Slash Mobbing, Flesh Mobbing, Flash Mugging

August 15th, 2003

Rich at reports on the biggest flash mob yet. And you wondered what caused those blackouts.

Meanwhile, anonymous organizers in Austin, Texas are preparing for the world’s first Slash Mob:

The Slash Mob Project is an interesting phenomenon where people gather at a determined point, kill all surrounding onlookers, and then disperse as fast as arriving, thus leaving the onlookers dazed, bewildered, and hopefully dead by what they just experienced…

Join the group to find out what great ideas pop up around Austin, to show off your new fannypack, and to kill people.

Dark flash mob humor isn’t limited to Texas; someone in the U.K. coined the term Flash Mugging.

In Montreal, “AndrÈ” is trying to create a FLESH Mob:

All must bring a back pack to recognize themselves and gather so as to become a small compact crowd…

At a specific hour, all the participants will strip and collect their clothing in their back pack. Some can only wear a g-string…

All the participants will have to dress and disperse before that becomes an illegal demonstration.

(I’m sure Spencer Tunick would appreciate that.)

This week, flash mobs took place in Brazil and in South Africa. If a flash mob goes down in Melbourne, Australia next week as planned, Antarctica will be the only continent yet to be flash mobbed.

23 Responses to “Slash Mobbing, Flesh Mobbing, Flash Mugging”

  1. comment number 1 by: Carioca

    Rio de JaneiroÂ¥s FM#1 soon…

  2. comment number 2 by: Jen

    So someone’s gotta get a msg to some researching down in Antartica and tell ’em to participate 😉

  3. comment number 3 by: david

    Hello all,

    Just thought I would drop in a quick comment to let people know that Sydney’s first FlashMob will be taking place next Saturday 23rd August. For information, head over to



  4. comment number 4 by: possum

    would like to tell you that Singapore has experienced two flash mobs already… not very successful (50 at the first and 10 at the second) but the movement is still going strong…

  5. comment number 5 by: Caroline

    Would just like to say that Baltimore’s flash mob of the strongbad techno song went wonderfully. A wonderful someone managed to snag some video of it, here. Doooom.

  6. comment number 6 by: possum

    news article on singapore’s second flash mob:,4386,205155,00.html?

    comes with a TV news clip as well.

  7. comment number 7 by: **Carol**

    the first flash mob in Rio de Janeiro went down today…

    wasn’t great but…


  8. comment number 8 by: **Carol**

    The second flash mob in S“o Paulo(Brazil) went down (again)….

    it was very very good!!

  9. comment number 9 by: walter iwachiw

    Organizer: wiwachiw (70)

    Location: subway’s 7 Queens PlazaLIC NYC

    need 2,500 signatures by August 19, midnite

    Group home page:

    Group email address:

    to set times and places

  10. comment number 10 by: HKmobster

    flashmob in hong kong this friday. or just join

  11. comment number 11 by: Snagglepus

    When in Montreal go as fast as the wind and run ! Also , go at a steady pace if must! All yell in UNISON in the altogether thus they all spake : Hooray ! For Sgt . Preston Of The Yukon ! This stun the Gawkers ! Go ! Starkers ! Go !

  12. comment number 12 by: Snagglepus

    When in Montreal go as fast as the wind and run ! Also , go at a steady pace if must! All yell in UNISON in the altogether thus they all spake : Hooray ! For Sgt . Preston Of The Yukon ! This stun the Gawkers ! Go ! Starkers ! Go !

  13. comment number 13 by: Muyloco

    Hello !!

    Have you ever seen this?

    The First Flash Mobil on Earth?

  14. comment number 14 by: Marie

    Anything in Denver for September, yet?

  15. comment number 15 by: gervis

    Nice pictures of a successful flashmob in the Netherlands in the city of Groningen on Aug. 17.

  16. comment number 16 by: george mack

    flash mobbing is an iliegal and mortally threatining crime it should be stopped imeadiattely!

  17. comment number 17 by: Anonymous

    yeah new zealnads first hauled in about 200 people!

  18. comment number 18 by: Bonedaddy

    Well first let me say I think Flashmobbing sounds fun and it seems to be a harmless way to break up the monotony of life and bring people together. Anyone who is against it is probably just a fascist arse.

    Also..the Austin Slashmob site on….YAHOO! is no longer there. Go figure.

  19. comment number 19 by: danielle

    i want to be notified and i would luv to interact or help how can i get notified i want to be part of it to

  20. comment number 20 by: danielle

    i live livermore ca close to berkley and san fran i would like to be involved this is my plead please let me be the wannabe sonmbody help me

  21. comment number 21 by: jen

    I live in Athens, Georgia. I am writing an article for a teen magazine about flashmobs. Anyone you has information they want to share, or whatever let me. I say a flashmob needs to hit the Classic City sometime soon!

  22. comment number 22 by: stacy

    dude! flashmobing seems to be really cool. i didnt know they had a real name or anything, me and my friends here in NY so stuff like that at our school, but its not quite as serious. its hella funny though. i’m actually in Mt. Vernon NY *ahem* (thats a hint meaning come organize a flashmob in front of my highschool or the board of education to protest the Math B regents, for which we must “prove triangles and quadrilaterals,” cuz we’ll never use that in real life, so why must we learn it?!)

    k thanks bye. 🙂

  23. comment number 23 by: [Funk]Dup

    Flash-mob event held in the Los Angeles area:

    Date: Saturday, November 15, 2003

    Time: 2:00pm – 2:15pm

    Location: Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier

    Bring an empty suitcase and/or a passport.

    There are several Los Angeles area flash-mob groups available:

    Happy blogging!