Saturday, June 4, 2011

World Wide Flash Mob

I participated in my first flash mob today! We didn't sing, dance or freeze in place... but we did have a 15 minute birthday party for someone that wasn't even there!

This flash mob was a geocaching flash mob. Here is a little explanation from the Flash Mob website:
Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast came up with the WWFM idea in 2007 after attending a mega-event. It was meant to be a fun “opposite” of a mega-event: all the cool aspects of a geocaching event, crammed into 15 minutes of excitement. An added dimension is represented by the letters "WW" - World Wide - these events occur across the planet on the same day at (mostly) the same time! These caching events are intended to bring geocachers together in a creative way, as well as introduce others (newbies) to the hobby.
Basically... All of us went to the park, played it cool and acted like we were there just to enjoy the park (I think we all failed miserably) Then at exactly 10am, all of us headed for the exact coordinates. We signed the log, chitchatted, took a group photo, sang happy birthday, had a raffle and then as quickly as it all started - it was over.

Flash Mob Group Photo
I'm in the orange hat behind the guy in the pink shirt.

It was a nice quick little event. I noticed a few people on their porches wondering what the heck was going on! Hehe.

Flash Mob!

There were a lot of car TB to discover too! More and more people seem to be getting them. I have one, but I generally only put it on my car when I'm geocaching or traveling - It's a magnet.

TBs

Travel Bugs!

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Have you ever participated in a Flash Mob? Was it related to geocaching or something else? Have you ever witnessed a Flash Mob?

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great information! (Nice hat! LOL) I'm going to learn more about this! Never heard of it!

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  2. That's really cool. I've never participated or even witnessed one, but I love watching videos of them online....they seem like so much fun, even if they're over quickly.

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  3. I never realized that they had travel bug decals for cars...the last travel bug car we saw, had it's travel # huge on the back of it. You couldn't miss it.
    I have heard of flash mobs, but not a geocaching one! Cool!

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  4. That's very cool. There weren't any WWFM's by me. I also work every Saturday, so that makes it tough too. One day! I also have a TB on my car.

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  5. I was in Chicago this past weekend and there was one out there. Well, several. I didn't get the chance to do one but had wanted to go to the one in Joliet. It was at the prison where part of the movie The Blues Brothers was filmed.

    Sounds like you had a good time!

    As for car TBs... I have one on my car. One time I was traveling and this other car kept trying to pass me and it seemed like they were pinching me. Turns out they were a cacher trying to get my TB number!

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  6. I have been to one flash mob event a few years ago while living in Georgia. It was kind of fun. I like regular events better though.

    On a side note. The sticker on the white CRV on the side window is Jake the Alligator man. It is from Long Beach, WA. Which is about 100 miles maybe from where I live. Kind of funny.

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  7. Here in Ayr there was a Flash Mob event, we were in Canada so couldn't attend, but I have seen the photographs on the site which looked fun. We also have a TB sticker on the car, so far other than me mention it to other geocachers, no one has spotted it .......it's only been on the car window since last November!!
    One day I will get a surprise and someone will log it as noticed.

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  8. I've been to several of the WWFM flash mob events including this one! There were so many faces in the crowd I didn't recognize you. There were even several cachers thta I know well that were there and I didn't see. That's one of the problems with the quick events like this one. They are still a lot of fun. This got me back in the mood to cache so have been hitting a few here and there as time allows.

    Eric

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