Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Moebius

Improv Everywhere Missions (siteish)

Have you ever had deja vu?

On Saturday, March 22, 2003 Improv Everywhere agents created a living moebius strip in the Astor Place Starbucks. Seven undercover agents meticulously repeated a five-minute slice of time for twelve consecutive repetitions. Starbucks employees and patrons were frightened, confused, and ultimately entertained as they found themselves stuck, without escape, in the middle of a time loop.

Here is an example of what they do:

Agent Kula sits and reads a copy of ESPN The Magazine. After Keech exits he sneezes loudly, waits two beats, and then clears his throat. Moments after his sneeze, Agents Todd and Dippold enter and the loop starts again. Agent Kula is also responsible for placing the cell phone call that makes Agent Barrison’s phone ring.


Loop repeats. The old couple pay no attention to Agent Todd and Katie. Have they lost interest? No, they notice other things, but like Agent Todd/Katie: "The loud yelling 'Katie!', that's the funny one." Regarding Agent Barrison: "This happened before, too, the 9pm." Regarding Agent King hitting me: "Look! He hit him again!" "You could just stay here all day, and they'd keep doing it. They should charge admissions, to just sit here all day and watch." The old people now notice almost everything, even Agent Kula's sneeze (as it happens right in front of them). Best line of the day from the old people: "You know, there's another Starbucks right over there, I bet this is all happening there, too."

Oh, that is some funny stuff. Each agent has a report on the site, and it is all pretty entertaining. This would be a fun summer thing to do. ^_^

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