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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Brings Boston to a Halt

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the we-do-whatever-we-want-to-whomever-we-want-at-all-times dept.

Television 804

An anonymous reader writes "An ad campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force featuring the Mooninites Ignignot and Err caused major security concerns in Boston, MA when magnetic light displays were mistaken for possible bombs. The displays included one of Ignignot flipping the bird (as hard as he could), but Gov. Deval Patrick was not amused."

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804 comments

Not really a surprise (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835290)

Deval Patrick is clearly Satanic - just look at his first name! Also, his second name is Patrick, which is Irish, and therefore he is probably a Papist. He is also a Democ-rat, and wants us to use the communist tool of Beelzebub, namely, Mozilla Firefox [shelleytherepublican.com] .

Aqua Swim should be applauded for their contribution to the War on Terror. By making terrorist Democ-rat liberal whiners like Deval Patrick look foolish they will combat the Open Source scourge that encroaches upon our Christian Way of Life via nebulous European threats [shelleytherepublican.com] .

Oh come the fuck on! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835294)

Second Post! Yeee Haaaa!

Who's the @**hole now! (2, Insightful)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835302)

Think what would happen if administrators in vegas turned paranoid of every blinking light. I can understand checking on it, even applaud it despite the oddity of it all, but I dont understand why anyone would be irate when it turned out to be nothing.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (1, Troll)

PennyLoafers (883055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835420)

As someone who lives in Boston, I'm glad they decided to take these precautions. You have to take these all seriously, because who knows if they're threats or not? I'm mad as hell about this ad campaign because when it comes time to pay for all the police activity today, you can bet your ass Ted Turner won't offer to foot the bill.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (1)

hrieke (126185) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835500)

I would not expect Ted Turner to foot the bill at all- Ted was tossed out a long time ago.

I would expect an interesting time at the next shareholder's meeting though (and hopefully a huge fine to spur the conversation along).

Stupidies thing I've heard, ever. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835824)

" You have to take these all seriously, because who knows if they're threats or not?"

          Well, I do. It's obvious that a beer sign, light bright, or flickery street light are not bombs, although you and apparently others in Boston don't know this.

" I'm mad as hell about this ad campaign because when it comes time to pay for all the police activity today, you can bet your ass Ted Turner won't offer to foot the bill."

          He shouldn't foot the bill. Any jerk could tell those signs aren't bombs. Turner doesn't owe dick for the local po' being stupid and overreacting.
         

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835900)

As someone who lives in Boston, I'm glad they decided to take these precautions. You have to take these all seriously, because who knows if they're threats or not?
Yeah, because so many bombs feature blinking lights. Bomb makers really want to draw attention to the bombs before they go off.

I'm mad as hell about this ad campaign because when it comes time to pay for all the police activity today, you can bet your ass Ted Turner won't offer to foot the bill.
In the first grade, we were taught to identify pipe bombs and not one of us would have thought these things were bombs. You should be mad at your government for spending the money on security theater rather than on real security and education. You can hardly blame Ted Turner or anyone else for idiots who thought these things were bombs.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835476)

Some of the displays were flipping the bird, and The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate sounds pretty dangerous.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835484)

I dont understand why anyone would be irate when it turned out to be nothing.

If I lived in Boston and got nailed in one of the bridge or street closures I'd be pissed.

They could have at the very least fucking notified the police or something before it got out of hand. It's irresponsible because it doesn't take a genius to figure out that a problem like this might happen, and that other people just trying to get on with their day might be unfairly affected.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (5, Insightful)

Jartan (219704) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835606)

It's irresponsible because it doesn't take a genius to figure out that a problem like this might happen, and that other people just trying to get on with their day might be unfairly affected.
Actually it probably takes someone who's not a genius because a genius wouldn't realize people could possibly be this stupid. War on terror my ass. The terrorists seem to have won already when we have everyone jumping at shadows.

