily, this marked the first and last time an angry internet mob ever disappointed
anybody with their behavior.