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(Wired)   Hundreds use email to synchronize spontaneous ballet dancing throughout cities   ( divider line
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3037 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Jul 2003 at 11:06 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-07-05 11:13:04 AM  
2003-07-05 11:13:51 AM  
Sounds like fun
2003-07-05 11:14:20 AM  
I think this would be a great place to pickup where we left off on the clubbing of baby seals
2003-07-05 11:15:08 AM  
eh ??? flash mobs clubbing baby seals ?
2003-07-05 11:18:49 AM  
If they synchronize it, is it really spontaneous?
2003-07-05 11:29:07 AM  
I don't get it.
2003-07-05 11:45:56 AM  
"I don't get it."

Just accept that it's another way to meet chicks.
2003-07-05 11:47:35 AM  
The mob?
2003-07-05 11:48:43 AM  
haha, sounds fun.

is there like a mailing list to add yourself to for this? I mean, no one in my town would do it, but Id be there by myself cheering for 15 seconds.

/read the article
2003-07-05 11:53:02 AM  
"No good can come of this....."
2003-07-05 11:53:06 AM  
Goddam cops. They have to go and attempt to ruin it. They decide to abuse their power and waste their resources with no justification, in an effort to prevent people peacefully enjoying themselves. The cops will get frustrated, and become more aggressive and more violent as each flash mob thwarts them. Eventually the cops will create a violent situation, and then blame the victims of their brutality. farking goddam bastards.
2003-07-05 11:55:05 AM  
Yeah, heavily planning activity doesn't exactly constitute "spontaneous." Please folks, don't let 8th graders write link descriptions.
2003-07-05 12:01:47 PM  
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People remember my name....
2003-07-05 12:02:25 PM  
People need to find something more productive to do with their time.
2003-07-05 12:05:19 PM  
People need to find something more productive to do with their time.

That's a pretty ironic statement to post on Fark.
2003-07-05 12:10:05 PM  
I think spontaneous is in reference to them suddenly showing up somewhere. Sure, it's planned in advance, but to anyone in the area it seems spontaneous because all of a sudden a mob appears. Maybe not the best use of the word, but not an entirely inaccurate one.
2003-07-05 12:10:32 PM  
Would these events include free beer? I'm in. Apparently I can show up on July 22 in Minneapolis for this spontaneous event.
2003-07-05 12:27:01 PM  
you beat me to it, fleener
2003-07-05 12:28:13 PM  
I really don't get it. No matter how much I read it it just doesn't seem to make sense. What are they doing? Just having fun? Are they hurting anyone? I'm lost as to what the problem is.
Far too stoopid...
2003-07-05 12:33:20 PM  
I was at the second NYC mob. We had a group of around 100 or so people go to Macy's and tell the salesmen that we wanted a "love rug" for our warehouse home and that we only made purchasing decisions as a group. After about 10 minutes the rug was voted down and we all left. There is just something about being part of a huge inside joke that is incredibly amusing to me.
2003-07-05 01:02:15 PM  
I live in NYC! How did this happen without me knowing?
I must have blinked.

Anyway, I know if I saw something like this I'd join in, making it spontaneous. But that's awesome.
2003-07-05 01:04:02 PM  
stoke - I'd buy the "meeting chicks" angle, but most guys who are interested in ballet aren' that concerned with picking up chicks.
2003-07-05 01:38:20 PM  
For you youngsters out there... It's OK to go outside every now and then. But you don't have to go at a certain time to a certain place because your computer tells you to.
2003-07-05 01:39:58 PM  
A large, good natured group of people with a pointless or silly objective sounds like fun to me.

90 people running in one direction through the mall,
100 people signing "the star spangled banner" in a subway station,
25 people bringing cameras to a nightclub and taking 80 photos EACH
50 people playing with anything in the same place, Yo yos, kites, jacks, a bag of chips, hula hoops.

200 people crowded around a Scrabble game in the park, craning their necks to see, as if the world champion Scrabble players are making an appearance.

And the classic, 60 people standing on the sidewalk, pointing at a window in a tall building.

If you want to tempt fate, have 60 people show up somewhere shaking cans of spray paint.
2003-07-05 01:58:32 PM  
We need another Vietnam to cull the herd.
2003-07-05 02:38:33 PM  
Anyone here seen Fight Club? Has anyone here been at a festival when anarchists start breaking windows?

Who tipped off the police anyway?

While this is appealing to me as a form of silly summer behavior, anyone who sends innocents to stand in a place the police have already staked out is down right cruel. It is a recipe for disaster and the police are not entirely to blame.
2003-07-05 03:04:01 PM  
Unlike the NYC mob, which is an invite-only affair, the San Francisco mob is open to one and all. "I didn't want it to be an exclusive group," Zazueta explained. "And besides, the more the merrier."

I predict that the event in San Francisco is going to descend into anarchy very quickly indeed.
2003-07-05 03:28:37 PM  
Going to see if can organise one of these here in Atlanta. Maybe have a group about 100 people ride the escalators up and down at peachtree center for about a minute during lunch time rush... get everybody riding down then riding back up then back down then back up, maybe even going "WHEEEEE!" on the way down.
2003-07-05 03:31:40 PM  
Once you mobbers get jobs & join mainstream society
you can look back on this mob thing as dumbest waste of time
and energy.
2003-07-05 03:40:38 PM  
These people need to get some jobs.
2003-07-05 03:58:37 PM  
Living in the US usually means having ample leisure time, how do you spend yours?

Are you feeding starving children or watching ice skating on television?
2003-07-05 04:21:34 PM  
syncronized as well as spontaneous....*scratches head*
2003-07-05 05:22:50 PM  
I don't really see why the police would be called for 15 second clapping...Were they planning to cite them for noise pollution?
2003-07-05 06:30:55 PM  
New York City, millions of lonely people living ahole to elbow and apparently easy to amuse. They could get only 250 people together?
2003-07-05 07:16:50 PM  
I would love to get this started in'll hear about me on Telemundo.
2003-07-06 12:03:21 AM  
Speaking of inside jokes...

Two polar bears are sitting in a bathtub. The first one says, "Pass the soap." The second one says...

2003-07-06 09:00:00 PM  
The answer your looking for is....."What do I look like, an escalator?"
/props to my boyfriend for the answer.
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