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Be part of a flashmob

by Lei Yang

Do you have a memory of acting stupidly in public? Would you still think it stupid if many people were doing the same action alongside you?

What a mind-boggling experience it would be if a lot of strangers suddenly did a random action simultaneously in public?

This seemingly crazy group of strangers is called a flashmob, and was first invented by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper's Magazine in 2003.

The incomprehensible nature and seemingly aimless activity make flash mob especially appealing for young people.

The concept is best described in the website of London flash mob. It is just as simple as ” a large meetings of individuals, who arrive, appear and disappear.”

Flashmob Makes News

Even though it might seem pointless, the power of the flash mob could not be easily ignored.

Just as crowd’s 'collective intelligence' can produce wisdom, flash mobbers’ 'quirky activities' can definitely make news.

On 13th Feb, 12 000 people swarmed into Liverpool street station and danced at 7pm to mimic a T-mobile advertisement filmed there a month ago.

At the rush hour, the busy London station was filled with people who danced silently with their earphones on for 15 minutes leaving onlookers perplexed.

To the surprise of many, one of London's biggest stations was closed for 90 minutes.

The unusual event received massive coverage by Daily Mail, the Sun, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and even BBC and CNN reported the event.

So “successful” this Facebook-driven flash mob was. It sparked a new wave of flash mobs in UK.

On 28th Feb, a pillow fight was planned at Hyde Park’s Speakers. Police patrol cars and journalists were already stationed at the sight waiting for them.

But the pillow fighters dodged them and performed the flash mob at Marble Arch. After an exhausting fight, the participants lied on the ground and enjoyed the sun.

Sounds fun huh? If you consider yourself too mentally healthy for that you can always enjoy observing the performance.

Just search on the internet for the flash mob in your place and watch out their incoming activities.

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