NYC Meetup October 17, 2005 5:03 AM   Subscribe

Any other NYC Mefites make it out to Improv Everywhere's MP3 Experiment 2.0 yesterday (Sunday October 17th at 3:00 p.m.)?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:03 AM (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I didn't see anyone I recognized, but maybe one or two of you were hiding in the crowd?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:03 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

I'm on their list, but have yet to make it to a prank. How was it?
posted by mds35 at 6:14 AM on October 17, 2005

I was there! It was totally awesome, and I know my picture is gonna be everywhere cause I was right behind the sea captain :). The strangest/coolest part was when my headphones fell off and I looked around to see all these people dancing like idiots in complete silence. Classic!

I'm the kid with the blue hat all the way on the left
posted by Mach5 at 6:24 AM on October 17, 2005


Here's ME! (in purple, I'm in a few of the others, as well).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:35 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

The prank itself was awesome; there were about 120-150 people there, I would guess. There were more people there for the prank then were there for the park itself; I think doing it closer to summer might provide a bigger audience. It started with a little aerobics, then we all walked like zombies toward a big rock on one side of the park. Then we were told we were going to be in 4 groups, and 4 crazy dressed leaders came out in a cloud of smoke- a dolphin, a bee, a sea captain, and an astronaut. Everyone did their own thing, then the groups competed in Rock, Paper, Scissores. Then we all blew up beach balls and hit them around. Then we all marched out of Sheep's Meadow to the fountain (don't know the name), and the mission was over.

Am I forgetting something?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:49 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

Nice! I wanted to go -- was planning to go on Saturday, but had a wedding to go to yesterday so I couldn't make it to the park. Looks like fun!
posted by Vidiot at 7:32 AM on October 17, 2005

You're forgetting the dejected look on that brides face when 100+ people suddenly showed up in the back of her wedding photos.
posted by Mach5 at 7:41 AM on October 17, 2005

Haha, that's right! I saw three separate Asian wedding parties having their photos taken in the park- was there some sort of mass wedding, or is it just a very popular spot? I also liked the guy taking pictures of his dog on the steps near the fountain- "Rover, stay, stay" as huge masses of people walked by. To the dog's credit, it did stay perfectly still.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:03 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

You ruined some people's weddings? That's really, really uncool.
posted by dios at 8:34 AM on October 17, 2005

dios, we didn't ruin someone's wedding. There was a couple having their portraits taken near the fountain in the park, in a little alcove. We were walking down the stairs behind them. Looking at the placement of the photographer, it appeared the shots were going to be close-ups, at most from the waist-up. I don't believe we actually ruined their shots, as our heads probably went up as high as their knees (considering the stairs). And that goofy look on the bride's face was probably just bliss at finally being married to her rainbow-colored hair husband (she had an eyebrow ring, too- very cool looking couple!).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:43 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

Ahh, that's cool then. I just thought of how eternally pissed my wife would have been if a bunch of pranksters had ruined the wedding portraits we paid a ton of money for. I guess if you are getting your pictures taken in a public park, you can't completely expect that your background will be pristine. You might not expect a shark, though! I might have liked a sea captain in my pictures, however.
posted by dios at 9:03 AM on October 17, 2005

No kidding- wedding pics are mad expensive. Like I said, I saw three different couples having their portraits done in separate spots (near the fountain, near some trees, and one where the bride's huge dress was sprawled out next to her sitting on a hill- really cute!)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:14 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

And it wasn't a shark, it was a dolphin! A loving one that saved it's brother from an evil blanket-sitting pirate. Ahhh, good times.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:32 AM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

Shameless self-promotion: I'll be DJing one of these headphone type thingies this Saturday. I'd like to mention time and place, but I guess it's against the rules. Email me if you'd like more info. It's not as insane - it's more just about dancing, but it's still really fun and funny to see people dancing when you can't hear any music.

If you feel the need to call me out on this, fine, but keep in mind I asked about it awhile ago here, our PinkSuperhero asked about it then, I don't make any money off of it, and it seems in relation to the subject. sorry in advance to anyone I may have offended.
posted by hellbient at 1:49 PM on October 17, 2005

You crazy kids ...
posted by carter at 2:55 PM on October 17, 2005

So what was the "prank" part? Or was the idea to just get a bunch of people together? There's still no write-up on the site.
posted by Eideteker at 4:56 PM on October 17, 2005

I think the prank is supposed to be that all the people in the park not in on the joke are confused (and they were- several people asked me what was going on). But the park had more participants than onlookers.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:39 PM on October 17, 2005 [1 favorite]

Wow, that's some prank alright. "You sure fooled me! I thought you were up to no good and instead you're just having wacky fun!"

It looks like fun, though. I'm just bitter I'm now 4 hrs away from the city.
posted by Eideteker at 6:15 PM on October 17, 2005

yeah, that's not a prank.
posted by jimmy at 7:48 PM on October 17, 2005

Thanks PinkSuperhero! I spent way too much time checking them out. Mostly cool stuff - a few missions fell flat for me, but overall good, fun wackiness.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:54 AM on October 18, 2005

I am totally late but will still say that I attended and had a very nice time. All hail Steve!
posted by skryche at 11:18 AM on November 1, 2005

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