Flashmobs, alive and well in London
One internet phenomenon that never really caught on in Japan is flashmobs.
I've seen some great flashmobs on youtube, and would really love to try some of this stuff in Tokyo, but the fear of crackdowns out here pretty much scares most people away.
Doesn't look like that is the case in London though. Check out the coverage on this Flashmob from last week held at Liverpool station.
Charlie Todd, a comedian and founder of the New York group Improv Everywhere, which organizes flashmobs, says the point of the group's "missions" is simple.
"We get satisfaction from coming up with an awesome idea and making it come to life," he writes on the group's Web site.
"In the process we bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales and give strangers a story they can tell for the rest of their lives. We're out to prove that a prank doesn't have to involve humiliation or embarrassment; it can simply be about making someone laugh, smile, or stop to notice the world around them."
Still, my favorite has to be the Liverpool Freeze.