Flash Mobs

So...I was reading the newspaper yesterday and I learned that there is a worldwide phenomenon that is occuring. It turns out that there are people organizing 'flash mobs' via email and text messaging. Although it seems that this has been going on for some time in the US, it seems to be increasing in popularity in Toronto. According to The Underground Toronto F'Mob Movement, "Flash Mobs are seemingly unplanned gatherings of large groups of people who converge in public (or semipublic) places for brief periods of time. All members of a Flash Mob simultaneously converge to form the mob and then quickly disperse again at a given time, everyone departing in different directions."

The main purpose of these mobs is to leave everyone in the general vacinity as confused as possible....This sounds an awful lot like something my friends would have done in high school (come to think of it, I'm sure those same people would jump at the opportunity to do it even now ).

My favourite example of a flash mob, although a small one, took place in Texas.

In Dallas, some 40 people gathered one recent evening at the city's newest in-spot, the Angelika Film Center & Café on Mockingbird Lane.

They arranged themselves under red and blue balloons and, at precisely 7:43 p.m., the red group began yelling "Marco!" and the blue group responded "Polo!"

"Ten seconds later the group, known as TheMobProjectDFW, scattered like cockroaches when the lights came on," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last Friday.

If you are in the Toronto area and are interested in participating in some of these 'flash mobs' you can go here to check it out.

Happy mobbing!!