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New York City’s Mad Bomber and His Patriotic Break

On November 16, 1940, an unattended wooden toolbox was discovered on a windowsill in the Consolidated Edison Company Building at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan. The headquarters of the utility giant is huge, taking up an entire block, and it was bustling that day. No one had seen who left the box behind, where they [...]

Tennessee Bans Hugging and Other Gateways of Sexual Activity

Hugging? What’s next? Kissing, sex, and babies out of wedlock, that’s what! To prevent teen pregnancy, Tennessee has passed a bill promoting abstinence-only sex education and banning "gateway of sexual activity" by students. [...]

The Changing Definition of “Flash Mob”

When most of us think of a flash mob, it’s a big impromptu dance party, a spontaneous pillow fight or hundreds of people freezing in Grand Central Station. But lately, the media has been using the term to describe some much less enjoyable activities. Consider this headline from USA Today: “‘Flash mobs’ pose challenge to police [...]

The Late Movies: Flash Mobs Around the World

Flash mobs, defined by Webster’s as “a group of people who organize on the Internet and then quickly assemble in a public place, do something bizarre, and disperse,” have become part of global pop culture. The clips below feature some that were organized for advertisements, some for commemoration, and some just for fun — but [...]

The Late Movies: Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere is a collection of artists who stage scenes in public places. For tonight’s Late Movies, here are a few favorites. Their latest effort is called Grocery Store Musical, featuring six undercover actors who sing a lovely song about fruits and vegetables mixing together. Improv Everywhere grabbed 50 people with red hair to protest Wendy’s inaccurate [...]