Monday, December 14, 2009

Fun in numbers

Multiple sets of identical twins dressed in the same outfit sit across from one another in a subway car creating the illusion of a mirror. Hundreds of people walk their 'invisible' dogs around the city streets. A large group of commuters hit the morning rush hour in their underwear. Madness? No, the staged happenings are designed and orchestrated by the New York based comedy group Improv Everywhere, who according to the website create "scenes of chaos and joy in public places."

The public pranks which the group calls 'missions' often use hundreds of performers, some recruited by their website mailing list. Occasionally, the police have been called and sporadically some members have been led away in handcuffs. A book about their stunts was released in the spring of 2009.

Anybody can donate their time to a soup kitchen or shelter or school. It takes people of a different mettle to change the world by riding the subway in their underwear.

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