Zombies at the Library?

October 30, 2007 at 9:59 pm (zombie mob, zombie news) (, )

Have you ever heard the term “flash mob”?

Basically, a flash mob describes a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place something unusual for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse. Organizing a “flash mob” usually involves e-mailing a bunch of people with instructions on where to show up, what to do, and when to disappear.

According to Wikipedia:

The first flash mob was organized in Manhattan in May 2003, by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper’s Magazine. The origins of the flash mobs were unknown until Wasik published an article about his creation in the March 2006 edition of Harper’s. The first attempt was unsuccessful after the targeted retail store was tipped off about the plan for people to gather.[1] The first successful flash mob assembled in June 3, 2003 at Macy’s department store. Wasik avoided such problems during the second flash mob by sending participants to preliminary staging areas—in four prearranged Manhattan bars—where they received further instructions about the ultimate event and location just before the event began.

More than one hundred people converged upon the ninth floor rug department of Macy’s department store, gathering around one particular very expensive rug. Anyone approached by a sales assistant was advised to say that the gatherers lived together in a warehouse on the outskirts of New York, that they were shopping for a Love Rug, and that they made all their purchase decisions as a group. Following this flash mob, about 200 people flooded the lobby and mezzanine of the Hyatt hotel in synchronized applause for about fifteen seconds, and next a shoe boutique in SoHo was invaded by participants pretending to be tourists on a bus trip.

In the article Wasik claimed that he created flash mobs as a social experiment designed to poke fun at hipsters, and highlight the cultural atmosphere of conformity and of wanting to be an insider or part of “the next big thing.”

Originally, flash mobs were apolitical and pointless stunts, however, over time many have taken on political or social agenda.

Similarly, an organized public gathering of two or more people who are dressed like zombies is called a “zombie walk”, a “zombie march” or a “zombie lurch.” Wikipedia explains that:

During the event participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombie behavior. This may include grunting, groaning and slurred, moaning calls for ‘brains’. It should be noted that zombie behavior is a hot topic of debate. Purists who draw their definitions from the original Living Dead films will claim that a zombie would never have the ability to call for ‘brains’ and furthermore that a zombie needs only living (or freshly killed) flesh for its sustenance and not the brain in particular.

On Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m., a zombie mob was arranged via various websites, including Eatbrains.com:

When: 7:30pm Thursday 10/11
Wear: duct tape on torso to indicate participation
Where: The NW corner of the Main Library
Larkin Street, by Fulton

The large metal sculpture (aka “The Double-L Gyratory Zomby Attractor”)

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A recap of basic zombie mob procedures & etiquette:

Show up at the meeting point on time. Arrive dressed as either a zombie (fake blood, torn clothing, vacant stare) or a zombie victim (place a piece of duct tape somewhere visible upon your person, and wear clothes that you do not mind having torn and bloodied). Act like zombies. Attack and “convert” victims. (If you have it, bring extra blood and makup for conversions.) Shamble where the mob shambles. Have fun, but be respectful of innocent bystanders and private property.

1. If you are wearing duct tape on your torso, the mob will attack you, ruin your clothes, eat your brains.
2. Zombies will not get blood on innocent bystanders or their things.
3. Zombies will leave private property reasonably soon after being asked.
4. Zombies who don’t exhibit these behaviors will be beaten into shape by their fellow horde.

NOTE: Even if you didn’t come to work today in “zombie attire” please JOIN US regardless. A shamble and a moan is more than costume enough, and the MORE zombies, the BETTER. (Or worse, really.)

This particular zombie mob was set to coincide with the San Francisco Mayoral debate main San Francisco Public Library.

For more links on this particular zombie mob, check these out:

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