Re:Who's the @**hole now! (5, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835694)

A friend of mine tried to tell the local FOX News affiliate.

They laughed him off.

Idiots.

Zeus Fucks Twofo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835306)

Twofo [twofo.co.uk] Is Dying

DC++ [dcpp.net] hub.twofo.co.uk:4144

It is official; Netcraft confirms: Twofo is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleagured University of Warwick [warwick.ac.uk] filesharing community when ITS confirmed that Twofo total share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all file sharing. Coming hot on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Twofo has lost more share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Twofo is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Student comprehensive leeching test.

You don't need to be one of the Hub Operators to predict Twofo's future. The hand writing is on the toilet wall: Twofo faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Twofo because Twofo is dying. Things are looking very bad for Twofo. As many of us are already aware, Twofo continues to lose users. Fines and disconnections flow like a river of feces [tubgirl.com] .

N00b Campus users are the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of their total share. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time Twofo sharers fool_on_the_hill and Twinklefeet only serves to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Twofo is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

Sources indicate that there are at most 150 users in the hub. How many filelists have been downloaded? Let's see. 719. But 1621 IP addresses have been logged, and 1727 nicks have been sighted connecting to one user over the last term. How many searches are there? 600 searches in 3 hours. The highest sharer on campus, known as "firstchoice", or Andrew.Maddison@warwick.ac.uk in real life, was sharing over 1 TiB, despite working in ITS [warwick.ac.uk] and not being on the resnet. He's only there so people off campus who think they're too good for bittorrent can continue to abuse the University's internet connection.

Due to troubles at the University of Warwick, lack of internet bandwidth, enforcements of Acceptable Usage Policies, abysmal sharing, retarded leechers, clueless n00bs, and ITS fining and disconnecting users, Twofo has no future. All major student surveys show that Twofo has steadily declined in file share. Twofo is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Twofo is to survive at all it will be among p2p hardcore fuckwits, desperate to grab stuff for free off the internet. Nothing short of a miracle could save Twofo from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Twofo is dead.

Fact: Twofo is dying

To a halt? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835308)

Thank you for this non-story

On the moon... (4, Informative)

rbanzai (596355) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835310)

...nerds get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with moonrocks.

Re:On the moon... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835488)

I bet the governor just wanted these devices for himself, since they give the owner all the powers of 70s supergroup Foreigner.

"And just how do you think you'll override my veto when you're Cold As Ice?"

Terrorist threats (2, Funny)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835898)

The Mooninites have been quoted with such terrorist threats as

The innocent shall suffer... big time. -Ignignokt

If you have a problem with that maybe you should take that up with Mr. Laser. -Ignignokt

Err: You all have any eggs? 'Cause I'm totally gonna mess someone's house up! Ignignokt: Yes, eggs or pot, either one

Bow your heads or I'll bow em for ya! -Err

Ignignokt: Our god is a god of vengeance. A god of hate. Err: A god of action! Ignignokt: Our god is an Indian who can turn into a wolf and- Err: Dude, that's Wolfen. Ignignokt: Yes, well Wolfen will come after you, with his razor.

You got a problem with that? -Err

Ignignokt: No one can defeat the Quad Laser. Err: Jumping is useless.

Photo's of the devices in question (5, Informative)

2bitcomputers (864663) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835314)

Someone found one of the devices under a bridge last week and posted a few pictures to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanderlin/tags/aquate enhungerforce/ [flickr.com]

Re:Photo's of the devices in question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835624)

I would have stolen it...

Re:Photo's of the devices in question (1)

2bitcomputers (864663) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835768)

He did :)

Wow, and he's... (3, Informative)

j79 (875929) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835794)

trying to sell it on eBay for $5,000 bucks! Unfortunately, I live in Boston (where I'm assuming all mooninites have been rounded up) but if you live in another city, go and steal yourself one! Then sell on eBay for big bucks....

http://cgi.ebay.com/Adult-Swim-LED-Ad_W0QQitemZ320 078002362QQihZ011QQcategoryZ28009QQssPageNameZWDVW QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [ebay.com]

Crud (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835316)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.


