April 11th, 2006
|12:51 pm - And in more April Fool pranks gone awry:|
For great justice, take off every zig!
Their confidence was baseless, I think.
It's not quite clear to me what they did. Put signs on the doors of businesses, perhaps? And if they did this with yellow ribbons -- no tie in to the original -- it does suggest more likely confusion.
Zero Wing is written in sort of an "anthrax note" style, isn't it? ];-)
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The prank, while amusing, ultimately shouldn't have happened at all -- there was no chance it would survive.
I think they simply put it everywhere they could -- which happened to include a few storefronts.
The yellow ribbon is an odd choice -- why turn it into an anti-war thing as well? Maybe that was an attempt at defusing the phrasing on the signs. I don't think they really wanted anyone to think they were set up the bomb.
But then again, a screeenshot of the game (say, of CATS) on the front would probably have confused people at least as much as a yellow ribbon.
I hadn't thought about the anthrax note comparison, but it does work. There's something slightly sinister about short sentences with no apparent context, I suppose.
I think they're about five years too late on "funny".
I'd like to see a picture though.
That was a very poorly written article.
There's not a lot of choice, I'm afraid. There seem to be two primary sources. That article and one from sturgisjournal.com which seems to have been taken down.
In hindsight, it wouldn't shock me horribly if the report of the prank itself were an April Fools prank, but this is fairly small town stuff, presumably, so it wouldn't appear in many places.
I thought it was hysterical, but there is a definite problem for those who don't get it. In order to really do the trick, you'd have to work out some way of getting people to recognize it. Maybe project it on a passing cloud or side of a prominent building?
Of course, you're likely to get in trouble for that -- what's a prankster to do?
Run for your lives the gamers are attacking with posters