I've got a bad feeling about this.
Yet another reason we're all going into the shitter.
A response from my voluminous inbox:
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dja typed, at or about 1/31/2007 3:40 PM, ...
> Fucking classic.
THe fear people have these days over pretty much everything unknown is either more sad or revolting. I cannot really decide which at this point.
"At least one of the devices depicts a character giving the finger."
Oh GOD! GOD FORBID! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
I mean, some 25 years ago children all thought the fact that [name withheld] figured out how to make little bombs out of workshop items was the coolest thing ever; these days, we'd be reading about him on 50 fucking websites and hearing the pundits on fox news talking about how he should be flayed.
The FUD is rampant. Just because a box is sitting there with no marketed logos on it doesnt mean its dangerous. Seriously. More people need to pull shit like this simply so people stop overreacting to it.
Then again, you dont get interviewed by CNN by NOT flipping out over nothing.
'Police said only that they were investigating where the device came from, but an angry Mayor Thomas Menino said a stiff penalty will be pursued against whoever was responsible for the devices.
"It's about keeping a city on edge. It's about public safety," he said.'
Its about Mayor Thomas being pissed off that he'll appear weak on terrorism and fox news criticising his lack of action, much like a publically elected official sat in a gradeschool reading session for 20 minutes after he was informed that a fucking plane crashed into the middle of manhattan... oh, wait. fox LIKES that guy.
Its also about marketing happening in his town and business isnt seeing anything dollarwise for it.
Give it a week, people will come out with "Yeah, we sold them the rights to put their shit on our property - we actually thought it was a fairly clever marketing technique."
I'm really glad this happened. For about eight weeks, there was a big ATHF billboard on the most travelled cab route to the vegas airport. it was solid black, with ONLY a picture of the "character that gives the finger" on it with a little "censored" sign covering the finger - and only the finger - making the middle finger simply look BIGGER.
Other than that, there was teeny barely unreadable type that said "[adultswim]". Thats it, not a single iota of slogan. nothing else.
People I talked to, even people that had not a clue about adult swim, though it was great.
...5 minutes later...
holy christ, did you LOOK at the link in the article [name withheld] sent?
LOOK. AT. THE. PICTURE. ON. THE. FUCKING. BOX.
Yeah, most likely the guys that made this thing definately hid a bomb inside it.
as of 0057hrs PST...
The issue is front page on reddit.com
"suspicious devices." oh for christss sake. ITS A MOTHERFUCKING LITE BRITE!
the issue made it to slashdot, too
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Brings Boston to a Halt
"An ad campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force featuring the Mooninites Ignignot and Err caused major security concerns in Boston, MA when magnetic light displays were mistaken for possible bombs. The displays included one of Ignignot flipping the bird (as hard as he could), but Gov. Deval Patrick was not amused."
The discussion on this is awesome. truly awesome.
" I don't think they intentionally tried to create a scare, but man oh man, you can't buy publicity like this."
less than awesome, but interesting:
the Drudge Report got in on it.
as the joker said:
"THIS TOWN NEEDS AN ENEMA!"
even better than the whole scare thing:
Those images were posetd TWO WEEKS AGO by the company responsible for the whole thing.
Holy christ. Thats fucking brilliant. The whole thing is so good as an example about how fucked up the general populace of this country is I dont even know what to do with it.
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Thats it folks. As a disclaimer, I DID have a few beers before I wrote this.
Hey, at least I'm updating again.
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