There's nothing left?! I guess it really was a bomb.

If an art campaign worried them... (2, Interesting)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835322)

I wonder how they'd react to actual guerrilla street art [blogspot.com] ?

Reasonable suspicion (5, Funny)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835324)

Yes, because when I want to blow something up, I ALWAYS make sure that the bomb displays flashing lights clearly visible to everyone around.

I salute our brave leaders for their quick and level-headed handling of the situation.

Re:Reasonable suspicion (2, Insightful)

avalys (221114) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835442)

And what do you think would have happened if these things had been bombs, disguised as creepy little advertisements, and the police ignored them? Never mind the damage and loss of life, people would be bitching to high heaven about police and government incompetence.

The bottom line is, in times like these and in a major city like Boston, you have to take everything seriously.

Look at the pictures posted of one of these things - they have a row of D-batteries covered in duct tape. It looks very much like a bomb with a stupid figurine on them. And these things were found in somewhat suspicious locations - on the side of a bridge's concrete support columns, for instance. It's reasonable to expect the police react with suspicion after seeing a strange, jury-rigged little electronic device under a bridge.

Re:Reasonable suspicion (4, Insightful)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835514)

Yeah you're right, explosives can be hidden in almost anything. So, the logical conclusion is to knock down all buildings, and bulldoze the entire city completely flat so that anything suspicious will stand out. And you'll have to put the people somewhere else too. Simply making them go naked won't work, since they tend to carry illegal things in their bums.

There's being cautious and there's being retarded.

Re:Reasonable suspicion (1)

linear a (584575) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835766)

What about stuff in underground tunnels and lairs? Why are you trying to divert us from those?

Re:Reasonable suspicion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835832)

What about stuff in underground tunnels and lairs? Why are you trying to divert us from those?

Good point. Turns out that the Big Dig [wikipedia.org] is in fact more dangerous than these blinkenlights...

Re:Reasonable suspicion (5, Insightful)

Sneftel (15416) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835570)

And what do you think would have happened if these things had been bombs, disguised as creepy little advertisements, and the police ignored them? Never mind the damage and loss of life, people would be bitching to high heaven about police and government incompetence.

You're right. If I ever need to blow up a bridge or something, I'll make sure not to disguise the bomb as a discarded cardboard box. Instead I'll make it flash wildly, so nobody notices.

The "You have to take all threats seriously" argument presupposes that either (a) wildly blinking objects with bird-flipping aliens on them are significantly more potentially dangerous than common refuse, or (b) any piece of common refuse should be treated as a threat and lead to bridge shutdowns and bomb squads and pissed-off governors. I can't see either of these being true (though the second one sure would help with the litter problem).

Re:Reasonable suspicion (1)

failure-man (870605) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835462)

But that's all part of the game man! They'll put flashing lights everywhere. Soon people will see flashing lights and assume it can't possibly be a bomb. Why, by March they'll be able to wrap a WW2-style bomb in xmas lights, put it in the middle of Manhattan, and nobody will care!

Re:Reasonable suspicion (1)

AgentFade2Black (968245) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835528)

Well see, here's the problem. FTA:

"Many of the devices looked like circuit boards or had wires hanging from them."
If you're going to do this, at least give somebody warning...and/or build them right. The same problems plagued the MI:3 campaign in the newspaper turnstiles...and those were blown up in some cases, IIRC.

The LED's look pretty neat a lit up! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835340)

A Link to the Moon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanderlin/tags/aquate enhungerforce/ [flickr.com]

Supposedly these are in three cities, and have been for a matter of weeks, supposedly maybe with permits even. All hearsay. Hope you enjoy the link unless it has already been posted.

Just be thankful (5, Funny)

anotherone (132088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835346)

That they spared Boston from the Quad-Laser.

