Friday, February 1, 2008

the end of the world as we know it and we feel fine

Ever wonder how people would react if some UFO laser beam froze half of us in place? The answer may surprise you.

Improv Everywhere ran the experiment at Grand Central station in New York. More than 200 travelers stopped mid-motion for five minutes. Some were reading maps or talking on their phone. One was picking up papers he dropped.

And for those five minutes, none of their fellow travelers worried. They were confused, looking to each other for guidance in assimilating this unknown situation. But for five minutes nobody grew concerned that something was wrong with the world. Many simply raised an eyebrow and carried on to their train. So now we know how we would react if half of us were stopped in place. Not one of us would freak out.

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