Friday, April 04, 2008

I said freeze!

I was checking out CNN online earlier, as I pretty much do every day, and noticed that they had footage of "freeze events" in Belgium and Beijing, the latest of many to host such a prank. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, earlier this year, about 200 "agents" from Improv Everywhere - a comedy group based in New York City - froze on cue in Grand Central Station, raising confused eyebrows among the typically unflappable New Yawkers. Video footage of the event has since been viewed more than 10 million times and has inspired similar events in about 60 cities - and 29 countries - across the globe.

I've actually been a fan of the Improv Everywhere folks for a couple years now, ever since I saw coverage of their awesome U2 hoax. That particular event entailed dressing up like the band and performing on a rooftop across from Madison Square Garden only hours before the real U2 was scheduled to perform there. They drew a substantial crowd before police caught on and detained them.

Some of my other favorite IE skits include the annual No Pants subway ride, the Best Buy uniform prank and, of course, "The Moebius," where a group of agents carried out a short sequence of events in a Starbucks cafe every five minutes for an hour. I suggest you look these up on YouTube and watch them. Not only are they insanely entertaining, but I also like that they are not demeaning to viewers. No one, other than perhaps the actors, is made to look the fool.

I'm including a clip of the original Grand Central Freeze. Pretty cool, ey? Let me just add how bummed I am that I missed Atlanta's version of the freeze a month or so ago. Sigh. Next time!

And no, I'm not forgetting about food. Tomorrow is National Caramel Day, so be sure to celebrate. Here's a low-calorie, sucralose-sweetened recipe for Caramel Sticky Buns sure to delight all caramel (or should I say, cahrrrr-mul) lovers.

Happy weekend!

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