Re:Just be thankful (1)

failure-man (870605) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835538)

But even if they had used the quad laser, there'd be time to evacuate the entire city and put a pile of Jersey-barriers in its way, so no worries.

Re:Just be thankful (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835618)

They'll need that laser to deal with the Space Invaders! [slashdot.org]

Re:Just be thankful (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835658)

Sigh. Take 2. Space Invaders! [woostercollective.com]

the prophe, shake-zulah (5, Funny)

notoriousE (723905) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835356)

Frylock: You are not a prophet, Shake! So stop this madness!

Shake: Frylock, I cannot do that. God hath commanded that I do his will or the Earth will blow up!

Frylock: My ass he did!

Meatwad: God's gunna blow up the world?

Shake: Oh yeah, brutha! He ain't too pleased with YOU in particular, Meatwad!

Meatwad: ME?!

Shake: Oh yeah.... He saw you touchin' yourself--

Meatwad: I don't touch myself!

Shake: In the bathroom!

Video of them putting this stuff up (3, Interesting)

frostyboy (221222) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835372)

This used to be on youtube, but it's been pulled. It's now up at a safer place. Some local people I know have actually been able to deduce locations from the video and obtain a couple of these "devices." Boston area slashdotters up for some scavenger hunting? athf-lightsnipes-boston.flv [uiuc.edu]

Re:Video of them putting this stuff up (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835426)

I want one.

Why can't they put these up in my city :(

Isn't it funny that.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835374)

...it only took a hours to blow up a LiteBrite but it took weeks to respond to a devastating hurricane?

Re:Isn't it funny that.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835830)

What retarded mod upped this troll?

just an observation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835376)

Anyone who watches aqua teen hunger force deserves to be blown up after their genitals are mutilated.

Re:just an observation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835948)

I have no idea what the story is about, particularly the aqua teen hunger force bit. Does that mean that

a) I am old,
b) I am not from Boston,
c) I am not American,
d) I have no sense of humor,
e) I don't appreciate art,
f) I am too intelligent to care,
g) I don't watch enough television,
h) I need to get out more,
i) I need to get out less, or
j) none of the above?

OMG! Wires and Circuitboards! (3, Insightful)

AmazingRuss (555076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835392)

The article says they got worried when they saw the wires and circuit boards. The knowledgable terrorist will doubtless package his payload in a fashionable briefcase now that he has been alerted to this penchant.

Damn you Aqua Teen Hunger Force! You have DOOMED America!

Re:OMG! Wires and Circuitboards! (1)

mcsqueak (1043736) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835932)

Yeah, expect sales of Zero Halliburton (ironic name, no?) briefcases to skyrocket.

plus 5, troll) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835406)

sup4ort GNAA, [goat.cx]

Homeland Insecurity (5, Insightful)

obyom (999186) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835418)

"Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it can creep."

        -from "What It's Worth" -Buffalo Springfield

There is no such thing as bad press. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835422)

I'd say the advertising campaign was a resounding success!

Gentlemen...BEHOLD! (0)

aredubya74 (266988) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835428)

Well, this is going to take a long time, so you may want to get some snacks.

The marketing campaign is not a crime, nor a "hoax", nor anything to get indignant about. Installation-based ads have been around for years. What may be a crime though is the apparent "4 simultaneous calls reporting strange devices" to the Boston police. If it was done to prompt all this, the caller deserves a decent amount of time in PMITA.

Re:Gentlemen...BEHOLD! (2, Informative)

PennyLoafers (883055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835502)

Actually these ads are illegal in the city of Boston. A company can't just put up bills on public buildings or structures with no permit. The 4 calls were probably due to citizens being vigilant after one of the subway lines was shut down in the morning when the first device was found. It is something to get indignant about when someone runs into your office telling you to turn on the news and the hospital where your wife works is on TV with freaking BOMB SQUAD trucks outside it. You might think its no big deal, but to many Bostonians it is a very big deal and something we're mad as hell about.

