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January 10, 2009

Things that renew my faith in humanity #4

I took part in the Erasmus Freeze at Ermou street in Athens (you can actually see me at 6:15, sitting on the far left) about a month ago. For all I know, it was the first flashmob event of its kind in Greece, after which people started organising "freezes" all over the place (understandable, considering how much fun we had).

I first came across the idea of freezing in place in this video by Improv Everywhere. Over the past few years, they've organised lots of inspired stunts, including pretending to move in slow motion and welcoming random people at the airport. As a matter of fact, today is No Pants 2k9, the 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride, where people, well, ride the subway without pants in 24 cities worldwide (the trick is in pretending that everything is normal and not smiling like an idiot).

Besides these events where anyone can participate, they also organise smaller-scale (but larger-scope) missions like the Food Court Musical. Some have elaborate scripts, such as the wonderful Romantic Comedy Cab or the Suicide Jumper. Some, like the McDonald's Bathroom Attendant just make me smile.
Finally - you absolutely have to see this, it's unbelievable - there's The Moebius.

If you still haven't had your fill, there's even more missions on their site.

It's just plain fun!

1 comment:

Mel said...

Awesome stuff! Impressive! Excellent! I actually have no words, I don't know what to say, man - and you actually take part in this kind of stuff, eh? :D