Re:Gentlemen...BEHOLD! (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835920)

Make sure you direct your anger at the cause of the misunderstanding and not innocent parties.

eh what ? (1)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835430)

Since I can't view the flash, would somebody be kind enough to explain the article in *English* ?

As a Bostonian (-1)

hrieke (126185) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835434)

I live in Boston, and I can say that the day was very tense.
There are plenty of lovely targets around the town, which can explain the reaction (which you'd expect no matter what when dealing with batteries and unknown electronics in a sneaky location in a heavy traffic area).

Also, I'd say that since guerrilla marketing by definition is outside of the normal channels for marketing, Cartoon Network should not be surprised when the book of law is tossed at them.

Basically, it's like joking about bombs on an airplane- don't bitch about it when you find yourself in jail.

Re:As a Bostonian (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835486)

You're a fucking idiot

Re:As a Bostonian (4, Insightful)

sheetsda (230887) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835530)

Also, I'd say that since guerrilla marketing by definition is outside of the normal channels for marketing, Cartoon Network should not be surprised when the book of law is tossed at them.


Yes, because in Soviet America, anything outside normal trains of thought is illegal.

Re:As a Bostonian (2, Interesting)

hrieke (126185) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835650)

I said normal channels, NOT normal trains of thoughts.
Sheesh.
If Cartoon Network wanted to buy space on buildings or work out a deal with the city then fine- but as I said, don't put up weird shit with batteries and electronics in odd places and think that you'd not get the wrong attention.

Re:As a Bostonian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835870)

Yes, because in Soviet America, anything outside normal trains of thought is illegal.

That's "Soviet Boston", thank you very much.

Re:As a Bostonian (2, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835564)

There are plenty of lovely targets around the town, which can explain the reaction (which you'd expect no matter what when dealing with batteries and unknown electronics in a sneaky location in a heavy traffic area).

Yeah, you can't be too careful around batteries. Especially 9-volt ones, they can tingle your tongue!

Re:As a Bostonian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835596)

" There are plenty of lovely targets around the town, which can explain the reaction (which you'd expect no matter what when dealing with batteries and unknown electronics in a sneaky location in a heavy traffic area)."

          Nope the explanation is they are overreacting morons. I deal with unknown electronics with batteries hooked up DAILY where I work, and unless it's wire to some brick or tub of juice, it's obvious it's not a bomb.

"Also, I'd say that since guerrilla marketing by definition is outside of the normal channels for marketing, Cartoon Network should not be surprised when the book of law is tossed at them."

          Bull. Shit. I'd fight tooth and nail if the po' overreacted and decided something I had "might be a bomb", then tried to bill me for their time or charge me with trump charges since they overreacted. I hope Cartoon Network does the same.. if they get some token $100 fine, whatever. But if Boston tries to fine them like $100,000, I hope it costs the city $1,000,000 to fight the case out with cartoon network.

Re:As a Bostonian (0)

hrieke (126185) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835820)

I've got a lovely idea Mr. Anonymous Coward- I'll stop by your house and place a bunch of guerrilla marketing stuff on your walls and roof and see how you react. Public defacement is a no-no. Strike one.

Now, if you had a brain cell or two here, you'd think that perhaps Boston, like any city would have something called Zoning Laws, which among other things says where one can and can not place adverts. Strike two.

Now for bombs, and the reaction of the police- great you work with electronics, but I doubt that you work with explosives on a daily basis, because your statement of hooked into a brick or tub of fluids right right out of the movies. What a bomb is and is not is not always so obvious. Strike three.

Yar're out.

Re:As a Bostonian (5, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835708)


I live in Boston, and I can say that the day was very tense.

Why? Because the media put out a big scare story that turned out to be nothing?

which you'd expect no matter what when dealing with batteries and unknown electronics in a sneaky location in a heavy traffic area

Maybe you should just stop paying attention to every little scare mongering story that gets released. Personally I'd direct some attention over to the media outlets for publishing a story with no information, who's only result was to un-necessarily scare people. A few weeks ago it was a strange smell in NYC that everyone assumed was the work of terrorists. I'm sure there's about 20 other stories I'm missing because...I've stopped paying attention to these junk stories.

The whole thing is so STUPID (5, Insightful)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835852)

Please don't try to justify this pathetic overreaction. We've become a nation of fearful neurotic idiots.

If someone wants to blow up a bridge, they will blow it up. They can strap dynamite to their torso and hug support beams. They can drive an explosive-filled car into a stanchion. They can fill a boat with fertilizer and float underneath. No matter how much we freak out over nothing, no matter how many times we give up our rights, take off our shoes, and do other retarded inappropriate useless things.

Even if we were dealing with a coward terrorist who wasn't willing to commit his life, you wouldn't see something with wires and batteries sticking out. It'd be out of sight, or look like garbage.

It's such an irrational fear. How many people have been killed in the past hundred years in the US by little boxes with wires and batteries sticking out? How many have been killed by auto wrecks? It's jaw-droppingly lame, and it's getting worse. We'd be better off panicking about ceiling fans, lightning bolts, or bunions.

We don't even need terrorists anymore. All it takes to shut down a city is cowering, whimpering, losers afraid of their own shadow.

Re:As a Bostonian (1)

smclean (521851) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835872)

Also, I'd say that since guerrilla marketing by definition is outside of the normal channels for marketing, Cartoon Network should not be surprised when the book of law is tossed at them.

I'll be curious to see; what book? Littering? What criminal offenses did the Cartoon Network actually commit? All the authorities are talking big but I suspect the reason we haven't heard any charges are because they are scratching their head trying to figure out how to get Cartoon Network to foot the bill.

It sounds to me like Cartoon Network's marketing idea wasn't so bad, but their placement of the devices was insanely bad. Bundles of unexplainable electronics on bridges, subway stations.. they might as well have left them on an airport concourse or the white house lawn.

When I was in Atlanta in November, somewhere vaguely near the Turner building on I85 was a giant billboard of an illuminated mooninite outline just like on these devices. Spiffy.

Live Action Shot (1)

bovilexics (572096) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835478)

I can't believe they put Ig to task like that. He's just trying to communicate with us earthlings and have us bow down in worship. What's so wrong with that?

CNN has a bit more info and a much better live action shot. Ig in all his lit up glory.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/31/boston.bombscare/ index.html [cnn.com]

Can you hear me Boston or should I turn it up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835480)

...for you!

bwahahahah.

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. It wasn't the ads that messed up traffic in Boston, it was the half-baked security theater.

not oblig (1)

ElephanTS (624421) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835498)

Actually Microsoft has there own version of Aqua Teen Hunger Force called Luna Teen Hunger Force. Most people at slashdot are against it though.

State of our Country (4, Insightful)

Scorpinox (479613) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835510)

It really makes me sick that we're at the point where people mistake everyday things for bombs and have homeland security called in. I can't even ride my universities bus holding a wired up circuit board (for a class) without people looking at me like I'm about to blow them up.

Re:State of our Country (1)

danomac (1032160) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835836)

Perhaps... however, people carrying wired up circuit boards in public places isn't common. I don't remember ever seeing anyone carrying one. In the light of recent history and movies depicting bombs as wired up circuit boards with LED displays, of course people are going to stare.

First thought (3, Funny)

billdar (595311) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835550)

My first thought was this was a amazing feat of PR stupidity, but turns out I fell for this as a media-led sheep. Their use of 'magnetically lighted device' paints an ominous picture. But looking at the photo, I'm not sure how someone could think it a bomb

Then again, that just proves that if terrorists paint their IED's pretty colors and put Mickey Mouse on it, I'm fucked...

Re:First thought (1)

SeaSolder (979866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835868)

My first thought was that this was sheer genius. Assume for a moment that the ad company, or someone else responsible is fined for this. It's probably significantly less than what this media coverage would cost to buy outright. So even if this was not the intended outcome (which I hope it wasn't), it probably is paying off big-time. I wonder what the website hits for ATHF are looking like right now...

Reminds me of a similar fiasco back when MI2 came out, and some ad company put little music players in newspaper boxes that would play the theme song when the box was opened. Someone saw the plunger switch, and some loose wires, and thought it was a bomb. That at least seems like it could be thought to be a bomb by most normal people.

Now more than never (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835566)

I, for one, welcome our Aqua Teen Hunger Force overlords!

Hopefully I will not get blown up, as I'm more of a Ren & Stimpy type. Seasons 1 and 2 only please.

haha!

Only in America.. (2, Interesting)

BlahSnarto (45250) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835568)

Can something so harmless be taken for
a bomb..

plenty of howto's here regarding LED bombing
http://graffitiresearchlab.com/?page_id=46#video [graffitiresearchlab.com]

Re:Only in America.. (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835834)

Only here? Huh? You're rather well protected here from much of the world's madness. It's a lot worse in some other places, like Isreal and surrounding areas and some parts of Europe, where leaving anything in a public place results in bomb concerns.

For what we have done to Mother Earth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835578)

we all deserve to die.
every one of us

As a Boston area resident... (1)

Suertreus (946768) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835594)

...I, for one, welcome our new Mooninite overlords.

What the....... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835604)

This is just pitiful. I'm ashamed to live in a country that overreacts like this (mostly in the government and media). I would seriously question the competency of a police department that did anything like this. I can understand a little questioning, but "safety detonations" and area lockdowns because of something flashing a led image of a character, what's next. The scariest thing is its not an isolated incident, grounding a plane because someone found an Ipod in a toilet, people being pulled aside because they have too much radiation in their blood (from medical treatments), the probably daily "safety detonations" of peoples lunches, briefcases, and backpacks that we usually don't hear about. Excuse me a moment I need to go and smash my head against a blunt object to get rid of the voices screaming how their are too many idiots on the planet.

Dumbest thing I've read in years.... (5, Informative)

Rahga (13479) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835634)

One of the articles I read said:
'Officials said it contained an electronic circuit board with some components that were "consistent with an improvised explosive device," [thebostonchannel.com] '

Okay, now, come on. These are really large circuit boards [cbs4boston.com] with a whole lot of LEDs soldered on to them. Nothing more, unless there are some other really messed up packages out there that haven't been reported on. Those officials sound like they have features consistent with smart police officers, in that they breathe and eat, but the similarities probably end there.

There's no need to fear (2, Funny)

GSwarthout (896713) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835656)

Underdog is here!

What do we look like? A Couple of nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835674)

We have technology beyond our comprehension! Behold the light stick!

wow im amazed (1)

Skridge (1053362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835682)

at the brainwashed ppl here. ooo throw the book at them because im scared. the gov manufactures one incident after another and by blowing things out of proportion (like this one), they manage to keep everyone on the edge of sanity and ready to punish anyone who pushes them just a little farther up the scared tree. grow up, and take a look around at what's really happening and the level of reaction. the gov is in the over reaction mode to keep everyone scared and freaked out. and it looks like it works. just because the gov tells you everyone brown wants to kill you, doesn't make it so.

Welcome to the USA, home of Paranoid Freaks! (3, Insightful)

EllisDees (268037) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835686)

Well, they got their money's worth on this advertising campaign!

huh.... (1)

navtal (943711) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835716)

only on the uptight east coast. except for florida. florida is just scary.

Wow says somethign about there security (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835746)

When they have been there for a few weeks. Makes me feel real safe.

All so unbelievably stupid, except... (1)

Lethyos (408045) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835764)

When you look at certain pictures [flickr.com] , it becomes clear why there was a serious backlash. I would be wondering what series of bright lights were doing on a bridge girder too, but I would not raise a stink about it after closer examination. Alas, most of the population does not have that much common sense, so here we are.

You have to love it (1)

SueAnnSueAnn (998877) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835800)

Living in a Freakin police state.
Let the Fucking pigs ruin things in the name of homo-land security.
Hale to Adolph bush that rules the fourth riche.

Unfortunately America as we thought we knew it is dead.

As a resident of Chicago... (1)

jdunlevy (187745) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835806)

From TFA [breitbart.com] :

[Turner Broadcasting] said the devices have been in place for two to three weeks in 10 cities: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Huh. Apparently nobody's noticed them in Chicago? Does this mean Chicago security is less paranoid, or are we just less susceptible to guerrilla marketing?

WMD'S (1)

snarfbot (1036906) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835814)

terrorism plain and simple

seriously those led images are just plain terrifying. and suspicious.

America, fuck yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17835840)

haha the US is a fucking joke

I just don't get ATHF (1)

hguorbray (967940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835846)

And I don't mean Alcohol, Tobacco and Humongous Firearms!

Maybe this is due to the generational gap or that it's too po-mo, but I don't find Aqua Teen Hunger Force all the appealing -or coherent.

Granted it's not as bad as Assy McGee, Brak, Stroker and Hoop, SquidBillies or Tom goes to the Mayor, but except for being non, or anti heroes the whole thing seems like too much of an in-joke or something. I mean I can sort of understand the joke behind SpaceGhost C2C and the deconstructionism of Sealab2012.....

On the other hand, I'm down with all sorts of anime from FLCL and Paranoia Agent to Inuyasha, Venture Bros, Family Guy, American Dad, Invader Zim, Fairly Odds, etc, so it is not that I don't like the genre or anything...

I'm just sayin'

Re:I just don't get ATHF (0)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835880)

I kind of like Brak, but I also don't "get" ATHF.

On the other hand, ZIM RULES ALL!! BOW BEFORE ZIM!!

Oh noes! (4, Funny)

Ig0r (154739) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835864)

Somebody set us up the bomb!

After seeing the photographs I think I'd be pissed (1, Insightful)

kinglink (195330) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835878)

(as someone else posted) http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanderlin/tags/aquate enhungerforce/ [flickr.com]

Seriously if anything that looks suspicious with me. They placed the devices all over the city and didn't tell anyone? And they thought it was ok?

I'm sure the expense just with bomb squads and shutting down the interstate is beyond prohibitive (Trust me, I lived in Boston, shutting down any street in Boston = hell).

This sounds like something that cartoon network would do but hell if it isn't the type of stupid ass stuff that people aren't thinking about but can cause a major problem. Sounds like someone's getting a pink slip.

Fricking Awesome! (1)

abricko (456937) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835882)

That's all I've got to say about that!

Such a crying shame. (4, Insightful)

Polarism (736984) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835890)

I saw this as I was coming into work this afternoon on our big screen (thank god for the military having most of their televisions permanently tuned to FOX NEWS for the "situational awareness" it provides...) and my jaw just dropped. It's really hitting me lately how much our country is changing, and there is very little that individuals can do about it. I feel like standing on top of a soap box and yelling at people till i'm blue in the face, but I know that's fruitless.

Wake up...

Am I missing something? (1)

EonBlueApocalypse (1029220) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835896)

"It's a hoax _ and it's not funny," said Gov. Deval Patrick.

I highly doubt it was ever intended for these lights to be considered bombs the article even says that these devices have been present for "two to three weeks" in 10 separate cities. If these were thought to be potentially dangerous why is it that attention is drawn to them now?

As a Bostonian, I say... (1)

XnavxeMiyyep (782119) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835908)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force.... ASSEMBLE!

Boston... (1)

chrisspurgeon (514765) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835926)

Boston, you are such a TOOL.

These guys need pay raises (1)

Venim (846130) | more than 7 years ago | (#17835944)

Props to Boston police. This has got to be the most retarded thing i've seen police do in awhile
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